48th FIDE-Rated TN Championship

M.R.Venkatesh Triumphs

By Manuel Aaron

SPIC-sponsored M.R.Venkatesh won the 48th Tamil Nadu State Championship for the V.J.Brahmayya Trophy when the tenth and final round concluded on July 24 at Mannargudi.

Fifteen year old Venkatesh tied with Y.Syed Anwar Shazuli of  Madurai with eight points in this FIDE-rated championship but
emerged first on tie-break. Luckily for Venkatesh, 14-year old R.Siddarth of Chennai lost his last round game. Had Siddarth won, he would have claimed the title as he has a higher tie-break  score.

This is not the first time that a 15-year is winning the senior  state championship. Two years back, P.Mahesh Chandran, then 15  and currently the National Under-18 champion claimed this men's championship at Devakotai.

Totally 113 players from 16 districts, three special units and five academies took part in this 10-round Swiss. There were 17
female players including S.Nabeela Farheen, the National U-14 girls champion.

Curiously, Venkatesh's 19-year old sister M.R.Sangeetha won the State Women's Championship last month at Tirunelveli. The Tamil Nadu Chess Association has selected M.R.Venkatesh and his sister  Sangeetha to attend the month-long grandmaster coaching camp at Delhi for the most promising junior players from July 30.

This event was organised by the Thiruvarur District Chess Association and M.A.Thirunagalingam of Madurai was the chief arbiter.

The top final standings: 1 M.R.Venkatesh (SPIC, Rs.3,000) 8, 2 Y.Syed Anwar Shazuli (ICF, Rs.2,000, L.R.G.Naidu Trophy) 8, 3-5 P.Rajesh (Thiruvallur), S.Poobesh Anand (Golden Squares), C.Natarajan (ICF) 7.5 each, 6-13 V.Hariharan (Indian Bank), R.Siddarth (Chennai), J.Deepan Chakravarthy (Madurai), C.J.Arvind  (Madras University), R.Muthukumaran (Chennai), M.Paramasivam (Virudhunagar), B.T.Sethuraman (Madurai), S.Arun Prasad (Slm) 7  each.


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