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IPS Academy 2nd Sultan Khan Cup on 26th August, Total prize fund ₹100000

by ChessBase India - 17/08/2021

The second edition of Sultan Khan Cup sponsored by IPS Academy will be held on 26th August 2021 at 7:30 p.m. IST. IPS Academy is one of the largest educational hubs of Central India. With the support of Mr.Achal Choudhary, the founder of IPS Academy and Madhya Pradesh's first IM Akshat Khamparia, the 2nd Sultan Khan Cup will be organized by ChessBase India on Tornelo. The total prize fund is ₹100,000. The first prize will be ₹20,000. There are 30 main prizes, five prizes for Women and ten for Madhya Pradesh players as well. Entry will be FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else, entry fee will be ₹500. Registration is CLOSED.

2nd Sultan Khan Cup 2021 on 26th August at 7:30 p.m. IST

On Thursday 26th August 2021, IPS Academy will organize an Open Blitz event which will have a total prize fund of ₹100,000 with the first prize of ₹20000. Total cash prize fund is ₹92500 and the remaining ₹7500 is 50 annual subscription of hindi chess magazine 'Shatranj Samrat'. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. Entry fee for others is ₹500. The event is open to players all over the world. 50% of entry fee collected will go to the family of Late Mr. Swatantra Jain and the remaining 50% will go to ChessBase India Foundation.

IPS Academy presents 2nd Sultan Khan Cup 2021 with a total prize fund of ₹100000

The proceeds from the entire entry fee collected will go to charity. 50% of the amount will go to to the family of Late Mr. Swatantra Jain while the other 50% will be instituted as a scholarship for a deserving chess player under the ChessBase India Foundation.

Late Mr. Swatantra Jain

I am writing in reference to Late Swatantra Jain who was an active chess player and chess coach for beginner kids. We have been chess mates since childhood and have been playing chess together for more than couple of decade or so, and I have always known him to be a disciplined and sincere person. - IM Akshat Khamparia.

Achal Choudhary - President and founder of IPS Academy

Madhya Pradesh's first IM Akshat Khamparia

The tournament is held in the honour of one of India's chess legends Sultan Khan | Photo: New in Chess

In 1905 was born a soft spoken, unassuming Sultan Khan in Punjab, undivided India. 23 years later he became the national champion of India. He went on to win the British Championships three times and scored wins over great players like Capablanca, Tartakower, Flohr and many others. He is not just the first great chess player to come out of India, but entire Asia. This online tournament is dedicated in the memory of Sultan Khan and to recognize his brilliance.

Some achievements of Sultan Khan:

1. He won the British Championship on three occasions: 1929, 1932, 1933.

2. The first half of 1931 was probably the best period for him: he defeated Capablanca at Hastings (although he only came 3rd after throwing away a game against Euwe).

3. He then played Tartakower in a 12-game match defeating him 6½-5½.

4. In the Prague International Team Tournament he scored 11½/17 against many of the leading players of the day, drawing with the World Champion Alekhine and defeating Flohr.

2nd Sultan Khan Cup Online Blitz Open

The tournament will take place on Tornelo

Date: Thursday 26th August 2021

Time: 7:30 p.m. IST

Time control: 3 mins each (no increment)

Number of rounds: 9

Total Prize fund: ₹100000

Venue: Tornelo

Chief Arbiter: IA Vivek Sohani

Deputy Arbiters: IA Jitendra Choudhary, IA Yashpal Arora and FA FI Ravi Kumar

Details of the online tournament:

Main Prizes

Rank Prize money
1 20000
2 10000
3 5000
4 4000
5 3000
6 1500
7 1500
8 1500
9 1500
10 1500
11 1000
12 1000
13 1000
14 1000
15 1000
16 1000
17 1000
18 1000
19 1000
20 1000
21 500
22 500
23 500
24 500
25 500
26 500
27 500
28 500
29 500
30 500

31st - 80th Annual subscription of hindi chess magazine - 'Shatranj Samrat'. This will be only for Indian participants.


Best Woman

1 5000
2 4000
3 3000
4 2000
5 1000

Best Madhya Pradesh Player

1 3000
2 2000
3 1000
4 1000
5 750
6 750
7 750
8 750
9 750
10 750

Lucky Prizes

100th and 150th will get ₹750 each.


Standard Rating will be considered for pairings, a player without a standard rating will be considered as an unrated player. To claim a Lucky Prize, a player must play all nine rounds. One player is eligible for one higher prize only. A player without a FIDE ID will be required to produce a photo ID while claiming the prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize.

Entry fees:

The entry fee for the event is ₹500.


The tournament is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. The last date for entry has been extended to 25th of August 2021, 7:30 p.m. IST. Tornelo link will close at 26th August 11:59:59 a.m. IST. Registration is CLOSED. 50% of the entry fees collected will go to the family of Late Mr. Swatantra Jain and the remaining 50% will go to a deserving candidate for a scholarship launched by the ChessBase India Foundation.



Titled players must write to us at with their FIDE and Tornelo ID to confirm their entry.

Confirmed Titled players

GM Abhimanyu Puranik | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Diptayan Ghosh | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Harsha Bharathakoti | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM M R Venkatesh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Laxman R R | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Mitrabha Guha | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Arghyadip Das | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Sankalp Gupta | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Nubairshah Shaikh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Sayantan Das | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Neelash Saha | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Shahil Dey

IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Souhardo Basak | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Sunway Sitges Open

IM Anuj Shrivatri | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Maka Purtseladze

IM Suvrajit Saha | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

WIM Savitha Shri B

WIM Arpita Mukherjee | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Players list Name Rating Gender MP Player
1 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 2580 M No
2 GM Diptayan Ghosh 2541 M No
3 GM Harsha Bharathakoti 2509 M No
4 GM M R Venkatesh 2493 M No
5 IM Mitrabha Guha 2467 M No
6 IM Arghyadip Das 2453 M No
7 IM Sankalp Gupta 2433 M No
8 IM Nubairshah Shaikh 2432 M No
9 IM Sayantan Das 2431 M No
10 IM Bala Chandra Prasad 2425 M No
11 IM Neelash Saha 2418 M No
12 IM Shahil Dey 2414 M No
13 IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2412 M No
14 GM Laxman R R 2411 M No
15 IM Souhardo Basak 2382 M No
16 IM Anuj Shrivatri 2350 M No
17 WIM Savitha Shri B 2281 F No
18 IM Maka Purtseladze 2274 F No
19 FM Dushyant Sharma 2261 M No
20 CM Prraneeth Vuppala 2253 M No
21 WIM Arpita Mukherjee 2206 F No
22 IM Suvrajit Saha 2198 M No
23 Ilamparthi A R 2000 M No
24 Rakshith Srinivasan 1901 M No
25 Karthikeyan Jeyaprakasam 1860 M No
26 Ayush Pattanaik 1818 M Yes
27 Divitt Arora 1699 M No
28 Hruthik Lokesh Puppala 1677 M No
29 Swayham P Das 1675 M No
30 Ashwin Sairam 1670 M No
31 Prakhar Bajaj 1663 M Yes
32 Aaron Mendes 1520 M No
33 Thirunarayanan Sampath Kumar 1518 M No
34 Marium Fatima 1511 F No
35 Abhyuday Santhosh 1474 M No
36 Mandar Bakshi 1438 M No
37 Chandu Boddu 1369 M No
38 Abeer Manchanda 1344 M No
39 Anish Naik 1317 M No
40 Saksham Goyal 1296 M No
41 Paras Dilip Bhoir 1236 M No
42 Agnivo Chakraborty 1200 M No
43 Pranav A J 1188 M No
44 Sevitha Viju 1184 F No
45 Sandipagu Sricharan 1172 M No
46 Avika Panwar 1165 F Yes
47 Ameya Nigudkar 1151 M Yes
48 Souryadipta Sarkar 1134 M No
49 Vayom Garg 1124 M No
50 Jayesh Sinha 1076 M No
51 Harinandan Sharath 1068 M No
52 Aneesh Krishna S 1032 M No
53 Aarav Sarbalia 0 M No
54 Adithya Sakthimani 0 M No
55 Advik Naveen 0 M No
56 Amit 0 M No
57 Amit Singh 0 M No
58 Anand Roy 0 M No
59 Archan Dharmendra Pathak 0 M Yes
60 Arya Das Mahapatra 0 M No
61 Atreyu Sandilya 0 M No
62 B M Yishaanth Mukilan 0 M No
63 Chaitanya Lele 0 M No
64 Devendra Punyasi 0 M Yes
65 Gautam Chintala 0 M No
66 Girish Ghugare 0 M No
67 Gopinath B L 0 M No
68 Hasitha Edirisinghe 0 M No
69 Hitesh Netravali 0 M No
70 Hrishikesh Kulkarni 0 M No
71 Karthik Shekar 0 M No
72 Kartik Verma 0 M No
73 Kishore Kumar V 0 M Yes
74 Manjari Joshi 0 F Yes
75 Mayur Gondhalekar 0 M No
76 Megha Patra 0 F No
77 Narendra Tumbekodige Manappa 0 M No
78 Nataraj 0 M No
79 Ohm Tejas Trivedi 0 M No
80 Omkar Bibikar 0 M No
81 Paresh Nevge 0 M No
82 Reyansh Bansal 0 M No
83 Rishikesh KM 0 M No
84 Shantanu Shekhar 0 M No
85 Shivom Kashyap 0 M No
86 Tamaghna Chaudhuri 0 M No
87 Tanish Katariya 0 M No
88 Vaibhav Gupta 0 M No

Click here for updated players list.


Note: The Tornelo id, while registering and playing the tournament should be the same.

About the sponsor of the event - IPS Academy

Indore Professional Studies Academy (IPSA) is one of the Central India’s largest educational hub-premises, playing a major role to develop Indore as Central India’s most preferred educational centre. Sprawled in an area of 60 acres, 3 campuses, we house the most profitable intellectual, honing and experienced educational assembly.


IPSA is a successor to Indore Public School, which is a vision realized by Mr. Achal Choudhary (IIT, Kharagpur), a renowned architect. As in a traditional hierarchy of all institutions under IPS Society, IPSA is a vast universe shining with innumerable educational extravaganzas. Dedicated to honour various sectors with true talent, IPSA every year sends out a batch of brilliant students, who are at once ready to grab the nerve of any industry.


Not only their intellectual senses are honed, but their creative, ethical, emotional is equally nurtured to create an appreciated life within life. IPSA offers courses at all levels with curriculums designed in partnership with local employers, ensuring our students have the best possible chance of getting a job and being great at it. Our courses are designed with future employment prospects in mind and our courses also serve the region’s growing industries, from Engineering and Manufacturing to IT and architecture. The College campus offers students hands-on instruction and access to the latest equipment, leading to excellent graduate placement and “degrees that work”.


IPSA has established a reputation for excellence and visionary thinking in its efforts to improve teaching and learning across our nation, particularly within the contexts of urban and global education. The faculty remains committed to addressing the educational and physical needs of all learners across the life span and to working closely with educators, leaders and policymakers in the field.

IIT-ian, Educationist and Entrepreneur - Achal Choudhary, the founder of IPS Academy | Video: Dilip Awasthi

How to play the tournament

Please check the following video by IA Vivek Sohani to learn how to create an account on Tornelo and how to register for a tournament

How to create an account on Tornelo and register for a tournament | Video: IA Vivek Sohani

No draw before 30th move

In all events organized by us, 'Draw offer' before the completion of 30th move is not allowed. If a draw is agreed before the completion of 30th move, the player who offered the draw will be given a loss in that round irrespective of tournament situation. This rule has been enforced to see fighting games on all boards.

Mandatory Zoom Video Call and Screen Sharing

All players must remain on Zoom Video Call throughout the tournament from 7:00 p.m. IST till the end of the tournament. Players without having their camera turned on during all the games will NOT be eligible for a prize. All players must mention their full name on the Zoom display ID and share their entire screen since the start of Zoom call (not just window only). No player will be allowed to enter the room if they do not use the registered player's name. Zoom link will be sent a day before the tournament, once the entry closes, which means after 12 a.m. IST on 24th August 2021.

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Players are not allowed to spam the chat in Zoom during and before tournament. Queries must be sent via direct message to the Arbiters. Players who disturb others during the tournament in chat will be removed from the tournament without any warning and will not be allowed in future tournaments.

Anti-Cheating measures

Use of engines is strictly prohibited. All games are being scanned, players are checked through video call. Anyone found adapting any unfair means will be removed from the tournament and all points scored in the tournament will be forfeited. We also have your details and hence you would not be allowed to participate in any future events organized by us.

Contact and registration queries for the tournament:

Mr. Shahid Ahmed (Tournament director) - 9038139510 (Entry confirmations will be done via site only, no whatsapp/phone call confirmation of entries)

Email -

• We request all players to check their internet connection before the tournament. Minimum requirement is at least 2 mbps broadband. No phone calls/messages will be entertained once the tournament starts from 7:30 p.m. IST onwards. All queries must be resolved before the tournament. Each player is responsible for their internet connection, organizers will not be held responsible for any players connectivity issues.

About online tournaments on Playchess by ChessBase India:

ChessBase India has organized innumerable online events successfully. Here is some feedback about the quality of the events:


GM Vaibhav Suri, winner of 2nd ChessBase Online Blitz tournament

The tournament was conducted quite smoothly and a quite "fun Sunday" event. The participation of Adhiban & Sethuraman definitely added the spark to the event. I guess an Online Blitz Festival would be the next way to go (with different formats - Chess960, Bughouse, Bullet etc). Overall really happy with such events. Way to go!!


GM R R Laxman, former National Blitz Champion

I thank the  Chessbase India team once more for their strenous and tireless endeavour to popularise blitz events in India. Considering the fact that the present day time control  even in classical format ( unlike the yesteryears)  demands quick reflexes and blitz skills  , I feel that the entire Chessbase India team is doing an exemplary and praiseworthy job. A boon for Indian chess !!!. Though my performance this time was not satisfactory ,I hope to excel and cherish more pleasant memories from my side in the forthcoming editions of Chessbase India blitz events.


Tushar Bohra, father of Kanishk Bohra

Thanks for enrolling Kanishk for the event. He had a great time playing the games. And a great overall experience.


D Gukesh, youngest GM of India

I am extremely happy to have participated in my first online blitz tmt conducted by ChessBase India and loved the experience and thrill. from the start to the finish its professionally conducted and got the rare opportunity to play several high-class players in a single event and looking forward for its next event


Priti Mahendru, mother of Jaiveer Mahendru

This was our second chessbase online blitz event. My son is 8 years and it was an absolute thrill for him to be playing against titled players ! Thanks a lot for organizing this. We look forward to more such events !


Kushagra Mohan

I was happy the way the tournament was conducted. No problems at all. You just keep increasing the prize money and that is a big improvement.Cannot hope for more.


Andrew Tang wins Sultan Khan Cup 2020

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