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Laxman R R wins 1st Vellore Rapid Rating Open 2021

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/01/2022

Top seed of the tournament, GM Laxman R R of Integral Coach Factory, scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 along with IM Srihari L R at 1st Vellore Rapid Rating Open. Laxman won the tournament due to better tie-break score, Srihari secured second position. Five players - WIM Michelle Catherina, IM Praveen Kumar, CM Daakshin Arun, Sachin Sangamesh R and Dhanasekar M scored 7.5/9 each, They were placed third to seventh according to tie-breaks. The tournament had the total prize fund of ₹100000 with the first prize being ₹15000 cash and a trophy. This is Laxman's third consecutive tournament in 2021 which makes it a hat-trick of tournament wins for him. Photo: IA Soundaramurthy D

IM Srihari L R scores an identical 8.0/9, Michelle Catherina third

One of the newly minted IM from Tamil Nadu, Srihari L R also remained undefeated. He drew with the eventual champion, GM Laxman R R in the final round to finish second on tie-breaks. WIM Michelle Catherina also made a great start, 5.0/5. Her only loss was against the eventual runner-up, IM Srihari in the sixth round. She scored an impressive 7.5/9 and broke out a pack of five players at the same score to claim the final podium place, third. Srihari earned ₹12000 and Michelle received ₹10000 cash as their second and third prize respectively. 12-year-old Daakshin Arun 7.5/9, was the youngest finisher among top 15 as he secured fifth place.

Champion - GM Laxman R R 8.0/9 | Photo: IA Soundaramurthy D

L to R: Mr. T Selvarajan, Vice President, Raya Vellore District Chess Association, IA Soundaramurthy D, Chief Arbiter, Mr. P Manoharan, Secretary Raya Vellore District Chess Association, Mr. S Manikandaswamy, Tournament Director, Mr. V Ravichandran, FT & IA and GM Laxman.

Laxman scored an unbeaten 7.5/9

GM Laxman R R with the winner's trophy | Photo: IA Soundaramurthy D

Runner-up IM Srihari L R 8.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Second Runner-up WIM Michelle Catherina 7.5/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

GM Laxman R R making the inaugural move | Photo: IA Soundaramurthy D

Mr. Manikanda Swamy, Tournament Director and Vice President, TNSCA and GM R.R.Laxman inaugurated the tournament in presence of Mr. S Cholavandan, Arcot Chess Academy, Mr. T Selvarajan, Vice President, Raya Vellore District Chess Association, Mr. P Manoharan, Secretary, Raya Vellore District Chess Association and IA Soundaramurthy D, Chief Arbiter.

All prize winners | Photo: IA Soundaramurthy D

Valedictory ceremony | Photo: IA Soundaramurthy D

L to R: Mr. S Cholavandan, Arcot Chess Academy, Mr. T.Selvarajan, Vice President, Raya Vellore District Chess Association, Mr. S Manikandaswamy, Tournament Director, Mr. V Ravichandran, FT & IA, GM Laxman,  Mr. P Manoharan, Secretary, Raya Vellore District Chess Association, IA Soundaramurthy D, Chief Arbiter.


The tournament was organized by Star Chess Academy and Arcot Chess Academy on 25th and 26th December 2021 at D K M Kalyana Mandapam, Vellore, Tamil Nadu. A total of 294 players including a GM, an IM and a WIM took part in this nine-round Swiss league Rapid event which had a time control of 25 minutes + 5 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11GMLaxman R.R.IND2356Icf8,056,061,053,50
26FMSrihari L RU16IND1944Tn Chengalpattu8,054,058,550,75
33WIMMichelle Catherina PwIND2013Tn Chennai7,554,058,547,00
42IMPraveen Kumar CIND2198Icf7,553,057,045,00
517CMDaakshin ArunU12IND1461Tn Chennai7,550,052,041,75
634Sachin Sangamesh RIND1280Tn Vellore7,548,551,040,75
733Dhanasekar MIND1281Tn Vellore7,548,052,542,00
85Hirthickkesh PrIND1966Tn Cuddalore7,051,054,039,25
9256Sridhar Prasath KIND0Tn Vellore7,051,053,039,00
107Thiyagarajan TamilselviIND1821Tn Thanjavur7,049,554,540,25
1128Adharsh D PU16IND1299Tn Tiruvallur7,048,051,537,00
124Sridhar C SS55IND1998Tn Kanchipuram7,047,051,538,00
13248Sharan Gopalan RU14IND0Tn Kanchipuram7,046,551,038,50
1414Gandhi Durai EIND1538Tn Chennai7,045,549,535,50
15196Nikiilesh A UU14IND0Tn Coimbatore7,045,048,035,00
168Raghul Saro SIND1717Tn Thanjavur7,044,548,033,50
17172Logesh Kumar RU12IND0Tn Chennai7,044,547,537,00
1853Rahul SIND1146Tn Cuddalore7,044,547,534,50
1981Abdul KalamU16IND1019Tn Ranipet6,551,055,037,00
2041Abhinav D PU14IND1214Tn Tiruvallur6,551,054,036,25

Complete standings

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