Nihaltej Gundu – Champion of the Week



Chess KLUB allows students to explore their skills practically and we share some incredible games and the brilliant winner list through this article.

Chess KLUB Open Tournament

The first tournament of the week was the Chess KLUB Swiss Open Tournament held on Saturday, where we had 51 participants competing against each other.

The champion of the tournament was Jethin Bastin, who had a spectacular score of 5.5 out of 7. Jethin played an interesting game against our second runner up, Nikitha Kanagaraj, who had a score of 5.5 as well. Nikitha began the game with the Italian Game Opening, and Nikitha had double pawns in the opening. The two players exchanged Queens in the middle game, and as the game progressed, Jethin won two pawns.

They then exchanged their Rooks, and Nikitha regained her lost pawns which was followed by Nikitha posing a pawn fork on Jethin’s King and Knight. Jethin then made a passed pawn that he converted into a Queen on the 46th move. On the 64th move, Jethin made a blunder, leaving Nikitha’s King with nowhere to go, which forced the game into a stalemate.

In the second place, we had Adithiyaa Vasudevan with a great score of 5.5. 

Chess KLUB Open Classic Tournament

In the Chess KLUB, Open Classic Tournament held on Sunday; we had Jethin Bastin as the winner with a win rate of 61% followed by Sabarish Kailasam in second place with a win rate of 65% and Sanjey Ramachandran in third place with a win rate of 69%.

Our champion and runner up played an excellent game against each other. The game began with the Scotch game, and the two exchanged Queens early in the game. They then exchanged all their minor pieces and progressed to the end game, where Sabarish won two pawns. Sabarish then went on to win three more pawns, and they exchanged one Rook.

The disadvantage Jethin faced was too major for him to continue the game; hence he resigned on the 37th move.

Beginner Battle Arena

Aarav Patel was the champion of the Beginner Battle Arena with a fabulous win rate of 86%, and Aarav played an engaging game against our runner up Nikhith M in the last round.

Nikhith had a win rate of 25%, and he began their game with the Queen pawn. Aarav became a pawn up in the oepning, and he won Nikhith’s Bishop in the middle game. This was followed by Nikhith blundering his Queen, which gave Aarav a massive advantage that he converted into a win on the 21st move.

In third place, we had Vihaan Gupta with a perfect win rate of 100%.

Intermediate Battle Arena

In the Intermediate Batte Arena held on Tuesday, we had Nihaltej Gundu as the champion who had a win rate of 79% who played his best game against the runner up Parv Parikh, who had a win rate of 78%.

The game began with the King’s Indian Attack, and Nihaltej won a Knight in the opening,  which was followed by Nihaltej winning a few pawns in the opening. Nihaltej blundered his queen in the middle game, which gave Parv a massive advantage. This disadvantage forced Nihaltej on the 24th move.

Sabarish Kailasam was our second runner up with a perfect win rate of 100%.

Classic Arena Tournament

The Classic Arena Tournament held on Wednesday had some exemplary results, with Aarav Patel as the winner with a win rate of 64%, followed by Sabarish Kailasam as the runner up with a win rate of 78%.

The two played an excellent game in the last round, where the game with the Scotch Gambit and Sabarish became a pawn up in the Opening. The two then exchanged their Queens early in the game, and Aarav became a Bishop in the end game. Sabarish then made a passed pawn in the end game, which forced Aarav to resign on the 38th move.

In third place, we had Havish Venkat with a win rate of 62%.


This week saw some great performances and some refreshing results. We hope to see similar results every week and an excellent winner list once again.

Congratulations to all the winners.