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Shriraj Bhosale is the winner of Khasdar Chashak Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/03/2023

Shriraj Bhosale, FM Nikhil Dixit and IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete scored 8/9 each at Khasdar Chashak Rapid Rating Open 2023. All three of them suffered a loss each. They were placed first, second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. The tournament had no entry fee for all players. Sammed defeated the sole leader Omkar Kadhav 7.5/8 in the final round. It allowed Shriraj and Nikhi to catch up as they won their respective games to secure their place at the podium. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹100000. The top three prizes were ₹21000, ₹15000 and ₹10000 along with a trophy each respectively. This was Shriraj's second Rapid tournament triumph, first rating event victory of the year. Photo: NA Vijaykumar Mane

No entry fee for all

It is quite rare to see rating tournaments have no entry fee. On Monday 20th February, Chess Association Kolhapur organized a one-day rapid rating tournament which had no entry fee for all participants. The tournament had a total prize fund of ₹100000, Shriraj Bhosale won his his first rapid rating tournament of the year. He went on to win two more rapid events after this.

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete, 1st Shriraj Bhosale and 2nd FM Nikhil Dixit | Photo: NA Vijaykumar Mane

Inaugural moves are being made | Photo: NA Vijaykumar Mane

The Chief Guest at inauguration ceremony was Chetan Narake, Operator of Gokul Dudh Sangh, Kolhapur, in presence of IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete WIM Rucha Pujari, Umesh Patil, Dheeraj Vaidya, Utkarsh Lomate, Tournament Director - Manish Marulkar and Chief Arbiter, IA Bharat Chougule.

Shriraj Bhosale scored 8/9, gained 29.8 Elo rating points and his sole loss was against the eventual runner-up FM Nikhil Dixit

The Chief Guests of the Closing Ceremony were Dhananjay Mahadik, MLA of Kolhapur and Pruthviraj Mahadik, Chairman of Channel B.


Thanks to NA Vijaykumar Mane for sharing the photos and info about the tournament.


A total of 262 players including an IM and a WIM participated in this one-day nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament which was organized by Chess Association Kolhapur on 20th February 2023 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. The time control for the event was 10 minutes + 5 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Bhosale, ShrirajIND1914MAH-KOP85257,549,5008
FMDixit, NikhilIND2206MAH85256,549,5008
IMSammed Jaykumar, SheteIND2308MAH-KOP849,55346,0008
Kadav, OmkarIND1749MAH7,553,557,546,2507
Verma, RahulIND1846MAH7,548,552,541,7507
Abhishek, I GanigerIND1562KAR7,54548,539,2507
FMNavalgund, NiranjanIND2177KAR7,544,54838,7507
Gaikwad, ManasU13IND1624MAH75557,541,5007
FMWagh, SuyogIND2251MAH753,558,544,0007
Kabnurakar, RushikeshIND1282MAH-KOP75153,538,5007
Dere, PushkarIND2014MAH750,555,540,5007
Khasbardar, SohamIND1519MAH-KOP748,55339,0007
Kamble, DipankarIND1368MAH747,55034,0007
AGMPrashanth, J NaikIND1708KAR746,550,537,5007
Patil, SharvilIND1447MAH-KOP7454938,2506


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