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Rodrigo Schroeder wins the biggest open in Northeast history

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/10/2019

Top seed Chilean GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder scored an unbeaten 9.0/10 to win 3rd RGS Guwahati Open. He finished a half point ahead of the runner-up IM Koustav Chatterjee. Six players finished with a score of 8.0/10, IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad claimed the second runner-up position due to a better tie-break score. This is Rodrigo's second tournament win in India in consecutive months after winning Lakecity Open in September. Total 345 players from seven different countries including Bangladesh, Belgium, Chile, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and India. The tournament is the biggest in the Northeast history both in terms of the total number of participants and total prize fund. Photo: IA Biswajit Bharadwaj


Rodrigo wins his second tournament in India in consecutive months

Seven-time Olympian Chilean and top seed of the tournament GM Rodrigo Schroeder Vasquez won Lakecity Open last month, finished second at 2nd Gujarat GM Open and now won 3rd RGS Guwahati Open with an unbeaten score of 9.0/10

Rodrigo receives his champion's trophy and ₹100000 cash prize | Photo: Biswajit Bharadwaj

Rodrigo's unbeaten championship run earned him 11 Elo rating points

Rodrigo's best win was against local lad Rajib Dhar in the penultimate round of the tournament.

IM Koustav Chatterjee is the runner-up of the tournament | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Runner-up Koustav's best game was against state-mate GM-elect IM Sayantan Das in the penultimate round.

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad secured third position

Inauguration Ceremony of the biggest tournament in the North-East | Photo: Biswajit Bharadwaj

The 3rd RGS Guwahati 2019 was inaugurated by Mr. Keshab Mahanta, Honourable Minister, Government of Assam in the presence of Arjuna Awardee Mr. D V Prasad; first International player from north east A B Meetei of Manipur; Amitabh Basumatary, Additional SP, Assam Police and host of players officials and guest.

Souvenir release by the guests | Photo: Biswajit Bharadwaj

The Prize Distribution ceremony was attended by Member of Parliament Queen Ojha, Lakhya Konwar Member Secretary (SLAC) Govt. of Assam, Mridul Kumar Mahanta, Additional Secretary (WPT&BC), Govt. of Assam, Deba Kumar Mishra Director of Tourism, Govt. of Assam, Ritubaran Sharma, Vice Chairman, Amtron, IM Atanu Lahiri, Joint Secretary, All India Chess Federation, Santanu Kalita, Vice President, Assam Boxing Association, Ankur Deka, Sr. Journalist, Assam Tribune and Amitabh Basumatary, President, Organizing Committee and host of other guest and officials.


The tournament was supported by Government of Assam, Life Insurance Corporation of India Limited (LIC), ONGC, Assam Tourism, Numaligarh Refinary Limited (Limited) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited among others. The event has been supported by Asomiya Pratidin, The Telegraph, NortheastLive and Prag Channel as Media Partner.


National Chess Champion from Assam, CM Shahil Dey was the best performer from Assam as he managed to secure the 13th position in the final standings. Y Dhanabir Singh of Manipur who secured the 7th position was the best performer from the Northeast. The tournament is the biggest ever international chess tournament of the entire northeast till date both in terms of prize money and number of total number of participants 345, was organized by Assam Chess Club and Royal Global School at Royal Global School, Guwahati from 7th to 12th October 2019.

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI2465CHILE9,00,065,069,561,258
22Koustav ChatterjeeIND2442WB8,50,067,572,560,007
34IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra PrasadIND2415AP8,00,069,073,556,257
48FMKulpruethanon ThanadonTHA2216Thailand8,00,065,069,553,257
59IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND2201TN8,00,064,069,053,507
627Panta SumitNEP1971NEPAL8,00,060,065,051,257
715Singh Y. DhanabirIND2088MAN8,00,059,564,550,257
831Trivedi Karan RIND1930GUJ8,00,054,058,044,257
93IMDas SayantanIND2440WB7,50,066,071,550,757
1019Prakash RamIND2060PUN7,50,062,067,048,006
116IMSidhant MohapatraIND2355ODI7,50,061,567,049,255
1214Vipul SubhashiIND2091BIH7,50,061,566,547,007
1313CMShahil DeyIND2095ASS7,50,061,566,046,506
1412Singh Soram RahulIND2098ASS7,50,057,562,043,007
1525Imtiaz Islam BoraIND2018ASS7,50,056,561,543,257
1633Subedi RajanNEP1912NEPAL7,50,056,561,044,506
1724Lama SurbirNEP2029NEPAL7,50,056,561,044,257
1860Elangbam Shashikanta SinghIND1677MAN7,50,056,560,542,007
1917Portugalera RicPHI2077Philippines7,50,055,560,543,006
2029Gurung RohitIND1935SIK7,50,055,059,542,507
2136Mayank ChakrabortyIND1863ASS7,50,055,059,042,757
2211Dhar RajibIND2117ASS7,00,064,569,044,756
235GMSriram JhaIND2385DEL7,00,063,569,045,506
2420Barbe TomBEL2059BELGIUM7,00,063,068,545,506
2516Apollosana Mangang RajkumarIND2084MAN7,00,062,066,043,006


Complete standings