# Laxman triumphs at CMI Tessellate Rapid Rating Open 2023

GM Laxman R R scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 to win CMI Tessellate Rapid Rating Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the competition and the sole draw he conceded was against 15-year-old Aswin Sairam. Three players Sai Vishwesh C, Arun R U and Mridav M scored 7/8 each. They were placed second to fourth respectively according to tie-breaks. Only Sai remained undefeated among them. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹103250. The top three prizes were ₹20000 + trophy, ₹15000 and ₹10000 each respectively. This is Laxman's first rating tournament victory of 2023 and quite possibly many more to come as he has the habit of winning a lot of tournaments.

## Close race to the top

Three players - GM Laxman R R, IM Srihari L R and Sai Vishwesh C were at 6.5/7 heading into the final round. Laxman was up against Srihari and Sai was facing CM Daakshin Arun. Laxman had no choice but to win his game as his tie-breaks were low, Sai drew. Thus, the GM won the tournament and Sai was placed second.

Runner-up - Sai Vishwesh C 7/8

A total of 275 players including a GM and two IMs participated from various parts of the country in this two-day eight-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament. The tournament was organized by Lotus Chess Academy and SVA Champions Chess Academy on 4th and 5th February 2023 at Chennai Mathematical Institute in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The time control for the event was 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

### Final standings

Rk. | SNo | Name | FED | Rtg | Club/City | Pts. | TB1 | TB2 | TB3 | |

1 | 2 | GM | Laxman, R.R. | IND | 2241 | ICF | 7,5 | 42 | 47 | 43,75 |

2 | 3 | Sai, Vishwesh.C | IND | 2123 | TN | 7 | 42,5 | 46,5 | 40,00 | |

3 | 5 | Arun, R U | IND | 1778 | TN | 7 | 40,5 | 45 | 38,00 | |

4 | 34 | Mridav, M | IND | 1262 | TN | 7 | 38 | 40 | 35,00 | |

5 | 9 | AGM | Ashwin, Sairam | IND | 1695 | TN | 6,5 | 41,5 | 44,5 | 34,25 |

6 | 1 | IM | Srihari, L R | IND | 2336 | TN | 6,5 | 40,5 | 44,5 | 34,00 |

7 | 10 | Sridharan, Ramanathan | IND | 1604 | TN | 6,5 | 39,5 | 44 | 34,50 | |

8 | 6 | CM | Daakshin, Arun | IND | 1765 | TN | 6,5 | 39,5 | 43,5 | 34,00 |

9 | 20 | Gowtham, T S | IND | 1370 | TN | 6,5 | 38,5 | 42,5 | 30,75 | |

10 | 17 | Danvanth, R | IND | 1428 | TN | 6,5 | 37,5 | 40,5 | 28,75 | |

11 | 13 | Shashank, V S | IND | 1486 | TN | 6,5 | 36 | 39,5 | 31,25 | |

12 | 11 | Raghav, V | IND | 1599 | TN | 6,5 | 35 | 38 | 29,75 | |

13 | 12 | AFM | Mohit, S | IND | 1511 | TN | 6 | 39,5 | 42,5 | 30,25 |

14 | 29 | Pranav, Ramkumar | IND | 1285 | TN | 6 | 37 | 41 | 29,00 | |

15 | 37 | Allocious, Franklin R | IND | 1249 | TN | 6 | 37 | 40 | 27,25 | |

16 | 18 | Sanchith, Sundararam K | IND | 1401 | TN | 6 | 37 | 39 | 29,00 | |

17 | 14 | AIM | Premshankar, B U | IND | 1475 | TN | 6 | 37 | 39 | 26,50 |

18 | 50 | Shravan, Sriram | IND | 1211 | TN | 6 | 36,5 | 40 | 25,00 | |

19 | 32 | AIM | Rishiadithya, Murali | IND | 1265 | TN | 6 | 36,5 | 39,5 | 27,50 |

20 | 52 | Pragathesvaran, S | IND | 1209 | TN | 6 | 36,5 | 39,5 | 26,00 |

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