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14-year-old Arvind Iyer is the winner of Surya Trophy Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/03/2023

14-year-old Arvind Iyer scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win Surya Trophy Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. The teenager had a half point lead going into the final round. He drew with the eventual runner-up Maulik Raval to become a clear champion. Apart from Maulik, Shaikh Sohil, Ankit Chudasama and Shailesh Rawal also scored 7.5/9 each. They were placed third to fifth respectively according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹100000. The top three prizes were ₹11000, ₹9000 and ₹7000 along with a trophy each. Photo: Pruthviraj Leuva

Arvind's first rating tournament triumph

The 14-year-old teenager from Kalyan, Maharashtra, has won a few tournaments. However, this is his rating open tournament victory. Four players - Arvind Iyer, Maulik Raval, Shailesh Rawal and Ajay Virwani remained undefeated among the top ten finishers.

Champion - Arvind Iyer 8/9 | Photo: Pruthviraj Leuva

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd Shaikh Sohil 7.5/9, 1st Arvind Iyer 8/9 and 2nd Maulik Raval 7.5/9 | Photo: Pruthviraj Leuva

Arvind Iyer scored an unbeaten 8/9 and gained 89.6 Elo rating points

The tournament hall at Hotel Surya, Vadodara, Gujarat | Photo: Pruthviraj Leuva

Various prize winners | Photo: Pruthviraj Leuva

Parents and accompanying persons at the prize distribution ceremony | Photo: Pruthviraj Leuva

A total of 193 players participated in this two-day nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament. The tournament was organized by Divyam Foundation on 18th to 19th February 2023 at Hotel Surya in Vadodara, Gujarat. The time control for the event was 20 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
18ACMIyer ArvindIND1788847,551,544,75
22Maulik RavalIND20197,552,556,545,25
39Shaikh SohilIND17877,548,54939,75
410Chudasama AnkitIND17757,5485141,25
56Rawal ShaileshIND18167,5475040,00
631Jiaan Abhishek GondaliaIND135074953,540,00
711Mraduhas TripathiIND1658748,551,536,00
84Ajay VirwaniIND1830747,551,539,75
921Chandwani PrateekIND149374548,534,50
1026Raj PatelIND14337444735,25
1132Kholia KishanIND13497444733,50
12142Musin BulatRUS06,553,558,540,00
1337Aarav KumarIND13016,547,55134,25
1419Parmar JagdishIND15056,547,55032,25
1514Chevli MiralIND16126,5474933,50
1650Arpita PatankarIND12036,5454629,50
1713Bhatkar Zaheer AbbasIND16246,544,547,532,25
18131Khanak KapadiaIND06,5444731,50
1972Tanay SabooIND10996,543,546,531,25
2018Barot Yug KandarpbhaiIND15096,54345,530,00


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