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13-year-old Vatsal Singla clinches 6th Holi Cup Rating Open 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/04/2024

13-year-old Vatsal Singla scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win 6th Holi Cup Rating Open 2024. He finished a half point ahead of the rest. Seven players scored 7.5/9 each. Out of them, Arpan Das and IM Utsab Chatterjee secured second and third place respectively according to the tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1501000. The top three prizes in the main category were ₹111000, ₹71000 and ₹41000 along with a trophy each. This is Vatsal's second overall and first rating tournament triumph of the year. The five-day nine round Rating Open tournament was organized by Chess Lakecity at Orbit Resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan from 31st March to 4th April 2024. Photos: IA NI Vikas Sahu/Chess in Lakecity

75th seeded teenager becomes a clear champion

Five players - Arpan Das, Vatsal Singla, IM Utsab Chatterjee, Sanchay Dubey and Tapan Badamundi were the leaders 7/8 heading into the final round. Utsab drew with Arpan, Vatsal defeated Tapan and Sanchay lost to Ram Prakash. Vatsal became a clear champion, Arpan second and Utsab third. Rachit H Gurnani won the first prize ₹101001 in Rating category 1651-1900. Ranjith Pratap is the winner in Rating category 1401-1650. He also earned ₹101001.

Champion - Vatsal Singla 8/9

Runner-up - Arpan Das 7.5/9

Second Runner-up - IM Utsab Chatterjee 7.5/9

Vatsal Singla scored an unbeaten 8/9, finished a half point ahead of others and gained 148.4 Elo rating points

Lighting of the lamp

Inaugural first move

The inauguration of the tournament was done by Chief Guest - IAS Ms. T Shubh Mangla, Commissioner, Nagar Nigam Jodhpur. Other dignitaries present were - Mr. Jayandra Chaturvedi, Mr. Tushar Mehta (Chief Patron, Chess in Lakecity), Mr. Rajeev Bharadwaj, President, Chess in Lakecity, IA Rajendra Teli, Vice President, Rajasthan State Chess Association, IA Deepak Chavan, Chief Arbiter and IA Vikas Sahu, Secretary, Chess in Lakecity.

Players in action

Top boards

Trophies for the prize winners

Group photo of the prize winners

Prizes were distributed by Chief guest of the closing ceremony - Mr. Ronak Jain, President, Charter Account Association Udaipur, Special Guest - Mr. Mukesh Mandloi, Secretary, Kota District Chess Association, Mr. Sunil Soni, Secretary, UICC Indore, Chief Patron Lakecity - Tushar Mehta, IA Rajendra Teli, Vice President, Rajasthan State Chess Association and IA Vikas Sahu, Secretary, Chess in Lakecity.

Waiting area for the parents and accompanying persons

The tournament hall at Orbit Resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan0

Thanks to IA NI Vikas Sahu, Tournament Organizer and Secretary of Chess in Lakecity for sharing the photos and info about the tournament.


A total of 599 players including 2 IMs took part from Canada, Demark, USA and various parts of India in this five-day nine round Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Chess in Lakecity at Orbit Resort in Udaipur, Rajasthan from 31st March to 4th April 2024. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
Vatsal SinglaIND1795Delhi850,55446,75
Arpan DasIND1987West Bengal7,55458,547,50
IMUtsab ChatterjeeIND2301West Bengal7,550,55544,75
Prakash RamIND1983Punjab7,550,55544,25
Rachit H GurnaniIND1865Maharashtra7,549,553,544,00
Anadkat KartavyaIND2164Gujarat7,549,553,543,50
CMChatterjee K.K.S60IND1917West Bengal7,5465041,75
Basak BishalIND1855West Bengal7,544,548,540,25
Soham RoyIND1871West Bengal7515540,25
Soni KrishanIND1866Ccscsb Delhi7495339,75
Arpith S BijoyIND2020Kerala748,553,540,00
Sailesh RIND1898Tamil Nadu748,552,539,25
Badamundi TapanIND1868Orrisa747,551,538,00
Dubey SanchayIND1878Uttar Pradesh747,550,537,50
Kumar GauravIND2049Bihar7475240,75
Srijon SahaIND1812West Bengal74751,540,25
Sherla PrathameshU13IND1850Maharashtra744,54937,25
AIMSubhabrata RoyIND1884West Bengal74448,537,25
Ayaan GargU13IND1854Chandigarh74447,536,00
Ranjith PratapIND1650Tamil Nadu743,546,533,00
Jaidambareesh N RIND1854Tamil Nadu7434736,00
Balkishan A.IND2108Karnataka742,54534,25
AFMVandan Alankar SawaiU13IND1812Delhi6,5525739,00
Manav KumarU13IND1625Rajasthan6,550,554,537,75
Aarav Saish AmonkarU13IND1723Karnataka6,550,55437,00
Daksh GoyalIND1926Delhi6,55054,536,75
Khairmode DhanashreewIND1839Maharashtra6,549,55435,75
Surada Yashaswi Satya GangadharIND1711Andhra Pradesh6,549,553,536,75
Bivor AdakIND1898West Bengal6,54952,536,50
Mishra SanjeevIND1833Maharashtra6,54952,535,75



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