2nd seeded V S Raahul of Tamil Nadu and Smaraki Mohanty of Odisha were crowned as 'Champions' of SBI Life 5th National Amateur Chess Championship 2016! In an eventful last round, Raahul defeated top-seeded Ameya Audi of Goa to win the championship with a score of 9.5/11. Raahul was not required to share the trophy as the game between the overnight co-leaders, Chakravarthy and Omkar ended in a draw. Y Chakravarthy was secured 2nd position with a better tie-break while Omkar finished 3rd. Both scored 9/11. Meanwhile, the women's championship was won by Smaraki Mohanty of Odisha with a score of 7.5/11 ahead of Greesham Dhumal who secured 2nd place.

Raahul and Smaraki became richer by Rs.21,000/- and Rs.10,000/- and will also get opportunity to represent India in the forthcoming World Amateur Chess Championship at Italy in April 2017. 

CM Aditya Mittal, who at one stage appeared to be running with title, had to content with a 4th place with a score of 8.5/11 while 5-10 places was decided by tie-break as all of them finished on 8/11.

The prize distribution ceremony was presided over by Shri Anand Pejawar, Executive Director (Marketing), Shri Santosh Chacko, Regional Director (Mumbai & Goa region) and Shri Pradeep Kumar, Regional Sales Manager from SBI Life Insurance Company Limited.

SBI Life V National Amateur Chess Championship 2016
Prize Winners (Open)
Rank   Name   Rtg FED Club Type Pts Res.
1   Raahul V S   2062 IND TN U2300 0
2   Chakravarthy Y V K   2055 IND AP U2300 9 ½
3   Kadav Omkar   1865 IND MAH U2000 9 ½
4 CM Aditya Mittal   2040 IND MAH U2300 0
5 CM Mullick Raahil   1568 IND MAH U2000 8 0
6   Devansh Ratti   1814 IND MAH U2000 8 0
7   Audi Ameya   2089 IND Goa U2300 8 0
8   Upadhyay R   1949 IND MAH U2000 8 0
9   Panesar Vedant   1882 IND MAH U2300 8 0
10   Shah Jeet   1662 IND MAH U2000 8 0