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Swapnil Dhopade wins 1st Matrix Cup Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/10/2023

GM Swapnil Dhopade and Harshit Pawar scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 each at 1st Matrix Cup Rating Open 2023. Swapnil won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Harshit secured second place. FM Arvinder Preet Singh and Ram Prakash scored 8/9 each. They were placed third and fourth respectively. They also remained undefeated. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹551000. The top three prizes were ₹70000, 50000 and 30000 along with a trophy each respectively. WFM Supreetha Potluri became the sole woman to make a top ten finish. She scored an impressive 7.5/9 to be placed sixth. This was Swapnil's second consecutive tournament triumph of the year. Photos: FM FT FA Prasenjit Dutta/Matrix Chess Academy

Swapnil's second consecutive tournament triumph of the year

GM Swapnil Dhopade, Harshit Pawar and Kumar Gaurav were the three leaders heading into the final round 7.5/8. Swapnil defeated Kumar and Harshit won against IM Vishal Sareen. Thus, Swapnil and Harshit ended with the same score 8.5/9 each. They clinched the first and second place respectively.

Champion - GM Swapnil Dhopade 8.5/9

Runner-up - Harshit Pawar 8.5/9

Second Runner-up - FM Arvinder Preet Singh 8/9

Top 3 (L to R): 1st GM Swapnil Dhopade 8.5/9, 2nd Harshit Pawar 8.5/9 and 3rd Arvinder Preet Singh 8/9

GM Swapnil S Dhopade scored an unbeaten 8.5/9

Vyom Malhotra, Pratitee Bordoloi, Shubhi Gupta and Sanchita Yadav were felicitated

Shubhi Gupta - 37th National Junior Girls 2023 champion, Pratitee Bordoloi - 36th National Under-11 Girls 2023 champion. Vyom Malhotra Asian School Under-9 Open 2023 champion, Sanchita Yadav National Amateur Below 1700 Women 2023 champion - all four students of Matrix Chess Academy, were felicitated by Bharat Singh Chauhan, Chairman of FIDE Advisory Board and Deputy President of Asian Chess Federation.

Players in action

Trophies for the prize winners

"1st Matrix Cup Rating Chess Tournament 2023 completed successfully with the amazing efforts of Matrix Chess Academy parents support. We touched a milestone of achieving more than 780 entries. I would like to thank all of our sponsors and supportive parents who took time out to help us in many ways. At the Prize Distribution Ceremony, we had Bharat Singh Chauhan, Deputy President of Asian Chess Federation, Naresh Sharma, Treasurer, All India Chess Federation, Manoj Sethi, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer, Sanjeev Thakur, Secretary of Himachal Pradesh Chess Association and Laishram Imocha distributed prizes and motivated our participants." - FM FT FA Prasenjit Dutta


Thanks to FM FT FA Prasenjit Dutta, Tournament Director, for sharing photos and info about the tournment.


A total of 763 players including 2 GMs and 2 IMs took part from England, Kenya, Tajikistan, USA, Vietnam and various parts of India in this five-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament which was organized by Matrix Chess Academy at NDMC Barat Ghar in New Delhi from 9th to 13th October 2023. The time control for the tournament was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Rp
GMSwapnil, S. DhopadeIND2465Railway Sports Promotion Board8,5545955,50082099
AFMPawar, HarshitU16IND1834Delhi8,55357,554,00082086
FMSingh, Arvinder PreetIND2032Punjab849,552,546,00071881
Prakash, RamIND1949Punjab8485246,50071795
Kumar, GauravIND1971Bihar7,5555946,25071984
WFMPotluri, SupreethawIND1831Andhra Pradesh7,551,553,543,25071746
Sudhanshu, RanjanIND1938Bihar7,55154,544,25071801
Rohith, Yadav B RU18IND1678Telangana7,550,554,544,00071777
Mohit, Kumar SoniIND1842Bihar7,5485242,25071671
Supriyo, DasU20IND1567Uttar Pradesh7,547,551,540,25071702
AFMShubhi, GuptaU14wIND1947Uttar Pradesh7,546,55041,25071694
Ayaan, GargU12IND1645Chandigarh7,546,54939,75071589
Vairaj, SogerwalU10IND1362Haryana7,5465041,25071577
Rituraj, TamuliIND1510Assam - PC7,543,54738,75071543
GMZiatdinov, RasetS65USA2081USA7555942,50071759
IMSharma, Dinesh K.IND2215LIC7545741,75061825
Sharma, HarishIND1906Delhi7535741,00071787
Nath, RupankarIND1905West Bengal752,55741,25061783
Bhattacharya, Niladri ShekharIND1750West Bengal7525539,75061596
Subhajit, DharIND1689Assam750,55540,00071703
Ashutosh, KumarIND1728Bihar750,55439,50071775
Aryan, RanjanU20IND1821Delhi749,55441,00051597
Bivor, AdakU14IND1737West Bengal749,55339,00061584
Mrityunjay, KumarIND1699Bihar749,551,536,50071644
Sahil, BheronIND1579Haryana7495440,25061537



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