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IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Tournament – A Kenyan Perspective

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Janvi Nipul Shah of Kenya won 3 rd prize in U7 Girls at the 3 rd IIFL Wealth Mumbia International Chess Tournament.

Janvi Nipul Shah of Kenya in 3rd position for the U7 category. Photo credit Niklesh Jain of ChessBase India.
Janvi Nipul Shah of Kenya in 3rd position for the U7 category. Photo credit Niklesh Jain of ChessBase India.

The 9-day event held at Mount Litera School International at Mumbai, India ran from 30 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 with one round daily.

Venue for the event Litera School International. Photo credit Prathiba Shah.
Venue for the event Litera School International. Photo credit Prathiba Shah.

The event had two sections – Open and the U13 Section.

The U13 Section saw 276 players from 10 federations including Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, USA and Kenya.
Mumbai's apartments. Photo credit Satish Deshpande.
Mumbai’s apartments. Photo credit Satish Deshpande.

The Under-13 event, has a prize fund of IRS 800,000 (KES 1.2 million or USD 12,000).  It is billed as the ‘World’s Richest Event for U-13 Kids‘  and which attracts the biggest number of players in India.

Kenya was represented by CM Aguda Lwanga, CM Odongo Lwanga, WCM Devashri Shah, WCM Janki Shah, WCM Janvi Shah, Viraj Shah and Vyom Shah.  Kenya had the biggest foreign contingent in this event.
Section of the playing hall. Photo credit Satish Deshpande.
Section of the playing hall. Photo credit Satish Deshpande.

The Open Section had 315 players from 23 federations including 3 players from Kenya (Sumit Deshpande, Charles Lwanga and Brian Kariuki).

Flying the Kenyan flag - from left to right Brian Kariuki, Charles Lwanga and Sumit Deshpande.
Flying the Kenyan flag – from left to right Brian Kariuki, Charles Lwanga and Sumit Deshpande.

The Open Section attracted 18 Grandmasters, 2 Women Grandmasters and 20 International Masters vying for a cash prize of IRS 1,200,000 (KES 1.8 million or USD 18,000).

Anchor Chess Club founder Paras Gudka (left) with his team mates Brian Kariuki and Sumit Deshpande.
Anchor Chess Club founder Paras Gudka (left) with his team mates Brian Kariuki and Sumit Deshpande.

Top ranked player was current Commonwealth Chess Champion GM Abhijeet Gupta of India rated at 2610.

GM Abhijeet Gupta (right), Praful Zaveri (standing in the middle) and Sagar Shah (extreme right) of Chess Base India.
GM Abhijeet Gupta (right), Praful Zaveri (standing in the middle) and Sagar Shah (extreme right) of Chess Base India. Photo credit IIFL Wealth.

17-year-old Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo and 11-year-old Indian CM Gukesh D clinched the Open event and Junior event respectively.

CM Aguda Lwanga also got chance to play in a blindfold simultaneous on one of the 12 boards against the famous GM Timur Gareyev.  GM Garyev ended up with 11 wins and 1 draw.

The dates for the 4th edition of the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Chess Tournament have been confirmed and will be held from 30th December 2018 – 7th January 2019.

The event is supported by Mr Karan Bhagat Founder, MD & CEO of IIFL Wealth and Asset Management.  FI Praful Zaveri of Indian Chess School was the organiser.
The 2016 edition had Vihaan Kumar Sheth of Kenya taking part.  See story on 2016 IIFW Chess Tournament.