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Chakravarthi Reddy dominates CCS Chess Festival Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/04/2023

IM Chakravarthi Reddy M scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win CCS Chess Festival Classic Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. Former World Amateur Below 2000 champion, Peter Anand scored 8/9 to secure sole second position. He won eight games and lost one to IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam. 58-year-old veteran, Kiran Panditrao scored an impressive 7.5/9 to finish third. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1000000. The top three prizes were ₹100000, ₹60000 and ₹40000 along with a trophy each respectively. This was Chakravarthi's first rating tournament triumph since he won his last Classical event in Bangalore back in October 2022. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

No tie-breaks needed for top three

IM Chakravarthi Reddy M was in the sole lead 7.5/8 heading into the final round. Three players were in pursuit at 7/8 each - Peter Anand A, FM Prasannaa S and Raghav Srivathsav Varayogi. Prasannaa and Raghav lost to Chakravarthi and Peter respectively. Thus, Chakravarthi remained undefeated and became champion 8.5/9, Peter second 8/9. Kiran Panditrao got the better of the reigning Telangana State Senior champion, Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri in the final round, to finish third 7.5/9. 9-year-old Vaidyanathan Kannan (USA) is the youngest player of the event to make a top ten finish. He scored 7/9 and was placed seventh according to tie-breaks. There will be separate reports for the Rapid and Blitz rating events of the festival.

Champion - IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 8.5/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Interview with the champion - IM Chakravarthi Reddi M | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up - Peter Anand A 8/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Interview with the runner-up - Peter Anand A | Video: ChessBase India

Second Runner-up - Kiran Panditrao 7.5/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Interview with the runner-up - 58-year-old Kiran Panditrao | Video: ChessBase India

Top three podium finishers (L to R) - 2nd Peter Anand A, 1st IM Chakravarthi Reddy M and 3rd Kiran Panditrao | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Chakravarthi Reddy M scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 including two wins in the last two rounds with the black pieces

4th Augustin A 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

5th FM Prasannaa S 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

6th Manigandan S S 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

7th Kannan Vaidyanathan (USA) 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

8th Abhijith U 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

9th IM Abhishek Kelkar 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

10th Raghav Srivathsav Varayogi 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

For more prize distribution ceremony photos, please click here.

Photo Gallery

Pyrotechnics for the podium finishers | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Inauguration Ceremony | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The tournament hall at Jimmy George Indoor Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Check out the CCS Chess Festival photo album here.

Video Gallery

CCS Chess Festival by Capablanca Chess School starts | Video: ChessBase India
The Resignation Confusion - Pournami vs IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam | Video: ChessBase India
Is playing till checkmate always a good idea? Janani P vs IM P Konguvel | Video: ChessBase India
Final moments: Satheesh Kumar G vs Nandan Emani | Video: ChessBase India
The inspiring FIDE Arbiter Kunjumon P V | Video: ChessBase India
A Giant Chess board in the middle of a park in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala | Video: ChessBase India
Interview with FIDE Arbiter Subha Rakesh | Video: ChessBase India
A fun blitz game between a husband and wife on a unique chess board | Video: ChessBase India
1 hour vs 6 seconds - FM Prasannaa S vs Aadinath Harilal | Video: ChessBase India
Double Knight vs Rook and Bishop endgame - Augustin A vs Karan J P | Video: ChessBase India
9-year-old Kannan Vaidhyanathan vs National A 1995 champion, IM P Konguvel | Video: ChessBase India
Final moments: IM P Konguvel vs Prasiddhi Bhat | Video: ChessBase India

A total of 278 players including five IMs participated from various states across the country and two from USA in this five-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament which was organized by Capablanca Chess School at Jimmy George Indoor Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from 30th March to 3rd April 2023. The time control for the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12IMChakravarthi Reddy, MIND2278TEL8,55155,552,25
216Peter Anand, AIND1871TN849,55448,00
323AGMKiran, PanditraoIND1739MAH7,548,55243,75
412Augustin, AIND1978KAR7525641,50
69Manigandan, S SIND2087TN7485339,00
728Vaidyanathan, KannanUSA1691USA745,55038,75
833Abhijith, UIND1669KER74549,537,50
93IMAbhishek, KelkarIND2257MAH7444836,25
1010Raghav, Srivathsav VIND2066TEL7444836,00
1151Shyam, Ganesh RIND1531TN7444833,50
1230Santhosh, PurushothamanIND1688KER743,547,536,00
1313IMRamnathan, BalasubramaniamIND1955TN6,553,558,540,25
145Bharat, Kumar Reddy PoluriIND2197TEL6,5485235,25
1511Santu, MondalIND2040CCSCSB6,547,552,538,25
1643Hari, Ganesh TIND1585TN6,547,551,534,25
1719Vijay, Shreeram PIND1796TN6,54751,535,75
1835Alluri, Bhaskara Ratna Shanmukha ReddyIND1653AP6,546,55032,25
1971Surendiraa, A SathishIND1444TN6,545,549,533,25
2041Raghav, VIND1594TN6,545,549,532,75
2120Vignesh, Kannan PIND1792TN6,54549,533,75
2245Binu, DevduttIND1566KER6,543,54731,50
2336Vigneshwaran, SIND1653TN6,54346,531,75
2427Poorna, Sri M.KIND1693TN6,542,546,531,50
2526Merryston, David ScannyIND1716TN6,540,54532,75
261IMKonguvel, PonnuswamyIND2285TN651,556,535,50
2717Soni, KrishanIND1825CCSCSB65155,534,75
284FMSenthil, Maran KIND2219TN650,554,530,50
297Kunal, M.IND2164TN649,554,534,75
306IMPraveen, Kumar CIND2196TN647,552,533,00


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