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Laxman wins 2nd Open Rapid Rating at Trichy

by R Anantharam - 11/01/2020

Top seed Laxman scored an unbeaten 6.5/7 and beat P R Hirthickkesh in an Armageddon match to win 2nd Open FIDE Rated Rapid tournament at Trichy, Tamil Nadu on 5th January 2020. Both Laxman and Hirthickkesh finished with 6.5/7 and had all their five tie-break score same, thus Armageddon was played to determine the champion. Hirthickkesh had to settle for the runner-up position. Eleven players finished at 6.0/7. IM B T Muralikrishnan was placed third due to his better tie-break score. Total 269 players participated in this one-day rapid rating tournament organized by Star Chess Foundation held at Trichy, Tamil Nadu. Photo: R Anantharam

Laxman beats Hirthickkesh in Armageddon

Both Laxman and Hirthickkesh finished at 6.5/7 after Laxman drew his final round game and Hirthickkesh won.

Champion Laxman R R scored 6.5/7 and won the Armageddon match | Photo: R Anantharam

GM Laxman R R of ICF receives the winner's trophy, ₹20000 cash prize from Dr. Ravivarman, Principal, MAM Engineering College in presence of P Ismail (left), Organising Secretary and R Venkatraman (right), Vice President TDCA.

Laxman's unbeaten championship run gained him 13 Elo rating points

Out of the 269 players, thirteen players shared the lead with four points each at the end of the fourth round and the leaders included all the top tiled players. There were only four victories in the fifth round among the leaders, the important one coming from Laxman against IM Harikrishnan A Ra.

GM Laxman defeated IM Harikrishnan in round 5 | Photo: R Anantharam

Muralikrishnan was forced to a draw by S Prasanna of Kanchi, leaving Laxman, Ram S Krishnan of BSNL, P R Hirthickkesh of Neyveli and M V Laxmi Narayanan of Kodaikanal in the front. Laxman scored his sixth consecutive win to stay on top at the end of the sixth round, followed by Muralikrishnan, Hirthickkesh, Ram and Prasannaa with 5.5/6 points each.

In form B T Muralikrishnan secured third place | Photo: R Anantharam

While Laxman agreed for a friendly draw with his friend Murali to reach 6.5 points, Hirthickkesh also collected the same number of points, beating Lakshmi. This resulted in a two-way tie between them and surprisingly both Laxman and Hirthickk were on par in all five tiebreaks. They played an Armageddon playoff to decide the champion. Laxman won the game convincingly to clinch the title.

Laxman-Hirthickkesh Armageddon match piqued everyone's interest | Photo: R Anantharam

Former National Rapid champion Ram S Krishnan finished fourth | Photo: R Anantharam

IM Bharath Subramaniyam's only loss against Hirthickkesh fetched him the fifth place | Photo: R Anantharam

S Prasanna drew with IM Muralikrishnan in the fifth round. He finished sixth | Photo: R Anantharam

IM Balasubramaniam R had a dismal tournament | Photo: R Anantharam

Dr S Ravivarman, Principal, MAM College of Engineering distributed the prizes to the winners.


Star Chess Foundation under the leadership of P Ismail is promoting chess in Trichy, one of the biggest cities in Tamil Nadu by conducting many rating tournaments. The venue MAM Engineering college is just about 10 km away from Srirangam, the largest functioning temple in the world.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam Trichy on the banks of the river Cauvery

Situated in between the two rivers Cauvery and Kollidam, the 236 feet high gopuram is an amazing view.

Another famous Rockfort temple for Lord Vinayaga on the banks of Cauvery

St Joseph's church and the college are very popular in Trichy

The Samayapuram Amman temple near the venue is thronged by thousands of devotees daily

Total 269 players in this one-day rapid rating tournament organized by Star Chess Foundation at MAM College of Engineering, Siruganur, Trichy. The tournament was well conducted at a very short notice.


The article was edited by Shahid Ahmed

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
11GMLaxman R.R.LMIND23576,50,033,030,030,00676,55,860,642012,8
15Hirthickkesh Pr7073IND19136,50,033,030,030,00676,54,252,252045,0
32IMMurali Krishnan B T1004IND22976,00,036,032,030,255765,780,22204,4
44Ram S. Krishnan5631IND21726,00,035,532,529,255765,790,21204,2
56IMBharath Subramaniyam HU145214IND21716,00,034,530,528,506766,31-0,3120-6,2
719Peter Anand ANAIND18456,00,033,030,024,006653,861,142022,8
816AGMSa Kannan5633IND18876,00,031,529,026,505764,931,072021,4
912Manigandan S S5029IND20336,00,031,528,526,006766,43-0,4320-8,6
1013FMVinoth Kumar M.ProoIND20036,00,031,028,025,006765,800,20204,0
1224Ranjith R.K.1013IND17816,00,030,027,025,006764,831,172023,4
135Syed Anwar Shazuli5139IND21726,00,029,026,024,505655,41-0,4120-8,2
1431Farhaan MNAIND16465,50,034,030,025,50575,53,931,572031,4
1526Thirunaga Sundaram SS551045IND17045,50,033,029,524,75564,53,850,652013,0
1618Shyam Sundar T.IND18595,50,032,028,024,00575,55,64-0,1420-2,8
1714Sridharan RamanathanS555645IND19385,50,031,028,023,25575,55,66-0,1620-3,2
1811Sridhar J5785IND20795,50,030,027,022,75575,56,43-0,9320-18,6
1947Kanish Vikraman Adithan BU141046IND14945,50,026,024,019,75564,53,960,542010,8
207AGMLakshmi Narayanan M VIND21475,00,038,534,525,505755,45-0,4520-9,0
218IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam1005IND21075,00,035,032,023,254756,24-1,2420-24,8
2220Selvamurugan B5272IND18255,00,034,531,522,005754,760,24204,8
23147Vignesh SIND10795,00,032,030,019,505530,612,392047,8
2459Gopinath P5224IND14145,00,032,029,520,505642,881,122022,4
2523Prakash V R1007IND17875,00,032,029,018,005644,69-0,6920-13,8

Complete standings

About the Author

Prof. Rathinam Anantharam is an A-grade international arbiter. Member of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, Chairman of Arbiters’ Commission in All India Chess Federation and also International Braille Chess Association, Vice President of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Chief Arbiter for six world championships, many Asian, International and National Championships.