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State Championships 2017

Announcements and News:

Cooperative Cup FIDE Rating Open Chess Tournament : Prize fund 3 Lakh - POSTPONED

This tournament has been postponed to MAY 2018 due to closure of 2 kilometer approach road to the Venue. Exact date of the tournament will be annouced soon.

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.

Seville: International Master Stany continued his good form and finished 3rd in the strong Seville Open in Spain. The Seville Open happened from 13th to 21st January . The prestigous open had 16 GMs and 13 IMs. Stany intitially started as 13th seed got a fantastic start by scoring 5/5 in which he defeated GM Petkov Vladimir of Bulgaria, Diaz Castro of Spain. He maintained the tournament lead till 8th round but managed to make a draw in the last round against GM Harutuniyan of Armenia and scored 7/9. A win in the final round would have helped Stany to Clinch the title. His performence in Spain helped him to gain the much needed 15 rating points thereby taking his rating to 2500 which is a rating requirement needed to become a Grand Master. Stany is the first player in the history of Karnataka to break this Rating barrier. He needs only 2 norms now to become a Grandmaster now.

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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