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Raahul V S wins 1st Queenstar Blitz Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/05/2023

Both IM Raahul V S and FM Liyanage Ranindu Dilshan scored 8.5/9 at 1st Queenstar Blitz Rating Open 2023. Their penultimate round encounter against each other ended in a draw. The first three tie-break scores were exactly the same. Raahul won the tournament based on their fourth tie-break score, Liyanage was placed second. Sri Lanka no.1 IM L M S T De Silva edged past Shrayan Majumder on tie-breaks to secure third place. They both scored 8/9 each. The top three prizes were LKR 50000, 25000 and 15000 along with a trophy and medal each respectively. Raahul won ₹12770 approximately. This is Raahul's first tournament victory since December 2021 when he won Gold at Asian Junior Open in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is a good place for Raahul

It has been 16 months since IM Raahul V S won Gold at Asian Junior Open championship in 2021. He had a few podium finishes, yet a first place was eluding him. That changed on Monday 17th April when he won the Blitz event. He also went on to finish third in the Classical tournament which will be mentioned in a separate report. 

Champion - IM Raahul V S 8.5/9

2nd FM Liyanage Ranindu Dilshan (left) 8.5/9 and 3rd IM L M S T De Silva 8/9 | Photo: CFSL

IM Raahul V S scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and gained 22.2 Elo rating points

IM Raahul V S with his champion's trophy

IM Raahul V S lighting up the lamp at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Anil Madusampath

The tournament hall at Hotel Covanro in Naiwala, Sri Lanka | Photo: Anil Madusampath

A total of 349 players including 2 GMs, 2 IMs and a WIM participated from India and various parts of Sri Lanka. The one-day nine-round Swiss league Blitz Rating tournament was organized by Queenstar International Chess Coaching Academy at Hotel Covanro in Naiwala, Sri Lanka on 17th April 2023. The time control for the event was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
IMRaahul, V SIND21688,50,58555944
FMLiyanage, Ranindu DilshanSRI21998,50,58555844
IMDe Silva, L M S TU17SRI240480848,553,538
Majumder, ShrayanIND16898084852,540
Liyanage, Pesandu RashmithaU17SRI16547,5075355,540,5
Sivathanujan, SSRI16607,507465038,5
De Silva, OsheenSRI16847,50745,549,536,5
GMFominyh, AlexanderRUS238270756,560,541
GMDeepan, Chakkravarthy J.IND2367707535838
Dabarera, G W D MSRI1858707535441
Sneha, HalderF15wIND157270749,551,539
Jayaweera, YSRI1560707495335
Kulasekara, D M T KashyapaSRI1707707495239
CMWijekoon, ChandanaSRI1751707485138
Saranya, YwIND18757074849,536
WCMSanudula, K M DahamdiF17wSRI153770747,551,536
FMKalugampitiya, R SSRI216470747,549,534
Gunawardhana, Devindya OshiniF11wSRI1640707475136
Senevirathne, S D B KU17SRI166570746,548,537
Weerasinghe, C CSRI18007074649,534
Hettiarachchi, C USRI1681707464835
Kaluarachchi, Achinthya ShamenSRI176670646,550,538,5
AFMSumanathilake, YonalU15SRI130870646,549,534,5
Nabil Nazar, MohamedU17SRI18846,50653,556,538,5
Bandara, DhanushkaSRI17266,50651,555,536
Kulathilake, S M M PU15SRI14236,506505337,5
FMAlahakoon, IsuruSRI19956,5064953,535,5
Sathsindu, W M MinuraU15SRI12906,5064952,534
Liyanapathirana, Pasan VindulaSRI17806,506495237
Sanuda, RehanSRI12706,506485134,5



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