Ratnakaran wins Cademic Chess Carnival - 3rd Cademic Blitz Rating Open 2023
IM Ratnakaran K, Nithin Babu, FM Harsh Suresh and IM Nitin S scored 8/9 each at Cademic Chess Carnival - 3rd Cademic Blitz Rating Open 2023. The 'Indian Tal' won the tournament due to better tie-break score and the remaining three were placed second to fourth respectively. He started with eight consecutive wins, including a victory over the eventual runner-up. Nithin in the penultimate round. A last round loss against IM Nitin did not deter Ratnakaran's championship hopes. All top four finishers lost a game each. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹99999. The top three prizes were ₹10000, ₹9000 and ₹8000 along with a trophy each respectively. The one-day blitz rating tournament was organized by Cademic Chess Center. Photo: Cademic Chess Center
Ratnakaran's first Rating tournament triumph of the year
IM Ratnakaran K had plenty of podium finishes in recent times. He won a few non-rated tournament and 34th All Indian Inter-Railway for Southern Railways team in 2022. The last rating tournament he won was a rapid rating event in June 2018. Ratnakaran headed into the final round with a full point lead over others 8/8. He lost the last round game against his Southern Railway teammate IM Nitin S. However, that did not affect his championship chances as tie-breaks went in his favor. The 34th National Under-12 Open champion, Goutham Krishna H was the youngest player to make a top ten finish. He scored 7.5/9 and was placed sixth. Femil Chelladurai became the sole female player to finish in top ten. She scored 7/9 and was placed ninth.
The Blitz tournament started on the second day afternoon of the ten-day mega event. The Cademic Chess Carnival is the first-ever Chess Carnival in India which consisted of four consecutive rated tournaments in four different time formats. This carnival provided the players an opportunity to secure rating in all formats of the game - Classical, Rapid and Blitz. The Chess Carnival was hosted in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital City of Kerala.
The carnival was inaugurated by the Minister for Fisheries, Culture & Youth Affairs - Saji Cherian. Kazhakkootam MLA, Kadakampalli Surendran presided over the function. Minister inaugurated the event by making the first move on the chess board against MLA. Well known Malayalam actor, Sudheer Karamana felicitated the function and wished very best for the great talents as well as the organizers. Valiyaveli St. Thomas church Vikar Rev. Father Lenin Fernandez, ward councillor Ms. Jisha, Chief Arbiter of the carnival Mr. Ephrame M, and Carnival Director Mrs. Smitha Selvi shared the dais.
Thanks to IA Smitha Selvi, Tournament Director for sharing photos and info about the tournament.
A total of 311 players including 4 IMs participated from various states across the country. The one-day nine-round Swiss league Blitz Rating tournament was organized by Cademic Chess Center at St. Thomas Church Hall, Valiaveli in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 23rd April 2023. The time control for the event was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move no.1.
|2||12||Nithin Babu||IND||1992||KER - KSD||8||52,5||57,5||49,50|
|5||8||FM||Sreyas Payyappat||IND||2083||KER - TVM||7,5||51||55||44,75|
|6||24||Goutham Krishna H||U13||IND||1766||KER - TVM||7,5||50||55||44,50|
|7||25||Madhavan R Munjanattu||IND||1762||KER - KYM||7,5||49,5||53||42,50|
|8||17||Arpith S Bijoy||IND||1919||KER - KNR||7||53||56,5||40,50|
|10||3||FM||Jubin Jimmy||IND||2306||KER - KLM||7||49,5||54,5||40,50|
|14||10||Chandar Raju||IND||2050||KER - EKM||7||46,5||49,5||36,00|
|15||32||Abdallah M Nisthar||IND||1625||KER - KLM||7||46||50||36,00|
|17||104||Christy George||U12||IND||1265||KER - EKM||7||44||47,5||34,50|
|18||130||Prasanth Bhuvan Krishna||U11||IND||1205||KAR||7||42||45,5||31,00|
|19||20||Madhusoodanan K.R.||S55||IND||1869||KER - KZK||7||42||45||34,50|
|20||161||Athira A J||U14||w||IND||1151||KER - TCR||7||36||37,5||28,00|
|22||45||Rahan Ramesh||IND||1509||KER - EKM||6,5||50,5||54,5||36,75|
|23||13||Raju O A||IND||1973||KER - TCR||6,5||49||52||35,75|
|24||38||AFM||Aadinath Harilal||U13||IND||1549||KER - EKM||6,5||47,5||51,5||35,75|
|25||6||Anilkumar O.T.||S55||IND||2136||KER - KZK||6,5||46,5||51,5||36,75|
|26||197||Aron S P||U14||IND||1076||KER - TVM||6,5||46,5||51,5||36,25|
|27||63||AFM||Naveen Kumar P||U14||IND||1390||TN||6,5||46,5||50,5||28,75|
|29||59||Swara Lakshmi S Nair||w||IND||1397||6,5||45,5||49,5||28,50|
|30||136||Ahaz E U||U13||IND||1192||KER - TCR||6,5||45||49||33,75|