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Cademic Chess Carnival 2023 offers a prize fund of ₹1299999, starts this Saturday 22nd April

by Smitha Selvi - 18/04/2023

Cademic Chess Center invites you to Cademic Chess Carnival comprising four consecutive rating tournaments - Rapid, Blitz, Classical and Below 1600. It starts this Saturday 22nd April. The total prize fund combining all four events is ₹1299999. The total prize fund for each of the four events are: Rapid - ₹300000, Blitz - ₹99999, Classical - ₹500000 and Below 1600 - ₹400000. Last date of registration is 20th April. Three GMs and seven IMs have already confirmed their participation for the Rapid and Blitz events. About 350 players in Rapid, 320+ in Blitz, over 350 in Classical and about 450 players have registered for Below 1600 event. So hurry up and register yourself if you still have not done it yet. All info photos are from tournament circular unless mentioned otherwise.

Four consecutive rating tournaments in Kerala

We take immense pride and joy in informing you that we are organizing the first ever Chess Carnival in India “Cademic Chess Carnival” from 22nd April to 1st May 2023.  In this event, four international FIDE rated chess tournaments are organized back to back in four different time formats covering Classical open, Below, Rapid and Blitz events.

Cademic Chess Carnival will take place from 22nd April to 1st May 2023

As a chess parent, I have been to many tournaments across the country, and even outside India. While many tournaments lacked quality, many good events were at the higher end when it comes to affordability.

Entry fee structure for all four events

We took upon a mission to conduct quality tournaments at an affordable cost. The first tournament was conducted in Aug 2022, that gave opportunity for 470 players from eleven Indian states and five federations to see first-hand, what we have to offer. Here is a link to our earlier event on ChessBase India.

While there were several learnings for us, as an organizing team, the event was a success in terms of its real intention – a good quality event at an affordable cost. Many positive feedbacks from players and parents made us believe, yes, we are on the right path to follow. One of the catchy comments from a parent was – ‘Players were treated with patience and parents were treated with respect’.

The Rapid Rating event will take place on 22nd and 23rd April 2023

As the next step in this series, we are aiming higher than last time -  the first ever Chess Carnival in India “Cademic Chess Carnival” from 22nd April to 1st May 2023.  It is a ten day mega event with a total prize fund of ₹12,99,999/-

Total prize fund for the Rapid Rating event - ₹300000

In order to make this ten day carnival really memorable for you, we have chosen the best venue possible - a beautiful beach front location. A venue very close to the Veli Tourist village in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala.

The Blitz Rating Open will take place on Sunday 23rd April 2023

In this Carnival, we are bringing to you a lot more events through the days to celebrate Chess. These are meant to engage you all – players, parents and other chess enthusiasts together.

Total prize fund for the Rapid Rating event - ₹99999

So, once again, we cordially invite you to spend a good 10 days during this summer holidays in the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum along the beautiful and serine beach front. We really hope, this will be a trip that you will cherish for a long time.

The Classical Rating Open will take place from 24th to 28th April 2023

Several titled players have already registered for the event. What are you waiting for?

Confirmed title players for Rapid and Blitz

GM Vishnu Prasanna V | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Jubin Jimmy | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy | Photo: Himank Ghosh

IM Srihari L R | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Nitin S | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM P D S Girinath | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Ratnakaran K | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Laxman R R | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM D V Prasad | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Total prize fund for the Classical Rating Open - ₹500000

The Below 1600 Rating tournament will take place from 29th April to 1st May 2023

Total prize fund for the Below 1600 Rating - ₹400000

List of registered Players for the 1st Cademic Chess Carnival:


1GMVishnu Prasanna. V5030692IND2477TN
2FMJubin Jimmy46686614IND2455KER - KLM
3GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.5011132IND2405TN
4IMSrihari L R46617116IND2322TN
5IMNitin S.5018277IND2294TN
6IMGirinath P.D.S.5000572IND2277S55TN
7IMRatnakaran K.5005507IND2235SRLYS
8GMLaxman R.R.5005361IND2232ICF
9FMHarsh Suresh45018464IND2148TN
10IMPrasad Devaki V5000050IND2127S55KAR
11CMSoham Datar5097169IND2102MH
12Aswath S46694919IND2092TN
13FMSreyas Payyappat46674969IND2083KER - TVM
15Sharsha Backer46666044IND1992KER - KZK



1GMVishnu Prasanna. V5030692IND2468TN
2IMNitin S.5018277IND2386TN
3GMLaxman R.R.5005361IND2379ICF
4IMGirinath P.D.S.5000572IND2369S55TN
5GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.5011132IND2367TN
6IMRatnakaran K.5005507IND2345SRLYS
7IMSrihari L R46617116IND2334TN
8FMJubin Jimmy46686614IND2306KER - KLM
9IMPrasad Devaki V5000050IND2265S55KAR
10FMHarsh Suresh45018464IND2227TN
12Anilkumar O.T.5017530IND2136S55KER - KZK
13IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam5001277IND2133TN
14CMSoham Datar5097169IND2122MH
15FMSreyas Payyappat46674969IND2083KER - TVM



1GMLaxman R.R.5005361IND2341ICF
2IMPrasad Devaki V5000050IND2265S55KAR
4FMSreyas Payyappat46674969IND2107KER - TVM
5Nithin Babu46615431IND2072KER - KSD
6Sharsha Backer46666044IND2013KER - KZK
7IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam5001277IND1949TN
8Sanjay S Pillai25043943IND1934KER - KYM
9Chandar Raju25008307IND1930KER - EKM
10Anilkumar O.T.5017530IND1836S55KER - KZK
11Madhavan R Munjanattu45001863IND1806KER- KYM
12Mythireyan P25015060IND1768TN
13Vignesh Kannan P25755471IND1728U13TN
14Anwar K A K5046548IND1726KER - TVM
15Godson Merlin E35094114IND1702TN


Below 1600

1Kavin Oviyan R25961594IND1535KER - PTA
2Prince Mundakayam25008773IND1530S55KER - IDU
3Hermon Dain Saldanha25055119IND1529KAR
4AIMMuthukumar Mukesh366194743IND1525U13TN
5Arunkumar S25650882IND1520KER - TVM
6John Christopher5060141IND1501TN
7Karthik Raj25642162IND1483KER - KNR
8Benni T K25003518IND1481S55KER - TVM
9Sai Kiran G V25055860IND1473TN
10Manika Kesavan35034871IND1468TN
11Rahul V S33436380IND1459KER - KLM
12Kashthuri Bhai R25611607IND1458wAN
13Sidharth Mohan33352550IND1457KER - TVM
14Rohan Ebi25749374IND1455KER - WYD
15Jahnvi Ashok25683128IND1440wU13KER - TVM



There will be a total of four tournaments. Rapid - 22nd and 23rd April, Blitz - 23rd April, Classical Rating Open - 24th to 28th April and Below 1600 - 29th April to 1st May 2023.

Event summary of the carnival and contact details

For registration: Click here.


For Enquiries:

97474 86494

99003 02302

99477 54122

89435 04084

99940 29796

90749 07893

Feedback from 1st Cademic Rating Open 2022

In addition to the several feedback we received from the players and parents through the course of the event, we received 100+ written feedbacks. Its our pleasure, to share a few below:


“Congratulations Cademic team, for your efficient, professional approach in planning, executing the very 1st event. We witnessed great commitment and passion from the team. Kudos to all organizers, arbiters. Thank you and we wish many such events from Cademic.”


“Thanks for efficiently conducting this event- tournament fee, food - both were economical. Tournament started on time for all rounds, kids were treated with patience. Parents are treated with respect. Enough seating as well. All our questions were answered, without changing the group to admin only. Thanks again and looking forward for more tournaments from the organisers.”


“Very well organised. Thanks for giving such an opportunity. Looking forward for more successful endeavour from the same team... 👍👍👍”


“Very well organised tournament.. Very good venue and arrangements.. Congratulations to the whole team. Best tournament played so far. Looking forward to such tournaments in the future .”


“Well organised tournament. Venue, timing, food everything super. Congrats to team worked behind. You set a mark. Thank you”


“I got  a lot of energy and inspiration through this tournament. Again I say a wonderful organising and a great atmosphere. Lucky to be part of this great event”


“Well organized tournament ✅

Always punctual ✅

Nice venue for a chess tournament ✅

Rectified the mistakes quickly that pointed out in the reviews✅

Soft handling with kids and parents ✅

Good team performance ✅

Kudos guys... Keep it up😇”


“Yes, team did a great job!! Highly appreciate your proactive communication on arrangements and action on inputs!!!”


“It is very wonderful tournament with excellent coordination and well organized.  We expect same types of tournaments in future in Trivandrum city”


“Overall coordination, pleasant environment for playing the chess, sufficient place for accommodating the players and the companions.”


“Conducted with comparatively low/reasonable charges, professional approach, compassionate attitude.”


“Congratulations to all the winners of the tournament. Kudos to the organisers for a fantastic tournament, neatly organised and the care you took of these small children.👍”

Places to visit around the venue

Few photos from the 1st Cademic Rating Open 2022

Distance to the venue, rules and regulations


Cademic Chess Center: Official site and facebook

About the Author


Smitha Selvi is an International Arbiter. She is the Tounament Director of 1st Cademic Chess Carnival and also the mother of a budding chess player who plays tournaments all over the world.

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