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Harshad wins Azure All India Rapid Rating Open 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/10/2022

FM S Harshad scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win Azure All India Rapid Rating Open 2022. He finished a half point ahead of the field. FM Harsh Suresh and Gugan G scored 8/9 each. They secured second and third place according to tie-breaks. They all remained undefeated. Fourth place finisher Kanishk S K also remained unbeaten. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹200000. The top three prizes were ₹30000, ₹20000 and ₹15000 along with a trophy each. This was Harshad's first-ever Rapid Rating Open tournament triumph. Back in June, Harshad won two Golds and a Bronze at Western Asia Under-18 Open 2022. Photo: Jayashree P K/Azure Chess Institute

Teenagers claim the podium

All top four finishers of this event were born in 2003 or after. WFM Jyothsna L was the top female finisher. She scored 7/9 to finish at 12th place overall.

Champion - FM S Harshad 8.5/9  | Photo: Jayashree P K/Azure Chess Institute

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd Gugan G 8/9, 1st FM Harshad S 8.5/9 and 2nd FM Harsh Suresh 8.5/9  | Photo: Jayashree P K/Azure Chess Institute

FM S Harshad scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and gained 64 Elo rating points

Inaugural first move is being made  | Photo: Jayashree P K/Azure Chess Institute

The guests present at the inauguration ceremony were - M Tamil Vanan, Correspondent of AVB Matriculation Higher Secondary School, M Subbulakshmi, Principal of AVB Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Advocate P Kannan, Advisor of Azure, Dr. IA G G Sathiesh, Chief Arbiter and Joint Secretary of CDCA, Akshaya N, Azure Secretary and Jayashree P K, President of Azure Chess Institute.


The organizers felicitated FM S Harshad at the inauguration ceremony for qualifying to the recently concluded World Youth Under-16 Open held in Mamaia, Romania, World Youth Under-16 Olympiad at Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan, Asian Youth Under-16 Open starting tomorrow in Bali, Indonesia and also future World Youth events in which he has qualified.

The tournament hall at AVB Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu | Photo: Jayashree P K/Azure Chess Institute

The guests present at the closing ceremony were - S Intikhab Alam, CDCA Vice President, IA V Vijayaraghavan, TNSCA Joint Secretary and CDCA Vice President, K Dhanaasekar, CDCA Secretary, M Vinoth Kumar, CDCA Joint Secretary, Dr. IA G G Sathiesh, CDCA Joint Secretary, Santhosh S, CEO of Chess Era, V Mahesh Kumar, Owner of Zig Zag, Advocate P Kannan, Azure Advisor, Akshaya Nandhaakumar, Azure Chess Institute Secretary, Jayashhree P K, President of Azure Chess Institute.


A special thanks to Jayashree P K, President of Azure Chess Institute for sharing the photos and providing valuable information about the tournament.


A total of 399 players including an IM took part from various parts of the country in this two-day nine-round Swiss League Rapid Rating tournament. The event was organized by Azure Chess Institute at AVB Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on 24th and 25th September 2022. The time control of the event was 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
118FMHarshad SIND1696Tn_c8,55255,551,5008
28FMHarsh SureshIND1862TN851,556,549,5007
322Gugan GIND1573TN84950,543,7507
426Kanishk S KIND1493TN7,550,55544,5006
69Mohamed Ibrahim UIND1854TN7,55054,544,2506
717Dhanasekar K.IND1749Tn_c7,549,55241,7507
840Satheesh Kumar GIND1380TN7,5495443,5007
95Joy Lazar M.A.IND2005KL754,558,542,7506
1020Aakash GIND1639TN7545842,5007
1116IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND1780TN752,553,539,5007
1211WFMJyothsna LwIND1850TN7525642,0005
134Vigneshwaran N.IND2023Tn_c7525641,0006
142Anilkumar O.T.IND2113KL751,55639,5007
1510Barath Kalyan MIND1853TN75053,540,2506
1650Nirmal LIND1304Tn_c7505338,5006
1714AGMSa KannanIND1833TN7495338,0007
1829Srihari K RIND1462TN748,55339,5007
1924Lakshmi Raja Perumal KIND1512TN748,550,537,5007
2028Subramanian VIND1464TN7485237,0007


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