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A rapid and blitz tournament with 2 lakh prize fund in Mumbai

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/01/2019

Amar Godbole was a passionate chess player in his younger days. He wanted to become a strong chess player, but education first and then work made his chess career take a backseat. With the mindset of providing a platform for other budding talents of the city, First move Chess Club and We One Events will organize an Open Rapid and Blitz Chess Tournament on 19th and 20th January 2019 at Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul, Vile-Parle (East). Total 2 lakhs worth of prize fund is up for grabs. There will be prizes in various age group category and some special prizes in the form of ChessBase Premium Account. Players of Mumbai will remember that Prabodhan Thackeray is the same place where the famous Bournvita inter-school tournaments used to take place.

A Rapid and Blitz tournament in Mumbai with 2 lakh prize money

Amar Godbole (right), the organizer of the event, meeting his idol Vishy Anand

Writes Amar Godbole, the organizer of this event, on his Facebook page: "Somethings in life give you immense pleasure no matter how stressful your day to day life is.. chess for me is certainly one of the things!! I am organizing a grand chess event in Vile-Parle where around 500 chess players from across Maharashtra and India will be exhibiting their chess skills over the board.. The beauty of this event is we have a 5 and a half year old girl and a 78 year old veteran participating in the competition.. the fun element of the game is not compromised and the playing experience for players will be over the top.. I hope this beautiful game of chess gets more awareness and love as much as any popular sport today!"

First-Move Chess Club and We One Events in association with Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul, Vile-Parle is organizing a Rapid and Blitz Chess Tournament on 19th and 20th January 2019 in Mumbai. It has a total prize fund of about Rs 2 lakhs up for grabs.


Venue: Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul, Shahaji Raje Road, Vile Parle (East), Mumbai - 400057


Time control: 20 mins + 3 seconds increment from move no.1

Number of Rounds: 9 (6 rounds on Day 1 and 3 rounds on Day 2)

Eligibility: Open for all

Total Cash Prize fund: ₹1,55,200

Entry fee: ₹1000.



Reporting time: 8:30 a.m. IST on 19th January 2019

First round: 10 a.m. IST



Rank Prize
1st ₹21000 + Trophy
2nd ₹15000
3rd ₹10000
4th ₹6000
5th ₹4500
6th ₹4000
7th ₹3500
8th ₹3000
9th ₹3000
10th ₹2500
11th ₹2000
12th ₹2000
13th ₹2000
14th ₹2000
15th ₹2000
16th ₹1800
17th ₹1800
18th ₹1800
19th ₹1800
20th ₹1800
21st ₹1500
22nd ₹1500
23rd ₹1500
24th ₹1500
25th ₹1500
26th ₹1200
27th ₹1200
28th ₹1200
29th ₹1200
30th ₹1200

Rating category prizes:

The categories are: 1400-1499, 1300-1399, 1200-1299 and Unrated-1199

Rank Prize
1st ₹2000
2nd ₹1500
3rd ₹1000

Age-group category prizes:

The categories are: under-7, under-9, under-11 and under-15 Boys and Girls.


Boys Girls
Rank Prize Rank Prize
1st Trophy 1st Trophy
2nd Trophy 2nd Trophy
3rd Trophy 3rd Trophy
4th Trophy 4th Medal
5th Trophy 5th Medal
6th Medal 6th Medal
7th Medal 7th Medal
8th Medal 8th Medal
9th Medal 9th Medal
10th Medal 10th Medal

Under-9, 11 and 15

Boys Girls
Rank Prize Rank Prize
1st ₹2000 + Trophy 1st ₹1500
2nd ₹1500 + Trophy 2nd ₹1200
3rd ₹1000 + Trophy 3rd Trophy
4th Trophy 4th Medal
5th Trophy 5th Medal
6th Medal 6th Medal
7th Medal 7th Medal
8th Medal 8th Medal
9th Medal 9th Medal
10th Medal 10th Medal

Best Divyang Player - ₹2000

Best Veteran Player - ₹2000

5 Special prizes of ChessBase India Premium Accounts will be given for great performances or any brilliancy seen during the games on the day.

Players who have already registered:

1FMMithil Ajgaonkar5017343IND2257
2Banerjee Sushant5011000IND2198
3Bhambure Shantanu5025931IND2151
4WIMThipsay Bagyashree Sathe5001013IND2065
5Pandit Arun5007135IND2012
6Gopal Rathod5018811IND2008
7FMDixit Nikhil5059534IND2003
8Bartakke Amardeep S.5003288IND2003
9Chittal Sairaj5047404IND1983
10Shetye Siddhali5038294IND1884
11Siddharth Venkatesh5036763IND1826
12Dhanashree Pandit5061202IND1716
13Sawant Akshay5011078IND1716
14Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi25033220IND1699
15Dere Pushkar25040898IND1678
16Aditya Guhagarkar25072730IND1654
17Shah Vishwa25000594IND1641
18Shome Shiv46608850IND1627
19Shetty Murugan45019304IND1531
20Shah Jeet45012954IND1489

Complete list


Time Control: 3 mins + 2 seconds

Rounds: 9

Eligibility: Open for all

Entry fee: ₹600



Reporting time: 12:30 p.m. IST on 20th of January 2019

First round: 1:30 p.m. IST


Rank Prize
1st ₹5000 + Trophy
2nd ₹4000
3rd ₹3000
4th ₹2500
5th ₹2000
6th ₹1500
7th ₹1500
8th ₹1000
9th ₹1000
10th ₹1000
11th ₹1000
12th ₹900
13th ₹900
14th ₹900
15th ₹800

Rating category prizes:

The categories are: 1400-1599, 1200-1399 and Unrated-1199

Rank Prize
1st ₹1200
2nd ₹1000
3rd ₹800

Prize Distribution Ceremony: 20th January 2019 at 7 p.m. IST. Certificates will be given to all participants.

Note: Prize will not be given, if prize winner is not present in prize distribution ceremony.

For registration and payment of entry


Amar Godbole - 9819103944

Gurcharan Singh Sandhu - 9082375383



Organizers reserve all the rights to make any changes in the tournament.

The rapid and blitz events in Mumbai

The city of Mumbai is quite active when it comes to rapid and blitz events. There are a lot of rapid specialists in the city who have moulded their styles to score maximally in these tournaments and earn good prize money. However, there are also players who participate in such events with the aim to get better prepared for bigger events, like WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay. Former National and Asian Champion is playing at the above event. When we recently interviewed her, she said that she used the rapid and blitz chess scene in the city of Mumbai to keep herself in touch with the game. No wonder she performed so well at the Mumbai IIFLW above 2100 Elo tournament. Here's her interview with IM Sagar Shah:

Bhagyashree Thipsay on the benefits of playing Mumbai rapid tournaments

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