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Harikrishnan dominates Velammal Republic Day Celebration Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/02/2023

Fourth seeded IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win Velammal Republic Day Celebration Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. IM Ajay Karthikeyan scored sole 8/9 to finish second. Three players - Ilamparthi A R, GM Laxman R R and GM Vishnu Prasanna scored 7.5/9 each. They were placed third, fourth and fifth respectively. The total prize fund of the Rapid event was ₹200000. The top three prizes were ₹30000, ₹20000 and ₹15000 each respectively. The one-day Rapid Rating tournament witnessed the participation of 267 players including 3 GMs and 5 IMs. It was organized by Rooks and Knights Academy of Chess.

Consistent Harikrishnan

IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra is consistently doing good since December 2022. He finished third at 7th Johor Open 2022 in Malaysia. Then he secured second place at 1st ENS Rapid Rating Open 2023. Five days later, he won this event. Three days later, he finished second at Republic Day Cup Rapid Rating Open which we will have in a separate report. He remained undefeated in the last three rapid rating events.

Champion - IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra 8.5/9

Runner-up - IM Ajay Karthikeyan 8/9

Second Runner-up - Ilamparthi A R 7.5/9

IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra's fantastic performance of 8.5/9 earned him 33 Elo rating points

A total of 267 players including 3 GMs and 5 IMs took part from various parts of India and one from Bangladesh, Mongolia and USA each. The nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament took place on 26th January 2023 at Velammal Main Campus, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The event was organized by Rook and Knights Academy of Chess. The time control was 10 minutes + 5 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
14IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND2312Tamil Nadu8,554,559,556,00
23IMAjay KarthikeyanIND2328Tamil Nadu85459,551,00
36Ilamparthi A RIND2296Tamil Nadu7,5525747,25
48GMLaxman R.R.IND2257ICF7,551,55646,00
51GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND2502Tamil Nadu7,551,555,545,75
67Srihari LIND2263Puducherry75458,543,00
715Sai Vishwesh.CIND2109Tamil Nadu751,55640,00
812Kunal M.IND2151Tamil Nadu751,555,540,00
924Mythireyan PIND1909Tamil Nadu7515641,00
1011IMAvinash RameshIND2221Tamil Nadu750,553,535,00
1110FMAshwath R.IND2227Tamil Nadu7505541,25
1235Sunyuktha C M NIND1770Tamil Nadu749,554,539,00
1317Rohit SIND2081Tamil Nadu749,55439,50
149FMHarsh SureshIND2256JAWAHAR VIDYALAYA, ASHOK NAGAR, CHE749,553,539,75
1542Sham RIND1684Tamil Nadu740,543,532,00
1625Hemanth RaamIND1898Tamil Nadu6,552,55737,25
1713Arjun C KrishnamachariIND2142Tamil Nadu6,549,553,537,00
182GMArjun KalyanIND2415Tamil Nadu6,5495336,75
1947Pranav K PIND1634Tamil Nadu6,5495334,75
2018AGMVignesh BIND2002Tamil Nadu6,54852,535,25


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