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Marthandan wins 32nd CUSAT Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/06/2023

K U Marthandan and FM Srinivasa Rao M scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 at 32nd CUSAT Rating Open 2023. Marthandan won the tournament due to better tie-break score, Srinivasa was adjudged second. Six players - IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam, Akhilan E M, Madhusoodanan K R, Rahul V S, Parteev Sunil and Gowrishankar Jayaraj scored 7/8 each. They were placed third to eighth respectively. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹300000. Top three prizes were ₹30000, ₹25000 and ₹20000 along with a trophy each. The tournament was held between 26th and 30th May 2023 at CUSAT Campus. This was Marthandan's fifth overall, first rating tournament triumph of the year. He went on to win two more tournaments after winning this. All photos are by Dr. Ajith Mohan unless stated otherwise.

Three veterans in top 10

K U Marthandan made a blazing start 7/7. He had a half point lead over the field. IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam and FM Srinivasa Rao M were the only two players trailing him by a half point at 6.5/7 each. Marthandan drew his final round game against Balasubramaniam. The top seed of the event, Srinivasa defeated Arul Anand S P K. Both Marthandan and Srinivasa finished with the same score 7.5/8 each. The tie-breaks decided the first two places. 103rd seeded Gowrishankar Jayaraj was the sole teenager to make a top ten finish. He scored 7/8 and was placed eighth. He gained the same amount of Elo rating points - 102.8, which was his seeding.  

Champion - K U Marthandan 7.5/8

K U Marthandan received the trophy from Dr. Dipak Kumar Sahoo, Principal, School of Engineering CUSAT in presence of the Chief Arbiter, IA M Ephrame, Sandhya Krishnakumar, President, Ernakulam Chess Association, Chandar Raju, Secretary, Ernakulam Chess Association, A M Unni, General Convener, M S Ananthakrishnan, Dr. Mobi Thomas, Head of Department of Physical Education, SB College Changanassery, M Kannan, FA P S Ameer and Dr. Meera Prathapan, Asst. Professor S M S, CUSAT. 

K U Marthandan scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 and gained 8.2 Elo rating points

Second Runner-up - IM Ramnatham Balasubramaniam 7/8 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Dr. P G Sankaran, Vice-Chancellor, CUSAT inaugurated the event by making e4 on the board against R Rajesh, AICF Joint Secretary, in presence of Dr. K R Ajith Mohan, Dr. Sasigopalan, IA M Ephrame, A M Unni and M S Ananthakrishnan

K U Marthandan with the winner's trophy and his first prize of ₹30000

The tournament was inaugurated by Dr. P G Sankaran, Vice-Chancellor, CUSAT at CUSAT Seminar Complex auditorium by making a move against R Rajesh, Chief Guest and Joint Secretary, AICF in presence of Dr. Sasigopalan, Syndicate Member CUSAT and the Chairman Organizing Committee, Dr. K R Ajith Mohan, Organizing Secretary and Dy. Director of Physical Education CUSAT, A M Unni, General Convener, Dr. Remya Ramachandran, Vice President CUSAT Chess Club, IA M Ephrame, Chief Arbiter, and M S Ananthakrishnan, Secretary, CUSAT Chess Club. 


The Organizing Committee is much obliged to M/s BPCL Kochi Refineries, State Bank of India CUSAT Campus Branch, M/s US Technologies Kochi, M/s Calphin Kochi, The Cochin University Employees Co-Operative Society and CUSAT Restaurant for extending co-sponsorships for this event.


Thanks to Dr. Ajith Mohan, Organizing Secretary, for sharing photos and information about the tournament.

A total of 452 players including an IM took part in this four-day eight round Swiss-league Rating tournament which was organized by Department of Physical Education CUSAT in association with CUSAT Chess Club at CUSAT Campus in Kochi, Kerala from 27th to 30th May 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13Marthandan, K UIND1958KER - EKM7,5424643,5007
21FMSrinivasa Rao, M.IND2111AP7,54244,542,0007
34IMRamnathan, BalasubramaniamS50IND1929TN74346,535,5006
45Akhilan, E MIND1919KER7404438,5007
525Madhusoodanan, K.R.S50IND1619KER739,543,537,7506
641Rahul, V SIND1545KER737,54135,0007
738Parteev, SunilIND1563KER73740,532,0007
8103Gowrishankar, JayarajU15IND1320KER736,538,532,5007
952Sreerag, PadmanIND1492KER6,539,54332,7506
1023Abdul Majeed, N.S60IND1628KER6,53941,531,7506
1118Abdallah, M NistharIND1659KER6,538,541,532,7505
127Mithun, Anand VIND1871TN6,537,541,533,7506
1322AIMAadik, Theophane LeninU15IND1629KER6,537,541,533,2505
1419AIMYash, Abhijit PatilU15IND1638KAR6,537,541,532,5006
1511Dinesh, Kumar JaganathanIND1764TN6,5374131,7506
162FMSreyas, PayyappatU15IND2076KER6,536,54132,5006
1750Ebin, BennyIND1495KER640,54430,0006
1828Anupam, M SreekumarU15wIND1615KER639,543,530,5005
196Arul, Anandh S P KIND1908TN639,543,527,5006
2016Unas, K.A.S50IND1675KER6394330,7505
21120Ryan, DominicU15IND1276KER6394227,5006
2240Pranav, Chandra MohanU15IND1546KER - EKM638,54229,5005
2336Mohanan, U.C.S60IND1572KER638,541,530,0006
2449Joseph, TomU15IND1496KER - EKM6384230,2505
2544AGMMani, BharathyIND1530TN637,541,529,7505
26118Rejath, RenjithU15IND1283KER637,539,522,0006
2721Vigneshwaran, SIND1635TN63741,529,0006
2865Anurag, M SU15IND1431KER6374129,2505
2966Safal, FazilIND1430KER63740,524,5006
3095Prasath, K RIND1338TN6374027,7505


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