Eleven-year-old A Ra Harikrishnan (nine points from 10 rounds) emerged champion in the 4th Rotary Club of Madras Mount-KCF international FIDE rating chess tournament (for below 1,800 rating) organised by King Chess Foundation at Hall of Chess, Nehru Stadium.
Harikrishan, who held the record for being the youngest FIDE-rated player in the country at one time, scored nine wins against a lone defeat and stands to gain 20 Elos for his impressive show. Hari trained by FIDE Instructor K Muralimohan, takes home the winner’s prize of `20,000. The 10-round Swiss tournament attracted 721 players from India and Singapore.
Final Placings: 1. A Ra Harikrishnan, 9 points, 2-8: R S Rajesh Gupta, S Kumar, A Vaibhav, K Senthil Maran, R Praggnanandhaa, S Thirunaga Sundaram, P Mythireyan, 8.5 points, 9-10: R Akash, B S Girinath 8 points.
Chennai Open Chess
The Tamil Nadu State Chess Association and the Sports Promotion Foundation will be jointly organising the 5th Chennai International Open GM chess tournament-2013 at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium from January 15 to 23. The total prize fund is `10 lakh and the champion will be awarded `2 lakh. The registered players of All India Chess Federation for the year 2012-2013 are eligible to participate.
For entries, contact Dhanasekaran, Hall No 70, JN Stadium or call 9282134966 or e-email email@example.com.