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Rajdeep Sarkar wins Kashmir Open Rating 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/07/2022

Top two seeds of the tournament, IM Rajdeep Sarkar (WB) and GM Himanshu Sharma (HAR) scored an unbeaten 8.5/9. The game between them also ended in a draw. Rajdeep won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Himanshu was adjudged second. Four players scored 7/9. Out of them, Chandrasekhar M K (DASCB) was placed third according to tie-breaks.The total prize fund of the event was ₹200000. Top three prizes  were ₹50000, ₹30000 and ₹20000 along with Kashmiri handcrafted trophies each. This is Rajdeep's first triumph of the year in the only Classical tournament he played since February 2020. Photo: Fayaz Kabli/The Kashmir Chess Club

Rajdeep and Himanshu finish 1.5 points ahead of the field

IM Rajdeep Sarkar and GM Himanshu Sharma finished a massive 1.5 points ahead of the competition. These days Rajdeep does not get a lot of time to play tournaments as he is studying to become a doctor. He shared, "Thank you! It was great playing a classical tournament after 2-3 years. Came for a vacation in Kashmir and winning a tourney was a sweet addition to it. Great hospitality from the organisers and looking forward for more tournaments in such scenic destinations!"

Champion - IM Rajdeep Sarkar 8.5/9 | Photo: Fayaz Kabli/The Kashmir Chess Club

Rajdeep scored eight wins and the sole draw was against the top seed of the tournament, GM Himanshu Sharma

Runner-up - GM Himanshu Sharma 8.5/9 | Photo: Fayaz Kabli/The Kashmir Chess Club

Second Runner-up - Chandrashekhar M K 7/9 | Photo: Fayaz Kabli/The Kashmir Chess Club

The tournament hall at Polo View Srinagar | Photo: Fayaz Kabli/The Kashmir Chess Club

GM Himanshu Sharma in deep thought | Photo: Fayaz Kabli/The Kashmir Chess Club

IM Rajdeep Sarkar pondering over his next move | Photo: Fayaz Kabli/The Kashmir Chess Club

For more Prize distribution ceremony and tournament photos, please click at the respective links.


A total of 100 players including a GM and an IM took part in this six-day nine-round Swiss League Open Rating tournament. The tournament was organized by The Kashmir Chess Club at Polo View, Srinagar from 2nd to 7th July 2022. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12IMRajdeep SarkarIND2355West Bengal8,5535752,7508
21GMHimanshu SharmaIND2374Haryana8,55255,551,5008
37Chandrasekhar M K0-18IND1745Dascb7,05154,538,0007
44Pradeep TiwariIND1891Dascb7,05053,538,5006
58Ashish Madhusoodhanan0-18IND1695Kerala7,04850,534,0007
612Himanshu Moudgil0-18IND1578Dascb7,0454937,0007
73Ajay Kumar RaiIND1892Dascb6,550,55536,7506
86Khalid AminJK-0IND1754Jammu And Kashmir6,5485233,7506
99Rather Adil AshrafJK-0IND1687Jammu And Kashmir6,54851,533,7506
105Salil Kumar D.IND1847Dascb6,5475133,7506
1118Afinu Shifan M0-18IND1378Kerala6,546,54931,2506
1224Sharma TakshU13IND1303Rajasthan6,0485232,0006
1326Narain GopinathU17IND1262Maharashtra6,045,549,530,0006
1413Debi Prasad Nayak0-18IND1537Odisha6,045,547,526,5006
1519Jasim Rashid BhatJK-0IND1362Jammu And Kashmir6,04548,529,5006


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