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Nitish Belurkar wins 1st Unity Club Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/05/2023

IM Nitish Belurkar, IM Ameya Audi and Ethan Vaz scored 8/9 each at 1st Unity Club Rapid Rating Open 2023. Nitish won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. Ameya and Ethan were adjudged second and third respectively. The champion of the event, Nitish drew against the eventual second runner-up, Ethan in the penultimate round. Both of them remained undefeated. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹155000. The top three prizes were ₹30000, ₹20000 and ₹10000 along with a trophy each respectively. The two-day rapid rating tournament was organized by Unity Club in association with Salcete Taluka Chess Association at Manohar Parrikar Indoor Stadium in Margao, Goa. Photo: Yeshwant Naik

Nitish wins two in-a-row

IM Nitish Belurkar started and ended the month of April in the exact same way - by winning tournaments. He won 1st Mayor's Trophy Indoor GM tournament on 8th April. On 30th May, he won this rapid rating event at his home state. Nitish headed into the final round as a sole leader 7.5/8. He was a half point ahead of the field and had better tie-breaks. He drew against IM Sammed Shete in the final round. FM Ritviz Parab and Arnav Kherdekar lost to Ethan Vaz and IM Ameya Audi respectively. Nitish, Ameya and Ethan all finished with the same score 8/9. They were placed first, second and third accordng to tie-breaks.

Top 3 (L to R): 2nd IM Ameya Audi, 1st IM Nitish Belurkar and 3rd Ethan Vaz 8/9 | Photo: Yeshwant Naik

Champion - IM Nitish Belurkar 8/9 | Photo: Himank Ghosh

Runner-up - IM Ameya Audi 8/9 | Photo: Himank Ghosh

Second Runner-up - Ethan Vaz 8/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Nitish Belurkar scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win the tournament

A total of 273 players including 4 IMs participated from various states across the country and one from Hungary. The two-day nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament was organized by Unity Club in association with Salcete Taluka Chess Association at Manohar Parrikar Indoor Stadium Navelim, Salcete in Margao, Goa on 29th and 30th April 2023. The time control for the event was 25 minutes + 5 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
IMNitish, BelurkarIND2321Goa_Tiswadi854,56052,25
IMAudi, AmeyaIND2260Goa_Salcete85153,547,00
AIMVaz, EthanU13IND1989Goa_Salcete850,55345,50
CMNiraj, SaripalliIND2032Goa_Salcete7,5525645,25
IMSammed Jaykumar, SheteIND2321Maharastra7,551,555,544,50
FMSauravh, KhherdekarIND2015Maharastra7,551,554,543,25
Vivaan, Sunil BallikarU15IND1421Goa_Salcete7,550,552,541,75
Lad, Mandar PradipIND1978Goa_Bardez754,556,540,50
Sairaj, Dilip VernekarU15IND1643Goa_Salcete75357,542,00
Paarth, P SalviIND1573Goa_Bardez751,553,538,50
FMRitviz, ParabIND2267Goa_Salcete7515540,00
IMRamnathan, BalasubramaniamS50IND1850Tamilnadu7505440,25
Kherdekar, ArnavIND1717Maharastra7505337,00
Shrihari, Venkatesh DeshpandeU15IND1396Karnatak748,55238,00
Bezstrakhov, DmitryFID1818FID7455038,50
Nadar, ThangrajIND1636Maharastra7444734,50
Asmita, Avijit RayF15wIND1399Goa_Mormugoa6,552,55637,75
Gaude, SachinIND1387Goa_Ponda6,550,554,536,50
Somaiya, ShreyanshU15IND1469Maharastra6,549,553,534,75
Yash, Manoj UpadhyeIND1366Goa_Ponda6,54751,534,50
Chaitanya, V GaonkarU13IND1376Goa_Bicholim6,5475134,00
Ved, NarvekarIND1189Goa_Bardez6,54750,533,50
Netra, P SavaikarF15wIND1389Goa_Ponda6,5475032,00
Sejpal, KavyanU13IND1273Maharastra6,546,55032,25
Anish, NaikIND1416Goa_Ponda6,5465033,50


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