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Levan Pantsulaia clinches 1st Meghalaya GM Open 2023, Aronyak Ghosh second and Ratnakaran third

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/01/2024

GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) scored an unbeaten 8.5/10 to win 1st Meghalaya GM Open 2023. Levan finished a half point ahead of the competition. IMs Aronyak Ghosh and Ratnakaran K scored 8/10 each. They were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. Both Levan and Aronyak remained undefeated. They maintained their seeding order in the final standings. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹3001000, ₹2000000 in Category A. The top three prizes were ₹301000 + trophy, ₹201000 and ₹150000 each respectively. Nithin Babu became the sole untitled player to make a top ten finish. He scored an impressive 7.5/10 to finish fourth. IM Soumya Swaminathan is the sole woman among top ten. She scored 7.5/10 to secure tenth place. Photo: Meghalaya Chess Association

Top two seeds finish in top two, remain undefeated

GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO), IM Aronyak Ghosh and IM Ratnakaran K were the three leaders 7.5/9 heading into the last round. Aronyak drew against Ratnakaran, Levan defeated IM Soumya Swainathan to become clear champion. Category B Below 1600 Rating tournament report will be published separately. 

Champion - GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) 8.5/10 | Photo: Meghalaya Chess Association

Runner-up - IM Aronyak Ghosh 8/10 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Second Runner-up - IM Ratnakaran K 8/10 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Levan Pantsulaia (GEO) scored an unbeaten 8/10, finished a half point ahead of the rest and maintained his rating

Group photo of various prize winners | Photo: Meghalaya Chess Association

Prizes were distributed by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya - Conrad K Sangma with Sports Minister, Govt. of Meghalaya, Shakliar Warjri and President, All India Chess Federation, Dr. Sanjay Kapoor in presence of MCA President - Khijar Mehraj Warjri and General Secretary - Khrawkupar Pajat amongst others.


Thanks to Khrawkupar Pajat, General Secretary of Meghalaya Chess Association for sharing photos and info about the tournament.


A total of 160 players including 6 GMs, 10 IMs and 3 WIMs took part from eight countries across the world in the Category A section. The eight-day ten round Rating Open tournament was organized by Meghalaya Chess Association at SAI STC Indoor Sports Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya from 12th to 20th December 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
GMPantsulaia, LevanGEO2561Georgia8,563,56957,5007
IMAronyak, GhoshIND2545RSPB863,567,552,2506
IMRatnakaran, K.IND2232RLYS.863,56750,7507
Nithin, BabuIND2102Kerala7,56165,547,2506
GMSavchenko, BorisFID2505FIDE7,559,564,548,0007
IMNeelash, SahaIND2458West Bengal7,558,56345,7507
GMKarthikeyan, P.IND2298Tamil Nadu7,558,56345,2506
IMAnuj, ShrivatriIND2400Madhya Pradesh7,5576142,5006
IMElgabry, MohsenEGY2215Egypt7,5525641,0006
IMSoumya, SwaminathanwIND2267PSPB758,56342,7506
IMShahil, DeyIND2368Assam755,55937,2506
Rohith, Yadav B RIND1746Telangana754,55734,5005
Dhrupad, KashyapIND2014Assam75456,539,2506
Chandar, RajuIND1901Kerala753,557,537,5005
Reyan, Md.U15IND1842Bihar752,556,536,0007
Jani, Kushal RIND1920Gujarat7525535,2506
GMNeelotpal, DasIND2350West Bengal6,56164,539,0004
FMMd, ImranU15IND2174Andhra Pradesh6,5606437,5006
FMMatta, Vinay KumarIND2146Union Bank of India6,5596438,0005
Kumaresh, AIND1806Tamil Nadu6,557,560,535,5005


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