Ram S Krishnan wins 1st Chess960 title

Organised by Megha Chess Academy at Hall of Chess, Nehru Stadium, Chennai

Double International Master Norm holder and former TN state champion Ram S Krishnan of BSNL clinched the 1st Chess960 state level Open chess tournament organised by Megha Chess Academy at Hall of Chess, Nehru Stadium, Chennai. Having logged in 8.0 points from the first eight rounds, Ram took a quick draw against Chennai junior G Jaswant, confirming his title with 8.5/9 score.

Top seed Ram S Krishnan (Elo 2342) adapted himself to this new form of chess, and was in difficulty in all but one game. “This unusual type of castling at middle game can sometimes put one in a fix”, said the new Chess960 champion. Following Ram in the second and third places were D S Shashaank, Jawahar Vidyalaya, Chennai and G Jaswant, St. Johns School, Mandaveli, Chennai at 8.0 and 7.5 points respectively.

Chess960, or Fischer Random Chess, is a chess variant invented by American chess legend Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess but the starting position of the main pieces is chosen at random. Randomizing the main pieces has long been known as Shuffle Chess but Chess960 also introduces new rules so that castling possibilities exist for all starting positions.

118 players participated in this nine round Swiss event, and prizes were awarded in Open, boys & girls category (under 8,10,12,14) and a special prize was awarded to a physically challenged participant. Mr D V Sundar, Hon Secretary, All India Chess Federation distributed the prizes.

News by R R Vasudevan, Press – in charge