Mohideen Rizwan and Balachandran Dandapani, due to prior commitments.
In the group stages, all the 8 seeds qualified into the quarter-finals. Thomas Lawrence who had an excellent tournament, was unfortunate to lose to Mohanathas on game points difference, after finishing his league matches with equal points. He also lost the opportunity to collect maximum points against Derrick in the group match, when after leading 14-0, he let Derrick off the hook and tie the game 14-14.
Another player to excel was Sanjeevan Selladurai, who has been consistently improving and beat veteran Dinesh Shetty in the league match. As expected Sylvester D’Souza and Derek D’Souza also, comfortably moved into the quarters. And, as anticipated, Shad Ahmed, Derrick Silveira and Elango topped their groups to qualify.
The tournament standard though not consistent produced excellent plays, with most players finishing the boards in 2 or 3 chances.
Derrick Silveira was not himself though, but he did produce the only slam of the day. Derrick’s white slam against Marion Fernando, was amazing with very creative openings to get the result.
The tournament draw was designed in such a way that no player would meet another twice until the finals. In the quarters, Group A winner – Shad Ahmed had lady luck in his favor in defeating Group C Runner-up Dinesh Shetty 20-15. Shad who was trailing Dinesh until the end of sixth board, as usual made a grand recovery and with some lapses by Dinesh was able to cross the finish line a victor. Group B winner – Derrick Silveira managed to knock out Sylvester D’Souza, who started winning the first board of the match by 8 points. Derrick recovered the early jolt and playing composed carrom qualified for the semis. Group C winner – Sanjeevan Selladurai had a tough time in beating