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Laxman wins 2nd RK Chess Club Rapid Rating 2017

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/12/2017

The year 2017 has been Laxman's year. He had already won 5 tournaments this year, by winning 2nd RK Chess Club's International Rapid Rating Chess Tournament 2017, he took his tally to 6. He has won four rapid tournaments and two Blitz tournaments including National Blitz Chess Championship 2017. Here is a report of the event that was held in Mandya, Karnataka on 18th and 19th of November by Shahid Ahmed. Photos by Manjunath Jain.

Laxman wins RK Chess Club's International Rapid for the second consecutive year

Champion of the tournament GM R R Laxman with runner up Syed Anwar Shazuli and second runner up GM Vishnu Prasanna V . All of them scored 8 points each | Photo: Manjunath Jain

Laxman started the tournament well with five consecutive wins but then he drew in the sixth round with Yashas D. Vishnu Prasanna took sole lead at the end of sixth round and Laxman was trailing by half a point, tied with 5 more players. Laxman, then defeated top seed GM Vishnu Prasanna V with black pieces. At the end of seventh round, Laxman was in a three-way lead at 6.5 points. He won his eighth round game against one of the leaders, Gavi Siddayya which propelled him to a sole leader position.

Final round in action between M S Thejkumar and R R Laxman | Photo: Manjunath Jain

Laxman drew his last round game in a well fought rook and pawn endgame against GM M S Thejkumar to become champion by scoring 8.0/9. The GM from Chennai won the tournament as he had a better tie-break score than Syed Anwar Shazuli and GM Vishnu Prasanna V who got second and third place.

A unique eco friendly inauguration by watering the plant | Photo: Manjunath Jain

All players having their lunch on second day of the event which was served for free | Photo: Manjunath Jain

Players in action inside the tournament hall | Photo: Manjunath Jain

RK PU College, K Honnalgere along with Mandya Chess Academy organized the 2nd RK Club’s Rapid FIDE Rating Chess Tournament on 18th and 19th November 2017 at RK PU College in Mandya District, Karnataka. The tournament witnessed 265 players including 3 GMs, 1 IM and 1 WIM. First prize of the event was ₹30000 with the total prize money of ₹200000.


GM Thejkumar M S of Karnataka was felicitated in the Prize distribution ceremony, for becoming the 1st GM of Karnataka and the 50th of India.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12GMLaxman R.R.IND24708,00,056,550,5
25Syed Anwar ShazuliIND21798,00,052,547,0
31GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND24718,00,051,547,0
44FMSrinath Rao S.V.IND21907,50,056,050,5
514Gavi SiddayyaIND20347,50,053,048,5
63GMThejkumar M. S.IND24707,50,053,047,5
715Balkishan A.IND19817,50,048,544,0
87Yashas D.IND21297,00,055,050,0
96Shailesh DravidIND21597,00,052,047,5
109Muthaiah AlIND20967,00,051,546,0
1113Ojas KulkarniIND20357,00,051,045,0
1212Augustin AIND20377,00,050,545,5
1319Pranav VIND18707,00,049,544,0
1421Vivekananda LIND17927,00,049,044,0
1522Andria L D`souzaIND17707,00,048,043,5
1616Vishwanath PrasadIND19357,00,047,542,5
1726Dhrikshu K VasantIND15527,00,046,541,5
1839Abhi Nayak SIND13757,00,042,538,5
1924Hermon Dain SaldanhaIND16486,50,050,545,5
208IMHegde Ravi GopalIND21246,50,049,545,0
2120Raghav Srivathsav VIND18076,50,049,544,5
2223Darshan V P SIND17396,50,048,543,5
2317Kakra PalavIND19086,50,048,543,0
2428Hariharan SubramonyIND15086,50,048,043,0
2561Gad TanayIND12006,50,043,038,5
2645Pavan Kumar DevarajIND13496,50,042,538,0
2769Srikant Nayak AIND11446,50,041,537,5
2835Rahul Mayur SharmaIND14266,50,038,535,0
2918P V SrinivasIND18856,00,051,045,5
3010WIMRaghavi N.IND20936,00,048,043,5

Final Rankings