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.
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.