Assam players shine in 11th KIIT International Chess Festival 2018
A group of about 15 players, mostly in below 14 years and few senior players participated in the 11th KIIT International Chess Festival 2018 organised by KIIT UNIVERSITY and Orrisa Chess Association under the aegis of All India Chess Federation from 25th May to 1st June 2018. Biswajit Bharadwaj, FIDE Arbiter from Assam was also nominated as an Arbiter in this prestigious event and received an International Arbiter norm from it.
Shahil Dey, Dhrupad Kashyap and Manthan Kashyap Dutta participated in the category A Grandmaster event which witnessed a total of 293 participant from 24 countries. Shahil Dey joined this event right after the Kolkata International Grand Master Open in which he performed brilliantly and increased 53 Fide Rating points thus crossing the 2000 Rating barrier.
All the three players started the event on a positive note. Dhrupad Kashyap of Sarala Birla Gyan Jyoti School was the top performer of Assam by scoring 5 points out of possible 10 and increased his fide Rating by 92 points. While Manthan kashyap Dutta a student of DPS Guwahati scored 4.5 points and increased his rating by 106 points. Shahil Dey however failed to continue his good performance in this tournament and lost 41 Rating points.
On the other hand Mrinmoy Rajkhowa, a student of Sudershan Public School Guwahati scored 6 points out of 9 rounds and secured best Under 8 prize in the C category tournament and also increased his fide rating by 106 points.
About 1300 players in the A, B and C category combined from 24 countries participated in this mega chess event which had a total cash award of 22 Lakhs. International Master Karthik Venkataraman of Andhra Pradesh clinched the championship by scoring 9 points out of 10 rounds and pocketed 2 Lakhs cash award and also achieved his second Grand Master norm from the event.
Overall it was a good performance by the Assam youngsters and besides the Fide points they were able to gain valuable experience and exposure from this tournament as they had the first hand experience of competing against some of the biggest names of Indian Chess such as Grand Masters Sandipan Chanda, R. R Laxman, Debashish Das etc.