Archives Of Chess Mate 2006

AICF Bans Umakant Sharma: In a sensational Central Council Meeting at the MAC Stadium in Chennai, the AICF banned Umakant Sharma (Railways) for 10-years for using a blue tooth device during a FIDE rating event at Delhi. It constituted a committee to inquire into D.P.Singh's suspicious growth in chess. National B 2007 was allotted to TN.

Lahno Beats Negi 11-7 Kateryna Lahno, 17 from Ukraine beat Parimarjan Negi, 13, of Delhi in the Amity Grand Master Challenge "Battle of Sexes Match at the Russian Cultural Centre in Delhi. Lahno took Rs3 lakh and Negi Rs.2 lakh. Lahno won classical 3.5-2.5, rapid 4-2, blitz 3.5-2.5 in a close to one sided match. Negi is 2538 and world 390, Lahno is 2459 and World No.21 in women.  All games Picture

National Women A, Chennai:  Tania Sachdev (click for pic) won the Win TV sponsored 33rd National Women A on Dec 16. She remained the only undefeated player to win the event with 8/11 after an exciting finish. 2 Harika, 3 Meenakshi, 4 Aarthie, 5 Vijayalakshmi, 6 Amruta Mokal. Maiden 11-game WIM norm for Amruta.  Complete games in PGN and crosstable. See 

Sasikiran Receives Rs.2 Million: GM Krishnan Sasikiran of ONGC, Chennai received Rs.20 lakhs from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi in Chennai on December 18 for winning the gold medal in the Doha Asian Games. see pic

Asian Youth At Tehran:  Indian boys and girls won all eight gold medals. S.Nitin (see pic, right) of Salem and Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa won U-14, Mehar Chinna Reddy and Padmini Rout of Orissa won U-12, G.V.Sai Krishna of Vijayawada and Ch. Sahajasri of Karimnagar won U-10 and Prince Bajaj and Sweety Patel of Surat won the U-8. India left little for others. Official Site

Koneru Humpy won the GOLD medal for India in the Asian Games at Doha on Dec 4 by scoring 8/9 in the Women's Rapid Chess section. Zhao Xue (Chn) took silver and Zhu Chen (Qat) won bronze. Murtas Kazhgaleyev (7.5/9)  of Kazakhstan won the gold in Rapid for Men ahead of Bu Xianghi (Chn) and Dao Thien Hai (Vie). India's top two seeds, Sasikiran and Harikrishna failed.

SIMPLY SUPERB! India (click for pic) won eight matches and drew Kazakhstan in the final round to win the Combined Team Championship gold medal at Doha, Qatar on Dec 14. Sasikiran (8/9), Harikrishna (6.5/9), Humpy (8/9). India 22.5, China 17.5, 3 Iran 17.5...21 teams.  India won two golds from possible three. Murtas Kazgaleyev (Kaz) won rapid chess for men. Humpy won the women rapid.

Fritz Beats Kramnik 4-2: German program Fritz beat the world champion Vladimir.Kramnik of Russia by 4-2 in a classical chess match that concluded at Bonn on Dec 5. Fritz won games 2 when Kramnik overlooked a mate in one and game 6 when Kramnik was outplayed. Kramnik could watch the computer until it is playing from its opening book.   See 

Player Expelled:  Uma Kant Sharma (See) of Southern Railway, Chennai has been expelled from the Air Force FIDE Rating, Delhi on Dec 5 after he was found with bluetooth and headphones hidden inside his cap after a surprise metal detector test. "We are going to insist on such checking at Valsad in the National A," said IM P.Konguvel.

National U-11: Fenil Shah of Ahmedabad and Priyanka Kumari of Chakradharpur, Jharkhand won the National Under-11 Championship that concluded at Chennai on Nov 11. Fenil won on tie-break scoring 9/11 in a 212 player field while Priyanka won with 9/11 with a round to spare in a 101-player field.

National Junior, Delhi: The Parsvnath Championship for Boys & Girls has been won by Abhijeet Gupta of Rajasthan and Soumya Swaminathan of Pune. Abhijeet scored 8.5/10 and second was G.N.Gopal (Ker) 8, Abhishek Das (Jha) 8. Mary Ann Gomes tied for the first place but finished second with 7.5/9 and P.Sivasankari was third with 7.

Pune: Tejas Bakre Wins Rs.1 lakh In CPAI Rapid:  GM Tejas Bakre of Indian Airlines, Ahmedabad is flying high. He beat 3-time national champion Surya S Ganguly of Indian Oil, Kolkata 1.5-0.5 to win the CPAI-Buddhibal Kreeda Trust organised Poona Club Rapid event on Nov 5. See  

Five Indians Win World Titles:  G.Koushik (Boys-10) of Mysore, Ch Mohineesh (Boys-8) of Vizag, D.Harika (Girls 18) of Guntur Ch Sahajasri (Girls 10) of Karimnagar, Ivana Furtado (Girls-8) of Goa won the World Age Group Titles for India in a record breaking day Oct 28. We won a total of 10 medals.  See 

Kramnik Is World Unified Champion: Vladimir Kramnik, the 1975 born Russian won the Reunification Match beating Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria 6-6, 2.5-1.5 in the tie-break at Elista, Russia on Friday The 13 in October. Kramnik won games 1, 2, 10 and lost 8 and 9. He did not show up for Game 5 and FIDE awarded the point to Topalov.

National Women B, Chennai:  Sai Meera of Indian Bank, won the 33rd National Women B at Chennai on Sep 26 with 9/11. 1 Sai Meera (BSB) 9/11, 2 R.Mahima (TN) 8.5, 3 Baisakhi Das (Jha) 8, 4-13 R.Preethi (TN), Nimmy A.G. (Ker), P.Priya (TN), Padmini Rout (Ori), Pon N.Krithikha (TN), Saheli Nath (Ben), R.Sanggeetha (TN), Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa), S.Harini (TN), Kiran Mohanty (Ori) 7.5 each, 14-20 Lakshmi Sahithi (AP), N.Raghavi (TN), P.Sivasankari (TN), S.Sujatha (TN), Kanuri Tejaswi (AP), H.Nilavoli (TN), Aabha Thakur (Mah) 7 each 

Viswanathan Anand retained his Chess Classic title at Mainz on Aug 20 when he beat Teimour Radjabov (Aze) 5-3 in a match the black side enjoyed dominance. "All my games with were good and I liked them," said Anand who kept his title at Mainz for the sixth time. The result was not a surprise but Radjabov taking the lead twice was.

IM Rajaram Laxman Wins Rs.1.30 Lakh Event: R.R.Laxman won all nine games to win the Rs.50,000 prize money Central Province Chess Festival at Kandy in Sri Lanka on July 11. He received the Governor's Trophy from the Governor. 153 players took part in this nine round event. Seven players from India took part. R.V.Shandilya tied for the third place on 7

37-Year Old Guntur Player Wins At Chennai: R.T.Gowtham of Guntur, AP won the 1st Saranya FIDE Rating Chess Tournament at Chepauk in Chennai on July 29. He scored 8.5/10 and scored over M.Shyam Sundar in the decisive title game. Vinoth Kumar 8, M.Shyam Sundar 7.5...105 players.

D.P.Singh of Jharkhand won the 6th Adyar Times FIDE Rated Open that concluded at the Bapalal Bhavan on Aug 4. He scored 9.5/10 in the 176-player event to win his sixth event in one year. 2-4 Ram S Krishnan, S.Nitin, Shyam Nikhil 8 each.

Diwakar Prasad Singh, 30, won the Hirabai Salgaocar Memorial Open at Goa from Aug 6-12 with a 9.5/11 score ahead of favourite GM Sandipan Chanda 9 and Umakant Sharma 9.

Anand Beats Topalov In Finals: Anand scored a 2.5-1.5 victory over World Champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to retain his Rapid Chess Title at Leon, Spain on June 11. In the finals, Anand won game two in a rook and pawn ending with white and drew the rest of the three games.  games   official site

World Open, Philadelphia: 9 Players Tied For First PlaceGata Kamsky won the World Open when he beat Vadim Milov of Biel in the tie-break play off. They scored 7/9 along with 7 others. 10-19 Ganguly, Chanda 6.5, 41-61 Kunte, Magesh 5.5, 62-100 Vijayalakshmi, Nisha Mohota, Meenakshi, Swati Ghate 5, 101 Harika 4.5 236-players, 9 rounds. See  

New Recognition For Three Indian Chess Officials: D.V.Sundar will represent Asia in the FIDE Board, Bharat Singh Chauhan is the new President of Zone 3.2 and R.M.Dongre is the Deputy President of the Commonwealth Chess Association. These were elected at Turin recently.    more

Srinath Felicitated On June 11, 2006,  N.Srinath, World U-12 Champion was felicitated by the TNSCA at the University of Madras Hall opposite Marina Beach in Chennai. He was given a memento and Rs100,000.  T.Dhevanathan, CMD, WinTV was the Chief Guest. Details

Koya Appeal Dismissed: P.T.Ummer Koya's Appeal against the Single Judge order in the AICF Election Petition case was dismissed by the Madras High Court Division Bench on June 12. The HC told Koya to hand over all AICF documents to D.V.Sundar in 15 days. TNSCA Release

Rublevsky Wins, Harikrishna Tied For Last: India's third highest rated player,  P.Harikrishna struggled in his first super category GM Tournament at Yalta in Ukraine. He tied for the 11-12 places with 4/11. Rublevsky won with 7.5 and Ivanchuk was second. Event ran from June18-29.  games  See 

National Women B, Chennai:  Sai Meera of Indian Bank, won the 33rd National Women B at Chennai on Sep 26 with 9/11. 1 Sai Meera (BSB) 9/11, 2 R.Mahima (TN) 8.5, 3 Baisakhi Das (Jha) 8, 4-13 R.Preethi (TN), Nimmy A.G. (Ker), P.Priya (TN), Padmini Rout (Ori), Pon N.Krithikha (TN), Saheli Nath (Ben), R.Sanggeetha (TN), Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa), S.Harini (TN), Kiran Mohanty (Ori) 7.5 each, 14-20 Lakshmi Sahithi (AP), N.Raghavi (TN), P.Sivasankari (TN), S.Sujatha (TN), Kanuri Tejaswi (AP), H.Nilavoli (TN), Aabha Thakur (Mah) 7 each 

Valencia, Spain: Anand Wins 22/22 Ex-world chess champions, Viswanathan Anand and Boris Spassky gave a simultaneous exhibition match at Valencia in Spain on June 17. Anand made a sweep winning all 22 games. More details and pictures on the official page. See