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Rathanvel VS clinches R Hanumantha Memorial Cup All India Open Rapid and Blitz Rating 2021

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/01/2022

MPL scholar IM Rathanvel VS won both Rapid and Blitz Rating event at R Hanumantha memorial Cup All India Open. He scored 8.0/9 in the Rapid event, edged past IM P Saravana Krishnan and FM Aradhya Garg on tie-breaks, both finished with the same score. They were placed second and third respectively. Rathanvel's only loss in the Rapid event was against Saravana. In the Blitz event, Rathanvel made a dominating start 8.0/8. A last round draw was enough for him to win the tournament as he had a full point lead heading into the last round and that's what he did. IM Pranav V, Abhishek Das and IM Ratnakaran K scored 8.0/9. They were placed second to fourth according to tie-breaks. Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Rathanvel dominates both Rapid and Blitz

A total of ₹300000 prize fund, ₹200000 in Rapid and ₹100000 in Blitz was distributed among the prize winners. Rathanvel won ₹37500 in total (₹25000 in Rapid and ₹12500 in Blitz), Saravana earned ₹18000, Aradhya ₹15000, Pranav ₹9000 and Abhishek ₹7500. All podium finishers won a trophy each.

Rapid Rating top 3 (L to R) - 2nd IM P Saravanan Krishnan, 1st IM Rathanvel V S and 3rd FM Aradhya Garg | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Blitz Rating top 3 (L to R) - 3rd Abhishek Das, 1st IM Rathanvel V S and 2nd IM Pranav V | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

"It was wonderful to win both Blitz and Rapid. The tournament was well organised, and a huge thanks to the organising team for organising such a fantastic event." - Rathanvel on winning both tournaments.

Rathanvel V S won the Rapid event suffering only one loss and without a single draw

IM P Saravana Krishna was in the sole lead 7.5/8 and seven players including Rathanvel was at 7.0/8 each. Thus, it was a must-win situation for Rathanvel to win the tournament. Check out the last round game, annotated by Rathanvel himself

Rathanvel scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win the Blitz tournament

Photo Gallery

Lighting of the lamp at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Mrs. Jayanthi Hanumantha lights up the lamp at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Mr. Rajashekara N, IPS Deputy Inspector General of Police, Nagaland, Mr. C Chandrashekhar, Chairman and MD of Hotel Amaravathi, Mr. C Ashwath, Director of Hotel Amaravathi were the Chief Guests at the inauguration ceremony. Mr. Nageswar, Mr. Ramesh Madi Shetty and Mr. Venumadhav - Co-founder of Safestorage Technologies and Services Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Aravind Shasty, KSCA Secretary, Mr. Sreenivas Reddy, Film Director, TTD SVBC board member, Mr. K Gururaj, Railway department Football coach, Mr. K Gopinath, Multimedia Research Centre, University of Mysore, Mrs. Jayanthi, Chess Shoots Bangalore, were also present at the ceremony.

The tournament hall | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Karnataka State Chess Association (KSCA) logo was unveiled | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Rapid Rating top 3 (L to R) - 2nd IM P Saravanan Krishnan, 1st IM Rathanvel V S and 3rd FM Aradhya Garg | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

The Arbiters' team | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Mr. T N Madhukar, KSCA Vice President, Mr. M Nagendra, KSCA Vice President, Mr. Bharath Gowda, Director of operations, Hotel Amaravathi, Mr. T Varaprasad, MDCA Vice President and Mrs. Jayanthi, Chess Shoots Bangalore were present at the Closing Ceremony.

Jayathi Hanumatha and Orgaisng Secretary Madhuri Jain | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Tribute to Late R Hanumantha | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Visually Impaired player Sunidhi M Manjunatha got a special prize | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

Venue - Hotel Amaravathi at Mandya, Karnataka | Photo: Madhuri N/Mandya Chess Academy

A total of 316 players in Rapid and 278 in Blitz including a GM and six IMs took part in this two-day Rapid and Blitz rating tournament was organized by Mandya Chess Academy and Smart Queen's Chess Academy on 25th and 26th December at Hotel Amaravathi in Mandya, Karnataka.

Final standings in Rapid

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
15IMRathanvel V SIND2331MPL8,054,058,049,000,08
28IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND2216KVB8,052,556,549,250,07
311FMAradhya GargIND2025Del8,051,554,546,500,08
43IMShyaamnikhil PIND2389ICF7,551,556,045,250,06
51GMThejkumar M. S.IND2404SW Rly7,551,555,544,250,07
69IMPranav VU15IND2177TN7,551,555,043,250,07
77Abhishek DasIND2222Jhar7,550,055,044,750,06
812Shet Prajwal PIND1968Kar7,549,053,042,000,07
913ACMSaxena AdityaIND1956Kar7,546,550,542,750,07
104IMRatnakaran K.IND2346S Rly7,052,557,042,000,07
112IMNitin S.IND2404S Rly7,052,555,039,750,06
126Sharma R. PreethamIND2318Kar7,051,055,041,500,07
1323Hiridik RajendranIND1651TN7,050,053,038,500,07
1415Balkishan A.IND1927Kar7,048,552,538,500,07
1517Chandar RajuIND1823Ker7,048,052,038,000,07
1675Thejasvi NIND1194Kar7,047,552,039,000,07
1726Prasanna B MIND1590Kar7,047,049,535,500,07
1818Gowtam J KIND1755Kar7,046,050,537,000,07
1983Raveesh KoteU15IND1137Kar7,044,546,534,000,07
2025AGMSagar PraveenIND1607Kar7,041,545,537,000,07


Final standings in Blitz

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11IMRathanvel V SIND2449MPL8,554,558,054,750,08
24IMPranav VU15IND2351TN8,049,553,542,500,08
39Abhishek DasIND2227Jhar8,049,053,045,500,08
43IMRatnakaran K.IND2400S Rly8,046,049,544,500,08
515Shet Prajwal PIND1966Kar7,551,556,046,250,07
62IMNitin S.IND2431S Rly7,550,554,543,250,07
77IMShyaamnikhil PIND2300TN7,055,560,044,000,07
812Balkishan A.IND2052Kar7,054,559,543,500,07
96GMThejkumar M. S.IND2312SW Rly7,052,557,042,000,07
1010FMAradhya GargIND2176Del7,052,054,540,500,07
1113Chandar RajuIND2031Ker7,051,056,041,500,07
1286WCMShriyana S MallyaF12wIND1152Kar7,049,552,038,000,07
1311Karthik RajaaIND2151TN7,049,053,539,500,07
1436Rajath GururajIND1464Kar7,048,553,539,500,07
158IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND2245KVB7,048,052,540,500,07
165Sharma R. PreethamIND2318Kar7,047,051,036,000,07
1720Gowtam J KIND1717Kar7,046,551,040,500,07
1829Arunkumar MuthukumarIND1554TN7,045,049,538,000,07
1962Raveesh KoteU15IND1262Kar7,044,046,529,000,07
2018Aarthi GwIND1766TN7,042,546,532,000,07


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