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Kaustuv Kundu triumphs at 4th Bangalore Open 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/04/2022

Kaustuv Kundu scored an unbeaten 8.0/9. He finished a half point ahead of the field to win 4th Bangalore Open Rating Chess Tournament 2022. Five players scored 7.5/9 - Ritviz Parab, IM Neelash Saha, IM Ratnakaran K, FM Ram Aravind L N and FM Senthil Maran. They were placed second to sixh according to the tie-breaks. Kaustuv won ₹50000 and trophy, Runner-up Ritviz received ₹40000 and Second Runner-up Neelash earned ₹30000 cash each as their respective prize. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹600000. This is the second out of the four consecutive rating tournaments organized by Innovators Chess Academy at GEAR Innovative International School, Bangalore, Karnataka. Check out the analysis by the winner of this tournament, Kaustuv Kundu. Photo: Sushruta Reddy

Kaustuv's second victory of the year

The participation of 424 players including a GM and 8 IMs ensured no clear leader till the very last round of the tournament. Five players were at 7.0/8 heading into the last round. Kaustuv Kundu defeated IM Chakravarthi Reddy. IM Ratnakaran K and IM Rajesh Vav drew with FM Ram Aravind L N and IM Neelash Saha respectively in the final round. Thus Kaustuv became a clear winner 8.0/9 and five players ended at 7.5/9. 14-year-old Advait Ratnakar Vibhute scored 7.0/9 to finish 13th. He was the youngest player to make a top 15 finish.

Champion - Kaustuv Kundu 8.0/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

Kaustuv scored 8.0/9 and gained 34.8 Elo rating points

We caught up with Kaustuv Kundu after he won this tournament to get his thoughts. Check out the interview where he analyzes one of his favorite games from the tournament:

Kaustuv Kundu wins the super strong 4th Bangalore Open 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Kaustuv - Jeet, Round 5

Position after 18...Be7

White has a substantial advantage in the above position. Find out how can White make a breakthrough here.

Kaustuv - Chakravarthi, Round 9

Position after 23...d4

23...d4 is a mistake. White can liquidate into a winning major piece endgame. Find out how.

Runner-up - Ritviz Parab 7.5/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

Second Runner-up - IM Neelash Saha 7.5/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

4th IM Ratnakaran K 7.5/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

5th FM Ram Aravind L N 7.5/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

6th Senthil Maran K 7.5/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

7th IM Rajesh Vav 7.0/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

8th Bharat Kumar Reddy Potluri 7.0/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

9th IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 7.0/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

10th FM FI Sauravh Khherdekar 7.0/9 | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

The beautiful trophies which the prize winners won | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

Parents and accompanying persons at the prize distribution ceremony | Photo: Sushruta Reddy

The backbone of four consecutive strong and successful rating tournament tournaments at Bangalore - FI NA Sushruta Reddy

For more photos, please click here.


A total of 424 players including a GM, 8 IMs and a WIM participated from five countries across the world including India. The five-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Innovators Chess Academy at GEAR Innovative International School from 10th to 14th April 2022. The time control of the tournament was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
18Kaustuv KunduIND2306Wb8,053,057,550,250,07
25Ritviz ParabIND2339Ga7,553,558,547,750,06
31IMNeelash SahaIND2444Wb7,553,558,547,250,06
46IMRatnakaran K.IND2337Kl7,553,558,046,750,07
523FMRam Aravind L NIND2108Tn7,549,053,042,750,07
618FMSenthil Maran KIND2191Tn7,549,051,540,750,06
73IMRajesh V A VIND2376Scr7,055,060,045,500,05
810Bharat Kumar Reddy PoluriIND2285Tg7,052,056,541,750,06
94IMChakravarthi Reddy MIND2348Tg7,050,555,041,000,07
1016FMSauravh KhherdekarIND2248Mh7,049,053,540,500,06
1113IMPalit SomakIND2273Rspb7,049,053,038,000,07
1217FMJeet JainIND2244Gj7,048,552,537,000,07
1382Advait Ratnakar VibhuteU16IND1532Ka7,048,550,035,000,07
147IMAbhishek KelkarIND2320Mh7,048,052,038,750,05
1525FMDutta JoydeepIND2067Wb7,047,551,538,750,05
1631Dinesh Kumar JaganathanIND1937Tn7,047,051,037,250,06
1727Nath RupankarIND2023Wb7,046,551,037,250,06
1822Arpan DasIND2112Wb7,046,550,537,750,06
199GMRoy Chowdhury SaptarshiIND2287Rspb7,046,550,037,500,05
2038Gajanan Vijay JayadeIND1839Mh7,045,549,536,500,06
2128IMHegde Ravi GopalS60IND2018Ka7,045,049,037,250,05
2224Sudarshan BhatIND2073Ka7,043,547,035,000,07
2355Apoorv KambleU14IND1679Ka7,042,046,534,500,07
2412FMSharan RaoIND2280Ka6,553,057,038,500,06
25109Ujjawal BansalIND1442Gj6,548,051,534,750,05


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