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Ratnakaran wins Cademic Chess Carnival - 3rd Cademic Blitz Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/05/2023

IM Ratnakaran K, Nithin Babu, FM Harsh Suresh and IM Nitin S scored 8/9 each at Cademic Chess Carnival - 3rd Cademic Blitz Rating Open 2023. The 'Indian Tal' won the tournament due to better tie-break score and the remaining three were placed second to fourth respectively. He started with eight consecutive wins, including a victory over the eventual runner-up. Nithin in the penultimate round. A last round loss against IM Nitin did not deter Ratnakaran's championship hopes. All top four finishers lost a game each. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹99999. The top three prizes were ₹10000, ₹9000 and ₹8000 along with a trophy each respectively. The one-day blitz rating tournament was organized by Cademic Chess Center. Photo: Cademic Chess Center

Ratnakaran's first Rating tournament triumph of the year

IM Ratnakaran K had plenty of podium finishes in recent times. He won a few non-rated tournament and 34th All Indian Inter-Railway for Southern Railways team in 2022. The last rating tournament he won was a rapid rating event in June 2018. Ratnakaran headed into the final round with a full point lead over others 8/8. He lost the last round game against his Southern Railway teammate IM Nitin S. However, that did not affect his championship chances as tie-breaks went in his favor. The 34th National Under-12 Open champion, Goutham Krishna H was the youngest player to make a top ten finish. He scored 7.5/9 and was placed sixth. Femil Chelladurai became the sole female player to finish in top ten. She scored 7/9 and was placed ninth.

Champion - IM Ratnakaran K 8/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

Runner-up - Nithin Babu 8/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

Second Runner-up - FM Harsh Suresh 8/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd FM Harsh Suresh 8/9, 1st IM Ratnakaran K 8/9 and 2nd Nithin Babu 8/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

The Blitz tournament started on the second day afternoon of the ten-day mega event. The Cademic Chess Carnival is the first-ever Chess Carnival in India which consisted of four consecutive rated tournaments in four different time formats. This carnival provided the players an opportunity to secure rating in all formats of the game - Classical, Rapid and Blitz. The Chess Carnival was hosted in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital City of Kerala.

The podium finishers with IA Smitha Selvi, Tournament Director (left) and IA M Ephrame, Chief Arbiter (right) | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

IM Ratnakaran K scored 8/9, maintained his rating and won the tournament despite a last round loss

Saji Cherian, Minister for Fisheries, Culture & Youth affairs made the inaugural first move | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

Inauguration Ceremony of Cademic Chess Carnival | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

The carnival was inaugurated by the Minister for Fisheries, Culture & Youth Affairs - Saji Cherian. Kazhakkootam MLA, Kadakampalli Surendran presided over the function. Minister inaugurated the event by making the first move on the chess board against MLA. Well known Malayalam actor, Sudheer Karamana felicitated the function and wished very best for the great talents as well as the organizers. Valiyaveli St. Thomas church Vikar Rev. Father Lenin Fernandez, ward councillor Ms. Jisha, Chief Arbiter of the carnival Mr. Ephrame M, and Carnival Director Mrs. Smitha Selvi shared the dais.

4th IM Nitin S 8/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

5th FM Sreyas Payyappat 7.5/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

6th Goutham Krishna H 7.5/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

8th Arpith S Bijoy 7/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

9th Femil Chelladurai 7/9 | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

The trophies for all four rated events of the Cademic Chess Carnival | Photo: Cademic Chess Center

Thanks to IA Smitha Selvi, Tournament Director for sharing photos and info about the tournament.


A total of 311 players including 4 IMs participated from various states across the country. The one-day nine-round Swiss league Blitz Rating tournament was organized by Cademic Chess Center at St. Thomas Church Hall, Valiaveli in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 23rd April 2023. The time control for the event was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12IMRatnakaran K.IND2345SRLYS854,55851,00
212Nithin BabuIND1992KER - KSD852,557,549,50
35FMHarsh SureshIND2227TN852,55747,00
41IMNitin S.IND2386TN8485246,00
58FMSreyas PayyappatIND2083KER - TVM7,5515544,75
624Goutham Krishna HU13IND1766KER - TVM7,5505544,50
725Madhavan R MunjanattuIND1762KER - KYM7,549,55342,50
817Arpith S BijoyIND1919KER - KNR75356,540,50
936Femil ChelladuraiwIND1567TN7505435,00
103FMJubin JimmyIND2306KER - KLM749,554,540,50
117CMSoham DatarIND2122MH7495340,00
1221Vaibhav KalpakaU14IND1805KAR748,552,536,50
1311Aswath SIND2015TN7485237,50
1410Chandar RajuIND2050KER - EKM746,549,536,00
1532Abdallah M NistharIND1625KER - KLM7465036,00
1627Mythireyan PIND1732TN7454933,50
17104Christy GeorgeU12IND1265KER - EKM74447,534,50
18130Prasanth Bhuvan KrishnaU11IND1205KAR74245,531,00
1920Madhusoodanan K.R.S55IND1869KER - KZK7424534,50
20161Athira A JU14wIND1151KER - TCR73637,528,00
2131AGMAshwin SairamIND1634TN6,554,56040,75
2245Rahan RameshIND1509KER - EKM6,550,554,536,75
2313Raju O AIND1973KER - TCR6,5495235,75
2438AFMAadinath HarilalU13IND1549KER - EKM6,547,551,535,75
256Anilkumar O.T.S55IND2136KER - KZK6,546,551,536,75
26197Aron S PU14IND1076KER - TVM6,546,551,536,25
2763AFMNaveen Kumar PU14IND1390TN6,546,550,528,75
2890Patil AkshajU14IND1300MH6,54649,533,00
2959Swara Lakshmi S NairwIND13976,545,549,528,50
30136Ahaz E UU13IND1192KER - TCR6,5454933,75



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