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MPL National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2022 preview

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/04/2022

About 125 players have already registered for MPL National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2022. Due to Covid-19, the tournament could not take place for the last two years. Since all National events were had faster time controls, there were no separate National Rapid and Blitz Championships. The tournament will have a total prize fund ₹650,000. The prize fund for Rapid will be ₹400,000, the first prize being ₹75000. For Blitz event, total prize fund is ₹250,000, first prize ₹50000. Apart from the prizes, the winner of each event will earn a spot at World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2022. India no.2 GM Vidit Gujrathi invites you to take part in this event which starts in a week. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Vidit invites you to Nashik

Nashik might be known for various reasons but for chess players, it is known as the hometown of India no.2 GM Vidit Gujrathi. He will not be playing the tournament. However, he will certainly make it a point to visit the event. ChessBase India's cofounders IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal, both will be present at the venue to bring you detailed coverage of the event.

GM Aravindh Chithambaram is the defending National Rapid and Blitz champion | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

MPL National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will take place 27th to 30th April 2022
Come to Nashik, Play chess, Eat Misal with Vidit | Invitation to National Rapid and Blitz 2022 | Video: ChessBase India


National Rapid Chess Championship will take place from 27th to 29th April 2022

Three rounds are there each day

National Blitz Chess Championship will take place on 30th April 2022.

The entire National Blitz Chess Championship will take place on 30th April 2022


MPL National Rapid has a total prize fund of ₹400000 and MPL National Blitz has a total prize fund of ₹250000.

Time Control

The rate of play shall be 15 minutes with an increment of 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move number one for Rapid Tournament and 3 minutes with increment of 2 seconds additional time per move, starting from move number one for Blitz Tournament.

Maharashtra Environmental Engineering Training and Research Academy is the venue for MPL National Rapid and Blitz 2022 | Photo: Official site

Places to see

Nashik is the city of pilgrims and Wine Capital of India

Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple

Shri Ram Mandir, Panchavati

Sula Vineyards


For more details, please refer to the tournament circular.

Players list Rapid

1GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.5072786IND2572Tamil Nadu
2GMGopal G.N.5015693IND2523PSPB
3GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.5011132IND2475Tamil Nadu
4GMGhosh Diptayan5045207IND2466West Bengal
5GMSriram Jha5001668IND2384LIC
6IMNitin S.5018277IND2382RSPB
7IMKrishna C R G5018625IND2378Andhra Pradesh
8IMSharma Dinesh K.5004110IND2370Uttar Pradesh
9GMSankalp Gupta5097010IND2362Maharashtra
10IMDas Arghyadip5003610IND2359West Bengal
11GMKarthikeyan P.5018226IND2351Tamil Nadu
12IMShyaamnikhil P5024218IND2344Tamil Nadu
13GMLaxman R.R.5005361IND2343Tamil Nadu
14GMNeelotpal Das5003512IND2338PSPB
15GMArjun Kalyan35018701IND2334Tamil Nadu
16IMRatnakaran K.5005507IND2298RSPB
17IMKulkarni Bhakti5019516IND2282Goa
18GMMitrabha Guha5057000IND2265West Bengal
19IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad25005812IND2265Maharashtra
20IMRavi Teja S.5017220IND2264RSPB

Complete list

Players list Blitz

1GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.5072786IND2561Tamil Nadu
2GMGopal G.N.5015693IND2559PSPB
3GMGhosh Diptayan5045207IND2534West Bengal
4GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.5011132IND2490Tamil Nadu
5GMLaxman R.R.5005361IND2476Tamil Nadu
6GMMitrabha Guha5057000IND2468West Bengal
7IMRavi Teja S.5017220IND2412RSPB
8IMNitin S.5018277IND2409RSPB
9IMRatnakaran K.5005507IND2407RSPB
10GMNeelotpal Das5003512IND2405PSPB
11GMSankalp Gupta5097010IND2395Maharashtra
12IMDas Arghyadip5003610IND2382West Bengal
13IMSharma Dinesh K.5004110IND2372Uttar Pradesh
14GMKarthikeyan P.5018226IND2366Tamil Nadu
15GMKarthik Venkataraman25006479IND2362Andhra Pradesh
16IMKrishna C R G5018625IND2332Andhra Pradesh
17IMShyaamnikhil P5024218IND2329Tamil Nadu
18GMArjun Kalyan35018701IND2321Tamil Nadu
19WGMDivya Deshmukh35006916IND2291Maharashtra
20FMNavalgund Niranjan5030854IND2290Karnataka

Complete list

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