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Mitrabha Guha wins Olympiad Torch Run Open Rapid Chess Tournament 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/06/2022

GM Mitrabha Guha along with five more players scored an unbeaten 7/7. Mitrabha won the Olympiad Torch Run Open Rapid Chess Tournament 2022 due to better tie-breaks. IM Dinesh Kumar Sharma and reigning Asian Junior Open Gold medalist, IM Raahul V S were adjudged second and third respectively. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1000000. Top three prizes were ₹100000, ₹60000 and ₹40000 cash each. About 1500 players took part in this historic event. First-ever Torch Relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad took place on the very same day. Due to time constraints, the tournament got truncated from nine rounds to seven. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Six players score 7/7

Mitrabha Guha on winning the tournament, "It was a great feeling to witness the Olympiad Torch Relay Ceremony live in person, for which I came directly from Vizag where I was playing the GITAM University 3rd Vizag GM Open. Our dearest PM and Sports Minister gracing the occasion. Vishy Anand Sir carrying the torch out of the stadium; Madam Humpy playing the opening moves with respected PM. I can't think of better sights. You must also admit that IG stadium was packed to capacity, which shows how chess is popular. Playing the Torch Rapid Open was memorable too! I don't think I have played along with 1600 players together ever. Topping the list of 1600 players has also given me great satisfaction. All in all, it was a unique experience!". This was Mitrabha's fourth triumph of the year and ninth podium finish.

Champion - GM Mitrabha Guha 7/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
I am always excited to play Rapid tournaments - GM Mitrabha Guha | Video: ChessBase India

Mitrabha scored an unbeaten 7/7, including a win over IM Dushyant Sharma

Runner-up - IM Dinesh Kumar Sharma 7/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Second Runner-up - IM Raahul V S 7/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Reigning Asian Junior Open champion - IM Raahul V S | Video: ChessBase India

4th IM FT Hemant Sharma 7/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

6th IM Krishnater Kushager 7/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

A glimpse of the Inauguration Ceremony | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

L to R: Atul Kumar Gupta, Joint Secretary, AICF; A K Verma, Tournament Director and Secretary, Delhi Chess Association; Bharat Singh Chauhan, Hony. Secretary, AICF; Chief Arbiter IA Dharmendra Kumar and Ranjan Mohanty, Joint Secretary, AICF

About 1500 players in action | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

For more photos, please click here.

GM Vaibhav Suri - One of the trainers for Indian Men's team at the upcoming 44th Chess Olympiad | Video: ChessBase India
I feel very happy when I see so many youngsters and young kids want to improve in the game of chess - GM Himanshu Sharma | Video: ChessBase India

About 1500 players including 3 GMs, 7 IMs took part in this one-day Rapid Open tournament. The event was organized by Delhi Chess Association at Indira Gandhi International Stadium, New Delhi on 19th June 2022. The time control for the tournament was 10 minutes + 5 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
GMMitrabha GuhaIND2268Wes7,034,538,538,5074
IMSharma Dinesh K.IND2315UP7,031,034,034,0073
IMRaahul V SIND2203TN7,030,534,034,0073
IMHemant SharmaIND2297Del7,030,533,033,0074
Abid AliIND1978UP7,029,531,531,5073
IMKrishnater KushagerIND1987Mah7,029,032,532,5073
Santu MondalIND2160Del6,530,034,031,5063
Soni KrishanIND1956Har6,529,532,529,2562
CMNamitbir Singh WaliaIND1217Pun6,529,532,028,7564
Abhishek JaiswalIND1688UP6,529,032,530,2563
CMSingh OjasvaIND1606MP6,529,031,028,5063
Ashish KumarIND1769UP6,527,029,026,7563
CMDeepak KatiyarIND2088Raj6,526,529,026,2562
Madhvendra Pratap SharmaU09IND1345MP6,525,527,525,0063
Aryan RanjanIND1524Del6,032,034,527,5063
IMDushyant SharmaIND1705Pun6,031,535,528,5062
AIMBaig AkramIND1818Del6,031,035,028,5063
Chehal NikhilIND1244Pun6,031,034,027,0063
Dileep TripathiIND1799UP6,031,033,527,0064
Vipin SinghIND1176Del6,031,033,027,0063
GMHimanshu SharmaIND2322Har6,031,033,027,0052
Sharma HarishIND1870Del6,030,533,527,5063
Swayam GuptaIND1365Del6,030,533,027,7552
Garv RaiU15IND1511Del6,030,532,025,0063
Chandan MandalIND1784Del6,030,034,028,5052
Sradhanjali JenaS15wIND1877Ori6,030,033,528,0054
Anshul NigamIND1866Jha6,030,033,527,5063
Raj PrakharIND1451Har6,030,033,026,0063
Uttam Prakash SharmaIND1694Har6,030,032,025,0063
IMPrince BajajIND2312Del6,029,532,527,0064
Saptorshi GuptaIND1673Wes6,029,532,526,7553
Yatin KumarIND1740Del6,029,532,525,5063
Sirohi NarendraIND0UP6,029,531,526,0063
Vedant BhardwajIND1595MP6,029,531,524,5063
Aashman GuptaU15IND1695Del6,029,032,526,5063
Bhandari Jitendra SinghIND1697Del6,029,032,026,2551
Utkarsh BhatnagarIND1508UP6,029,032,026,0063
Ansh BhargavaIND1526Del6,029,032,025,5063
Gaurav NishadIND1472UP6,029,031,525,7553


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