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Ethan Vaz wins Monginis Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/10/2023

FM Ethan Vaz and IM Sammed Shete scored 8/9 each at Monginis Rapid Rating Open 2023. Ethan won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Sammed was placed second. IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni and IM Bhakti Kulkarni scored 7.5/9 each. They secured third and fourth place respectively. Ethan defeated both of them. Only Sammed remained undefeated among the top ten finishers. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹200000. The top three prizes were ₹35000, ₹25000 and ₹15000 along with a trophy each respectively. This is Ethan's first-ever Open Rating tournament triumph. Ethan was supposed to play World Cadets Under-12 Open 2023 in Egypt. However, he had to change his plans as the Indian contingent pulled out of the event, due to security concerns over the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

Ethan's first Open Rating tournament triumph

IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni and IM Sammed Shete were the coleaders 7.5/8 heading into the final round. Vikramaditya lost to FM Ethan Vaz and FM Jeet Jain held Sammed to a draw. Thus, Ethaan became champion, Sammed second and Vikramaditya third. Former Asian Continental Women's champion, IM Bhakti Kulkarni secured fourth place after defeating her state Goa's latest IM - Ritviz Parab.

Champion - FM Ethan Vaz 8/9

Runner-up - IM Sammed Shete 8/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Second Runner-up - IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni 7.5/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

4th IM Bhakti Kulkarni 7.5/9 | Photo: Kolhapur Chess Association

FM Ethan Vaz scored 8/9, defeated two IMs - Bhakti Kulkarni and Vikramaditya Kulkarni, alsp gained 38 Elo rating points

Lighting of the lamp at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Margao Cricket Club

Inaugural first move | Photo: Margao Cricket Club

The tournament hall at Krishna V S Karwarkar Hall, MCC Club in Margao, Goa | Photo: Margao Cricket Club

A total of 170 players including four IMs took part from various places all over the country in this two-day nine round Rapid Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Salcete Taluka Chess Association, Margao Cricket Club, Margao and Rotary Club of Margao at Krishna V S Karwarkar Hall, MCC Club in Margao, Goa on 14th and 15th October 2023. The time control of the event was 25 minutes + 5 seconds increment per move.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
FMVaz EthanU13Goa_U13IND2147Goa_Salcete8555850,0008
IMSammed Jaykumar SheteIND2269Maharashtra854,559,552,2507
IMKulkarni VikramadityaIND2175Maharastra7,553,556,544,5007
IMKulkarni BhaktiS15wIND2282Goa_Salcete7,548,551,540,0007
Devesh Anand NaikIND1725Goa_Ponda752,556,541,0007
Kherdekar ArnavIND1575Maharastra750,554,538,5007
Vivaan Sunil BallikarU15Goa_U15IND1538Goa_Salcete7505540,5007
FMJeet JainIND2108Gujarat749,553,539,2506
Aryan Shamrao RaikarIND1445Goa_Salcete746,54834,5007
Shirodkar AayushIND1519Goa_Salcete7464935,0007
Tejas R Shet VerenkarIND1220Goa_Salcete743,545,533,0007
CMNiraj SaripalliIND1970Goa_Salcete6,5525638,2506
FMRitviz ParabIND2174Goa_Salcete6,550,55436,2506
Anish NaikIND1388Goa_Ponda6,5505435,7506
Colaco ReubenIND1835Goa_Salcete6,5464933,7506


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