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Laxman clinches 2nd Athens of the East Blitz Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/08/2023

GM Laxman R R scored 9/10 to win 2nd Athens of the East Blitz Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. FM Ram Aravind L N and 12-year-old Aakash G scored 8.5/10 each. They secured second and third place respectively. Ram's only loss was against the eventual winner, Laxman. The total prize fund of the event was ₹300000. The top three prizes were ₹25000 + trophy, ₹20000 and ₹15000 each respectively. This is Laxman's fifth tournament triumph of the year. After this, he won a team Blitz event at Kavala, Greece. The one-day Blitz Rating tournament was organized by Ananthi Chess Academy on 16th July 2023 at Arunachalam Kamalabal Mahal in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Photos: IA Ganesh Babu S

Laxman wins his fifth tournament of 2023

Three players - IM Nitin S, GM Laxman R R and Shadhursshaan R were in the lead 8/9 heading into the final round. Laxman beat Nitin and Shadhursshaan lost to FM Ram Aravind L N. Thus, Laxman became clear champion, Ram edged past Aakash to secure second place. 

Champion - GM Laxman R R 9/10

Runner-up - FM Ram Aravind L N 8.5/10

Second Runner-up - Aakash G 8.5/10

4th IM Nitin S 8/10

GM Laxman R R scored 9/10, won nine games, drew none, lost only one game and gained 3.4 Elo rating points

A total of 246 players including 2 GMs and an IM took part from various states across the country, one from England two from Nepal in this one-day Blitz Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Ananthi Chess Academy at Arunachalam Kamalambal Mahal in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on 16th July 2023. The time control of the event was 5 minutes + 3 seconds increment from no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12GMLaxman, R.R.IND2379ICF9646961,5009
25FMRam, Aravind L NIND2212TN8,564,569,557,2508
323Aakash, GU13IND1742TN8,5606251,7508
41IMNitin, S.IND2382S.RLY866,571,555,5008
53GMDeepan, Chakkravarthy J.IND2336ICF86468,552,5008
628Shadhursshaan, RIND1682TN8606548,5008
76FMSyed Anwar, ShazuliIND2212ICF859,564,550,0007
84Ram, S. KrishnanIND2303BSNL858,56351,0007
922Gokulakrishna, SIND1744TN85555,543,5008
1017Vignesh, Kannan PU13IND1786TN7,5646847,7507
1147Nigash, GIND1472TN7,562,56646,5007
1224Dinesh, Rajan MIND1738TN7,56064,545,0007
1336Mohammed, Tharig SIND1591TN-MDU7,557,56242,0007
1444AGMRutherford, SIND1501TN7,5576041,5007
1516Raju, SIND1853TN7,555,55840,2507
168Dusthageer, Ibrahim M.IND2182TN-MDU76569,541,5006
1711Manigandan, S SIND1985TN-MDU7636743,0007
189Gugan, GIND2074TN7606543,7506
197Lokesh, N.IND2203TN759,56542,5006
2039Kalyani, SirinF13wIND1573KER7586238,0007
2133Nandish, V SU15IND1602TN757,56241,5006
2238AIMArul, Prakash NU15IND1581TN-MDU75761,540,0007
2315Adhithya, SIND1853TN755,56040,0007
2440Jack, SamuelU13IND1541TN755,56039,5006
2525Alaguraja, M.A.IND1734TN-MDU755,559,539,5007
2614Dhanasekar, K.IND1903TN75558,539,2506
2783Kirpesh, IU15IND1260TN754,55837,5007
2842Vigneshwaran, KIND1513TN754,557,538,0007
2920Anup, Shankar RIND1766TN7545737,0006
3018Prathish, AIND1783TN-MDU7535535,0007


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