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Hrithickkesh P R clinches 5th Adith Paulson Memorial Don Bosco Rating Open 2021

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/01/2022

Top seed of the tournament, Hrithickkesh P R, scored 8.0/9 and finished a half point ahead of the competition to win 5th Adith Paulson Memorial Don Bosco Rating Open 2021. Three players - Marthandan K U, Chandar Raju and 40th seed Aadithya Pradeep scored 7.5/9 each. They were placed second to fourth according to tie-breaks. The tournament had a total prize fund of ₹300000 with the first prize being ₹30000 cash, ₹20000 for second and ₹15000 for third. This is Hrithickkesh's first All India Open triumph since 2017. It was the first FIDE rating tournament to take place in Kerala since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Photo: FA Peter Joseph

Top three seeds secure podium finish

Marthandan K U and Aadithya Pradeep are the only two players to remain undefeated among the top ten finishers. 11-year-old Goutham Krishna H scored an impressive 7.0/9 to secure sixth place. His only blemish was in the final round against the eventual champion, Hrithickkesh P R. 

Champion - Hrithickkesh P R 8.0/9 with the organizers | Photo: FA Peter Joseph

Hrithickkesh P R's only loss was against the tournament runner-up Marthandan K U in Round 5

Runner-up Marthandan K U 7.5/9 | Photo: FA Peter Joseph

Second Runner-up Chandar Raju 7.5/9 | Photo: FA Peter Joseph

Inaugural moves are being made | Photo: FA Peter Joseph

Ms. Sonia Giri (Irinjalakuda Municipal Chairperson) inaugurated the tournament, presided by Fr. Emmanuel Mevada (Rector, Don Bosco School, Irinjalakuda). The function was delighted with the presence of  FA FT Mr. T J Suresh Kumar (Former Indian junior chess team coach), Mr. Govindankutty M S (International Arbiter) and Mr. Francis N P (Inspector of Police). Mr. Peter Joseph. M (Secretary, Chess Association Thrissur) welcomed the gathering, followed by Mr. K T Babu (Chairman, Adith Foundation), expressed the vote of thanks.

The tournament hall at Don Bosco School Irinjalakuda, Kerala | Photo: FA Peter Joseph

Bird's eye view of the playing arena shows the socially distanced boards | Photo: FA Peter Joseph

The tournament was organized by Don Bosco Youth Centre in coordination with Thrissur Chess Academy from 27th and 31st December 2021 at Don Bosco School Irinjalakuda, Kerala. A total of 203 players took part in this nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament which had a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11Hirthickkesh PrIND22328,052,055,547,50
23Marthandan K UIND19867,555,058,547,50
32Chandar RajuIND20317,553,058,045,75
440Aadithya PradeepIND13257,549,553,543,00
54Anilkumar O.T.IND19247,050,054,040,00
622Goutham Krishna HIND14557,050,053,539,00
716AGMMani BharathyIND15317,049,053,538,50
819Ebin BennyIND14877,049,051,036,00
911Abdallah M NistharIND16767,048,553,039,00
106Sooraj M RIND18637,045,548,536,25
1115Adithya A ChullikkadIND15947,044,048,537,75
1226Jyothika U RIND14387,041,044,534,00
1347Pournami SIND12766,550,051,534,75
147Joy Lazar M.A.IND18186,548,051,534,50
158Anupam M SreekumarIND17986,543,547,532,00
1625Jojo P JohnIND14446,542,044,530,50
1710Raveendran C.R.IND16796,541,545,533,50
1869Sreevas SIND12006,048,553,532,50
1966Atul Krishna MIND12146,048,051,530,75
20107Shawn PravinIND10366,047,551,028,50
2137Giridhar AIND13476,046,550,529,00
2233Sidharth SreekumarIND13956,046,047,528,75
2312Ramkumar SIND16756,045,549,529,00
2413Unnikrishnan M AIND16366,045,548,528,50
2517Umesh PIND15216,044,547,527,50

Complete standings