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Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi is the winnner of SAS Ventures 2nd Rapid Rating Open 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/12/2022

Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi and the top seed of the tournament, IM Ravi Teja S scored an unbeaten 8/9. The sixth round battle between them ended in a draw. Aakash won the SAS Ventures 2nd Rapid Rating Open 2022 on tie-breaks and Ravi was placed second. Four players scored 7.5/9. They are - IM Ratnakaran K, IM Nitin S, Lakshith B Salian and Advait Ratnakar Vibhute. Out of them Ratnakaran was adjudged third.The total cash prize fund of the tournament was ₹500000 and 176 prizes were up for grabs. The top three prizes were ₹50000, ₹40000 and ₹30000 along with a trophy each. Aakash continued his fantastic form and became the new Maharashtra State Blitz Rating champion, after a fortnight. Photo: Sudhir/SAS Ventures

First-ever Rapid Rating Open tournament triumph for Aakash

On Sunday 11th December 2022, Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi clinched his first-ever State title - Maharashtra State Blitz Rating championship. He scored 8.5/9 and it was also his first Blitz Rating tournament victory. Two weeks ago, on 27th November, he won the SAS Ventures 2nd Rapid Rating Open 2022, finishing ahead of a GM and seven IMs. This time he was also unbeaten 8/9. Despite being a half point heading into the final round, he defeated Nikhil M and scored the same points as the top seed, IM Ravi Teja S 8/9. Both of them remained undefeated. Aakash drew with both IM Ravi and GM Laxman, two strong titled players he faced on his way towards the first place finish.

Champion - Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi 8/9 | Photo: Sudhir/SAS Ventures

Runner-up - IM Ravi Teja S 8/9 | Photo: Sudhir/SAS Ventures

Second Runner-up - IM Ratnakaran K 7.5/9 | Photo: Sudhir/SAS Ventures

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd IM Ratnakaran K, 1st Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi and 2nd IM Ravi Teja S | Photo: Sudhir/SAS Ventures

Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi scored an unbeaten 8/9 and gained 22.6 Elo rating points

Thanks to Sudhir of SAS Ventures for sharing the photos.


A total of 286 players including a GM and seven IMs took part from all over India, one from Australia and Mongolia each, four from the USA. The two-day nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament was organized by SAS Ventures in association with and at St. Claret PU College in Bangalore, Karnataka on 26th and 27th November 2022. The time control of the tournament was 20 minutes + 5 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
16Aakash Sharadchandra DalviIND216485458,551,0007
21IMRavi Teja S.IND235885153,545,7507
35IMRatnakaran K.IND22417,5515544,2507
43IMNitin S.IND23157,548,55342,5007
556AGMLakshith B SalianIND14207,548,552,542,5007
653Advait Ratnakar VibhuteU15IND14347,5474939,0007
720IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND19497515541,2506
814Augustin AIND202475054,539,0007
94GMLaxman R.R.IND2266749,553,539,7505
1015Morvekar KedarIND1979749,55340,5006
1122Nikhil MIND1908748,55338,5007
129IMRavi Thandalam ShanmugamIND21117485239,5006
1316CMJain NaveenIND1972747,55239,2506
1433Subramanian R MIND1700747,551,538,5007
1554Leelajai Krishna NIND1426746,550,536,5007
1643AIMYash Abhijit PatilU13IND1521746,549,535,0007
1731Kishore Kumar JaganathanIND1748745,550,537,0007
1812FMSauravh KhherdekarIND20546,5555940,0006
198Lokesh N.IND21126,5525638,0005
2118Barath Kalyan MIND19706,55153,535,5006
222IMDas ArghyadipIND23386,547,55236,2506
2317Sudarshan BhatIND19716,546,550,534,7506
2449Jake ShantyU11IND14536,5464932,5006
2539Apoorv KambleU13IND16356,545,54730,2506
2624Tamhankar SiddhantIND18436,54548,533,2506
2766Swara Lakshmi S NairF18wIND13516,544,54732,7506
2851AIMPremshankar B UU11IND14436,54346,530,2506
2969Madhesh Kumar SU10IND13426,542,54428,7505
3052AFMMohit SU12IND14436,542,54327,2506


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