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Garv Gaur wins Holi Cup Lakecity Rapid Rating Open 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/04/2022

14-year-old CM Garv Gaur scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 and finished a half point ahead of the competition to win Holi Cup International Lakecity Rapid Rating Open 2022. His sole draw was against Vrashank Chouhan in the fourth round. Three players scored 7.5/9 - Kumar Gaurav, Prakash Ram and Harish Sharma. They were placed second to fourth according to the tie-breaks. Garv won ₹21000 cash, Runner-up Kumar earned ₹15000, and Prakash received ₹11000 cash as their respective prize. All three of them received a trophy each. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹200000. Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

Four teenagers finish in top 10

CM Garv Gaur beat Prakash Ram in the penultimate eighth round to take sole lead 7.5/8. A draw in the final round against Kumar Gaurav ensured the teenager from Haryana a tournament victory. The remaining three teenagers to finish in top 10 are - 6th Vrashank Chouhan 7.0/9, 7th Anuj Bansal 7.0/9 and 9th Manan Goyal 7.0/9. 80-year-old R K Gupta scored an impressive 7.0/9 to become the highest finisher among veterans. He finished at 11th place overall. 13-year-old Charvi Patidar was the best finisher among female players. She scored 6.5/9 to secure 15th place.

Champion - CM Garv Gaur 8.0/9 | Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

Runner-up Kumar Gaurav 7.5/9 | Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

Second Runner-up Prakash Ram 7.5/9 | Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

CM Garv Gaur scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 and gained 40.4 Elo rating points

All prize winners with guests | Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

The Prize distribution function was presided over by Chief Guest Dr. Hemant Porwal, Sr. Doctor, JK Hospital, Distinguished Guest Mr. Gajpal Singh (Secretary, Udaipur BJP, Special Guest Mr. Ashok Bhargav, Secretary, Rajasthan Chess Association, Mr. Tushar Mehta, Chief Patron, Chess in Lakecity, Organizing Chairman Mr. Anil Mangrudiya (Sahu), Mr. Rajeev Bhardwaj, President, Chess in Lakecity, and in the presence of IA Vikas Sahu, Organizing Secretary. The prizes were distributed by all the guests.

Chief Guest Mr.Hitesh Mogra making the inaugural first move | Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

Chief Guest of the inauguration ceremony was Mr. Hitesh Mogra, Assistant Vice President, Wonder Cement. Mr. William D’Souza, Principal, St. Anthony’s SSS, Udaipur, Ms. Jessy D’Souza, Dr. Sonika Jain Corporator ward-27, Organizing Chairman Mr. Anil Mangrudiya (Sahu), Mr. Devilal Salvi, Mandal Adhyaksh, BJP, Mr. Manish Mogra, Advocate, IA Vikas Sahu, Organizing Secretary and IA Sunil Soni, Chief Arbiter were also present.

Lighting of the lamp | Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

The tournament hall | Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

Players in action | Photo: IA Sunil Soni/Chess in Lakecity

Thanks to IA Sunil Soni and Chess in Lakecity for providing valuable information about the tournament.


A total of 181 players from various states across the country took part in this event. The tournament was organized by Chess in Lakecity on 26th and 27th March 2022 at Orbit Resort, Udaipur, Rajasthan. The nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating Open had a time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
18CMGarv GaurU15IND1827Haryana8,052,557,049,750,07
24Kumar GauravIND1902Bihar7,551,055,045,000,07
31Prakash RamIND2116Punjab7,550,553,542,250,07
42Sharma HarishIND1959Delhi7,546,050,041,500,07
53FMJeet JainIND1905Gujarat7,051,056,040,500,07
617Vrashank ChouhanU15IND1592Rajasthan7,049,052,538,250,06
712Anuj BansalU19IND1728Punjab7,048,551,538,500,07
820Mohit Kumar SoniIND1544Bihar7,048,052,037,500,07
927Manan GoyalU17IND1441Haryana7,046,551,037,000,07
1030Pathak Gir RajIND1418Madhya Pradesh7,045,048,535,000,07
1139Gupta R KS55IND1290Rajasthan7,044,047,534,500,07
1228Sushant TiwariIND1435Delhi7,042,045,033,000,07
1310Chandan MandalIND1798Delhi6,550,552,034,000,05
149Sharma AvinashS55IND1802Uttar Pradesh6,548,553,036,750,06
1550Charvi PatidarU15wIND1224Rajasthan6,547,551,034,750,05
1614Mishra SanjeevIND1651Maharashtra6,547,550,534,750,06
1737Yajat VyasU17IND1293Lakecity-Raj6,542,045,531,000,06
1825Govind Kumar ChandelS55IND1453Lakecity-Raj6,540,044,029,750,06
1959Ravi PalsuleIND1193Madhya Pradesh6,050,055,033,000,06
2024Vishal ValaIND1475Gujarat6,050,054,534,250,05