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Ajay Karthikeyan clinches 1st RCA Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/04/2023

IM Ajay Karthikeyan scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 to win 1st RCA Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. Six players - IM FT Muthaiah Al, GM Laxman R R, Lokesh N, IM Hari Madhavan N B, IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh J and IM P Saravana Krishnan scored 7/8 each. They were placed second to seventh respectively according to tie-breaks. Apart from Lokesh and Saravana, the remaining five among top seven, remained undefeated. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹200000. The top three prizes were ₹25000 + trophy, ₹20000 and ₹15000 each respectively. The one-day rapid rating tournament organized by Rajam Chess Academy witnessed the participation of 337 players including a GM and 8 IMs. Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

Ajay's third tournament victory in March

Former National Sub-Junior Open champion, IM Ajay Karthikeyan won the South Zone and All India Inter University Men Team Chess Championship 2023, just days before winning this event. He remained undefeated in all three of his triumphs. This is first individual tournament victory of the year. The last individual tournament Ajay won was in August 2021 where he scored his maiden GM-norm. Five players were on 6.5/7 heading into the final round. IM Muthaiah and IM Sai Agni drew with GM Laxman and IM Hari Madhavan respectively. FM Prasannaa lost to IM Ajay, thus he became a clear champion, without the need of any tie-breaks.

Champion - IM Ajay Karthikeyan 7.5/8 | Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

Runner-up - IM FT Muthaiah Al 7/8 | Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

Second Runner-up - GM Laxman R R 7/8 | Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

IM Ajay Karthikeyan scored an unbeaten 7.5/8, drew with the eventual runner-up IM Muthaiah Al in the penultimate round

Round 8: IM FT Muthaiah Al - GM Laxman R R: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

Top boards during the last round | Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

Players in action | Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

The tournament hall at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu | Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

Trophies for the prize winners | Photo: Rajashree Muralidaran/Rajam Chess Academy

A total of 337 players including a GM and 9 IMs took part in this one-day eight-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament which was organized by Rajam Chess Academy on 25th March 2023 at Hall of Chess, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The time control for the event was 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13IMAjay KarthikeyanIND2285TN7,541,542,539,0007
21IMMuthaiah AlIND2316TN7424638,7506
35GMLaxman R.R.IND2232ICF741,545,539,2506
410Lokesh N.IND2084TN7414539,0007
52Hari Madhavan N BIND2289TN740,54538,7506
69IMSai Agni Jeevitesh JIND2159TEL739,54336,2506
78IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND2189TN737,541,535,5007
816Arnav MaheshwariIND1933TN6,54043,534,5006
918IMRavi Thandalam ShanmugamIND1930TN6,54043,533,0006
1022FMAyushh RavikumarIND1825TN6,539,543,533,5006
1124Arun R UIND1806TN6,53942,532,7506
1221FMVinoth Kumar M.IND1854TN6,53842,533,2506
1328Sham RIND1773TN6,5374029,5006
144IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND2282TN6,536,540,532,5006
1519Gugan GIND1927TN6,535,539,532,2506
1611FMPrasannaa.SIND2056TN641,545,531,5006
1729Vijay Shreeram PIND1760TN641,54529,5006
1815AGMVignesh BIND1938TN639,543,530,7505
1937Ajjesh J RIND1589TN6394330,0006
2012Surendran NIND2056TN6394230,0006
2133Poorna Sri M.KIND1623TN6394228,5006
2232Sivan S RoshanIND1658TN6394127,5005
237FMAshwath R.IND2204TN638,541,529,0005
2417Manigandan S SIND1933TN6384228,5006
2527Hari Ganesh TIND1780TN6384228,0006
2620IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND1889TN637,54129,0006
2743Femil ChelladuraiIND1521TN637,540,528,5005
2835Sanjay ThiruvengadamIND1604TN6374130,0006
29101Ravada KarthikesavaIND1258TN6364027,0006
3095Pon Balaji NIND1278TN635,538,526,2505

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