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Pranav Venkatesh wins 4th Kudremukh Trophy All India Rapid Rating Open 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/01/2022

15-year-old IM Pranav Venkatesh started the tournament with seven consecutive victories. He lost the eighth round to S S Manigandan, however he bounced back well by defeating the top seed of the tournament IM Viani Antonio Dcunha in the final round to win 4th Kudremukh Trophy All India Rapid Rating Open 2022. Pranav, Manigandan and Balkishan A, all three scored 8.0/9 each. They were placed first to third according to tie-breaks. The tournament had a total prize fund of ₹200000 with the first prize being ₹30000, ₹20000 for second and ₹10000 for third. Top three prizes had a trophy each and total 165 prizes were up for grabs. Pranav finished third in R Hanumantha Memorial Blitz Rating and won Bronze at FIDE Youth Rapid Superfinal among recent events. Photo: Murgesh S / KIOCL Ltd

Top three score 8.0/9

Reigning Tamil Nadu State Under-18 and Open champion, IM Pranav Venkatesh scored 8.0/9 to win 4th Kudremukh Trophy All India Rapid Rating Open. S S Manigandan and Balkishan A who also scored the same points were placed second and third respectively. 13-year-old Sairaj Dilip Vernekar was the youngest finisher among the top ten. He scored 7.0/9 and secured seventh place. Shriya R Revankar was the highest finisher among female players. She scored 7.0/9 and was placed eighth.

Winner IM Pranav Venkatesh 8.0/9 | Photo: Murgesh S / KIOCL Ltd

The Chief Guest of the closing ceremony was Mr. M Venkatesh, Managing Director, MRPL,  KIOCL Chairman cum Managing Director. Mr. T Saminathan, Director (Finance), Mr. Swapan Kumar Gorai, Director (Production & Projects) Mr. Bhaskara Reddy K V, General Manager (Production) and President,  KIOCL Chess Tournament Committee Mr. Ramakrishna Rao H, DKCA President Mr. Ramesh Khota, Co-ordinator were also present on. Mr. S Murgesh, Sr. Manager (HR&A) and Chess Tournament Coordinator briefed the audience on the activities of the tournament.

Pranav scored eight wins, defeated the top seed of the tournament - IM Viani Antonio Dcunha in the final round

Top 3 (L to R) - 2nd Balkishan A 8.0/9, 1st IM Pranav V 8.0/9 and 3rd S S Manigandan 8.0/9 | Photo: Murgesh S / KIOCL Ltd

Lighting of the lamp at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Murgesh S / KIOCL Ltd

The trophies were unveiled | Photo: Murgesh S / KIOCL Ltd

Inaugural first move is being made | Photo: Murgesh S / KIOCL Ltd

The tournament was inaugurated by Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Dakshina Kannada District,  Mr. Nalin Kumar Kateel, and  the Commissioner, Mangalore City Corporation, Mr. Akshy Sridhar, IAS, on 1st January 2022 by lighting the lamp, unveiling the trophies and moving the pawns on the demo chess board.

The tournament hall | Photo: Murgesh S / KIOCL Ltd

All prize winners | Photo: Murgesh S / KIOCL Ltd

The tournament was organized by KIOCL Ltd. on 1st and 2nd January 2022 at KSRC Nehru Bhavan, Mangaluru, Karnataka. A total of 287 players including three IMs took part in this nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament which had a time control of 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13IMPranav VIND2190Tn8,054,057,549,500,08
24Manigandan S SIND1990Tn8,053,058,051,000,07
36Balkishan A.IND1923Kar8,051,556,048,000,08
45IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND1924Tn7,549,552,542,000,06
519Lad Mandar PradipIND1461Goa7,546,049,039,750,07
61IMViani Antonio DcunhaIND2348Kar7,051,055,540,500,07
731Sairaj Dilip VernekarU15IND1306Goa7,051,055,040,750,06
89Shriya R RevankarwIND1718Kar7,050,554,539,500,07
97AGMPrashanth J NaikIND1768Kar7,050,553,539,500,07
1017Devesh Anand NaikIND1535Goa7,049,554,541,250,06
1114Sham RIND1597Tn7,048,553,540,250,06
1223Parab RishikeshIND1358Goa7,047,550,536,000,07
1329Nagvekar SairudraU15IND1325Goa7,046,550,034,000,06
1430Prajwal K MIND1308Kar7,044,547,033,250,06
1513Praveen KamathIND1603Kar7,043,045,033,000,07
1616Sailesh RIND1542Tn6,552,056,038,000,06
172Sharma R. PreethamIND2245Kar6,551,556,037,500,06
1810Ramachandra BhatS60IND1683Kar6,550,555,537,500,06
1969Chinmay S BhatIND1184Kar6,550,555,037,750,06
2018Dhanush Ram MU15IND1477Kar6,549,552,533,250,06
218Subramanian R MIND1766Tn6,548,553,037,000,06
2294Nishanth DsouzaIND1136Kar6,547,049,532,750,06
2341Karthik PU15IND1253Kar6,545,048,032,750,05
2442Swara Lakshmi S NairwIND1251Kar6,542,545,531,500,06
2512Subramanian VS60IND1605Tn6,542,046,031,250,06

Complete standings

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