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Satendra Singh wins 1st The Rooky International Open 2023 Challenger

by Shahid Ahmed - 10/11/2023

Satendra Singh and Wanawee Buranasing (THA) scored an unbeaten 6/7 each at 1st The Rooky International Open 2023 Challenger. Satendra won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Wanawee was placed second. Their fifth round battle against each other ended in a draw.Maksim M Smirnov and Sivakorn Sinpolai (THA) scored 5.5/7 each. They secured third and fourth place respectively. Satendra defeated Smirnov in the third round. The top three prizes in the Challengers section were THB 2000, 1500 and 1000 along with a trophy each. This was Satendra's first tournament triumph of the year, his second victory of his career and also the first time he won a rating tournament. Photos: The Rooky

Satendra's first rating tournament victory

Satendra Singh and Wanawee Buranasing (THA) were the coleaders 5.5/6 heading into the final round. Top seed, Wanawee drew against second seeded Sivakorn Siriponlai (THA) and the third seeded, Satendra was held to a draw by Cholapat Chongstitwattana (THA). Thus, Satendra became champion and Wanawee second. Maksim Smirnov defeated Kanuengnit Chiadthaisong (THA) to finish third. 

Champion - Satendra Singh 6/7

Runner-up - Wanawee Buranasing 6/7

Second Runner-up - Maksim Smirnov 5.5/7

Satendra Singh scored an unbeaten 6/7 and increased his Elo rating by 7.8 points

Satendra Singh in deep thought

Players in action

The beautiful trophies

Group photo of the prize winners

The tournament hall at Away Bangkok Riverside Kene Hotel

A total of 44 players took part in the Challengers (Below 1650) section from eight countries across the world in this four-day seven round Rating tournament. It was organized by Wacharaphol Jongatireklap at Away Bangkok Riverside Kene Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand from 20th to 23rd October 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Singh, SatendraIND155960,529,532,527,000
Buranasing, WanaweeTHA159160,529,532,526,750
Smirnov, Maksim M.U18RUS11825,5025,528,520,500
Siriponlai, SivakornTHA15895,50252821,000
Pienpoldeesakul, BaimonU18THA1338502730,520,250
Kunsansuphakit, KitgawinTHA14125026,52918,000
Chongstitwattana, CholapatTHA14645026,52716,250
Chiadthaisong, KanuengnitwTHA11804,5027,530,517,000
Nilkhumhaeng, NilwadeeU18wTHA11384,50252816,000
Chua, Siang-ZheU18MAS12254,502425,512,500



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