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Gowrichander wins Nagpur Below 1600 Rating Tournament 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/09/2022

Gowrichander U won Nagpur Below 1600 Rating tournament. Six players scored 8/9 each. Out of them, Gowrichander of Tamil Nadu won the tournament due to better tie-break score. Akshat Mahobiya and Saket Atul Kumar were placed second and third. They both remained undefeated. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹300000. Top three prizes were ₹51000 and a trophy, ₹30000 and ₹25000 each. The tournament was held between 14th and 16th August 2022 at Nagpur, Maharashtra. A total of 474 players took part from all over the country. 44th Chess Olympiad Bronze medalist WGM Divya Deshmukh and India's 71st GM Sankalp Gupta attended the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Bhushan Shriwas/Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation

Six players score 8/9

Second, Third and Sixth place finishers Akshat Mahobiya, Saket Atul Kumar and Prateek Chandwani remained undefeated. 12-year-old Yashad Bambeshwar of Chhattisgarh was the youngest finisher among top 10. He scored 7.5/9 to finish ninth.

Top 3 (L to R) - 2nd Akshat Mahobiya 8/9, 1st Gowrichander U 8/9 and 3rd Saket Atul Kumar 8/9 | Photo: Bhushan Shriwas/Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation

Gowrichander U scored two four-game winning streaks, suffering only one loss in the middle

Inaugural moves are being made | Photo: Bhushan Shriwas/Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation

The tournament was inaugurated by Pravin Datke, MLC, Nagpur in presence of Girish Vyas, Ex-MLC and Vice President of Maharashtra Chess Association, Sanjay Bhende, Chairman, Nagpur Nagrik Sahakari Bank and Vice President, State BJP, Dr. Upendra Kothekar, Organizing Secretary, BJP Vidarbha, Advocate A A Bade, Shivchhatrapati Awardee in Chess Organisation, T N Bahadure, Ex-Secretary, MCA, 44th Chess Olympiad Bronze medalist WGM Divya Deshmukh and Assistant Coach of India 1 Open at the Olympiad, GM Sankalp Gupta.

FM FT Akash Thakur, Bhushan Sriwasm WGM Divya Deshmukh and GM Sankalp Gupta along with other guests at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Bhushan Shriwas/Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation

Both WGM Divya Deshmukh and GM Sankalp Gupta were felicitated for their performance and contribution at the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022.

Prize winners of various categories | Photo: Bhushan Shriwas/Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation

Prizes were distributed by Chief Guest - Advocate Nishant Gandhi, President, Chess Association Nagpur, Jayant Katdare, Ex-National A Player who was the Guest of Honour, IA Promodraj Moree, Chief Arbiter, Bhushan Shriwas, Organizing Secretary and S S Soman, Member, Tournament Committee, MCA.

Organizing team | Photo: Bhushan Shriwas/Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation

Thanks to Bhushan Sriwas for providing photos and information about the tournament.


A total of 474 players took part from all over the country, in this three-day nine round Classical Rating tournament. The event was organized by Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation at Mundle Hall, The Blind Relief Association in Nagpur, Maharashtra from 16th to 18th August 2022. The time control of the event was 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
143Gowrichander U1382TN8525546,0008
237Akshat Mahobiya1394Chat849,553,546,5007
363Saket Atul Kumar1323MP849,553,544,0007
476Ghorghate Sahil1288Mah848,552,545,0008
551Ramteke Sumedh1355Nag848,551,541,0008
624Chandwani Prateek1427MP8475145,7507
738Sushant Tiwari1393Delhi7,5495340,7507
8171Gujrathi Aayush1145Mah7,546,549,538,5007
916Yashad BambeshwarU131466Chat7,546,548,540,5007
107Manna Chiranjit1515WB75557,543,2506
1121Nihaan PohaneU111443Mah75354,540,0007
1257Ravi Palsule1341MP7505438,7506
1356Sharma SaiU151343Nag748,552,540,5007
1410Madhvendra Pratap SharmaU091494MP748,55238,7506
156Patodi Samyak1520Mah748,55137,7506
16155Agrawal Hardik1166Mah748,55137,0007
1752Amol Ramteke1351Nag7485240,0006
185Shubham Kumar1531Bih7485036,5006
1930Koteswar Rao M1410Mah7465036,5007
2095Gaigore SanskarU131264Mah743,54534,5006


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