Goa’s Rajaryan joint 2nd in Prague International Chess


 Rajaryan Kuvelkar of Goa, a student of Sharada Mandir School, has been doing well in chess tournaments abroad under the able guidance of Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Chuchelov in Belgium.
Rajaryan started indifferently in the Blitz Exhibition Tournament at Eupen, Belgium but his magnificent comeback in the last few rounds enabled him to top B Group with 8.5 points out of 11 rounds. GM Vladimir Chuchelov expressed satisfaction on his performance.
Rajaryan is currently in joint second position in ‘B’ Group in the Prague International Open Chess Tournament in Czech Republic with 5.5 points after seven rounds. With two more rounds to go, Rajaryan seems to have good chance to top the table.
The Goan boy has had a phenomenal run of success so far with four back to back wins against Mueller Josef (Czech Republic), Svetly Jiri (1952), Gunyecz Zoltan (1900 Hungary), Sargsjen Karen (1957 Armenia). He then continued his good run of form on topmost table with 3 successive draws against all 3 top title contenders,  Simkin Alexandro (1855 Russia ) , FIDE Master Vorobyov Yrij (2239 Ukraine ) and Benes Petr (2113 Czech Republic).
Rajaryan has been coached by Prasanna Sivaswamy and Dronacharya Raghunandan Gokhale.
Other Goan player playing in the same category CM  Nitish Belurkar (Goodwill Ambassador of Geno Pharmaceuticals)  is on 5 points after 7 rounds and is in joint 3rd position. WGM Bhakti Kulkarni (Goodwill Ambassador of Goa Carbon Ltd) playing in the  ‘A’ Group in the Prague International Open Chess Tournament in Czech Republic is on 4 points after 7 rounds of play. [NT]