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Indian National Championship won by Surya Ganguly

1/5/2007 – Normally the championship of this chess superpower is a massive 22-player round robin event. This time it was staged as a 13-player Swiss with 45 participants. The venue was idyllic – the picturesque Atul Club in the State of Gujarat, 180 km north of Mumbai. The winner, who took his fourth Indian title, was Surya Sekhar Ganguly. Picture report.
 

Indian National Championship

By Praful Zaveri

The Atul 44th National 'A' Chess Championship was held from 18th to 29th December 2006 at the picturesque Atul, District Valsad (State of Gujarat), which is approximately 180 Kms north of Mumbai. For the first time the All India Chess Federation (AICF) experimented with the new format of 13-round Swiss League instead of the marathon 22-player's all-play-all.


The Atul Club – venue of the National 'A' Chess Championship of India

The 44th edition of the Indian National Championship, better known as the National 'A' Chess Championship, was expectedly won by the top-seeded and defending champion, GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, who powered his way to his fourth consecutive title with a score of 9/13.


The Champion - GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly at work...


... and with the prize for his endeavors.

Final standings

Rk   Name Rtg Pts
1 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2573 9
2 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy 2501
3 IM Arun Prasad S 2424
4   Rohit G 2393 8
5 IM Suvrajit Saha 2356 8
6   Gopal G N 2397 8
7 GM Kunte Abhijit 2524 8
8 GM Neelotpal Das 2490 8
9 IM Roy Chowdhury S. 2423 8
10 WGM Harika Dronavalli 2353
11 IM Gupta Abhijeet 2481
12 IM Sengupta Deep 2420
13 IM Prathamesh Sunil 2335
14   Murali Krishnan B T 2364
15 IM Sundararajan Kidambi 2451
16 GM Barua Dibyendu 2471 7
17   Rathnakaran K 2422 7
18 IM Poobesh Anand S 2416 7
19   Palit Somak 2306 7
20 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2494
21 IM Venkatesh M R 2466
22 IM Ravi Lanka 2408
23 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2407
24   Aswin Jayaram 2322
25 IM D P Singh 2507
26 GM Bakre Tejas 2447
27   Parikh Valay 2394
28 IM Saravanan V 2383
29   Syed Anwar Shazuli 2241
30 IM Ravi Thandalam S. 2335 6
31 IM Babu N Sudhakar 2290 6
32 GM Ramesh R B 2491 6
33   Thejkumar M  S 2322 6
34 IM Himanshu Sharma 2387 6
35   Abhishek Das 2307 6
36 WGM Swathi Ghate 2385
37   Kamble Vikramaditya 2346
38 IM Girinath P D S 2344
39 IM Roktim Bandyopadhyay 2332
40 WGM Karavade Eesha 2321
41 IM Prakash G B 2403
42 IM Laxman R R 2324 5
43   Swapnil Dhopade 2209 5
44 IM Koshy Varugeese 2325 5
45   Sinha Sudhir Kumar 2182 3

Picture gallery


Second place to GM Deepan Chakravarthy


Third place for IM Arun Prasad


Fourth place: G. Rohit


Fifth: IM Suvrajit Saha (right), here in his game against Barua


Sixth place: G.N. Gopal


Tenth place: WGM Harika Dronavalli, who remained unbeaten


Nothing went right for WGM Swathi Ghate, who finished at 36


An impression of the tournament venue


Some pool-side analysis


The 'Live Coverage Team' – they did all the running to bring us the games live!

Part two of Praful Zaveri's report to follow soon – with some fairly explosive material.

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