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Play the Strongest Rapid & Blitz Tournament in Indian History

Participate and play the best Indian players ever!

 

Dear Chess Players,

 

It was a sultry May afternoon at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay campus, in 1983. The National Team Chess Championship was in progress and one of the boards had many spectators crammed around it, trying to take a glimpse of the unfolding drama as one of the players was in time pressure. The conditions were sweaty yet a 13-year-old boy sat there wrapped in blankets and woolen clothes, with his mother sitting beside him. He was down with fever but had insisted on playing for his team - the Madras Colts.

 

Facing him was IM Manual Aaron, a 9-time National champion and an Indian legend who had beaten the likes of Euwe and Portisch. The boy had managed to hoodwink him once before but this time he was determined. However, the position did not favour Aaron. He tried to think of a way to survive, consuming a lot of time in the process. He made his move.

 

Thud! Thud! It was his move again.

 

A visibly shocked Aaron offered his hand in resignation. His opponent had taken a mere thirty minutes to play all his moves - the Lightning Kid.

Guess the opening on the board (and what is written here in Tamil!)

Indian Chess in the 1980s was still an old man’s game. People weren’t yet used to losing to 14-year old children who barely thought over a move. This is in contrast to what we see these days when we see 10-year old kids hunting down grandmasters. Probably this is because the times are changing and computers have been getting better and better.

 

But one of the key reasons why this is true is the rising number of tournaments. A young chess player has numerous options to play quality chess tournaments anywhere in India. The All India Chess Federation (AICF), led by D.V. Sundar and Bharat Singh Chauhan, is doing a tremendous job of making sure that a favourable environment exists. This allows India to host so many FIDE rated tournaments round the year (at last count India hosts 200+ such events every year!).

 

Mr. D.V. Sundar with the Bronze winning Indian team at the 2014 Olympiad

In our humble attempt to host world-class tournaments with facilities most players only see in top level events, we are proud to launch the ChessMine Rapid and Blitz Open 2017.

 

ChessMine's vision is to make chess a financially powerful sport. We are all about honouring great chess and great chess players. We do this by relying on a unique revenue model that we have developed after years of studying the sport. The people involved in this organisation are all chess players first, their ratings spanning between 1650 and 2550, with a keen interest in finance and entrepreneurship.

 ChessMine is all about honouring great chess and great chessplayers.

A good ChessMine tournament means that the players get the best playing conditions, good money in cash prizes, and strong players, all in one place.

 

For years chess has remained in shadows of other, bigger sports, and while most people believe that it can never be a spectator sport, we firmly believe that it is an amazing game that can be played by anyone, anywhere and hence has the potential to become the most powerful sport on this planet.

How can you help Chess become Financially Powerful?

Play. Play chess. Play chess in our tournaments. Like some of these very strong players have decided to:

India No. 3 Vidit Gujrathi (Elo: 2692, Rapid Elo: 2718)

Former Indian Champion and Asian Champion, S.P. Sethuraman (Elo: 2625)

Former World Junior Champion and winner of several world-class Opens across the world, Abhijeet Gupta (Elo: 2625)

The gems of Indian chess, Aravindh Chithambaram and Karthikeyan Murali (Double Indian Champion) are both close to 2600.

Details:

 Summary

Main Cash Prizes and Category Prizes totaling to Rs. 4 lakh 50 Thousand

Special Prizes for Female players, Seniors, Juniors, and Schools

Time Control and System of Play

Tie-Break

While there is a raging ongoing debate about the tie-break system that is most fair to all the players, we firmly believe that 'Most number of wins' is not the best way to determine the fair winner of the higher prize. Therefore, we have gone back to the Buccholz tiebreak system, until a better system of breaking ties can be found. However, to determine the winner of the first prize, we shall have a Play-off.

First Prize Play-Offs

  1. In the event of a tie for first place, a tie breaking playoff will be held to determine the winner of the first prize. A maximum of 4 players can be qualified for this play-off. The qualifiers will be determined by the best performance ratings of the tied players.
  2. The tiebreak will start at the end of the final round on Sunday August 6 2017. The organizers reserve the right to modify the time controls for the playoffs if time is insufficient.
  3. The playoffs will take place in the form of knockout matches. At least one arbiter will supervise each game, hence the normal Laws of Chess will apply.
  4. If 3 players are tied, lots will be drawn to see who does not play the first round. If 4 players are tied lots will be drawn to determine the opponents. The players draw for colour before the first game.
  5. Each match will take place as follows: 2 games of rapid play - 10 minutes + 5 seconds per move added (Fischer). If the score is tied after 2 games then 2 games of blitz – 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move will be played with opposite colours from the first match. If the score is still tied a sudden death game will be played with obligation to win with white with the time control of 4 minutes + 2 seconds per move for white and 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move for black. Lots will be drawn just before this final game and the winner will choose his/her colour.
  6. The winner takes the Rs. 100,000 first prize. The loser(s) will have their prize money divided amongst the players with whom they are tied, including those who did not participate in the playoff.

Entry Fees:

We believe that our tournament is not only for the elite players. This is for every player at every level. In future, we will endeavour to bring down the entry fee even further. The youngsters meanwhile have heavily discounted entry fees--our way to encourage them to play.

Pay entry fee


Blitz Cash Prizes

Main Cash Prizes and Category Prizes totaling to Rs. 1 lakh 70 Thousand

Special Prizes for Female players, Seniors, Juniors, and Schools

Tie-Break

Again, as we mentioned before, we would prefer to stick to 'Buccholz System' of tiebreaks. But there will be a play-off for the first place.

Play-Offs:

  1. In the event of a tie for first place, a tie breaking playoff will be held to determine the winner of the first prize. A maximum of 4 players can be qualified for this play-off. The qualifiers will be determined by the best performance ratings of the tied players.
  2. The tiebreak will start at the end of the final round on Monday August 7 2017. The organizers reserve the right to modify the time controls for the playoffs if time is insufficient.
  3. The playoffs will take place in the form of knockout matches. At least one arbiter will supervise each game, hence the normal Laws of Chess will apply.
  4. If 3 players are tied, lots will be drawn to see who does not play the first round. If 4 players are tied lots will be drawn to determine the opponents. The players draw for colour before the first game.
  5. Each match will take place as follows: 2 games of blitz – 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move will be played with opposite colours from the first match. If the score is still tied a sudden death game will be played with obligation to win with white with the time control of 4 minutes + 2 seconds per move for white and 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move for black. Lots will be drawn just before this final game and the winner will choose his/her colour.
  6. The winner takes the Rs. 100,000 first prize. The loser(s) will have their prize money divided amongst the players with whom they are tied, including those who did not participate in the playoff.

 

Entry Fees

Pay entry fee

 

Again, keeping with our policy of making the event for players of all the levels, there is a flat entry fees. But if you want to play both the Rapid Tournament and the Blitz Tournament,...

Combined Entry Fees for both Rapid and Blitz

Heavily discounted prices for players playing both the tournaments.

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Entry Fees:

Entry fees are segregated on the basis of which tournament you would like to play. You can play both Rapid + Blitz, only rapid or only blitz. Based on your preference you can click the button and make the payment.

For both Rapid and Blitz:

Rs.1900 for Age Under-10:

Rs. 2,000 for Age 11-16:

Rs. 2250 for Age 17 and above:

For only Rapid:

Rs.1800 for Rated above 2000:

Rs.2,000 for Rated 1999 and below (Including Unrated):

Rs.1200 for Age 10 years and below:

Rs.1400 for Age 11-16 years:

Rs.1,600 for Age 17-21 years:

For only Blitz:

Rs.750 for all (Irrespective of Age and Rating)

Payment Gateway and Service Tax charges as applicable

Grandmaster Lecture on 'Improve your Chess Rating Rating' by Srinath Narayanan:

India’s 46th Grandmaster Srinath Narayanan will give a special 1.5-2 hours lecture on ‘Improvement in Chess’.

Srinath is an accomplished player with numerous achievements to his credit. He is the former World Under-12 Champion, former three-time Asian Junior Champion, and has had students who have made a 200+ rating jump on a regular basis, at all levels.

 

Srinath will additionally pair up with one of the visiting grandmasters and answer all the doubts of the players who want to improve their chess.

 

What better chance to learn from a world-class grandmaster? Srinath has coached a set of chosen students who are rated between 1500 and 2450 in his repertoire until today, and ALL of them have shown 100-300+ jump in their ratings.

 

The lecture will be held in the playing hall on Sunday after the Rapid Tournament finishes, and before the Prize Distribution Ceremony begins at 4.30 PM.

Affordable Grandmaster coaching at the end of Rapid Tournament and a day before the Blitz Tournament.

Entry fee for GM Master class:

Rs.500 for Above 21:

Rs.400 for below 21:

Payment Gateway and Service Tax charges as applicable

Bank Transfer by RTGS/NEFT

Please drop us an email or simply fill the form below with transaction details after doing the transfer.

Accommodation & Transit for Outstation Players



Confirmed Entries:

No.   Name FideID FED Rtg
1 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 5029465 IND 2692
2 GM Gupta Abhijeet 5010608 IND 2625
3 GM Sethuraman S.P. 5021596 IND 2625
4 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 5072786 IND 2593
5 GM Karthikeyan Murali 5074452 IND 2582
6 GM Gopal G.N. 5015693 IND 2580
7 GM Grover Sahaj 5021103 IND 2485
8 IM Narayanan Srinath 5018420 IND 2505
9 GM Laxman R.R. 5005361 IND 2421
10 GM Kunte Abhijit 5002265 IND 2504
11 IM Stany G.A. 5029104 IND 2489
12 IM Thejkumar M. S. 5009154 IND 2484
13 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 5011132 IND 2480
14 IM Shyaamnikhil P 5024218 IND 2456
15 GM Gagare Shardul 5037883 IND 2472
16 GM Neelotpal Das 5003512 IND 2438
17 IM Nitin S. 5018277 IND 2427
18 IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari 25004964 IND 2410
19 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu 5004306 IND 2410
20 IM Tania Sachdev 5007844 IND 2408
21 IM Viani Antonio Dcunha 5027330 IND 2408
22 IM Girish A. Koushik 5038448 IND 2401
23 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 5053196 IND 2392
24 IM Sagar Shah 5022509 IND 2391
25 IM Anwesh Upadhyaya 5028949 IND 2385
26 IM Krishna C R G 5018625 IND 2382
27 IM Ravi Teja S. 5017220 IND 2379
28 IM Rathnakaran K. 5005507 IND 2378
29 GM Sriram Jha 5001668 IND 2375
30 IM Sharma Dinesh K. 5004110 IND 2279
31 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 5016193 IND 2349
32 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 25014510 IND 2334
33 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv 5050847 IND 2249
34 IM Abhishek Kelkar 5019257 IND 2403
35 WIM Gagare Shalmali 5038650 IND 2067
36 AGM Sa Kannan 5018340 IND 1949
37   Rajinesh Chintala 45065357 IND 1390

Fill out the ChessMine Form to finish the Participation Process!


We want the players to note that even though we have not arranged accommodation for every player, we leave the choice in the players' hands.

 

You can stay in the hotel of your choice which you can book via various online portals like OYO, FabHotels, Treebo, etc. in the areas of Rajajinagar, Vijayanagar, Yeshwentpur, and Basaweshwarnagar. And we will provide Bus Pick-up and drop services at the time and landmark that will be announced a few days before the tournament on the ChessMine TV Facebook page, ChessBase India and also in general.

 

We hope you will participate and contribute your bit in making chess a financially powerful sport.

 

Regards,

Priyadarshan Banjan, Srinath Narayanan, Hinduja Reddy, and Likhit Chilukuri

(For ChessMine)

 

For Further Details Contact

 

For Titled Players: GM Srinath Narayanan [nsrinath2794@gmail.com (Preferably Email, as he will be competing in Europe in July)]

 

Others: Roopal Chilukuri: +918217276344/+919986140486

Priyadarshan Banjan [chessmine64@gmail.com; +918848057156 (Hindi, English, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Tulu)]

 

Email: chessmine64@gmail.com

 

For Sponsorship, Business, and Commercial Opportunities: banjanpriyadarshan@gmail.com

 

Download the Prospectus from here.

 

All Photos by Amruta Mokal