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Shaastra IIT Madras invites you to play in 4th Shaastra Rapid Rating Open

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/02/2020

Shaastra IIT Madras invites all chess players around the world in the fourth edition of Shaastra FIDE Rapid Rating Open scheduled to take place on 22nd and 23rd February 2020. This the only IIT which organizes Open Rapid Rating event every year. This year the total prize fund is ₹300000. So far four GMs and four IMs have already confirmed their participation. The total number of players increase every year by a lot. Last year total participants were 434. Last date of registration is 20th February 2020. The author of this article will be present at the venue to bring you extensive coverage. Photo: Tournament circular

The fourth edition is bigger and stronger

Shaastra IIT Madras organizes the 4th Shaastra FIDE Rapid Rating Open on 22nd and 23rd February 2020 at IIT Madras. Four GMs and four IMs have already confirmed their participation in this two-day event which has the total prize fund of ₹300000.

4th Shaastra Rapid Rating Open shapes up to be a very strong event | Photo: Shaastra IIT Madras fb


There are five rounds on each day, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February 2020.


There are various prizes in rating category, veteran, female players, unrated and age group prizes in three different age group category besides 25 main prizes. Total prize fund is ₹300000 including first prize of ₹45000.

Rules and Regulations

The tournament will have ten rounds with a time control of 25 minutes + 5 seconds increment from move no.1. Chief Arbiter will be IA R Anantharam.

Entry fees

Entry is free and accommodation will be provided for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For all other rated and unrated players, the entry fee is ₹1500. For IIT Madras Students, Faculty and Staff Member, it will be ₹750. Last date for submission of entry is 20th February 2020. Spot registration will strictly not be entertained.

Confirmed titled players

GM Srinath Narayanan will be back after taking part in the inaugural edition | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Vishnu Prasanna finished second in the 2nd edition | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Winner of the 2nd edition of Shaastra Rapid Rating Open GM Deepan Chakravarthy will be making his third consecutive appearance | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Former National Blitz champion IM D K Sharma | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Super strong GM Sundararajan Kidambi will be making his Shaastra Rapid Open debut | Photo: Anne Ruhlmann / Liffré Open 2019

IM Ravi Teja S will be playing this event for the very first time | Photo: Supriya Bhat

Blitz King GM Laxman R R has already won a rapid rating tournament last month | Photo: Amruta Mokal

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Veteran IM P D S Girinath will be making his Shaastra Rapid debut this time | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Praveen Kumar C will be making his third appearance in this event | Photo: RCPA

IM Ponnuswamy Konguvel will be making his second consecutive appearance at Shaastra Rapid Open | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Ravi T S will be playing this event for second consecutive year | Photo: ChessBase India archives

IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam has participated in all editions of Shaastra Rapid Rating Open | Photo: ChessBase India archives

WIM Michelle Catherina will be the highest rated woman | Photo: Niklesh Jain

WIM Rakshitta Ravi is slated to be the second highest woman at the event | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

I will be present there at the tournament to bring you detailed coverage.


For more details, click here.

Previous coverage on Shaastra Rapid Rating

Shaastra Rapids: Chess amidst flora and fauna of a Tech. School!

Flawless Deepan Chakkravathy wins 2nd Shaastra Rapid 2018 at IIT-M

IM Al Muthaiah wins 3rd Shaastra Rapid Rating


Starting rank

1GMNarayanan Srinath4223620135018420IND253049/CTN
2GMVishnu Prasanna. V4738520135030692IND251297/CTN
3GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.5011320135011132IND247026/MTN
4IMSharma Dinesh K.4253720135004110IND2422NAUP
5GMSundararajan Kidambi5087020135005370IND241821/CTN
6IMRavi Teja S.4688420135017220IND2377NAAP
7GMLaxman R.R.4215120135005361IND235341/CTN
8IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad57164201425005812IND2287NAAP
9IMGirinath P.D.S.5010820135000572IND2275NAAP
10Vignesh B4067320135073600IND22735026TN
11IMPraveen Kumar C4189420135007372IND22235596TN
12IMKonguvel Ponnuswamy4202220135000548IND221625/CTN
13IMRavi Thandalam Shanmugam5955920145000238IND2193TN
14IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam4747720135001277IND206248/CTN
15Papadiamandis Elliot036074160FRA2062U15NAFRA
16WIMMichelle Catherina P4043520135005736IND2039w118/TN
17FMSrihari L R42636201346617116IND1910U155092TN
18FMManu David Suthandram R40585201335019562IND1890131/TN
19AGMRathneesh R41249201335064703IND18665158TN
20WIMRakshitta Ravi46607201325073230IND1820wF15123/TN

Complete list

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