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Praggnanandhaa dominates Yugam 2021 International Online Blitz Open

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/03/2021

GM Praggnanandhaa won Yugam 2021 International Online Blitz Open with a score of 8.5/9. He started with eight consecutive victories and then drew the final round game to finish a half point ahead of the competition. Both untitled Pranav V and GM Diptayan Ghosh made 8.0/9, suffering only one loss and zero draws. They were placed second and third respectively according to their tie-break scores. Total 281 players including 16 GMs, 20 IMs, 2 WGMs and 6 WIMs registered for this event from 13 different countries across the world. Photo: Amruta Mokal

Praggnanandhaa replicates his last Playchess triumph

Almost exactly eleven months later (a day short), GM Praggnanandhaa replicated his performance with eight consecutive wins and a draw in the last round to win Yugam 2021 International Online Blitz Open. He won ₹25000 cash prize for his efforts. Untitled 14-year-old Pranav V and GM Diptayan Ghosh both scored 8.0/9. They were placed second and third according to their tie-break score.

Champion Praggnanandhaa dominated the field | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Total 281 players including 16 GMs, 20 IMs, 2 WGMs and 6 WIMs registered for this event from 13 different countries across the world including Australia, Azerbaijan, England, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, USA and Uzbekistan.

Endgame prowess

GM Praggnanandhaa's best win of the event was against IM Terry Renato in Round 8.

Praggnanandhaa - Terry, Round 8

Position after 45...Rab2

The game continued with 46.h6 which is not the best continuation. White eventually won the game after mutual errors but what was better continuation after 45...Rab2

Praggnanandhaa scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and finished a half point ahead of the competition

Replay all games of Praggnanandhaa

Pranav's solid finish

After losing the fourth round game, untitled Pranav V made a strong comeback by winning the next five games including three wins against IMs in the final three games.

Pranav - Terry, Round 9

Position after 26...fxe6

The game went on with 27.Bh3 but there was something which was immediate and much better for white. Can you find it?

Replay all games of Pranav

Runner-up Pranav V 8.0/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Diptayan's double hat-trick

GM Diptayan Ghosh lost his third round game against former National under-17 champion Vedant Panesar. However, he made a strong comeback by winning the last six rounds of the tournament. In the penultimate round, he scored a fine victory over GM Laxman R R.

Replay all games of Diptayan

3rd GM Diptayan Ghosh 8.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

4th GM Vugar Rasulov of Azerbaijan 7.5/9 | Photo: Azeri news

5th GM Karthikeyan Murali 7.5/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

6th IM Aronyak Ghosh 7.5/9 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

7th IM Terry Renato 7.0/9

8th IM Sammed Shete 7.0/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

9th IM Aditya Mittal 7.0/9

10th IM Arghyadip Das 7.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Best Woman 1st - WFM Savitha Shri B 7.0/9

Best Woman 2nd - IM Bhakti Kulkarni 6.5/9 | Photo: Queen's Chess Academy

Best Woman 3rd - WIM Vantika Agrawal 6.5/9

Best Woman 4th WGM Nandhidhaa P V 6.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Best Woman 5th WIM Priyanka Nutakki 6.0/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
GMPraggnanandhaa RIND2608Chessworld18,551,555,552,000,08
Pranav VU15IND2348Pranav_vip8,047,551,545,000,08
GMGhosh DiptayanIND2541Diptayan8,046,049,543,500,08
GMRasulov VugarAZE2478Vuqar7,551,055,044,250,07
GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND2606fighter647,548,553,543,750,07
IMAronyak GhoshIND2436Strange7,545,549,540,250,07
IMTerry RenatoPER2504Terryr7,053,057,040,500,07
IMSammed Jaykumar SheteIND2412Champion1117,050,054,039,500,07
IMAditya MittalU15IND2438Vinniethepooh7,049,054,038,500,07
IMDas ArghyadipIND2453Arghyadip7,049,053,040,000,07
IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND2436Nubairshahshaikh7,048,552,538,500,07
IMAnuj ShrivatriIND2350Anuj Shrivatri7,048,052,037,500,07
IMPranesh MU15IND2437Pranimastermuni7,048,050,535,500,07
GMLaxman R.R.IND2411LAXMAN7,047,551,037,500,07
IMNitin S.IND2381snitin7,046,049,036,000,07
FMSamant Aditya SU15IND2297Adityass7,045,549,536,000,07
IMDas SayantanIND2431Ambitious7,045,049,037,000,07
IMArjun KalyanIND2477Arjunkalyan7,044,547,536,000,07
IMMitrabha GuhaIND2445Babysnake7,042,545,533,500,06
WFMSavitha Shri BU15wIND2261savithashri7,040,043,030,500,07
IMRathanvel V SIND2445vsr646,551,054,535,250,06
FMSrihari L RIND2414lsr6,548,551,033,750,06
IMKulkarni BhaktiwIND2391Bhaktikulkarni6,544,547,530,750,06
FMAradhya GargIND2198Aradhya6,544,048,032,500,06
AIMAshwin SairamU15IND1670ASHWIN236,542,545,029,750,06

Complete standings

Main Prize winners (Top 25)

Rank Name Points Prize
1 GM Praggnanandhaa R 8.5 25000
2 Pranav V 8 15000
3 GM Diptayan Ghosh 8 10000
4 GM Vugar Rasulov 7.5 6000
5 GM Karthikeyan Murali 7.5 4000
6 IM Aronyak Ghosh 7.5 3000
7 IM Terry Renato 7 2000
8 IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete 7 1000
9 IM Aditya Mittal 7 1000
10 IM Arghyadip Das 7 1000
11 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 7 600
12 IM Anuj Shrivatri 7 600
13 GM Laxman R R 7 600
14 IM Nitin S 7 600
15 FM Aditya S Samant 7 600
16 IM Sayantan Das 7 600
17 IM Arjun Kalyan 7 600
18 IM Mitrabha Guha 7 600
19 IM Rathanvel V S 6.5 600
20 FM Srihari L R 6.5 600
21 Aradhya Garg 6.5 600
22 FM C J Arvind 6.5 600
23 Rohit S 6.5 600
24 GM Harsha Bharathakoti 6 600
25 Ritviz Parab 6 600

Best Women

1 WFM Savitha Shri B 7 3000
2 IM Bhakti Kulkarni 6.5 2000
3 WIM Vantika Agrawal 6.5 1000
4 WGM Nandhidhaa P V 6 600
5 WIM Priyanka Nutakki 6 400

Rating Category: 1600-1899

1 Ashwin Sairam (1670) 6.5 1000
2 Shubh Jayesh Laddha (1849) 6 600
3 Satria Duta Cahaya (1820) 6 400

Rating Category: 1300-1599

1 Kush Pipada (1440) 5.5 1000
2 Ved Danait (1332) 5.5 600
3 Sathvik Adiga (1358) 5 400

Rating Category: 1000-1299

1 Aneesh Krishna S (1032) 6 1000
2 Paras Dilip Bhoir (1236) 5.5 600
3 Nischala Y (1226) 5.5 400

Best Unrated

1 Srivathsa Venkataramanan 5.5 1000
2 Advait Ramachandran 5 600
3 Prathamesh Shashikant Deshmukh 5 400


1 Parambrata Sarkar 5 1000
2 Joshi Aditya Shripad 4 600
3 Samarth Mudhol 3.5 400


1 Ilamparthi A R 6 1000
2 CM Shreyas Royal 6 600
3 Jaiveer Mahendru 5.5 400


1 IM Pranesh M 7 1000
2 CM Shahil Dey 6 600
3 CM Dev Shah 6 400

Best Veteran

1 Sankaran Ponnada Krishnaswamy (1227; 74 years) 4 1000

Best Specially Challenged

1 Shabari Nath Molugu 2 1000

All prize winners must claim the prizes two weeks within the publication of this article. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize.

Feedback of the Participants

FM Aditya Samant

It was a great tournament. Well organised and  I got to play with many strong players.


M Rakshith

Thanks a lot.


Vikas Ray

First of all, thank you for organizing this event. It was really a great experience. I would really appreciate it if you can keep bringing more online events, that would be great. Looking forward to your next event.




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