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Nitin and Rathanvel win D A V Krida Kendram Rapid and Blitz Rating Open 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/11/2022

IM Nitin S and FM Harsh Suresh scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 at D A V Krida Kendram Rapid Rating Open 2022. However, the former won the tournament due to better tie-breaks and the latter settled with second place. Harsh also finished third in the Blitz Rating Open, scoring 7/8. IM Ajay Krishna S was adjudged third out of the four players who finished at 8/9. IM Rathanvel V S edged past GM Laxman R R on tie-breaks to win the Blitz Rating event. Both scored 7.5/8 each and remained undefeated. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹300000, ₹200000 for Rapid and ₹100000 for Blitz comprising 195 and 144 prizes respectively. The top three prizes in Rapid were ₹30000, ₹18000 and ₹15000, in Blitz it was ₹18000, ₹14000 and ₹11000 each. Photo: Vinoth Kumar/D A V Krida Kendram

Nitin and Rathanvel's first Rapid and Blitz Rating Open triumph of 2022

IM Nitin S has won three Blitz Rating Open tournaments in 2022. He made a podium finish each in a GM Open and a Rapid Rating Open tournaments. However, this is his first Rapid Rating Open tournament of the year. IM Rathanvel V S had a third place finish at 38th Andorra Open Blitz Rating tournament in July. Thus, this is also his first Blitz event triumph of the year. A low entry of ₹750 for Rapid and ₹500 for Blitz, encouraged a huge number of participation.

Rapid winner - IM Nitin S 8.5/9 | Photo: Vinoth Kumar/D A V Krida Kendram

IM Nitin S scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and gained 13.8 Elo rating points in the process

Runner-up in Rapid and Second Runner-up in Blitz - FM Harsh Suresh 8.5/9 and 7/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Second Runner-up - IM Ajay Krishna S 8/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Blitz winner - IM Rathanvel V S 7.5/8 | Photo: Vinoth Kumar/D A V Krida Kendram

IM Rathanvel V S scored 7.5/8, remained undefeated and increased his Elo rating by 6 points

Runner-up - GM Laxman R R 7.5/8 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

All prize winners | Photo: Vinoth Kumar/D A V Krida Kendram

Audience at the closing ceremony | Photo: Vinoth Kumar/D A V Krida Kendram

The tournament hall at D A V Krida Kendram | Photo: Vinoth Kumar/D A V Krida Kendram
Glimpses - International Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament hosted by D A V Krida Kendram | Video: D A V Group of Schools, Chennai

A special thanks to Vinoth Kumar for sharing the photos.


A total of 703 players in Rapid and 409 players including a GM, 6 IMs and a WIM took part in the Blitz from various parts of the country. The two-day nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating and eight-round Blitz Rating Open tournaments were organized by D A V Krida Kendram, Sports Academy of D A V Group of Schools at D A V Group of School, Pallikaranai in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 15th and 16th October 2022. The time control for the Rapid tournament was 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment and for Blitz it was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

Final standings in Rapid

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13IMNitin S.2307TN8,55558,554,7508
211FMHarsh Suresh2180TN8,550,554,547,2508
34IMAjay Krishna S2283TN8535749,5008
415Sai Vishwesh.C2119TN8525648,5008
517FMSenthil Maran K2109TN85255,548,5008
612CMRajarishi Karthi2139TN850,553,545,7507
819AGMVignesh B1950TN7,555,56048,2507
95GMLaxman R.R.2278ICF7,552,556,542,2506
106FMAarav DenglaU142257MAH7,5525745,7507
1130Suganthan S1800TN7,55254,544,0007
1231Mithun Anand V1768TN7,550,55443,7507
1321Karthick Narayanan S1921TN7,5505444,7507
1420Arnav Maheshwari1946DAV7,5505343,2506
1513IMRavi Thandalam Shanmugam2137TN7,549,553,543,7507
1624Hemanth Raam1887TN7,5495342,2507
1776Mahish S AU121356TN7,54852,541,2507
1827Peter Anand A1837PON75560,546,0006
1914FMMohamed Anees M2137TN753,556,542,0007
2018Aswath SU142086TN752,556,541,0007


Final standings in Blitz

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11IMRathanvel V S2429TN7,544,548,545,0007
23GMLaxman R.R.2375ICF7,542,54541,7507
313FMHarsh Suresh2180TN7424638,2506
410FMKarthik Rajaa2202TN741,545,537,7506
58FMAarav DenglaU142257MAH740,544,537,0007
618FMRam Aravind L N2118TN739,54336,0007
753Pranav K PU141589TN737,54031,0007
860Ajjesh J RU141479TN7373933,0007
914Sai Vishwesh.C2149TN734,53531,0007
102IMNitin S.2390TN6,5444938,0006
114IMAjay Karthikeyan2341TN6,5414534,7506
1212IMPraveen Kumar C2193TN6,54143,531,7506
1311CMRajarishi Karthi2196TN6,539,541,532,7506
1419FMSenthil Maran K2109TN6,5394333,7506
1538Ayyappan P Santhana Prabu1732TN6,5384030,2506
1634Suganthan S1800TN6,537,541,532,2506
1716FMMohamed Anees M2137TN6,536,539,530,2506
186Kunal M.2288TN6,5364032,0006
1940Dharani Kumar M S1708TN6,53537,527,7506
2023Arnav Maheshwari1946DAV640,544,530,5006


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