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Sharan Rao convincingly clinches 6th Kudremukh Trophy Rapid Rating Open 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/01/2024

IM Sharan Rao scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win 6th Kudremukh Trophy Rapid Rating Open 2024. 11-year-old FM Aaron Reeve Mendes (CAN), Mandar Pradip Lad and Augustin A scored 8/9 each. They were placed second, third and fourth according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹300000. The top three prizes were ₹30000, ₹20000 and ₹10000 along with a trophy each. This was Sharan's first rating tournament in 2024 and he won it convincingly. He also won his last event he played in 2023, a Blitz Open tournament with a perfect score - 9/9. Photos: IA Vasanth B H

Sharan starts 2024 the same way he ended 2023

IM Sharan Rao and IM Ritviz Parab were the coleaders 7.5/8 heading into the final round. Seven players were trailing them by a half point. Sharan defeated Pradeep Kumar R A and FM Aaron Reeve Mendes (CAN) scored a win against Ritviz. Mandar Pradip Lad registered a victory over Dhanush Ram M. Sharan became a clear champion, Aaron second and Mandar third. Aaron is also the youngest finisher among top 25.

Champion - IM Sharan Rao 8.5/9

Runner-up - FM Aaron Reeve Mendes (CAN) 8/9

Second Runner-up - Mandar Pradip Lad 8/9

Sharan Rao in action

IM Sharan Rao scored an unbeaten 8.5/9, finished a half point ahead of the field and gained 12.1 Elo rating points

A total of 373 players including 3 IMs took part from various states across the country and one from Canada. The two-day nine round Rapid Rating tournament was organized by KIOCL Ltd. at KSRC Nehru Bhavan, Kavoor in Mangaluru, Karnataka on 6th and 7th January 2024. The time control of the event was 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
14IMSharan Rao,10519KSCA2023IND2150Ka-Dk8,552,55753,25
22FMAaron Reeve Mendes,U12CAN2190Can8515650,00
38Lad Mandar Pradip,IND2017Ga85054,547,00
410Augustin A,10441KSCA2023IND1910Ka8485145,00
55IMRitviz, ParabIND2133Ga7,553,557,545,25
69FMSyed Anwar Shazuli,IND1998Tn7,5535745,00
713Manigandan, S SIND1892Tn7,5505545,25
86FMSenthil Maran K,11833TLR2023IND2084Tn7,5505444,00
920Dhanush Ram M,10344KSCA2023IND1785Ka-Dk754,558,542,00
103FMGahan M G,13544KSCA2023IND2182Ka-Dk75355,540,75
1121Tarun, VIND1738Tn751,556,541,75
121Pradeep, Kumar R AIND2286Tn7515540,50
1319Anup, Shankar RIND1786Tn750,555,540,00
1418Gugan G,IND1793Tn750,55439,00
1511Sailesh, RIND1905Tn7495441,00
1666Adrij, BhattacharyyaU1410373KSCA2023IND1312Ka-Dk74951,537,50
1726Sibi, Srinivas EinsteinIND1689Tg748,552,538,00
1812FMSharma, R. Preetham10584KSCA2023IND1899Ka7485137,50
1923AGMLakshith B Salian,10368KSCA2023IND1698Ka-Dk747,55237,00
2017Sudarshan Bhat,BLU170426IND1808Ka746,550,536,50
2134Leelajai Krishna N,CKM191300IND1527Ka746,550,536,00
2215Raghav, Srivathsav VIND1888Tg744,548,537,50
2336WCMShriyana S Mallya,U14wDKA160020IND1515Ka-Dk7434633,00
2414IMHegde, Ravi GopalS60IND1889Ka6,5515536,50
2540Ekka, AniketU14IND1468Ga6,55153,536,25


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