Aaryan Varshney wins Om Banna Memorial Lakecity Rapid Rating Open 2021
16-year-old FM Aaryan Varshney started the tournament with eight consecutive victories. Thus, a last round loss did not deter his chances of winning Shri Om Banna Memorial Lakecity Winter Rapid Rating Open 2021. Five players - Aaryan, Kushal R Jani, Harish Sharma, FM Sauravh Khherdekar and top seed of the tournament FM Vinay Kumar Matta scored 8.0/9 each. They were placed first to fifth according to tie-breaks. The tournament had a total prize fund of ₹300000 with the first prize being ₹30000 cash and trophy, ₹20000 for second and ₹15000 for third. This is Aaryan's first All India Rapid Rating Open triumph since December 2019. He is also the reigning Delhi State Open champion. Photo: IA Deepak Chavan/Chess in Lakecity
Five players score 8.0/9
It was a tough and close competition as all top ten finishers lost at least one game in the event. 13-year-old Dakshita Kumawat was the youngest finisher among top 20 as she scored 7.0/9 and was placed 13th. She was also the highest finisher among the female participants.
The prizes were distributed by IAS Dr. T Shubmangla. Mr. William D’souza, Dr. Anand Gupta, Mr. Tushar Mehta, Mr. Rajiv Bharadwaj, President Chess In Lakecity, Mrs. Sonal Garg, National chess player & IA Rajendra Teli, Chief Arbiter of the tournament were among the other guests present at the ceremony.
Check out Aaryan's penultimate round game against Kushal R Jani.
The tournament was inaugurated by District Collector of Udaipur, IAS Chetan Devda and IAS Dr. T Shubmangla. The other dignitaries present were Mr. Rajiv Bharadwaj, President of Chess In Lakecity & IA Rajendra Teli Chief Arbiter and IA Vikas Sahu of Chess In Lakecity.
The tournament was organized by Chess in Lakecity on 29th and 30th December 2021 at Orbit Resort, Udaipur, Rajasthan. A total of 266 players took part in this nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament which had a time control of 20 minutes + 5 seconds increment from move no.1.
|2||20||Jani Kushal R||U15||IND||1666||Guj||8,0||51,5||52,5||44,50||0,0||8|
|5||1||FM||Matta Vinay Kumar||IND||2170||Ubi||8,0||45,0||48,0||41,50||0,0||8|
|19||8||Rathore Mahendra Singh||IND||1808||Raj||6,5||49,5||54,0||36,75||0,0||6|
|20||7||Hitesh S. Jariya||IND||1836||Mp||6,5||49,5||53,5||35,50||0,0||5|