Raunak wields his weapons well, wins Shaastra Juniors online chess; Bronze for Sankalp | Chess News – Times of India

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NAGPUR: Raunak Sadhwani continued his impressive online form in the shortest format of chess. After managing to get into the knockout stage among the 650 participants, city’s only Grandmaster (GM) emerged champion in the Shaastra Juniors (U-18) Chess Tournament on Sunday.
In the two-day meet played from home on the platform of chess.com, 14-year-old Raunak booked his 24-player qualifying berth in the 1.5-hour Arena format before winning the two-game bullet blitz knockout competition.
In the qualifying round, Raunak finished at the 18th position collecting 59 points. All the 24 qualifiers were divided into four groups. Raunak came into form and won all the three games in his group to qualify for the quarterfinals.
While Raunak won the exciting title clash in an Armageddon game against LR Srihari, city’s second International Master (IM) Sankalp Gupta clinched the third position.
In the summit clash, Raunak and Srihari played out a draw each to decide the fate of the winner in Armageddon. In the deciding Armageddon game Raunak won the toss and chose black pieces. Despite getting less time to play he made his moves with perfection to get past Srihari in 78 moves.
Earlier, both Raunak and Srihari took 56 and 109 moves to draw their respective games. In the semifinal, Raunak defeated IM Harshwardhan GB 1.5-0.5.
For his title winning effort Raunak was richer by Rs 10,000 and Sankalp won Rs 4,000 for his bronze medal.



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