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Ameya Audi clinches Late Venkatesh and Sumathi Shanbag Memorial 2nd Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/01/2023

IM Ameya Audi scored a sensational 9/9 to win Late Venkatesh and Sumathi Shanbag Memorial 2nd Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a full point ahead of the competition. Lad Mandar Pradip and IM Nitish Belurkar scored 8/9 each. They were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹100000. The top three prizes were ₹25000, ₹15000 and ₹10000 along with a trophy each. The winner also received a rolling trophy. A total of 312 players including a GM and 3 IMs took part from various part of the country. Photo: FA Swapnil Hoble

Ameya makes a perfect 9/9

IM Ameya Audi has won many tournaments before. However, winning the first tournament he started in 2023 and that also in Goa, is certainly quite special. Not only Ameya but the next three places were also claimed by players from Goa - Lad Mandar Pradip, IM Nitish Belurkar and Reuben Colaco secured second to fourth place respectively.

Top 3 (L to R) - 2nd Lad Mandar Pradip 8/9, 1st IM Ameya Audi 9/9 and 3rd IM Nitish Belurkar | Photo: FA Swapnil Hoble

Dress code participants | Photo:  FA Swapnil Hoble

Dress code winners | Photo: FA Swapnil Hoble

To add some flavor to the tournament, an optional formal dress code was followed on the final day. The players wearing the same qualified for the lucky draw. The dignitaries drew the lucky winners and three players were awarded prizes in the form of FIFA World Cup top three teams' jerseys.

IM Ameya Audi scored a perfect 9/9 and gained 6.8 Elo rating points

Ceremonial first move is being made | Photo: Krishna Daji Salkar fb

The tournament hall at St. Therese's High School, Vasco, Goa | Photo: Krishna Daji Salkar fb

Players enjoying the lunch sponsored by Jt. Secretary MTCA - Sujan Sukthankar. | Photo: FA Swapnil Hoble

All prize winners | Photo:  FA Swapnil Hoble

The prizes were given away by Vinay Tendulkar, Rajya Sabha Member, Chief Guest, Krishna (Daji) Salkar, MLA from Vasco, Sukant Shanbhag, Sponsors, Kishor Bandekar, President, MTCA, Mukund Kambli, Organising Secretary, Pundalik Naik, MTCA Treasurer. The function was compered by VP MTCA, Mukesh Adhia and tournament was conducted by Chief Arbiter IA Sanjay Kavlekar and Deputy Arbiters FA Swapnil Hoble, FA Gautam Tari and Snehil Shetty.

The trophies for the prize winners | Photo: MTCA

Thanks to FA Swapnil Hoble for sharing the photos and information about the tournament.


A total of 312 players including a GM and 3 IMs took part from all over India and one from Hungary. The two-day nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament was organized by Mormugao Taluka Chess Association at St. Therese's High School, Vasco, Goa on 7th and 8th January 2023. The time control of the tournament was 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
IMAudi AmeyaNAIND2301GOA953,545,557,5090
Lad Mandar PradipcIND1860GOA8544549,0080
IMNitish BelurkarNAIND2335GOA85143,547,0080
Colaco ReubencIND1699GOA7,5574848,2570
GMLaxman R.R.S40NAIND2257ICF7,550,54344,0060
FMDeshpande AniruddhaNAIND2121MAHARASHTRA7,549,54241,7570
IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamS40cIND1917TN7544541,0070
FMSauravh KhherdekarS40NAIND2029MAHARASHTRA752,544,541,0070
AFMVasant Vishnu NaikS40cIND1547GOA75244,542,2560
FMMatta Vinay KumarcIND2154Union Bank of India7524441,0070
Harisurya Bharadwaj GundepudiCIND1881Andhra Pradesh7524340,5070
CMSoham DatarNAIND2122MAHARASHTRA751,54441,0070
CMGopal K.N.S40cIND2161Union Bank of India751,543,538,5070
Konatham SnehilcIND1675Andhra Pradesh750,541,537,2560
Parsekar AnirudhcIND1539GOS7504339,0060
Paarth P SalvicIND1523GOA747,540,536,0070
Devesh Anand NaikcIND1725GOA747,539,536,5070
Kambli DattaCIND1580GOA7474036,0070
Kochrekar VishweshcIND1731MAHARASHTRA6,55143,536,5060
Bezstrakhov DmitrycRUS1836RUSSIA6,5504232,2560


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