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Ritviz Parab convincingly clinches Durga Motors Rapid Rating Open 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 23/02/2024

IM Ritviz Parab scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win Durga Motors Rapid Rating Open 2024. He finished a half point ahead of the rest. Mandar Pradip Lad scored sole 8/9 to finish second. Four players - IM Bhakti Kulkarni, Ravindra Nikam, Muchandi Karthik and Mayuresh Laxlabh Desai scored 7.5/9 each. They were placed third to sixth respectively according to tie-breaks. Ritviz's sole draw was against the top seed Nitish. Mandar suffered his only loss of the event against Bhakti. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹100000. The top three prizes were ₹35000, ₹16000 and ₹10000 along with a trophy each. The two-day rapid rating tournament was organized by Rotary Club of Porvorim, sponsored by Durga Motors Porvorim, on 10th and 11th February 2024 at Dr. K B Hedgewar School, Cujira in Bambolim, Goa. This was Ritviz's first rating tournament victory in 2024. Photos: IA Arvind Mhamal

Ritviz's first rating tournament triumph of the year

IM Ritviz Parab and IM Bhakti Kulkarni were the coleaders 7.5/8 heading into the final round. They inevitably faced each other in Round 9 and Ritviz prevailed in it. Three players - IM Nitish Belurkar, Mandar Pradip Lad and Brendan Peroz were in pursuit at 7/8 each. Mandar defeated the top seed Nitish to secure second place, Bhakti was placed third. The Arjuna awardee Bhakti is the sole female finisher among the top 25.

Champion - IM Ritviz Parab 8.5/9

Runner-up - Mandar Pradip Lad 8/9

Second Runner-up - IM Bhakti Kulkarni 7.5/9

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd IM Bhakti Kulkarni 7.5/9, 1st IM Ritviz Parab 8.5/9 and 2nd Mandar Lad Pradip 8/9

L to R: Rtn. Sandeep Bharne, Ashesh Keni, Secretary, GCA, Rt. Umesh Naik, President Rotary Club Porvorim, Chief Guest - Rtn. Ashok Sapra, in  presence of Chief Arbiter - IA Arvind Mhamal, Rtn. Vivek Kerkar, Rtn. Dr. Pramod Dabale, Rtn. Ryan Costa, and Rtn. Ravi Gupta.

IM Ritviz Parab scored 8.5/9, finished a half point ahead of the rest and gained 18.6 Elo rating points

Inaugural first moves are being made

L to R: Chief Guest - Rtn. Umesh Naik, President Rotary Club Porvorim with Project Coordinator Rtn. Sandeep Bharne. Chief Arbiter - IA Arvind Mhamal and Prabhakar Shetye.

Group photo of various prize winners

Thanks to the Chief Arbiter IA Arvind Mhamal for sharing photos and information about the tournament.


A total of 246 players including three IMs took part from various states across the country and one from Hungary and Ukraine each. The two-day nine round Rapid Rating tournament was organized by Rotary Club of Porvorim, sponsored by Durga Motors Porvorim at Dr. K B Hedgewar School, Cujira in Bambolim, Goa on 10th and 11th February 2024. The time control of the event was 20 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
IMRitviz Parab2140Goa-salcete8,5535652,5008
Lad Mandar Pradip2029Goa-Bardez8525749,5008
IMKulkarni Bhaktiw2273Goa-Salcete7,556,560,548,5007
Nikam RavindraS401602Maharashtra7,5545542,7507
Karthik. MuchandiS402159Goa-Bardez7,549,554,543,7507
Mayuresh Laxlabh DesaiU151403Goa-Sattari7,5495341,7507
IMNitish Belurkar2283Goa-Tiswadi754,558,542,5006
Kanishk Sagar SawantU131368Goa-Bicholim750,554,539,0007
Colaco Reuben1752Goa-Salcete750,553,539,0007
Chaitanya V GaonkarU151415Goa-Bicholim75053,538,5007
Brendan Peroz1485Goa-Mormugao7495237,0007
Shubh Vishnu BorkarU111245Goa-Salcete7485339,0007
Nagvekar Sairudra1520Goa-Bardez74849,535,5006
Vihaan TariU91143Goa-Tiswadi745,549,536,5007
Atharva SawalU151356Goa-Salcete745,549,534,5007


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