P Shyam Nikhil clinches Commonwealth Chess Championship 2022

India dominates Commonwealth winning 30 medals

WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay winning Gold made a new record of India’s only chess couple winning both Open and Senior titles in the prestigious Commonwealth Chess Championship. India’s third GM in history and Head of Delegation for India at this event, GM Pravin Thipsay had also won the Gold in the Senior category at the previous edition in 2019. India dominated the event by winning 30 medals in total – 12 Golds, 11 Silver and 7 Bronze. IM Pranesh M (Gold and Bronze), CM Gaurang Bagwe (Gold and Bronze) and Rindhiya V (Gold and Silver) won two medals each. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹5,325,000. Top three prizes in the Open category were ₹750,000, 600,000 and ₹450,000.

Commonwealth Chess Championship 2022 Gold – IM P Shyam Nikhil 7.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Silver – GM Mitrabha Guha 7/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Bronze – I.M. Pranesh M 7/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Gold in Senior (Above 60) – WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Silver in Women – WIM Sakshi Chitlange 5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Open: Aravindh – Shyam: 0-1

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (2625) made an incorrect decision to not trade the knights in the double rook endgame against IM P Shyam Nikhil (2489).

Position after 39. Nc4

39. Nxc6 Rxc6 40. Rxb7+ Kf6 would keep things balanced. 39.Nc4 Nd4+ 40.Kf2 Nb5 41.Rd2 Nc3 42.Re1 Rxc5 Black gave the decisive advantage as he gained the second pawn and White had no compensation for it. Shyam had no trouble rolling the connected passed pawns down the board and score a full point, earning him the first place finish and a Gold medal.

Pranesh-Nubairshah: 1-0

IM Pranesh M (2438) won an exciting battle against IM Nubairshah Shaikh (2439) which could have gone either player’s way. This win earned Pranesh, a Bronze medal in the Open category.

Under-8 Girls: Gold

Top seed of the category, World Under-8 Girls 2022 Gold medalist and Asian Under-8 Girls 2022 double Gold and Silver medal winner, Charvi A scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to clinch the Gold medal.

Under-8 Girls Gold – Charvi A 8.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-8 Boys: Silver and Bronze

World Under-8 Open 2022 Bronze medalist and Western Asian Under-8 Open 2022 triple Gold medalist, Safin Safarullakhan and Aadhya V both scored 6.5/9 each. They won Silver and Bronze medals respectively, according to tie-breaks.

Under-8 Boys Silver – Safin Safarullakhan 6.5/9 | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

Under-8 Boys Bronze – Aadhya V 6.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

Rk.SNoNamesexfedRtgPts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5Krtg+/-
14Dayal SamarEng12107,5045,549737,54096,8
21AFMSafin SafarullakhanIND14946,504549632,540-70
33Aadhya VIND12896,504548,5635,5400,8

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Under-10 Boys: Gold, Silver and Bronze

The Asian Youth Under-10 Open double Silver and a Bronze medalist, National Under-10 Open 2022 champion, top seed in the category, Vivaan Vishal Shah scored a perfect 9/9 to clinch the Gold. He finished 2.5 points ahead of the field. Ritesh Maddukuri scored 6.5/9 to secure the Silver and Aarav Sarbalia scored 6/9 to claim the Bronze medal.

Under-10 Boys Gold – Vivaan Vishal Shah 9/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-10 Boys Silver – Ritesh Maddukuri 6.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-10 Boys Bronze – Aarav Sarbalia 6/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-10 Girls: Silver and Bronze

National Under-10 Girls 2022 runner-up and second runner-up, Aadya Ranganath and Hanya Shah scored 6/9 and 5/9 each respectively to win the Silver and Bronze medals. Hanya won a Bronze in Asian Youth Under-10 Girls 2022 and Gold, Silver and Bronze each at Western Asian Under-10 Girls 2022.

Under-10 Girls Silver – Aadya Ranganath 6/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-10 Girls Bronze – Hanya Shah 5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-12 Boys: Gold and Silver

National Schools Under-11 Open runner-up, National Under-12 and Under-11 Open second runner-up, Ethan Vaz and National Under-12 Open champion, Goutham Krishna H, both scored 8/9 each. The encounter between them also ended in a draw. The top two seeds finished in the exact same order as per tie-breaks. Thus, Ethan won his first Gold of the year, Goutham secured Silver.

Under-12 Boys Gold – Ethan Vaz 8/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-12 Boys Silver – Goutham Krishna H 8/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

Rk.SNoNamesexfedRtgPts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5Krtg+/-
11AIMVaz EthanIND204980,544,548,5739,540-17,6
22Goutham Krishna HIND187780,544,5487394018,8
36Samaranayake Pamok MethdinuSRI14086146,549433,54081,2

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Under-12 Girls: Gold and Silver

The World Under-12 Girls Gold medalist, Shubhi Gupta added another Gold medal to her ever-growing list of accolades. She scored a perfect 9/9. Earlier she had won the National Under-12 Girls, National Amateur U-2000 Women and three Silvers at Western Asian Under-10 Girls. Uttarakhand State Under-13 and Under-15 Girls champion tasted her first international success. She scored 7/9 to secure the silver.

Under-12 Girls Gold – Shubhi Gupta 9/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-12 Girls Silver – Sherali Pattnaik 7/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-14 Boys: Gold

The reigning Maharashtra State Under-14 Open 2022 champion, Gaurang Bagwe scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and finished a massive 3 points ahead of the field to clinch the Gold medal. This is also his first major triumph.

Under-14 Boys Gold – CM Gaurang Bagwe 8.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-14 Girls: Silver and Bronze

The current Gujarat State Under-15 Girls champion, Falak Joni Naik scored 7/9 to secure the Silver medal. She finished a half point behind the champion. The Kerala State Under-14 and Under-15 Girls 2022 champion, Anupam M Sreekumar won the Bronze medal with a score of 6/9.

Under-14 Girls Silver – Falak Joni Naik 7/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-14 Girls Bronze – Anupam M Sreekumar 6/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-16 Boys: Gold

GM-elect IM Pranesh M won the Gold medal with a 100% score of 9/9. He finished a whopping 2 points ahead of the field and 2.5 points ahead of the Silver medalist.

Under-16 Boys Gold – I.M. Pranesh M 9/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-16 Girls: Gold and Silver

The reigning National Under-15 Girls School champion, Kanishka S scored 7/9 and finished 1.5 points ahead of the runner-up. Current Tamil Nadu State Under-15 Girls and State Women’s champion, Tejaswini G scored 5.5/9 to secure the Bronze medal.

Under-16 Girls Gold – Kanishka S 7/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-16 Girls Silver – Tejaswini G 5.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

26Kanishka SwIND17647044,548,56344072
63Tejaswini GwIND18595,5040,543,5523,540-85,6
75Gamage Desandhi DhihansawSRI17715038,540,5424,540-82

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Under-18 Boys: Gold

The National Under-18 Open 2022 champion and Asian Youth Under-18 Open Bronze medalist, CM Soham Kamotra scored an unbeaten 8/9 and finished a full point ahead of the field to clinch the Gold.

Under-18 Boys Gold – CM Soham Kamotra 8/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-18 Girls: Gold

Western Asian Under-18 Girls 2022 Silver and Bronze medalist, National Under-18 Girls 2022 runner-up, Rindhiya V scored 5/9 to clinch the Gold in the Under-18 Girls category.

Under-18 Girls Gold – Rindiya V 5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-20 Boys: Silver and Bronze

Punjab’s first IM Dushyant Sharma scored 6/9 to clinch the Silver in Under-20 Boys category. CM Gaurang Bagwe earned his second Bronze medal, by scoring 5.5/9.

Under-20 Boys Silver – I.M. Dushyant Sharma 6/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-20 Boys Bronze – CM Gaurang Bagwe 5.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-20 Girls: Gold, Silver and Bronze

The Asian Continental Women 2022 Silver medalist, National Junior (Under-20) 2022 Girls champion, WGM Priyanka Nutakki and Rindhiya V, both scored 5.5/9. Priyanka won Gold due to better tie-breaks, Rindhiya secured her second medal at the event – Silver. Swara Lakshmi S Nair scored 4.5/9 to receive the Bronze.

Under-20 Girls Gold – WGM Priyanka Nutakki 5.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-20 Girls Silver – Rindhiya V 5.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-20 Girls Bronze – Swara Lakshmi S Nair 4.5/9 | Photo: I.A. Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

2322WGMPriyanka NutakkiF20wIND23205,5042,545,552920-34,6
2629Rindhiya VF20wIND19715,50353842540-86,4
4455Swara Lakshmi S NairF20wIND14974,5041,544,54224075,2

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A total of 94 players including 12 GMs, 7 IMs, a WGM and 3 WIMs took part from Bangladesh, England, India, Maldives, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the Open category. The nine-round Swiss League tournament was organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka from 14th to 22nd November 2022 at Citrus Hotel in Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka. The time control of the tournament was 90 Minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Round 9 results in Open

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Final standings in Open

Rk.SNoNameTypesexfedRtgPts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5Krtg+/-
17I.MShyaamnikhil PopenIND24897,504649735,5108,2
210GMMitrabha GuhaopenIND24747050,553,5539,51018,4
315thI.MPranesh MopenIND2438704851,5635,51015,2
49I.MVignesh NRopenIND2486704650,5536105,5
58GMKarthik VenkataramanopenIND24866,5048,552534,5105,5
62GMVisakh N.RopenIND25666,5046,550434,510-1,2
711GMVenkatesh MRopenIND24706,5044,54863510-0,6
821FMLiyanage Ranindu DilshanU20SRI23316,504448431,52020,4
91GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.openIND26256049,552,5535,510-9,9
104GMIniyan PopenIND253460485253210-11,3
113GMLalit Babu MRopenIND255060465043410-10,3
1214I.MMohammad Nubairshah SheikhopenIND24396045,54953310-6,3
136GMSengupta DeepopenIND2497604548,543210-8,2
1419I.MDushyant SharmaU20IND2370604347530,510-6,5
15th17GMHossain EnamelopenBAN2392604245,5529,510-14,1
1616GMNeelotpal DasopenIND24006040,545529,510-12,3
1730CMBagwe GaurangU20IND19655,5050,555531,540169,6
1834Kiriella KGSDopenSRI18455,504650431,540116
1913GMRaja RithvikRopenIND24525,5045,548431,510-11,4
2018I.MMohammad Fahad RahmanU20BAN23805,504549430,510-15th

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Tournament regulations

Chess Federation of Sri Lanka: Official site and facebook


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