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Arvinder Preet Singh wins 8th N L Pandiyar Memorial Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/10/2023

FM Arvinder Preet Singh, Kartik Kumar Singh, Prithvi Sharma and GM Swapnil Dhopade scored an unbeaten 8/9 each at 8th N L Pandiyar Memorial Rating Open 2023. Arvinder won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. Kartik was placed second and Swapnil third. 120th seeded Prithvi won the first prize in rating category 1300-1599. Arvinder drew against Kartik in the final round. Swapnil and Prithvi won against Santhosh Kumar Sinha and Sham R respectively in the final round. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1501000. The top three prizes were ₹111000, ₹71000 and ₹71000 along with a trophy each. A total of 159 prizes were up for grabs. There were three prizes worth ₹1 lac and more. Apart from that, there were also five prizes worth over ₹50000. Photos: IA NI Vikas Sahu/Chess in Lakecity

Arvinder's first tournament victory of the year, Prithvi impresses

Former World Amateur champion, FM Arvinder Preet Singh won his first tournament of 2023 at 8th N L Pandiyar Memorial Rating Open 2023. His last rating tournament triumph was a year three days ago which he won in Spain. 120th seeded Prithvi Sharma scored an impressive unbeaten 8/9. He finished third overall and won the first prize worth ₹101111 along with a trophy in rating category 1300-1599. He also gained a staggering 192.8 Elo rating points.

Champion - FM Arvinder Preet Singh 8/9

Runner-up - Kartik Kumar Singh 8/9

Second Runner-up - GM Swapnil Dhopade 8/9

Top 3 (L to R): 2nd Kartik Kumar Singh 8/9, 1st FM Arvinder Preet Singh 8/9 and 3rd GM Swapnil Dhopade 8/9

FM Arvinder Preet Singh scored an unbeaten 8/9 and gained 4.4 Elo rating points

4th Balkishan A 7.5/9

5th Vrashank Chouhan 7.5/9

1st in Rating Category 1300-1599: Prithvi Sharma 8/9

2nd in Rating Category 1300-1599: Praveen K B 7/9

1st in Rating Category 1000-1299: Satheesh Kumar G 6.5/9

2nd in Rating Category 1000-1299: Bhavya Gupta 6/9

3rd in Rating Category 1000-1299: Omkar Deshpande 6/9

Lighting of the lamp at the inauguration ceremony

Inaugural first moves are being made

The opening ceremony was held on 15th of October in presence of Chief Guest - Mr. Sanjeev Bhardwaj, Organizing Chairman, Special Guest, Mr. Sanjay Bhatnagar. Other dignitaries present were - Adv. Mr. Praveen Kothari, Chess in Lakecity, Chief Patron, Mr. Tushar Mehta, IA FI Rajendra Teli, Vice President, RCA, IA NI Vikas Sahu, Organizing Secretary and IA Neelesh Kumawat, Chief Arbiter.

Players in action

Waiting area for parents and accompanying persons

Trophies for the prize winners

Tournament Director - IA NI Vikas Sahu

Group photo of the prize winners

The prizes were distributed by Chief Guest - IM FST Sekhar Chandra Sahu, Guest of Honour - Mr.Sanjeev Bhardwaj, Organizing Chairman, Mr. Nandkumar Chandel, IA FI Mr. Rajendra Teli, Vice President, RCA, Mr. Tushar Mehta, Chief Patron, Chess in Lakecity, IA NI Vikas Sahu, Organizing Secretary and IA Neelesh Kumawat, Chief Arbiter.

The tournament hall at Orbit Resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Thanks to IA NI Vikas Sahu, Tournament Director, for sharing photos and info about the tournament.


A total of 550 players including a GM and two IMs took part from various states across the country in this five-day nine round Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Chess in Lakecity at Orbit Resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan from 15th and 19th October 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

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Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
15FMSingh Arvinder PreetIND2032Punjab855,560,553,500
210Kartik Kumar SinghIND1958Maharashtra8505548,500
3120Prithvi SharmaIND1432Haryana848,552,547,000
41GMSwapnil S. DhopadeIND2469RSPB8485245,250
518Balkishan A.IND1839Karnataka7,548,552,541,750
612Vrashank ChouhanIND1930Raj-Lakecity7,547,551,543,500
720Raj D VyasIND1828Gujarat7,547,551,540,750
815Jihan Tejas ShahIND1864Gujarat750,55539,000
92IMGirinath P.D.S.S50IND2312SCR750,554,539,250
1021Sham RIND1825Tamil Nadu749,553,538,500
1151Praveen K BIND1584Tamilnadu748,55340,500
12527Shreyas RajU13IND0Uttar Pradesh748,55340,250
1316Dubey SanchayIND1856Uttar Pradesh747,55237,000
1425Dinesh Kumar JaganathanIND1788Tamilnadu7475139,000
1558Menhajul HodaIND1576Bihar7475137,250
1650Raaghav Kabil MIND1587Tamilnadu7475034,750
1717Mohit Kumar SoniIND1842Bihar746,54935,250
1814Mummana Venkata RuthvikIND1879Andhra Pradesh745,549,538,250
1927Yatin KumarIND1764Delhi7454936,500
2023Sinha Santosh KumarS50IND1811Gujarat744,548,536,000
21131Manish KumarIND1406Gujarat7434734,000
2296Dabhi Sangeet HIND1486Gujarat7434633,000
237IMSahu Sekhar ChandraS60IND1988Orrisa7424535,750
2495Arijit GhoshIND1486West Bengal7414533,500
258Kumar GauravIND1971Bihar6,552,557,541,000
264Tiwari ArjunIND2034RSPB6,55155,538,250
2734Mann AkbariU13IND1691Gujarat6,5515536,250
2832Dutta SamaritanIND1724Assam6,550,55538,500
2954AIMBanik Hrishikesh KumarU13IND1580West Bengal6,550,55536,250
3057AFMGorli NynaU13wIND1576Andhra Pradesh6,550,554,535,250



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