Nihaltej Gundu – Winner of the Week



Chess KLUB hosts weekly tournaments to allow all students to practically express their gameplay. Let’s take a look at some of the brilliant games that took place this week and our winner list.

Chess KLUB Open Tournament

This week’s Weekly Open Tournament had Nihaltej Gundu as the champion with a perfect score of 7 out of 7 followed by Vivaan Bhatt with a great score of 6 out of 7.

The two played an exceptional game against each other. Nihaltej began the game with his knight. The game continued to be equal till the middle game where Vivaan blundered his bishop. The game then continued where Nihaltej won a lot of pawns. On the 26th move, Nihltej’s Bishop attacked Vivaan’s Queen that led to a Queen trap. This massive disadvantage forced Vivaan to resign.

In third place, we had Rushil Karande with a score of 5.5.

Chess KLUB Beginner Tournament

Vihaan Sri was the winner of the Chess KLUB Beginner Tournament with a record-breaking win rate of 100%.

Vihaan played his most interesting against Amina Abdulla, our runner up who had a win rate of 38%. The game began with the Italian Game Opening and the game was relatively equal till the middle game where Amina gained Vihaan’s knight. Vihaan then posed a strong attack on Amina’s king which was followed by Vihaan winning Amina’s Queen. Vihaan checkmated Amina’s king on the 40th move with his Rook.

Vaibhav Lokeshwaran was our second runner up with a win rate of 25%.

Chess KLUB Intermediate Tournament

Aarav Patel was the Champion of the Chess KLUB Intermediate Tournament with an incredible win rate of 91% followed by Sabarish Kailasam with a wonderful win rate of 83% in second place and Ayush Sarraf in third place with a win rate of 52%.

Aarav and Sabarish played a brilliant game againats each other. The game began with the Caro Kann Defense and the two  exchanges their Queens and Rooks early into the game. Aarav then became a pawn up in the End Game followed by Aarav winning Sabarish’s Rook, giving him a great advantage.

Aarav then won the Sabarish’s knight as well and checkmated Sabarish’s king with his Rook and Knight.

Chess KLUB Advanced Tournament

In the Advanced Tournament we had Vivaan Bhatt in first place with a great win rate of 75% with his most aggressive game being against our runner up Advit Gupta who had a win rate of 60%.

Advit began the game with the Ruy Lopez Opening and Advit won a knight in the middle game. This was followed by Vivaan winning a Bishop as well. The two opponents then exchanged their Queens as well. As the end game progressed the two exchanged their Rooks as well and Advit gave perpetual checks to Vivaan’s Rook. The perpetual checks led to a repetition of the same position three times leading to a Draw by Three-Fold Repition.

Our second runner up for the event was Sanjey Ramachnadran with a win rate of 75%.

Beginner Battle Arena

In the Beginner Battle Arena we had Vihaan Sri with a record-breaking win rate of 100% with Vihaan’s best game being against Amina Abdulla.

The game began with the Queen Pawn Game and Vihaan became an exchange up in the middle game. Vihaan then invaded Amina’s king’s territory and won another Rook. Vihaan used this advantage to pose a pin on Amina’s King and Queen, making Vihaan a Queen up. Finally, Vihaan checkmated Amina’s King on the 43rd move.

In third place we had Yajat Biyani.

Intermediate Battle Arena

In the Intermediate Battle Arena we had Sabarish Kailasam as our Champion with an excellent win rate of 70% followed by Yajat Biyani in second place with a win rate of 75%.

The two played a wonderful game against each other where Yajat became a pawn up in the opening. Sabarish recovered this pawn in the middle game and also opened up his Rook file. Sabarish then posed a knight fork on Yajat’s Queen and Rook, making him a Rook up.

Yajat then posed a knight fork on Sabarish’s two Rooks as well and regained this exchange. Sabarish then posed recurrent attacks on Yajat’s king forcing his king to get exposed. This led to Sabarish giving Yajat’s king a checkmate on the 36th move.

In third place we had Rushil Karande with a win rate of 50%.

Advanced Battle Arena

Finally, we had the Advanced Battle where we had Sanjey Ramachandran with an amazing win rate of 67% with his most interesting game being against Anirudh Satish, our runner up with a win rate of 50%.

The game began with the Italian Game Opening– Giuoco Piano Variation. Anirudh fell for the trap this variation lays and captured a Rook Sanjey was offering. Sanjey posed an attack on Anirudh’s king and trapped his king, leading to a checkmate on the 14th move.

In third place, we had Adithiyaa Vasudevan with a win rate of 50%.


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

Congratulations to all the winners.