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Sanskar Gaigore wins All India Below 1600 Rating Tournament 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/05/2023

12-year-old Sanskar Gaigore scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win All India Below 1600 Rating Tournament 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Six players scored 7.5/9. Out of them Mradul Yadav and Nilay Kulkarni secured second and third place respectively according to tie-breaks. Sanskar drew with Mradul in the penultimate round and beat Nilay in the previous. The entire podium finishers are from Nagpur. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹400000. The top three prizes were ₹50000, ₹35000 and ₹21000 along with a trophy each respectively. The three-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Jai Sai Welfare Foundation Nagpur. Photo: NA Sushant Jumde

Sanskar's first rating tournament triumph

Sanskar Gaigore had a half point lead 7.5/8 heading into the final round. Three players - Mradul Yadav, Yashsva Anil Kanholkar and Sumedh Ramteke were in pursuit at 7/8 each. Sanskar drew against Sumedh and Yashsva drew with Mradul. Thus, Sanskar became a clear champion. Aahana Pachchigar became the sole player to make a top ten finish. She scored 7/9 to finish tenth overall. Sanskar has won quite a few tournaments, including Maharashtra State Under-9 Open in 2019. However, this was the first time he won a rating tournament.

Top 3 (L to R): 2nd Mradul Yadav 7.5/9, 1st Sanskar Gaigore 8/9 and 3rd Nilay Kulkarni 7.5/9 | Photo: NA Sushant Jumde

The guests at the Prize distribution ceremony were - Pratik Parakh, NA Sushant Jumde, Tournament Organizing Secretary, IA Swapnil Bansod, Chief Arbiter, IA Deepak Chavhan, Deputy Chief Arbiter, SNA Nilesh Channawar. Tournament Organising Committee member, Abhijit Mule compèred the program. SNA Akash Punde, SNA Gayatri Panbude, SNA Sheetal Panbude, SNA Amit Tembhurne, Shubham Soni and Amit Bhongare were also present.

Sanskar Gaigore scored 8/9 and gained 87.2 Elo rating points

Inauguration Ceremony | Photo: NA Sushant Jumde

Inaugural first move is made | Photo: NA Sushant Jumde

The tournament hall at 7 Vachann Banquet Hall Wardhaman Nagar in Nagpur, Maharashtra | Photo: NA Sushant Jumde

Players in action | Photo: NA Sushant Jumde

Trophies for the prize winners | Photo: NA Sushant Jumde

Group photograph of the prize winners | Photo: NA Sushant Jumde

Thanks to NA Sushant Jumde, Tournament Director for sharing photos.


A total of 343 players participated from various states across the country. The three-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Jai Sai Welfare Foundation Nagpur at 7 Vachann Banquet Hall Wardhaman Nagar in Nagpur, Maharashtra from 22nd to 24th April 2023. The time control for the event was 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 w-weKrtg+/-
Gaigore, SanskarU13IND1403MAH-N852,556,549,00072,184087,2
Mradul, YadavU15IND1332MAH-N7,5545948,00061,814072,4
Kulkarni, NilayIND1566MAH-N7,550,55544,0007-0,1140-4,4
Yashsva, Anil KanholkarIND1412CG7,55054,543,75070,894035,6
Ramteke, SumedhIND1411MAH-N7,5495241,75070,742014,8
Chandwani, PrateekIND1417MP7,548,55343,50060,722014,4
Sagar, G ShenoyU15IND1383MAH7,548,551,542,50060,844033,6
Abhishek, Kumar MishraIND1262UP750,554,539,75061,882037,6
Tikam, AradhyaU15IND1303MAH750,55439,75051,904076
Pachchigar, AahanawIND1328MAH749,554,540,00070,974038,8
ACMArnav, DroliaU15IND1324CG749,55339,00071,264050,4
Gawande, DevanshiwIND1255MAH74952,538,50061,144045,6
Gaurav, DanuIND1323SSCB7495136,00071,672033,4
Kush, Ajay AgarwalU15IND1214MAH746,549,535,00062,024080,8
Saket, Atul KumarIND1407MP7465037,25050,03200,6
Pavan, CIND1470KAR745,54835,7505-0,4320-8,6
Gurudutt, GoswamiIND1260UP7444632,00071,132022,6
Padmawar, AmeyU15IND1199MAH-N74346,533,25061,274050,8
Sadawrate, AtharvIND1202MAH742,545,533,25062,722054,4
Ishwar, RamtekeS60IND1202MAH-N740,54433,25060,932018,6


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