The 5th edition of the SBI Life National Amateur (Below ELO 2300) Chess Championship got off to a rousing start here at Thakur College of Science & Commerce, Thakur Village, Kandivali (East), Mumbai.

This event which has attracted a total of of 254 players across 16 states of India and it is being conducted by Indian Chess School under the aegis of All India Chess Federation, Maharashtra Chess Association and Mumbai Suburban District Chess Association.

Earlier, the event was inaugurated by Shri Pradeep Kumar, Regional Sales Manager of SBI Life by lighting the tradtional lamp and playing a game agains the joint State Amatuer Champion, Ridit Nimdia.

A total of 11 rounds would be played to decide the National Amateur Chess Champion 2016 of India (Men & Women) who will go on to represent India in the World Amateur Chess Championship, which is scheduled at Italy in April 2017, The players would also be vying for the prize pool of Rs. One Lakh.

The 1st which concluded today witnessed the seeded players sailing through to round 2 by defeating the lower rated players. The top seeded player for this event is Ameya 55Audi (ELO 2089) from Goa while V S Raahul (ELO 2062 - Tamil Nadu) and Y Chakravarthy (ELO 2055) from Andhra Pradesh are seeded 2nd 3rd respectively.

For the host state, Candidate Master Aditya Mittal (ELO 2040) is seeded 4th and will pose a strong challenge for the title.

Key Results:

Bo.   White Rtg Pts. Result  Pts.   Black Rtg
1   Avinash Vvus  1245 0 0 - 1 1   Audi Ameya  2089
2   Raahul V S  2062 1 1 - 0 0   Lund Rachit  1244
3   Kiyarra Sunil Khaturia  1241 0 0 - 1 1   Chakravarthy Y V K  2055
4 CM Aditya Mittal  2040 1 1 - 0 0   Greeshma Anand Dhumal  1239
5   Tendulkar Kruttika  1237 0 0 - 1 1   Mahindrakar Indrajeet  2009
6   Upadhyay R  1949 1 1 - 0 0   Doshi Deep  1231
7   Arshin Sikka  1225 0 0 - 1 1   Smaraki Mohanty  1936
8   Rupesh Ranjan  1934 1 1 - 0 0   Panchal Soham  1223
9   Kadam Rishi R  1216 0 0 - 1 1   Nair Sanjeev  1931
10   Niklesh Kumar Jain  1908 1 1 - 0 0   Bang Atharva  1212
11   Singh Vibhav  1211 0 0 - 1 1   Panesar Vedant  1882
12   Sharma Pankaj  1875 1 1 - 0 0   Gavkhadkar Om  1210
13   Hetvi Pethad  1207 0 0 - 1 1   Om Vinay Vitalkar  1871
14   Hrishikesh Chavan  1868 1 1 - 0 0   Aditya Ramanathan  1205
15   Kiny Roger  1205 0 0 - 1 1   Kadav Omkar  1865