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Rotachess Rapid Rating Open 2023 R1-4: Haridev stuns Karthik

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/06/2023

A total of 22 players are in the lead with a score of 4/4 at Rotachess Rapid Rating Open 2023. The six GMs who have won all four of their games are - top seed of the event, Sethuraman S P, Karthikeyan Murali, Deep Sengupta, Venkatesh M R, Bharath Subramaniyam H and Arjun Kalyan. Birthday boy Arjun won all four of his games on his 21st birthday. Haridev S scored the biggest win of the day. He defeated the reigning National Senior champion, GM Karthik Venkataraman in the third round. IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad had an exciting, topsy-turvy game against Badri Narayan S. Both had their fair share of chances. Peter Anand A missed his big opportunity to draw against GM Karthikeyan. Total Prize fund ₹550000 is up for grabs with the first prize being ₹75000. The tournament is organized by T Nagar Chess Academy, presented by YMCA Madras in association with Rotary Club of Madras Industrial City. Round 5 starts tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

22 players are at 4/4

During the opening ceremony, it was mentioned that YMCA Madras wants to make it an annual event where each edition will be bigger than the previous one in terms of prize fund and everything else. Well, the inaugural edition can already be claimed as a success when stalwarts like GM Sethuraman S P, GM Karthikeyan Murali and GM Deep Sengupta are taking part. It certainly elevated the tournament to another level. That's not all, this is the biggest and strongest Rapid Rating Open of 2023 in India as 8 GMs and 11 IMs are taking part in it. Naturally first four rounds produced lots of exciting games.

Haridev S scored the biggest win of the day against GM Karthik Venkataraman

The tournament flex

Srihari L is the highest rated untitled player at 4/4

Round 3: Haridev stuns Karthik, Bala Chandra escapes against

Haridev S (1589) scored a huge victory over the reigning National Senior Open champion, GM Karthik Venkataraman (2386).

Bala Chandra - Badri Narayan

Position after 10.Ne6??

10.Re5 is what IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (2420) needed to play to capitalize on his advantage. Instead, he went for 10.Ne6?? which turned things completely inverse Qxe6! 11.Rxe6 Rxd1+ 12.Kh2 Rxe6 and the game surprisingly ended in a draw after another 66 moves which could have gone either player's way.

The game between IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad and Badri Narayan B was a rollercoaster ride

A huge crowd gathered around their game as the game was not only exciting but also went for over an hour!

Round 4: Peter Anand misses a draw against Karthikeyan Murali

Peter Anand A (1906) had a great opportunity to draw the knight endgame against GM Karthikeyan Murali (2523). However, he missed it.

Karthikeyan - Peter

Position after 16...Nf4+

White has an advanced king, better placed knight. If anyone can push for a win here, that is White only. Where should the king move - d6 or e5? 17.Kd6 was played which allowed Black to get back in the game 17...Nxg2. Soon all kingside pawns were cleaned by each side and the game arrived at a drawn endgame.

Position after 37.Kc3

At a first glance, it seems like taking the knight is a bad game. In fact, the reality is just the opposite. Black should have taken the knight and resultant pawn ending is a draw as Black can always get an opposition to prevent the white king's entry. 37...Nc5?? was played in the game and tables once again turned in White's favor. 38.Nxb6 and White went on to win the game.

A tough loss for Peter Anand A against the very strong and creative GM Karthikeyan Murali

GM Arjun Kalyan defeated the reigning National Amateur Below 2000 Open and the newly crowned 14th KIIT B (Below 1900) champion Sham R to stay perfect 4/4

FM Ayushh Ravikumar held GM Visakh N R to a hard fought draw

Inaugural moves are being made

Lighting of the lamp

Inauguration Ceremony

Rotarian Emily Sujirtha Titus, President of the Rotary Club of Madras Industrial City, Rotarian P P Gopinath, Chairman of the tournament, Rotarian P P K Saravanaprakash, Secretary of Rotachess tournament, Ravikumar David, Vice President, YMCA Madras, Rotarian Kumar Asirvatham, Chairman, YMCA Royapettah Bracnh, P Asir Pandin, General Secretary and CEO, YMCA Madras, P Stephen Balasamy, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Chess Association, K Ganesan, Secretary of Chennai District Chess Association, Chief Guest, Rotarian immediate past district Governor J Sridhar, A L Kasi, Founder of T Nagar Chess Academy, and Srinivasa Rangan, Partner and Head Coach of T Nagar Chess Academy, were present at the inauguration ceremony.


Six GMs and seven IMs are currently at 4/4.

GM Sethuraman S P

GM Karthikeyan Murali

GM Deep Sengupta

GM Venkatesh M R

GM Bharath Subramaniyam H

and birthday boy GM Arjun Kalyan are at 4/4 each

Three endgames in the same row had a knight attempting to stop their opponent's passed pawn

Round 3 in progress

The tournament hall at YMCA Royapettah in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Top boards in action

A view from the top of the top ten boards

For more Inauguration Ceremony, Round 1, 2, 3 and 4 photos, please click at the respective links.


The two-day Rapid Rating Open observes the total participation of 528 players including 8 GMs, 11 IMs and a WGM from various parts of India and two from USA. The tournament is organized by T Nagar Chess Academy at YMCA Royapettah in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 17th and 18th June 2023, presented by YMCA Madras in association with Rotary Club of Madras Industrial City. The two-day nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament has a time control of 15 minutes + 15 seconds increment.

Round 4 results

138Sarveshwaran V190430 - 13GMSethuraman S.P.25331
22GMKarthikeyan Murali252331 - 03Peter Anand A190637
344FMAyushh Ravikumar18513½ - ½3GMVisakh N R24663
44GMSengupta Deep243931 - 03Gugan G189339
56GMVenkatesh M.R.241431 - 03CMDaakshin Arun187741
650AGMAshwin Sairam180330 - 13GMBharath Subramaniyam H23897
78GMArjun Kalyan238731 - 03Sham R186043
810IMSrihari L R233731 - 03Vijay Shreeram P185145
954Hiren K G177730 - 13IMRathanvel V S231511
1012IMIlamparthi A R230131 - 03Vignesh Kannan P184547
1114IMRavi Teja S.229331 - 03Nawin M S180449
1256Mithun Anand V175431 - 03IMHari Madhavan N B227515
1316IMAvinash Ramesh22553½ - ½3Harini S.179951
1418Srihari L218931 - 03Ram Alagappan S171862
1520FMAshwath R.217631 - 03Rathina Sabapathi A171063
1664Naveen K S169430 - 13IMSaravana Krishnan P.217521
1766Ranjith R.K.169230 - 13IMSai Agni Jeevitesh J213523
1824FMKarthik Rajaa212931 - 03Ajjesh J R169167
1968Nandish V S168430 - 13FMRam Aravind L N210925
2026IMPraveen Kumar C209931 - 03Haridev S158980


Standings after Round 4

Rk.SNoNameTypRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
110IMSrihari L R2337Chengalpattu491111,0004
11IMRathanvel V S2315Coimbatore491111,0004
12IMIlamparthi A RU142301Chengalpattu491111,0004
28Sai Vishwesh.C2066Chennai491111,0004
56Mithun Anand V1754Thoothukudi491111,0004
66GMVenkatesh M.R.2414Chennai491010,0004
7GMBharath Subramaniyam H2389Tamil Nadu491010,0004
24FMKarthik Rajaa2129Chennai491010,0004
98GMArjun Kalyan2387Chennai48,510,511,0004
1021IMSaravana Krishnan P.2175KVB48,510,510,5004
25FMRam Aravind L N2109Tamil Nadu48,510,510,5004
31Rohit S1998Chennai48,510,510,5004
35Siddharth Sabharishankar1945Chennai48,510,510,5004
1420FMAshwath R.2176Chennai48,51010,0004
1523IMSai Agni Jeevitesh J2135Telangana481010,0004
1618Srihari L2189Puducherry489,59,5004
26IMPraveen Kumar C2099Chennai489,59,5004
181GMSethuraman S.P.2533Chennai4899,0004
1914IMRavi Teja S.2293Andhra Pradesh47,59,59,5004
202GMKarthikeyan Murali2523Tamil Nadu4799,0004


Round 5 pairings

11GMSethuraman S.P.253344FMAshwath R.217620
221IMSaravana Krishnan P.217544GMKarthikeyan Murali25232
323IMSai Agni Jeevitesh J213544GMSengupta Deep24394
424FMKarthik Rajaa212944GMVenkatesh M.R.24146
57GMBharath Subramaniyam H238944IMPraveen Kumar C209926
625FMRam Aravind L N210944GMArjun Kalyan23878
728Sai Vishwesh.C206644IMSrihari L R233710
811IMRathanvel V S231544Arnav Maheshwari195334
931Rohit S199844IMIlamparthi A R230112
1035Siddharth Sabharishankar194544IMRavi Teja S.229314
1156Mithun Anand V175444Srihari L218918
123GMVisakh N R2466Sridhar C S179152
135IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad2420AGMVignesh N174358
1459Sivan S Roshan1730IMAvinash Ramesh225516
1551Harini S.1799FMHarshad S218019
1661Pranav K P1726WIMRakshitta Ravi200430
1773WFMRajasurya J.1644Mehta Jwalin198632
18104Saisarvesh S1469Krithigga K188940
19109Rahul Ramakrishnan1452FMAyushh Ravikumar185144
20133Tanmay Srinath1388FMVinoth Kumar M.184946



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