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Starting January 1, 2018, all the chess events of Karnataka organised under the aegis of UKCA will be assiged with event codes.

In order to take the Karnataka Chess to a whole new level, UKCA is proud to announce that, Starting January 1, 2018, all the chess events of Karnataka organised under the aegis of UKCA will be assiged with event codes. Let us help each other to give chess players a whole new experience by organizing chess tournaments in a much professional way. Please see the intructions on the left hand side of the Home page or under the Events menu. - Team UKCA

UKCA will be felicitating Karnataka's first Grand Master Thej Kumar with a cash of INR 100,000 on December 15th at Silicon City School, Bangalore. Team UKCA welcomes all the chess players and parents to witness this historic event. Let's all get together and celebrate Chess!! Look forward to see you all on Dec 15th at the IIFL Fide rated event at Silicon City School. - Team UKCA

Bangalore: Stany G A of Karnataka played 3 tournaments back to back in Norway and France during October. His 1st Tournament Oslo Chess Festival in Norway didn't turnout to be a successful one since Stany lost the last round to GM Urkedal Frode of Norway(2570) missing the podium finish However his next tournament Stavanger fared well for the Shimoga lad who finished 3rd ahead of many GMs and IMs. He scored 7 out of 9 rounds and drew the last game on top board against the tournament winner GM Quparadze of Georgia. But his best performance of the trip came from his 3rd tournament Sautron Open which he had won last year. In this tournament Stany scored 8 out of 9 with an impressive Performance rating of 2634. He couldn't make the GM norm because he didn't play any GMs But He did manage to defeat 3 IMs Gascon Del Nogal of Spain(2467), Manea Alexandru of Romania(2399 )and Kamran Shirazi of France(2354) consecutively, which helped win the tournament and also gain few rating points as well. Stany's current rating is 2502 and he is next going to play in London Chess Classic Fide Open and Hastings Masters in December.

Thej Kumar of Mysore becomes first ever Karnataka Grand Master and 50th GM of India. Team UKCA congratulates him for the accomplishment and thanks Thej Kumar for making Karnataka proud. UKCA wishes him good luck in his future endeavors.

Isha Sharma of Belthangady completed her 1st Women International Norm at Sharja Masters International Chess Championship. She became the first Karnataka women to do so. Team UKCA congratulates her for the accomplishment and wishes her good luck in future tournaments.

Bhopal: Captain of the Karnataka team Shivananda B.S. won the Individual Gold by getting the “ Best player of the tournament” Prize in the recently concluded 37th national team chess championship -2017 held at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. In the team events, defending champion Railways won the gold again in the open section while Air India women won the gold in the women’s section. At the conclusion of the seven rounds in this prestigious nine –rounds event, Karnataka was on par with the leaders Railways .The two teams met each other in the crucial eight round. Railways won the match and thus also won the tournament with a round to spare. Due to his superior performances in most of the matches, Shivananda won the “Player of the Tournament “ prize and with it the Individual Gold Medal ahead of the seven Grandmasters and eighteen International Masters. He remained undefeated, winning six games and drawing one. After twenty Years, a Karnataka player has won the Individual Gold medal in the National Team Championship. International Masters Shivananda B.S., Ravi Gopal Hedge,upcoming talents Sameer Ghotane , Shabdik Verma and Sridatta M V were part of the Karnataka team.

Nagpur: UKCA Congratulates to Ananya Arumbakkam for winning the National Schools 2017 Championships girls Under 11 event, Shriyana S Mallya for winning the girls Under 7 event and Arhan Chethan Anand for coming third in the Under 9 open event at Nagpur.

Bangalore, Dec 4, 2016: Sports Writers Association of Bangalore(SWAB), awarded United Karnataka Chess Association as the Featured Sports Association of the Year 2016. The jury was comprised of India's leading newspaper sports editors. It was a suprising and exciting news for us, when Times of India Sports editor called on us couple of days back about this. We dedicated this award to all the District Chess Associations, Academies, Coaches, Players, Organizers, Arbiters and Parents and all those supported us directly and indirectly in this amazing journey. We truly acknowledge all of you. Our President Mr. D.P. Anantha and General Secretary Mr. Arvind Shastry received the award in front of dignitaries such as Criketer B S Chandrashekhar, Javagal Srinath, K L Rahul, International and national athletes and media fraternity in a grand award ceremony held at Hotel Le Meridian on Dec 4th 2016. It was an amazing moment for us!. Cilck on the images to see larger images or Click here to see more pictures >>

The Ekalavya Awardee of 2011(Chess) Viani Antonio D'Cunha of South Canara and a student of R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore has achieved the title International Master in Abu Dhabi Chess Festival - International Masters Tournament held from 21st to 29th August 2016. Viani Antonio D’cunha achieved his International Master title by attaining the required rating of 2400 in the last round against International Master Fawzy Adham of Egypt. Thus he is the first and only International Master in Chess from South Canara District. Viani has achieved 5 International Master (required for the title 3) norms out of which 3 norms were achieved in previous Abu Dhabi events. With the rating of 2346, he increased 41 points in Czech Open 2016 and 23 in Abu Dhabi Masters and now has a live rating of 2410.

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