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IM Harikrishnan A Ra wins Sivakasi Chess Club Rapid Rating Open

by R Anantharam - 14/12/2021

IM Harikrishnan A Ra of Airport Authority of India, scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win Sivakasi Chess Club & Sri Kaliswari College Rapid Rating Open. Three more players - CM Lakshmi Narayanan M V, Subramanian R M and P Rajasekaran also finished with the same score. They were placed second to fourth according to the tie-breaks. Harikrishnan won a trophy and ₹10000 cash, Lakshmi received a trophy and ₹7000 and Subramanian got ₹6000 as their prizes. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹50000. Entry fee was only ₹250. This was the first rating tournament in Tamil Nadu after a gap of 20 months. Photo: IA R Anantharam/Sivakasi Chess Club

Four players finish at 8.0/9

International Master Harikrishnan A Ra of Airport Authority of India, a recent beneficiary of the “Pursue Your Chess” - a ChessBase India scholarship, won the Sri Kaliswari College Rapid raring tournament, organized by Sivakasi Chess Club in the last week of November.

IM Harikrishnan receives the champion trophy from GM Vishnu Prasanna and G Ramamoorthy, President of Sivakasi Chess Club

Harikrishnan scored an unbeaten 8.0/9

Lakshmi Narayanan M V of Kodaikanal finished runner-up

The first rated tournament in Tamil Nadu after a gap of about twenty months witnessed a large turnout of players to quench their chess thirst. More than five hundred players participated in the nine round tournament, headed by former Tamil Nadu State Junior champion and local star FM Maheswaran P of Postal Services in the seeding list. IMs Harikrshnan and R Balasubramaniam were seeded sixth and ninth respectively. There were two elite guests – GM Vishnu Prasanna and GM Deepan Chakkravarthy to the tournament.

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy watches the game between IM Balasubramaniam and top seed FM Maheswaran P of Sivakasi Postal

Of the twelve top boards in the fifth round, ten players with white pieces won the game, the Maharashtra youngster Arvind Iyer’s win over former state junior champion S S Manigandan of Golden Knights Chess Academy Madurai is worth mentioning.

R M Subramananian of Golden Knights CA also scored eight points and secured the third place. He is playing against WFM Saranya J, a former National Junior girls champion

The biggest upset of the tournament was the debacle of the top seed Maheswaran against the International Master Balsubramanian and L Srihari of Pondicherry drew with K Senthil Maran of Chennai. Five players – J Saranya of Postal Services, Harikrishnan, Dusthagir, M V Lakshmi Narayanan of Kodaikanal and IM Bala shot into the lead with six points each. Dusthagir defeated Saranya to emerge sole leader, as other co-leaders either drew or lost their games.

IM Balasubramaniam defeated the top seed FM Maheswaran P of Sivakasi Postal

Things turned topsy-turvy in the eighth round, as Dusthagir lost to MVL, allowing the latter to join the lead with Harikrishnan who got the better of Senthil Maran. Six players were half a point behind the leader with seven points each.

GM Vishnu Prasanna observes the game of Harikrishnan ARa. IM R Balasubramanian also watches

P Rajasekaran of Thoothukudi was fourth

On the top board of the ninth and final round, M V Lakshmi Narayanan drew with IM Bala and IM Harikrishnan also settled for a draw with Dusthagir, forcing a tie between MVL and Hari with eight points each. Harikrishnan pipped MVL at the post by half a point in the Buchholz Cut 1 tiebreak to bag the championship and Rs.10000/- first prize.

Second seeded Dusthagir Ibrahim vs IM Harikrishnan ended in a draw, Dusthagir finished fifth

International Master R Balasubramanian won the sixth rank

The seventh place went to Senthil Maran K of Chennai

Former Tamil Nadu junior champion S S Manigandan of Madurai (left) won the eighth place

B Selvamurugan of Madurai won the ninth place

L Srihari of Pondicherry got the tenth rank

Grandmaster Vishnu Prasanna, who is the head coach of the Hatsun Chess Academy, located close to the venue monitored his students’ performance in the tournament. Between each round, he used to analyse the games of his students and gave some valuable tips.

GM Vishnu Prasanna analysed the games of his students in Hatsun Chess Academy, after each round. His assistant R Ganesh is sitting behind

Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy also made a visit to the tournament, while he was in his nearby native place, Madurai.


Dr. Krishnamoorthy, Principal of Sri Kaliswari College inaugurated the tournament in the presence of Sri G Ramamoorthy, President of Sivakasi Chess Club. Grandmaster V Vishnu Prasanna, the chief trainer of the Hatsun Chess Academy, a nearby campus to the college, distributed the prizes.


Sri Kaliswari College, in particular its Secretary Sri AP Selvarajan, a former vice president of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association encourages chess a lot.

A P Selvarajan and five times world champion Vishy Anand

The college organized the National Junior championship in 2005, which was won by GM Deep Sengupta, followed by GM Deepan Chakkravarthy. IM Soumya Swaminathan won the title for girls.

GM Deep Sengupta and IM Soumya Swaminathan won the National Junior championships organised by Sri Kaliswari College in 2005

C Karuppasamy a recipient of the chess scholarship of the college has been selected to represent Maduarai Kamaraj University in 2021-22.

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
25CMLakshmi Narayanan M VIND2109TN8,054,056,048,250,07
316Subramanian R MIND1785TN8,049,053,045,500,08
415Rajasekaran P.IND1786TN8,046,046,540,500,08
52Dusthageer Ibrahim M.IND2190TN7,555,058,046,500,07
69IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND2002TN7,554,058,046,500,07
73FMSenthil Maran KIND2171TN7,552,053,041,250,07
88Manigandan S SIND2011TN7,549,550,040,750,07
912Selvamurugan BIND1851TN7,549,054,044,500,07
1020Srihari LIND1690PUD7,549,054,044,250,07
1141Balakowshi D SIND1434TN7,548,052,040,750,07
12194AFMNaveen Kumar PU13IND1049TN7,547,550,541,500,06
1310AGMSa KannanIND1904TN7,546,551,040,250,06
1444Harish Kumar NIND1413TN7,546,046,535,500,07
157WFMSaranya JwIND2052POSTAL7,052,554,539,500,07
161FMMaheswaran P.IND2279POSTAL7,052,057,041,500,07
1764Gokulakrishna SU16IND1327TN7,051,554,539,500,07
18452Sharan Sriram SU13IND0TN7,050,555,042,000,07
1926Rathish T.J.IND1571TN-V7,047,551,037,000,07
2034Gokul SIND1487TN-V7,046,550,536,500,07

Complete standings

About the Author

Prof. Rathinam Anantharam is an A-grade international arbiter. Member of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, Chairman of Titles Commission in All India Chess Federation, Vice President of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Chief Arbiter for six world championships, many Asian, International and National Championships.


The article was edited by Shahid Ahmed

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