Ayush Sarraf – Champion of The Week

Ayush Sarraf - Player of the Week

Chess KLUB hosts weekly tournaments to allow students to explore their games practically every week. Let’s take a look at the results of these tournaments, along with some brilliant games that were played.

On Saturday, 31st July, we had the Swiss Open Tournament with 53 participants playing against each other across 7 rounds. Sabarish Kailasam was the winner at this event with an excellent score of 6.5, with his best game being against the runner up Aniruth Satish, who had a score of 5.5. Sabarish began the game with the Italian Game Opening.

He played the Scotch Gambit variation of this game where Aniruth one a pawn in the Opening. This was followed by Sabarish sacrificing his Bishop to gain a pawn and to open up Aniruth’s King. Aniruth then blundered his Queen while trying to grab a piece. This massive disadvantage forced Aniruth to resign on the 11th move.

In third place, we had Aaroosh Reddy with a score of 5 points.

In the Chess KLUB Classic Arena Tournament held on Sunday, we had Advit Gupta as the champion with a grand score of 83%, followed by Sabarish Kailasam in second place, who had a win rate of 77%. The two played an exciting game against each other in the last round that began with the Scotch Gambit.

They then exchanged their Queens early on in the game, followed by an exchange of one Rook each. Sabarish then posed a Knight fork on Advit’s King and Rook on the 20th move. This disadvantage forced Advit to resign immediately, making Sabarish the winner.

The second runner up at this event was Aarav Patel, who had a win rate of 73%.

Parv Parikh was the Champion of the Intermediate Batte Arena with an amazing win rate of 90%, and he played his most engaging game against Ishan Ghate, the runner up who had a win rate of 71%. The game began with the Caro Kann Defense, and the two exchange a pair of minor pieces.

In the middle game, Parv became an exchange up, and he then won two pawns. As the game progressed, Parv posed a Queen fork on Ishan’s King and Knight, which gave Parv a major advantage. This caused Ishan to resign on the 29th move. Our second runner up was Ansh Pawar, who had a win rate of 57%.

In the Classic Arena held on Wednesday, we had Ayush Sarraf in first place with a fabulous win rate of 73%, followed by Sanjey Ramachandran in second place with a win rate of 67%, followed by Vihaan Thota in third place with a win rate of 75%.

Our champion and runner up played an aggressive game against each other where Sanjey began the game with the Ruy Lopez Opening. In the middle game, Sanjey became a pawn up, followed by the two exchanging their Queens. Sanjey then strategically won a Bishop in the end game, followed by Ayush winning a Knight by posing a pin. Ayush then created a passed pawn which he converted into a Queen on the 47th move, which forced Sanjey to resign.

This week saw some exceptional games and an excellent winner list. We hope to see similar results every week.

Congratulations to all the winners.