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GM Laxman Rajaram is the National Blitz champion 2017

by Shahid Ahmed - 22 August 2017

We all know how strong R.R. Laxman is at shorter time controls. He once again proved that calling him blitz king of India would be quite appropriate as he went on to win the National Blitz Championship 2017 with a mammoth score of 10.0/11. The second place went to Chennai's P. Karthikeyan while Bengal's Mitrabha Guha performed admirably to finish third. We have an interview with the winner and also an invitation to a blitz tournament which you can play from the comfort of your home.

GM R R Laxman wins National Blitz Chess Championship 2017

GM R R Laxman of RSPB won National Blitz Chess Championship 2017 held at Bhawanipur Education Society College on 4th August 2017. Despite having a shaky start with a draw in the 1st Round, he managed to score 9.5 points in the next ten games and scored a mammoth ten points out of 11 to win National Blitz Chess Championship. IM P. Karthikeyan scored 9.5 points to secure second position and local lad FM Mitrabha Guha scored 9 points to finish third.

GM R R Laxman of RSPB receives the Champion’s Trophy and ₹20000 cash
Interview with GM R R Laxman after winning National Blitz Chess Championship 2017

IM P Karthikeyan finished 2nd and received a trophy and ₹12000 cash


Local lad FM Mitrabha Guha had a fantastic tournament, finishing at 3rd position and bagged home ₹9000 cash

It was good to see IM Rahul Shetty back on the chess board as he finished fifth and won ₹4000 cash

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 1 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2575 RLW 10,0 0,0 72,0 77,5
2 9 IM Karthikeyan P. IND 2392 RLW 9,5 0,0 77,5 82,5
3 32 FM Mitrabha Guha IND 1980 WB 9,0 0,0 72,0 77,5
4 6 IM Rajesh V A V IND 2404 TN 8,5 0,0 75,5 80,5
5 18 IM Shetty Rahul IND 2207 AI 8,5 0,0 69,5 75,5
6 15 IM Sharma Dinesh K. IND 2326 LIC 8,0 0,0 79,5 85,0
7 13 FM Sai Krishna G V IND 2369 AP 8,0 0,0 76,5 82,5
8 16 IM Nitin S. IND 2309 RLW 8,0 0,0 76,0 79,0
9 12   Saravana Krishnan P. IND 2378 TN 8,0 0,0 75,5 80,0
10 10 IM Palit Somak IND 2388 RLW 8,0 0,0 74,5 79,5
11 3 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2463 RLW 8,0 0,0 74,0 79,5
12 11   Ram S. Krishnan IND 2379 TN 8,0 0,0 67,0 72,5
13 30   Baivab Mishra IND 2009 ORI 8,0 0,0 66,0 71,0
14 7 IM Shyaamnikhil P IND 2397 RLW 7,5 0,0 74,0 79,0
15 26   Joshi Govind Ballabh IND 2059 AI 7,5 0,0 71,0 76,5
16 49 CM Aronyak Ghosh IND 1802 WB 7,5 0,0 69,5 72,5
17 37 AGM Arka Sengupta IND 1887 WB 7,5 0,0 68,5 73,0
18 34 AGM Ritam Nag IND 1967 WB 7,5 0,0 68,0 72,5
19 21   Kaustuv Kundu IND 2111 WB 7,5 0,0 67,0 70,0
20 36 FM Rajdeep Sarkar IND 1908 WB 7,5 0,0 66,0 69,5

Complete Standings 

The tournament was organized by Bengal Chess Association in Bhawanipur Education Society College from on 4th August 2017 in which 174 players participated across the country in over 15 different state.

Become a better blitz player:

To become better at blitz, you need to play many blitz games. One of the reasons why GM R.R. Laxman is so successful at this short format of the game is because of playing incessant blitz on the Playchess server. In the past he was known on the server as the blitz king of Indian, beating strong grandmasters with absolute ease.

 

ChessBase India in collaboration with Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) is giving you an opportunity to play ten rounds of 3+1 blitz chess on 10th of September 2017. The online tournament on Playchess is held to celebrate 12 years of DBCA's successful contribution to Indian chess. The total prize fund is Rs.50,000 and the first prize is Rs.12,500.

The founders of DBCA: GM Dibyendu Barua and his wife WIM Saheli Dhar-Barua

Get all the information about the DBCA online tournament


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