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Mithun Anand V wins 1st Cademic International Rating Open 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/09/2022

20th seeded Mithun Anand V and Goutham Krishna H scored an unbeaten 7.5/8 each. Mithun won the 1st Cademic International Rating Open on tie-breaks, the reigning National Under-12 Open champion, Goutham was placed second. Top seed of the event, Hrithickkesh Pr scored 7/8, edged past the remaining four at the same score, to secure third place. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹300000. Top three prizes were ₹40000, ₹30000 and ₹20000 along with a trophy each. This was the biggest chess tournament held in Thiruvananthapuram as it attracted 461 players from all over the country along with Canada, England, Germany and USA. Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

450+ players take part

Cademic Chess Center brought the 44th Chess Olympiad fever to the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. This was the first FIDE Rated tournament in the city since April 2019. Current Kerala State Under-14 Girls champion and Under-16 Girls runner-up, Anupam M Sreekumar was the highest finisher among female participants. She scored 6.5/8 to finish 16th and gained 38 Elo rating points.

Top 3 (L to R) - 2nd Goutham Krishna H, 1st Mithun Anand V and 3rd Hrithickkesh Pr | Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

Champion - Mithun Anand V 7.5/8 | Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

Mithun Anand V scored 7.5/8 and gained 63.6 Elo rating points

Runner-up - Goutham Krishna H 7.5/8 | Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

Second Runner-up - Hrithickkesh Pr 7/8 | Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

The prize distribution ceremony was honoured by three renowned women sports personalities in Kerala - Lekha K C, Gold medalist in 2006 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championship under 75Kg, Dhyan Chand award for lifetime achievement 2021; Rosemary, Asian Championship winning Kabaddi team member in 2005 and 2007, current NIS coach and Secretariat Sports Association Secretary; Angel Adolphus, former Kerala women football team captain, formerly Kerala women cricket player, currently a football coach.

Ms. Seena A N, Additional Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, lighted the Nilavilakku | Photo: Sunil Kumar P

Ms. Seena A N, Additional Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, made the inaugural move | Photo: Sunil Kumar P

The tournament hall at Jimmy George Sports Hub in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala | Photo: Sunil Kumar P

Quiz Master Dr. Jyothi E K conducting a chess quiz named - Red Queen | Photo: Sunil Kumar P

On day 3, 7th August 2022, an open chess quiz (Red Queen) was organized for chess players and parents. It was orchestrated by quiz master, Dr. Jyothi E K. She is a medical micro-biologist working as scientist at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram Kerala.

Four Visually Challenged players - Mohammed Salih Pk, Abdul Samad S, Balaraman P and Pradeep K K were felicitated with Ponnada (Golden cloth) | Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

The Arbiters team | Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

Eight of the arbiters were awarded with norms (IA - 2, FA - 6) in this tournament. All the arbiters were felicitated with mementos for their excellent contribution in the success of the tournament.

Youngest Boy - Nikhilesh R | Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

Youngest Girl - Riya M L | Photo: Sreejith S Payyappat

The trophies for the prize winners | Photo: Sunil Kumar P

Thanks to IA Smitha Selvi of Cademic Chess Center for sharing the photos and various information.


A total of 461 players including an IM took part from Canada, England, Germany, India and USA in this four-day eight round Classical Rating tournament. The event was organized by Cademic Chess Center, at Jimmy George Sports Hub in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from 5th to 8th August 2022. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
120Mithun Anand VIND1759Tn7,541,545,542,502063,6
25Goutham Krishna HU12MCATIND2024Ker - Tvm7,538,541,538,754017,2
31Hirthickkesh PrIND2201Tn744,54941,5020-5,4
48Marthandan K UIND1987Ker - Ekm741,54639,00207,4
514Dhanush Ragav N SIND1819Tn73841,534,502012
67Hemanth RaamIND2008Tn7384135,7520-6
754Arunkumar SIND1489Ker - Tvm73740,532,504083,2
83IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND2076Tn6,54246,536,2510-10
910Rohan Vijay ShandilyaIND1970Jh6,5394333,5020-19,6
1011Balkishan A.IND1958Ka6,5394232,7520-7,8
119Chandar RajuIND1980Ker - Ekm6,53941,531,7520-17,8
1219Majumder ShrayanIND1782Mh6,53940,530,2520-5,2
1329Dhanush Ram MU15IND1659Ka6,538,54232,254064,8
1422Jagadeesh A.K.IND1726Kzk6,537,539,528,75200,2
1564AGMRutherford SMCAKIND1421Tn6,5374029,752050,4
1630Anupam M SreekumarU15wIND1635Ker - Tvm6,5373829,754038
18124Rahul P NairIND1215Ker - Tvm6,532,53526,504094,4
196FMVinoth Kumar M.IND2015Tn6444833,50201,2
2013Umashankar AIND1826Py640,544,532,0020-12,2
2125Mishra SanjeevIND1684Mh640,543,530,252016,2
2273AFMAadik Theophane LeninU12MCATIND1373Ker - Ekm63941,528,004082,8
2312Genish Prakash JMCAKIND1847Tn638,54331,0020-22,8
2418Joy Lazar M.A.IND1791Ker - Tcr638,541,530,0020-13
2589Karthikeyan SakthivelU15BCAIND1311Tn63841,528,5040109,2


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