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Kunal M and Bharath Subramaniyam win GM Chess 1st Rapid and Blitz Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/09/2023

Kunal M, WGM Srija Seshadri and IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam scored 8/9 each at GM Chess 1st Rapid Rating Open 2023. Kunal won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. Srija and Balasubramaniam were placed second and third. Both Kunal and the eventual second runner-up Balasubramaniam remained undefeated. GM Bharath Subramaniyam H scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win the Blitz Rating Open. He finished a full point ahead of the field. A half dozen players scored 7.5/9. CM Rajarishi Karthi and IM P Saravana Krishnan were adjudged second and third. The total cash prize fund for Rapid and Blitz was ₹200000 and ₹100000 each respectively. The top three prizes in Rapid were ₹30000 + trophy, ₹18000 and ₹15000, for Blitz it was ₹18000 + trophy, ₹14000 and ₹11000 each. Photos: Masilamani G / GM Chess Academy

Bharath dominates Blitz, Top three score 8/9 in Rapid

Five players were leading 7/8 each, going into the final round of Rapid. CM Rajarishi Karthi and Anshuman K lost to WGM Srija Seshadri and Kunal M respectively. IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam defeated Arun R U. Thus, Kunal won the Rapid tournament 8/9, Srija second and Balasubramaniam third according to tie-breaks. In the Blitz event, GM Bharath Subramaniyam H made a blazing start 8/8. He was a full point ahead of others heading towards the final round. He drew his last game against Nawin M S to become a clear champion 8.5/9.

Champion in Rapid - Kunal M 8/9

Runner-up in Rapid - WGM Srija Seshadri 8/9

Second Runner-up in Rapid - IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam 8/9

Kunal M scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win the tournament on tie-breaks

Champion in Blitz - GM Bharath Subramaniyam H 8.5/9

Runner-up in Blitz - CM Rajarishi Karthi 7.5/9 | Photo: South Madras News

Second Runner-up in Blitz - IM P Saravana Krishnan 7.5/9 | Photo: South Madras News

GM Bharath Subramaniyam H scored an unbeaten 8.5/9, finished a full point ahead of the competition and gained 4 Elo rating points

Inaugural first moves are being made
Highlights of the tournament | Video: South Madras News

Thanks to Masilamani G / GM Chess Academy for sharing the photos of the tournament.


A total of 265 players including an IM and a WGM took part from various states across the country in the two-day nine round Rapid Rating Open tournament held on 19th and 20th August 2023. Both events were organized by GM Chess Academy at Alpha International and Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The time control for the Rapid event was 20 minutes + 10 seconds increment. The Blitz Rating event had 273 players including a GM, two IMs and a WGM from various states across the country. It took place on 20th August 2023. The time control for Blitz was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

Final standings in Rapid

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13Kunal, M.IND2122TN850,55548,25
24WGMSrija, SeshadriwIND2087TN84852,547,00
38IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam,IND1874TN(C)847,551,545,75
47Sailesh, RIND1906TN7,54953,543,50
521Mahish, S AU12IND1615TN7,5475141,50
62CMRajarishi, KarthiIND2126TN75458,542,00
76Anshuman, KIND1938TN(C)75357,542,50
813Nawin, M SIND1801TN752,55742,75
910FMAyushh, RavikumarIND1838TN752,55641,00
101FMMaheswaran, P.IND2197TN75155,542,25
1129Rahul Ramakrishnan,U10IND1480PUD74748,535,25
1232AIMPremshankar, B UU12IND1464TN746,55035,50
1323Aadith, RIND1539TN(C)7465038,50
1428WCMSasvatha, AwIND1495TN(C)74548,534,00
1511Harini, S.wIND1823TN7444837,00
1612Vijay, Shreeram PIND1803TN6,5515537,00
179Arun, R UIND1866TN6,550,55538,00
1815Ayyappan, P Santhana PrabuIND1742TN6,5475235,75
1945Perecharla, Hariram SaikrishnaU10USA1395USA6,5454933,50
2026Venkatakrishnan, RIND1524TN6,5454833,50


Final standings in Blitz

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11GMBharath, Subramaniyam HIND2416TN8,554,555,551,75
27CMRajarishi, KarthiIND2184TN7,55559,547,75
35IMSaravana, Krishnan P.IND2189TN7,5525544,25
44Kunal, M.IND2247TN7,551,554,544,00
532Sailesh, RIND1601TN7,550,554,542,25
618FMAyushh, RavikumarIND1822TN7,547,55039,75
722Nawin, M SIND1785TN7,545,54837,75
811FMPurushothaman, ThirumalaiIND1979TN750,553,539,00
913Barath, LIND1928TN75050,537,00
1019Ayyappan, P Santhana PrabuIND1796TN7485237,75
1112Anshuman, KIND1938TN74851,539,00
129IMRamnathan, BalasubramaniamIND2076TN74851,538,00
1329Vijay, Shreeram PIND1649TN74751,538,50
14104Sai, Abhinav KuchibhotlaU12IND1159TN7474936,00
156AGMVignesh, BIND2185TN(C)746,550,539,00
1620Suganthan, SIND1795TN746,55038,00
1717Mithun, Anand VIND1840TN746,548,537,25
1846AIMPremshankar, B UU12IND1424TN744,54834,00
1930Badri, Narayan BIND1643TN74446,533,00
202FMMaheswaran, P.IND2286TN6,5535737,50


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