Anurag Mhamal ( Dempo Goodwill Ambassador) 17 year old won the 1st All India UKCA CUP Fide Rating Chess Tournament at Mangalore , Karnataka.
Three players tied for the 1st position with the score of 7.5 points but due to better tie break Anurag emerged the winner.He scored 7.5 points out of 9 rounds which includes 6 wins and 3 draws and remain undefeated in the tournament. In the last 2 rounds he drew with Pranav Vijay and M. Kunal of Tamil Nadu. He won Rs. 30,000/- as prize money.He is the youngest Goan to win the FIDE Rating tournament. Earlier Mr T.S.Venkatramanan of Goa had similarly won FIDE Rating tournament. Anurag is showing his consistent form and recently at Jaipur-Rajastan he won National Silver Medal in Rapid Chess. Anurag is very happy about his success and would like to give this credit to Shri Srinivas Dempo ( Chairman Dempo Group of Companies) , along with the Officials at Dempo House and Dempo Travels , President of Goa Chess Association - Shri Ashesh Keni, Treasurer-Shri Kishor Bandekar, Jt Secretary - Mr Balakrishnan and other office bearers, his Coaches- Shri Akash Thakur and GM Pravin Thipse , Sports Authority of Goa and Chess fraternity for encouragement.V. Raghavendra of Karnataka finished 2nd and Akash Thakur of Maharashtra finished 3rd. Rohan Ahuja and Ritviz Parab with the score of 7 points finished 6th and 7th in the prize list. Niraj Saripalli with the score of 6.5 points finished 11th. Anirudh Bhat ( 6.5 points ) finished 13th. Rishubh Naik ( 6 points ) finished 18th , Nandini Saripalli ( 6 Points ) finished 19th & Kapil Pawse ( 6 points) finished 22nd.
Other Goan Players performance after the final round:
1. Shane Braganza, Snehil Shetty & Shubham Sawaikar 6 points 2. Anant Prabhudesai , Rajat Vaskar Rajas Chari & Vagesh Tendulkar 5.5 points .3. Deepak Gopalan,Sharmad Bodke Saeesh Bandodkar Gunjal Chopdekar, Ishika Chopdekar 5 points.4. Dipika Giridhar, Swear Braganza & Shaunak Cuncolienkar 4.5 points .5. Sahil Shetty, Pawan Vernekar & Krystal Fernandes 4 points.6. Bewerly Mendonca, Leon Mendonca, Shivank Kuncolienkar, & Vandana Bandodkar 3.5 points.7. Sachi Bandodkar & Anurag Adwalpalkar 3 points.