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Rakesh Kumar Jena does a hat-trick by clinching BYJU's Starwarz Rating Open 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/09/2022

IM Rakesh Kumar Jena won BYJU's Starwarz Rating Open 2022. This was his third consecutive tournament victory. He won the Summer Cup Rating Open on 29th June, Ekagra Rating Open on 17th July and now this event exactly a month after his previous triumph. Despite losing his fifth round game to Dhanush Ragav N S, Rakesh bounced back by winning the next four games. 13-year-old Aswath S and Kaustuv Kundu also scored 8/9. However, Rakesh won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, the remaining two were placed second and third accordingly. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1000000. It was the highest ever prize fund at a tournament in Kerala. Top three prizes were ₹105000, ₹75000 and ₹50000 along with a trophy each. Photo: Joby Abraham yt

Top three score 8/9

Reigning MPL 34th National Under-14 Open 2022 champion, John Veny Akkarakaran scored 7/9 to finish ninth. Sunyukta C M N was the highest female finisher scoring 7/9 to secure 12th position.

Champion - IM Rakesh Kumar Jena 8/9 | Photo: Joby Abraham yt

Rakesh Kumar Jena won Ekagra All India Rating Open on 17th July | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
IM Rakesh Kumar Jena on winning BYJU's Starwarz Rating Open 2022 | Video: Cognizance Academy

Rakesh Kumar Jena had two four-game winning streaks

Runner-up - Aswath S 8/9 | Photo: Joby Abraham yt

Second Runner-up - Kaustuv Kundu 8/9 | Photo: Joby Abraham yt

Inaugural moves are being made | Photo: FA Subha Rakesh
Highlights of the tournament | Video: Joby Abraham

The tournament hall at Lulu Mall in Cochin, Kerala | Photo: FA Subha Rakesh

A total of 405 players including an IM took part from all over the country and two from USA, in this five-day nine round Classical Rating tournament. The event was organized by Cognizance Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. , at Lulu Mall in Cochin, Kerala from 13th to 17th 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  TB4  TB5 
12IMRakesh Kumar Jena1067IND2329ORI8525649,5008
26Aswath SU151508IND2101TN851,556,549,0007
31Kaustuv Kundu6462IND2369WB850,554,548,2507
410Nithin Babu2660IND2005KER7,55054,544,0006
519FMAyushh Ravikumar7205IND1928TN7,546,550,541,7507
665Sailesh R4502IND1580TN7,546,54940,2507
73Manigandan S S370TIND2148TN752,55742,5005
855Dharani Kumar M S765TIND1633TN75155,541,0006
917John Veny AkkarakaranU151155IND1930KER750,55540,7506
105AGMVignesh B2248IND2130TN749,554,541,5006
1136Sharnarthi VireshU135846IND1735MAH74952,539,0006
1224Sunyuktha C M NWw1292IND1867TN748,55340,0007
1312Chandar Raju1172IND1980KER(E)74852,539,5006
149Hemanth Raam4534IND2008TN7485239,5006
157Jinan Jomon1032IND2057KER747,55238,2506
1618AGMSa Kannan6421IND1929TN746,55036,7506
1711Marthandan K U1142IND1987KER(E)743,54836,5007
1822Arun R U1206IND1874TN743,547,536,0006
19123Pranav Sai Ram R SU116919IND1444TN74143,532,0006
2086Abhyuday SanthoshU133063IND1517KAR6,551,555,538,0006
214Arpan Das6466IND2138WB6,55155,537,2506
2272Raihaan ZahidU117431IND1550TEL6,550,554,537,7504
2326Dhanush Ragav N S8022IND1819TN6,550,554,537,0005
2440Ayyappan P Santhana Prabu1853IND1690TN6,549,55435,7506
2514Rohan Vijay Shandilya8527IND1970JHA6,54953,536,2506
2656Nihal SwarnaU133692IND1631AP6,5495233,2506
2729Sanjay S Pillai2137IND1802KER6,54852,536,2506
2846Vigneshwaran S4287IND1669TN6,547,551,534,2506
2964Gokulakrishna SU155665IND1585TN6,5475131,7506
3091Aadithya Pradeep3388IND1503KER6,546,548,530,2505