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Come and play like Morphy in Nashik!

by Vinod Bhagwat - 21/10/2016

Vidit Gujrathi, India number four and one of the strongest players of the country, is from Nashik. No wonder, the activities in the city have to started to grow. From 12th to 17th of November, the first Morphy FIDE Rating tournament will be held in Nashik. Four IMs and one WGM have already confirmed their participation. The prizes for lower rated players are quite attractive. In this article we provide you with all the information that will help you to play in one of the most scenic major cities of Maharashtra.

Welcome to the Nashik Rating, Prizes worth Rs.3,00,000/-, from 12th to 17 November, 2016

Morphy Chess Academy, Nashik will be organising the first International Fide Rating Chess Tournament at Nashik from 12th November to 17th November, 2016. Total prize fund of the event is Rs.3,00,000/- and the first prize is Rs.61,000/-. There are special cash prizes for the first ten winners in the below 1700 rating category (first prize Rs.11,000/-). Below1400 and unrated category also have the excellent prizes. In addition, special consolation prizes in the age group Under-7, Under-9, Under-11 & Under-13 are instituted to promote these youngesters.

Dormitory accommodation for first 100 outstation participants will be provided. Organisers are also going to make food available at the venue at a subsidized rate. It is also pertinent to mention that only first 350 players will be entertained on first cum first serve basis. 

Nine round event with three double and three single rounds

The main prizes with the winner taking home Rs.61,000/-

Special prizes for players below 1700

Players below 1400, unrated players, women and veterans are not forgotten 

Starting rank

No.   Name FideID FED Rtg
1 IM Krishna C R G 5018625 IND 2392
2 IM Rajesh V A V 5029317 IND 2341
3 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 5019516 IND 2311
4   Shashikant Kutwal 5006520 IND 2258
5 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 25009532 IND 2204
6 IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam 5001277 IND 2183
7   Dahale Atul 5037794 IND 2150
8   Bartakke Amardeep S. 5003288 IND 2101
9 WIM Gokhale Anupama 5001005 IND 2069
10 WFM Patil Mitali Madhukar 5021391 IND 1946

The complete list of players

Why play in Nashik? 

There are several good reasons to play nashik tournament:

Sightseeing  -

  1. Nashik is on the bank of Godavari river and hosts one of the largest relligious gatherings in the world known as MahaKumb. Religious places like Panchavati, Ramkund, Ramghat, Bhaktidham, Kalaram Temple, Sitagumpha, Tapovan are at the walking distance from the venue.

Picturesque city of Nashik located on the banks of Godavari river
  • Trimbakeshwar, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, is just 25 kms away from Nashik while Shirdi is around 80 kms away.

That's not Switzerland! That's Trimbakeshwar!
  • Vani, Saptashrungi Mandir is also a very good place having Rope-way facility and one can experience scenic beauty.


  • The Gargoti Museum is just 25 Km away, which houses a collection of mineral speciments and the place one should at least see once in life. 

Gargoti Museum has all sorts of mineral specimens

Climate – The weather in Nashik is expected to be pleasant during the tournament. 

Biggest chess attraction in Nashik 

One of India's best player Vidit Gujrathi, with a rating of 2686, lives in Nashik.

Vidit Gujrathi, current India number four

How to reach Nashik?

Nashik is well connected with rail, road & air. It is 180 KM away from Mumbai & 210 Km away from Pune. It is on the direct train route of Mumbai-Delhi (Central Railway), Mumbai-Kolkata. Directs trains are available from Nashik to Delhi/Punjab, Ernakulam (Kerala), Goa. From Shirdi (80 KM from Nashik) and Manmad, trains are available to reach almost all parts of India. Nearest air-port is Mumbai.

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