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Shaastra IIT Madras invites you to participate in 5th Shaastra Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Aditya S Sadhu - 07/03/2023

Shaastra IIT Madras invites all chess players around the world in the fifth edition of Shaastra Rapid Rating Open 2023. It is scheduled to take place on 11th and 12th March 2023. This the only IIT which organizes an Open Rapid Rating event every year. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament could not take place in the last two years. This year the total prize fund is ₹500000, a huge increase of 66.67% worth ₹200000 since the previous edition held in 2020. So far five GMs, six IMs, a WGM and two WIMs have already confirmed their participation. The total number of players increase every year by a lot. Last edition had a total 440 players. Last date of registration is 10th March 2023 5 p.m. IST. Photo: Tournament circular

The fifth edition has 66.6%+ more prize fund since the previous one

The 5th Shaastra Rapid FIDE rating tournament will be held in Chennai on 11th and 12th of March 2023. With the prize fund of ₹500000, the event is scheduled for IIT Madras campus. The last date for registration for the event is 10th March. Play and enjoy the rapid tournament at the campus of the IIT-M!

An attractive prize fund for a rapid rating tournament | Photo: Tournament circular

Akshayakalpa is the title sponsor of the event | Photo: Akshayakalpa


Rapid Chess at India's best college festival!

Shaastra - the spirit of engineering

Shaastra is the Technical Festival of IIT Madras, which is ranked No. 1 in India in Engineering Colleges under the MHRD rankings 2016. Shaastra is the first ISO certified student-run fest in India.


The tournament is back after a 3-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prize structure and the funding for the upcoming 2023 edition has been increased significantly to accommodate the growth of the chess world.


The winner of the tournament bags a massive ₹65000 rupees and ₹41500 is up for grabs in each rating category. Apart from that, there are cash prizes for best women, best IITM players, best unrated players, and the best veterans! There are also trophy prizes for age categories.


There will be a total of nine rounds - four on Saturday 11th and five on Sunday 12th March 2023.


There are various prizes in rating category, veteran, women, unrated and age group prizes in three different age group category besides 25 main prizes. Total prize fund is ₹500000 including first prize of ₹65000.

The prize structure of the tournament

Rules and Regulations

The tournament will have nine rounds with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment from move no.1. Chief Arbiter will be IA R Anantharam.

Rules and Regulations

Entry fees

Entry is free and accommodation will be provided for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For all other rated and unrated players, the entry fee is ₹2300. For IIT Madras Students, Faculty and Staff Member, there is a discount. Check the image below to find out the details. Last date for submission of entry is 10th March 2023 5 p.m. IST. Spot registration will strictly not be entertained.

Confirmed titled players

GM Vishnu Prasanna is the winner of previous edition | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

India's 75th GM Pranav Venkatesh has appeared in the last two editions | Photo: Sagar Shah

Winner of the 2nd edition and runner-up of the 4th edition - GM Deepan Chakravarthy will be making his fourth consecutive appearance | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

India's 50th GM Thej Kumar M S will be making his Shaastra Rapid Rating tournament debut | Photo: CFSL

The Speed Chess specialist GM Laxman R R will be appearing for the fourth consecutive edition | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Former National Challengers champion - IM Ravi Teja S will be making his second consecutive appearance | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Telangana's latest IM Kushagra Mohan returns to this event for the first time since the inaugural edition | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM FT Muthaiah Al will play his third consecutive Shaastra Rapid Rating tournament | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Ravi T S will be making his third appearance in this event | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam continues his streak of playing in all editions of Shaastra Rapid Rating Open | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WGM Varshini V participates in alternate editions | Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

World Rapid 2022 Women Bronze medalist WIM Savitha Shri B is the only female player among the top ten seeds as of now | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The reigning 51st National Junior Girls champion, Asian Junior Girls 2022 Silver and Bronze medalist - WIM Rakshitta Ravi | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

For more details, click here.

Indian Institute of Technology - Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras is a public engineering and research institute located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and is one of India's most prestigious universities. It is recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India.


IIT Madras is a residential institute that occupies a 2.5 square kilometers campus that was formerly a part of the adjoining Guindy National Park. The institute has nearly 550-member faculty, 8,000 students, and 1,250 administrative and supporting staff. Growing ever since it obtained its charter from the Indian Parliament in 1961, much of the campus is a protected forest, carved out of the Guindy National Park, home to large numbers of...


Black Bucks...

...and other rare wildlife

4th Shaastra Rapid Rating 2020 edition

The 2020 edition of the Shaastra Rapid Tournament saw 440 chess players taking part in it including 7 Grandmasters, 11 International Masters and 3 Woman International Masters and several other 2000+ rated players. The 2023 edition has the confirmed participation of nearly 15 titled players including GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs.

The chief arbiter and the organizing committee with several titled players!

GM Vishnu Prasanna awarding the certificate to WGM Varshini V

The top seed of the 4th edition, GM Srinath Narayanan along with the previous Dean of students, Dr. Sivakumar


The tournament will be played in the Student Activities Centre (SAC)

A view of the fully air-conditioned playing hall along with the center stage | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Top 20 boards playing on stage should give you an idea about the huge space | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The venue address

The main entrance of IIT Madras is on Chennai's Sardar Patel Road, flanked by the residential districts of Adyar and Velachery. The campus is close to the Raj Bhavan, the official seat of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Other entrances are in Velachery (near Anna Garden MTC bus stop, Velachery Main Road) and Taramani gate (close to Ascendas Tech Park).


The campus is located 10 km from the Chennai Airport, 12 km from the Chennai Central Railway station, and is well-connected by city buses. Kasturba Nagar is the nearest station on the Chennai MRTS line.


Two parallel roads, Bonn Avenue and Delhi Avenue, cut through the faculty residential area before they meet at the Gajendra Circle, near the Administrative Block. Buses regularly ply between the Main Gate, Gajendra Circle, the Academic Zone, and the Hostel Zone.


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Previous coverage on Shaastra Rapid Rating

Shaastra Rapids: Chess amidst flora and fauna of a Tech. School!

Flawless Deepan Chakkravathy wins 2nd Shaastra Rapid 2018 at IIT-M

IM Muthaiah Al wins 3rd Shaastra Rapid Rating

Shaastra IIT Madras invites you to play in 4th Shaastra Rapid Rating Open

Seven players in the lead with 5.0/5 at Shaastra Rapid Rating 2020

Victory for Vishnu Prasanna at 4th Shaastra Rapid Rating 2020


Editor's note: ChessBase India's very own Shahid Ahmed will be returning to this event for the second consecutive edition to bring all detailed coverage of the event.

Players list

1GMVishnu Prasanna. V762520215030692IND2496Tamil Nadu
2GMPranav V9157202125060783IND2462Tamil Nadu
3GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.9981520215011132IND2405ICF
4IMRavi Teja S.712420215017220IND2357Andhra Pradesh
5IMKushagra Mohan2725202125033638IND2335Telangana
6IMRathanvel V S8708202125002112IND2326Tamil Nadu
7IMMuthaiah Al577520215092442IND2316Tamil Nadu
8WIMSavitha Shri B3381202135061887IND2281Tamil Nadu
9GMThejkumar M. S.595220215009154IND2268Karnataka
10FMHarsh Suresh18549202145018464IND2257Tamil Nadu
11GMLaxman R.R.8697920215005361IND2232ICF
12FMAradhya Garg123651202225006746IND2186Delhi
13Sai Vishwesh.C578520215081670IND2115Tamil Nadu
14FMRamakrishna J.1557620215008174IND2094Telangana
15CMGireman Ja216120215043794IND2092Tamil Nadu
16FMMatta Vinay Kumar705120215016649IND2087Telangana
17FMSenthil Maran K1074202125035681IND2084Tamil Nadu
18Rohit S6924202146633847IND2079Tamil Nadu
19WIMRakshitta Ravi6847202125073230IND2044Tamil Nadu
20Aswath S15080202146694919IND2044Tamil Nadu
21WGMVarshini V72720215091241IND2037Tamil Nadu
22Nithin Babu2660202146615431IND1959Kerala
23IMRavi Thandalam Shanmugam1972520215000238IND1930Tamil Nadu
24IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam771520215001277IND1889ICF
25Sunyuktha C M N1292620215092710IND1882Tamil Nadu



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About the Author

Aditya S Sadhu is a twenty-year-old Electrical engineering student at IIT Madras. He is an avid chess player who used to be professional when he was much younger. He manages to find time for playing and learning chess whenever possible amidst his hectic academic schedule. He also has a national and a commonwealth bronze medal to his name

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