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IIT Madras invites you to participate at 6th Shaastra Rapid Rating Open 2024

by Sai Teja - 12/03/2024

IIT Madras invites all chess players around the world in the sixth edition of Shaastra Rapid Rating Open 2024. It is scheduled to take place on 30th and 31st March 2024. This the only IIT which organizes an Open Rapid Rating tournament every year. This year the total prize fund is same as last year ₹500000 with the first prize being ₹65000. So far four GMs, ten IMs, two WGMs and a WIMs have already confirmed their participation from Australia, England, USA and various parts of India. Entry and accommodation is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Last date of registration is 27th March 2024 5 p.m. IST. So hurry up and register now if you have not yet. Photo: Tournament circular

25 years of Shaastra

The 6th Shaastra Rapid FIDE Rating Open tournament will be held at IIT Madras in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 30th and 31st March 2024. With the prize fund of ₹500000, the event is scheduled for IIT Madras campus. The last date for registration for the event is 27th March. Play and enjoy the rapid tournament at the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras!

An attractive prize fund for a rapid rating tournament | Photo: Tournament circular


Rapid Chess at India's best college festival!

Shaastra - the spirit of engineering

Shaastra is the Technical Festival of IIT Madras, which is ranked No. 1 in India in Engineering Colleges under the MHRD rankings 2016. Shaastra is the first ISO certified student-run fest in India.


There will be a total of nine rounds - five on Saturday 30th and four on Sunday 31st March 2024.

The tournament will take place on 30th and 31st March 2024


There are various prizes in rating category, veteran, women, unrated and age group prizes in three different age group category besides 25 main prizes. Total prize fund is ₹500000 including first prize of ₹65000.

The prize structure of the tournament

Rules and Regulations

The tournament will have nine rounds with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment from move no.1. Chief Arbiter will be IA R Anantharam.

Rules and Regulations

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 ₹2300. For IIT Madras Students, Faculty and Staff Member, there is a discount. Check the image below to find out the details. Last date for submission of entry is 27th March 2023 5 p.m. IST. Spot registration will strictly not be entertained.

Entry fee details

Confirmed titled players

GM Pranesh M will be the top seed at the event

GM Srinath Narayanan will be making his third appearance at this event

Winner of the 2nd edition and runner-up of the 4th edition - GM Deepan Chakravarthy will be making his fifth consecutive appearance | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The Speed Chess specialist GM Laxman R R will be appearing for the fifth consecutive edition | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Bala Chandra Prasad Dhulipalla | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Rathanvel V S

IM C R G Krishna

IM Nitin S

IM Raahul V S | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM P D S Girinath | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Srihari L R | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Avinash Ramesh

IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh J

IM Ravi T S

IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam

WGM Rakshitta Ravi | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy

For more details, click here.

Indian Institute of Technology - Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras is a public engineering and research institute located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and is one of India's most prestigious universities. It is recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India.


IIT Madras is a residential institute that occupies a 2.5 square kilometers campus that was formerly a part of the adjoining Guindy National Park. The institute has nearly 550-member faculty, 8,000 students, and 1,250 administrative and supporting staff. Growing ever since it obtained its charter from the Indian Parliament in 1961, much of the campus is a protected forest, carved out of the Guindy National Park, home to large numbers of...


Black Bucks...

...and other rare wildlife

5th Shaastra Rapid Rating 2020 edition

The 2023 edition of the Shaastra Rapid Tournament saw 375 chess players taking part in it including 6 Grandmasters, 6 International Masters, a Woman Grandmaster and 2 Woman International Masters and several other 2000+ rated players. The 2024 edition has the confirmed participation of 10 titled players including GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs.

The top three finishers with the organizing team of Shaastra IIT Madras and the arbiters

Champion - GM Pranav Venkatesh 8/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Runner-up - IM Ravi Teja S 8/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Second Runner-up - IM FT Muthaiah Al 7.5/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed


The tournament will be played in the Student Activities Centre (SAC)

A view of the fully air-conditioned playing hall along with the center stage | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The venue address

The main entrance of IIT Madras is on Chennai's Sardar Patel Road, flanked by the residential districts of Adyar and Velachery. The campus is close to the Raj Bhavan, the official seat of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Other entrances are in Velachery (near Anna Garden MTC bus stop, Velachery Main Road) and Taramani gate (close to Ascendas Tech Park).


The campus is located 10 km from the Chennai Airport, 12 km from the Chennai Central Railway station, and is well-connected by city buses. Kasturba Nagar is the nearest station on the Chennai MRTS line.


Two parallel roads, Bonn Avenue and Delhi Avenue, cut through the faculty residential area before they meet at the Gajendra Circle, near the Administrative Block. Buses regularly ply between the Main Gate, Gajendra Circle, the Academic Zone, and the Hostel Zone.


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IM Muthaiah Al wins 3rd Shaastra Rapid Rating

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

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5th Shaastra Rapid Rating 2023 R1-4: 15 players make a perfect start 4/4

Days after beating Carlsen, Pranav Venkatesh victorious at 5th Shaastra Rapid Rating Open 2023

Players list

No. NameIDFideIDFEDRtgIsexGrClub/City
GMNarayanan Srinath250820215018420IND2458TN
IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad17350202125005812IND2395AP
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.9981520215011132IND2338TN
IMRathanvel V S8708202125002112IND23364066CBE2023TN
IMKrishna C R G467820215018625IND2322AP
IMNitin S.706320215018277IND226621114CHE2024TN
IMSrihari L R2906202146617116IND22369590CGL2023TN
FMKarthik Rajaa755202125035215IND22152585CHE2023TN
GMLaxman R.R.8697920215005361IND2201ICF
FMSekar B702920215043743IND218222206CHE2024TN
FMHarshad S3409202146616551IND21483927CBE2023TN
CMGireman Ja216120215043794IND20993904CBE2023TN
WGMRakshitta Ravi6847202125073230IND2079wTN
FMKunal M.148120215018250IND20728874TRY2023TN
IMRavi Thandalam Shanmugam1972520215000238IND19002611CHE2023TN
Ravindran G139520215043255IND1876TN
Siddharth Gopakumar05053463ENG1864ENG
AGMAshwin Sairam17090202145010030IND18423824CHE2023TN
Pranav Sai Ram R S69192202125172735IND17998359TLR2023TN
Aarav A89493202125162748IND17472726CHE2023TN
Ashva Shanmugam70776202125179772IND17292348CHE2023TN
AFMKrithin Durai D55643202125955403IND169511046CHE2023TN
Prem Muthu Avaneesh030984106USA1680USA
Surendiraa A Sathish23693202145059713IND16721493CGL2023TN
Sumit Samantray230688202435017586IND1663ODI



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About the Author

Veera Phani Sai Teja K is a 20-year-old Computer Science and Engineering student at IIT Madras. He is a passionate chess player and love playing tournaments. Whenever he is not coding or programming, he follows chess and whenever there is a long weekend or holiday, his first preference is to play a chess tournament in Chennai. He has played 10+ tournaments after joining IIT Madras. He manages to find a balance between academics and chess. He is the captain of the IIT Madras Chess team that won the Bronze medal at the recent Inter IIT chess tournament held at IIT Gandhinagar.

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