Laxman R R wins 1st Vellore Rapid Rating Open 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2||6||FM||Srihari L R||U16||IND||1944||Tn Chengalpattu||8,0||54,0||58,5||50,75|
|3||3||WIM||Michelle Catherina P||w||IND||2013||Tn Chennai||7,5||54,0||58,5||47,00|
|4||2||IM||Praveen Kumar C||IND||2198||Icf||7,5||53,0||57,0||45,00|
|5||17||CM||Daakshin Arun||U12||IND||1461||Tn Chennai||7,5||50,0||52,0||41,75|
|6||34||Sachin Sangamesh R||IND||1280||Tn Vellore||7,5||48,5||51,0||40,75|
|7||33||Dhanasekar M||IND||1281||Tn Vellore||7,5||48,0||52,5||42,00|
|8||5||Hirthickkesh Pr||IND||1966||Tn Cuddalore||7,0||51,0||54,0||39,25|
|9||256||Sridhar Prasath K||IND||0||Tn Vellore||7,0||51,0||53,0||39,00|
|10||7||Thiyagarajan Tamilselvi||IND||1821||Tn Thanjavur||7,0||49,5||54,5||40,25|
|11||28||Adharsh D P||U16||IND||1299||Tn Tiruvallur||7,0||48,0||51,5||37,00|
|12||4||Sridhar C S||S55||IND||1998||Tn Kanchipuram||7,0||47,0||51,5||38,00|
|13||248||Sharan Gopalan R||U14||IND||0||Tn Kanchipuram||7,0||46,5||51,0||38,50|
|14||14||Gandhi Durai E||IND||1538||Tn Chennai||7,0||45,5||49,5||35,50|
|15||196||Nikiilesh A U||U14||IND||0||Tn Coimbatore||7,0||45,0||48,0||35,00|
|16||8||Raghul Saro S||IND||1717||Tn Thanjavur||7,0||44,5||48,0||33,50|
|17||172||Logesh Kumar R||U12||IND||0||Tn Chennai||7,0||44,5||47,5||37,00|
|18||53||Rahul S||IND||1146||Tn Cuddalore||7,0||44,5||47,5||34,50|
|19||81||Abdul Kalam||U16||IND||1019||Tn Ranipet||6,5||51,0||55,0||37,00|
|20||41||Abhinav D P||U14||IND||1214||Tn Tiruvallur||6,5||51,0||54,0||36,25|