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Rathanvel wins Kashvi's 1st Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/12/2023

IM Rathanvel V S, GM Pranav V, Balkishan A and IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh scored 8/9 at Kashvi's 1st Rapid Rating Open 2023. GM-elect Rathanvel won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. Pranav, Balkishan and Nubairshah were placed second, third and fourth respectively. Only Pranav remained undefeated among them. Balkishan is the sole untitled player among the top ten. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹2600000. It is the highest ever prize fund for a rapid rating open event in India. The top three prizes were ₹105000, ₹70000 and ₹50000 along with a trophy each respectively. This was Rathanvel's second rating tournament triumph of the year. Photos: Kashvi Chess School Kundapura

The highest ever prize fund for a rapid rating open in India

IM Rathanvel V S had a blazing start scoring eight consecutive victories. He had a full point lead 8/8 heading into the final round. Despite his final round loss to GM Pranav V, it did not deter his championship chances. Pranav secured second place. Untitled Balkishan A defeated FM Goutham Krishna H to finish third. Mangaluru's very own and Karnataka's first WIM Isha Sharma made a fantastic start 6.5/7 including a draw against the eventual runner-up Pranav and win over IM Himal Gusain. However, two losses in the final two rounds pushed her to 25th place. Nevertheless, she still managed to become the top woman finisher of the event.

Top 3 (L to R): 2nd GM Pranav V 8/9, 1st IM Rathanvel V S 8/9 and 3rd Balkishan A 8/9

IM Rathanvel V S scored eight wins in-a-row, the last round loss did not affect his championship hopes

Specially Abled Top 3: 1st Surypratap Singh 5.5/9, 2nd CM Samarth J Rao 5.5/9 and 3rd Kannan V 5/9

Mangaluru, Karnataka's latest IM Sharan Rao lighting up the lamp

IM Sharan Rao delivers his speech at the inauguration ceremony

IM Sharan Rao, Mr. Ramesh Kote, President of Dakshina Kannada District Chess Association, Mr. Sadashiva Shetty, Event Chairman, and Mr. Naresh B, Founder President, Kashvi Chess School, Kundapura inaugurated the tournament.

Various side activities for the parents and accompanying persons

Waiting area for parents and accompanying persons

Young prize winners

Chief Arbiter - IA Vasanth B H

Arbiters' team

India's third GM in history - Pravin Thipsay

Mr. N Santosh Hegde, former Supreme Court Judge and former Lokayukta, Government of Karnataka, GM Pravin Mahadeo Thipsay, Maharashtra, Mr. Prakash C Shetty, Proprietor, Kateeleshwari Developers, Mr. Sadashiva Shetty Event, Chairman, Mr. Suresh Kumar, Event Advisor, Ramesh Kote. President, Dakshina Kannada Chess Association and Mr. Naresh B, Founder President, Kashvi Chess School, Kunadapura distributed the prizes to winners.

Trophies for the prize winners

The tournament hall at Indiana Convention Center in Mangaluru, Karnataka

Thanks to Kashvi Chess School Kundapura for sharing photos and info about the tournament.


A total of 400 players including 3 GMs, 12 IMs and a WIM took part from various states across the country and one from USA in this two-day nine round Rapid Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Kashvi Chess School, Kundapura at Indiana Convention Center in Mangaluru, Karnataka on 9th and 10th December 2023. The time control of the event was 25 minutes  + 10 seconds increment per move.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
15IMRathanvel, V SIND2318Tn852,555,547,50
22GMPranav, VIND2472Tn8525649,75
343Balkishan, A.BLU170698IND1818Ka848,552,546,00
46IMMohammad, Nubairshah ShaikhIND2277Mh8485245,50
53IMShyaamnikhil, PIND2352I C F7,55357,546,75
618CMVaibhav, Jayant RautIND2150Mh7,548,552,542,50
74IMNitish, BelurkarIND2321Ga7,54852,542,25
812IMGusain, HimalIND2225Ch7,5485141,25
98IMSammed Jaykumar, SheteIND2268Mh7,547,551,542,50
1013GMLaxman, R.R.IND2216I C F752,55743,25
1111IMAswath, SIND2235Tn752,55741,50
1224FMGoutham, Krishna HU14IND1984Kl7525640,75
1326Shet Prajwal P,10596KSCA2023IND1974Ka7515539,00
1425Nayak, BiswajitIND1980Or750,555,540,50
1521Nithin Babu,IND2087Kl7505439,50
1620Arpith S Bijoy,IND2093Kl74953,540,75
177IMViani, Antonio DcunhaDKA180826IND2277Ka-Dk748,552,539,75
1880Akshat Negi,IND1497Dl7485239,50
1917FMSharan Rao,10519KSCA2023IND2154Ka-Dk747,551,537,50
2023CMJohn Veny Akkarakaran,IND2026Kl74751,538,50



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