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Tyler Scott wins Chubu Rapid Rating Open 2023, Deeptesh Karmalkar second

by Sheldon Donaldson - 14/09/2023

Mayur Gondhalekar and his good friend, Sheldon Donaldson regularly keeps us updated about the Japan chess scene. Sheldon writes a blog about his experience playing at the Chubu Rapid Rating Open 2023. It was a FIDE rated event. The Canadian origin, currently residing in Japan, Sheldon's article is full of high quality photos and some interesting moments from his games. He takes a look at his losses too, while making us enjoy various moments from his games. Check out his experience taking part in the tournament which took place in Nagoya, Japan. Tyler Scott, Deeptesh Karmalkar, Show Kitagami and Yuma Okabe all four scored 4/5. They were placed first to fourth according to tie-breaks. All photos in this article are by the author, Sheldon Donaldson.

How to Rapidly Lose Rating Points and Other Chess Hacks

“The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made.”

– Savielly Tartakower

Open Top four (L to R): 3rd Show Kitagami 4/5, 2nd Deeptesh Karmalkar 4/5, 1st Tyler Scott 4/5, 4th Yuma Okabe 4/5

The A and B Class (L to R): 2nd in B Class - Kaoru Sakaue 3/5, 1st in B Class - Rushad Patil 3/5, 1st in Class A - Deeptesh Karmalkar 4/5 and 3rd in Class A - Eiichiro Ishikawa 3/5

Hello, my fellow rapid players, and welcome to another edition of the Osaka Papers. The Chess world is full charlatans professing to understand how to gain rating points. Perhaps they will expound chess wisdom such as:


"Calculate forcing moves first..."

"Develop your pieces..."

"Stop playing the Botez Gambit..."


Well, if imparting knowledge in this fashion actually worked, we'd all be masters by now. So, I've decided to try a different tack: How does one go about losing rating points?


My most recent OTB experience should suffice in giving great examples of the do's and don'ts of losing rating points.

Don't Study for a Few Weeks

The Chubu Rapid Open 2023 took place in the city of Nagoya, Japan on Sunday August 20th. A rather small tournament with only 23 participants, consisting of five rounds, it was FIDE and Nationally rated with a time control of 25 minutes + 10 seconds.


So, how did I prepare for this event?


That's right, I didn't.


My preparation time coincided with my vacation, hence instead of studying tactics and reviewing my openings, I was in Canada, drinking whiskey and eating Canadian bacon.


Thus we have our first hack on how to rapidly lose rating points.


Don't study, prepare or put any effort into maintaining your form.


Before we move on to any more of my rating losing chess hacks, how about a few pics to prove that any of this actually happened.

The train to rapid rating loss

The city center

The playing hall

The trophies

Let Your Clock Run Down

“Blitz chess kills your ideas.”

– Bobby Fischer


In the first and second round of the tournament, I drew both games. I understand that there are chess bloggers who recount such trivialities, but luckily for you, I am not one of them...


Let us begin in the third round where I faced my friend and nemesis.


Melody Takayasu is a former women's champion of Japan and arguably the strongest female chess player in western Japan. More importantly, she holds an undefeated record against me at all time controls. One of our games actually lasted five hours and was over 120 moves long... I still lost...O_o...


Anyway, playing white I was pretty confident, surely I have improved over the last two years, maybe today would be the day I finally beat Melody...

Despite a few inaccurate moves the position was dead even, the engine even opined that we had played at 91% accuracy, not bad for a rapid game. There was only one problem...I was reduced to increments and had to forego writing anything down in order to blitz out moves, at which point my ideas DIED


First I played an illegal move, picking my knight up while in check, which granted my opponent an extra minute of time, then I allowed a fork of my king and rook, at which point I resigned the game, as there was nothing left to be done.  0-1


If you want to lose rating points be sure to play a highly accurate game, only to let your clock run down until you have to blitz out your moves.

Give Up All Hope

“To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game.”

- Savielly Tartakower


In the penultimate round, playing Black, I fell into a common opening trap. White was able to temporarily sacrifice a piece in order to open up a double attack on one of my bishops. How did I react to this calamity? Well, as the above "Tartakower" foretells, I lost the game...

Kaoru - Sheldon, Round 4

Position after 10...axb5

Black is losing, but is not lost. Can you find the most testing defense? Hint: Best to start things off with a check.

And there you have it, this brings us to our third rating losing hack.


When you make a mistake give up all hope and play a risky maneuver instead of calmly calculating through the position.

Only Win Inconsequential Games

“It is not enough to be a good player… you must also play well.”

– Siegbert Tarrasch


With my hopes and dreams in taters, I still had to play one final game. I was matched with a member of my local chess club. Unfortunately, although I felt a played well, the game was inconsequential, my goal had been to score 3 points out of 5, with only 1 point after 4 rounds this was now impossible.


The game does however show how to play against the Rousseau Gambit, the sad brain child of man whose greatest claim to fame is getting obliterated by an 8-year-old Paul Morphy.

So, there you have it, the last of my chess hacks for losing rating points.


When the tournament is already decided and your opponent plays an unsound opening, now it is the time to play your only good chess of the day.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameGrFEDRtgIRtgNPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11Scott, TylerJPN1983209841713,001768
26Karmalkar, DeepteshAIND16941880415,512,251955
32Kitagami, ShowJPN19321990413,510,001858
44Okabe, YumaJPN176516094139,001927
58Takayasu, MelodyAJPN165016273157,501706
612Rushad, PatilA/BJPN159413283147,001637
75Groessing, Daniel-YosukeAUT175503146,001497
87Ferreira, Raphael SuzukiABRA16590312,55,501615
918Sakaue, KaoruA/BJPN137411993125,001490
1022Ishikawa, EiichiroJPN01058311,55,001658



And that was it, that was how to rapidly lose rating points and other chess hacks. Yet, there may be a few of you out there reading this who don't want to lose rating points, but instead want to gain rating points. Well, then it's simple just do the opposite of me...


Prepare for your OTB tournaments, with daily practice.

Don't let your clock run down when playing quicker time controls.

Don't give up all hope when you make a mistake.

And never leave your best chess for inconsequential games.


As always, thanks for reading and feel free to share these chess hacks with your friends down at the Library or Local Bar.


Cheers, SheldonOfOsaka

About the Author

SheldonOfOsaka is a 41-year-old chess player originally from Canada, who has lived in Japan for the past 13 years; he took up chess 10 years ago, but only began to play over-the-board tournaments last year.

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