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Aravindh Chithambaram scores a hat-trick of National Rapid triumphs

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/02/2023

India's first triple crown champion, GM Aravindh Chithambaram creates history again. The Tamil Nadu GM becomes the first Indian to win National Rapid Championship for three consecutive edition. He achieved it by remaining undefeated. His scores were 10.5/11 in 2019, 8/9 in 2022 and now 8.5/11 in 2023. It will be years for anyone to match his feat, let alone break it. Despite the championships not taking place in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, Aravindh did not lost his touch. Five more players scored 8.5/11. IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH) and GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) were adjudged second and third according to tie-breaks. Round 1 of MPL National Blitz Chess Championship 2023 starts tomorrow from 9 a.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Six players score 8.5/11

Apart from Aravindh, Nubairshah and Mitrabha, GM Raja Rithvik R (TEL), IM Prraneeth Vuppala (TN) and IM Avinash Ramesh (TN) also scored 8.5/11 each. They were placed fourth to sixth respectively. Srihari L (PUD) is the only untitled player to make a top ten finish. He scored 8/11 to finish at ninth place. The tournament had a total prize fund of ₹400000. The top three prizes were ₹75000 + ttrophy, ₹60000 and ₹50000 each respectively.

Champion - GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
I just want to keep on playing the game - GM Aravindh Chithambaram | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up - IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Second Runner-up - GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd GM Mitrabha Guha (WB), 1st GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) and 2nd IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 9

GM Raja Rithvik R (TEL, 2370) shook things up in the very first round of the final day, as he defeated the tournament leader, GM Mitrabha Guha (WB. 2374). India's 70th GM got himself in the lead along with IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH, 2310) who defeated former National Challengers champion, IM Ravi Teja S (AP, 2360).

GM Raja Rithvik R (TEL) - GM Mitrabha Guha (WB): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (AP) - GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN): 0.5-0.5 Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Ravi Teja S (AP) - IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH): 0-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Ameya Audi (Goa) - WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH): 0-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Avinash Ramesh (TN) - GM Neelotpal Das (WB): 1-0

WIM Savitha Shri B (TN) - WGM Swati Ghate (LIC): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Ojas Kulkarni (MAH) - IM Padmini Rout (PSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 10

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN, 2557), IM Prraneetth Vuppala (TN, 2351) and IM Avinash Ramesh (TN, 2211) defeatted GM Raja Rithvik R (TEL), IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (AP) and IM Sidhant Mohapatra (RSPB, 2243) respectively to be in a three-way lead at 8/10 each.

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) - GM Raja Ritthvik R (TEL): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) - IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Prraneeth Vuppala (TEL) - IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (AP): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH) - IM Ravi Teja S (AP): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (LIC) - WIM Savitha Shri B (TN): 0-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 11

Four playeres - GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN), IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH), IM Prraneeth Vuppala (TN) and IM Avinash Ramesh (TN) were in the lead 8/10, heading into the final round. Aravindh and Nubairshah drew with Prraneeth and Avinash respectively. GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) and GM Raja Rithvik R (TEL) defeated WIM Savitha Shri B (TN) and WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH) respectively. Thus, six players finished at 8.5/11 each. Aravindh, Nubairshah, Mitrabha, Rithvik, Prraneeth and Avinash were placed first to sixth respectively.

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) - IM Prraneeth Vuppala (TN): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH) - IM Avinash Ramesh (TN): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WIM Savitha Shri B (TN) - GM Mitrabha Guha (WB): 0-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Raja Rithvik R (TEL) - WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Srihari L (PUD) - IM D K Sharma (LIC): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Photo Gallery

4th GM Raja Rithvik R (TEL) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

5th IM Prraneeth Vuppala (TEL) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

6th IM Avinash Ramesh (TN) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

7th IM Ravi Teja S (AP) 8/11 | Photo:  Aditya Sur Roy

8th IM Raahul VS (TN) 8/11 | Photo:  Aditya Sur Roy

9th Srihari L (PUD) 8/11 | Photo:  Aditya Sur Roy

10th IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (AP) 7.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

For more Round 9-11 and Prize distribution ceremony photos, please click here.


A total of 125 players including 5 GMs, 11 IMs, 3 WGMs and a WIM are taking part in this three-day eleven-round Swiss League Rapid Rating tournament. It is being organized by Crown Trust from 24th to 26th February 2023 at The Kangra Fort, Jammu. The time control is 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Round 11 results in Rapid

11GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.2557Tamil Nadu8½ - ½8IMPrraneeth, Vuppala2351Telangana6
210IMMohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh2310Maharashtra8½ - ½8IMAvinash, Ramesh2211Tamil Nadu18
38WIMSavitha, Shri B2317Tamil Nadu0 - 1GMMitrabha, Guha2374West Bengal3
44GMRaja, Rithvik R2370Telangana1 - 0WGMDivya, Deshmukh2238Maharashtra17
52IMDhulipalla, Bala Chandra Prasad2388Andhra Pradesh7½ - ½7FMAradhya, Garg2193Delhi20
65IMRavi, Teja S.2360Andhra Pradesh71 - 07IMSidhant, Mohapatra2243Railways15
716Srihari, L2241Puducherry71 - 07IMSharma, Dinesh K.2315Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi9
811IMAudi, Ameya2309Goa7½ - ½7Ojas, Kulkarni2122Karnataka25
913IMPadmini, Rout2292Odisha70 - 17IMRaahul, V S2202Tamil Nadu19
1012GMNeelotpal, Das2302West Bengal½ - ½WGMKiran, Manisha Mohanty2174Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi24


Final standings in Rapid

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.IND2557Tamil Nadu8,57883,563,0006
210IMMohammad, Nubairshah ShaikhIND2310Maharashtra8,575,580,560,7506
33GMMitrabha, GuhaIND2374West Bengal8,5758160,2507
44GMRaja, Rithvik RIND2370Telangana8,573,57959,2507
56IMPrraneeth, VuppalaIND2351Telangana8,5727758,0007
618IMAvinash, RameshIND2211Tamil Nadu8,5717655,7507
75IMRavi, Teja S.IND2360Andhra Pradesh873,579,554,5007
819IMRaahul, V SIND2202Tamil Nadu868,572,550,5007
916Srihari, LIND2241Puducherry862,567,547,0008
102IMDhulipalla, Bala Chandra PrasadIND2388Andhra Pradesh7,5768052,2505
1117WGMDivya, DeshmukhwIND2238Maharashtra7,56974,547,5007
1220FMAradhya, GargIND2193Delhi7,568,573,547,2506
1325Ojas, KulkarniIND2122Karnataka7,56569,545,5006
1411IMAudi, AmeyaIND2309Goa7,564,56944,0006
158WIMSavitha, Shri BwIND2317Tamil Nadu7,5646945,5007
1631Kumar, GauravIND1983Bihar7,55861,538,5007
1715IMSidhant, MohapatraIND2243Railways775,581,549,2505
1812GMNeelotpal, DasIND2302West Bengal770,575,543,0006
1922WGMSwati, GhatewIND2178Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi76974,543,5006
2013IMPadmini, RoutwIND2292Odisha76973,542,0005
217GMSriram, JhaIND2338Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi767,57242,0006
2223Kaustuv, KunduIND2175West Bengal766,571,542,2505
239IMSharma, Dinesh K.IND2315Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi766,57142,5007
2450AGMSa, KannanIND1738Tamil Nadu76568,539,5006
2552Basak, BishalIND1729West Bengal76365,536,0007


Blitz Round 1 pairings

160Arvindu,1631Jammu And Kashmir00GMAravindh, Chithambaram Vr.2578Tamil Nadu1
22GMMitrabha, Guha2520West Bengal00Tuhin, Kashyap1621Assam61
362Aman, Kumar1598Bihar00IMRavi, Teja S.2442Andhra Pradesh3
44GMRaja, Rithvik R2411Telangana00Chehal, Nikhil1585Punjab63
564Devansh, Singh1585Madhya Pradesh00IMDhulipalla, Bala Chandra Prasad2394Andhra Pradesh5
66IMSharma, Dinesh K.2346Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi00Mishra, Kamad1553Madhya Pradesh65
766Unnikrishnan, M A1540Kerala00IMPrraneeth, Vuppala2345Telangana7
88IMMohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh2339Maharashtra00Naveen, K S1523Tamil Nadu67
968Shah, Mihir1520Maharashtra00GMNeelotpal, Das2327West Bengal9
1010WGMDivya, Deshmukh2325Maharashtra00Karthikeyan, G1510Tamil Nadu69


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