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Stany G A wins Republic Day Cup Rapid Rating Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/02/2023

GM Stany G A and IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra scored an unbeaten 8/9 each. Due to better tie-breaks, Stany became champion at Republic Day Cup Rapid Rating Open 2023. FM Ritviz Parab and FM Sharan Rao scored 8/9 in the Blitz Open. They secured first and second place respectively. GM Stany G A scored sole 7.5/9 to finish third. The combined total prize fund of the Rapid Rating and Blitz Open was ₹230000. The top three prizes in the Rapid were ₹30000, ₹20000 and ₹15000 along with a trophy each, for Blitz it was ₹6000, ₹5000 and ₹3000 and a trophy each respectively. Photo: Santhosh L / Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

Ritviz Parab claims the Blitz Open

This is GM Stany G A's first Rating tournament triumph since he won a Blitz Rating Open in December 2019. Then he was also the top seed of the tournament. It was his second tournament of the year 2023 and he won it remaining undefeated, that also in his home city Shivamogga, makes it that much special for him. He claimed a place on the podium in the Blitz Open event too. This is FM Ritviz Parab's second Blitz Open triumph after he won his first one last year in May.

Champion in Rapid and second runner-up in Blitz - GM Stany G A 8/9 and 7.5/9 | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

Runner-up in Rapid - IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra 8/9 | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

Second Runner-up in Rapid - IM FT Muthaiah Al 7.5/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Top 3 in Rapid (L to R): 3rd IM FT Muthaiah Al, 1st GM Stany G A and 3rd IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

The prizes were distributed by the Chief guests Rev. Father Stany D’Souza, Dr. Shivayogi, Dr. Pruthviraj, Dr. Sheela, Rev. Stanly and Srikrishna Udupa.

GM Stany scored seven consecutive victories before he drew his last two games to win the tournament

Champion in Blitz - FM Ritviz Parab 8/9 | Photo:  Aditya Sur Roy

Runner-up in Blitz - FM Sharan Rao 8/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Stany G A delivers his speech at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

L to R: Srikrishna Udupa, Dr. Kavitha, IM D V Prasad, GM Stany G A and Dr. Shivayogi.

Arjuna Awardee IM F T D V Prasad and... | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

GM Stany G A lighting up the lamp | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

Srikrishna Udupa (the dean of Nalanda Chess Academy) wanted to give a rated tournament opportunity for the people of Shivamogga district. His only aim is to promote Chess all over the world. Since many kids leave Chess if they don’t get any prize, he gave trophies to all Under-15 children to motivate them and play more Chess competitions. Overall, he gave 100+ consolation trophies for the children. Also, he made Unibic sponsor biscuits for all the players, and gave Unibic gift boxes for the winners.

GM Stany G A and IM FT D V Prasad making the inaugural first move | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

The tournament hall at Sacred Hall Cathedral Church Conventional Hall, Shivamogga, Karnataka | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

The trophies for the prize winners | Photo: Santhosh L /Nalanda Chess Academy Shivamogga

Thanks to Santhosh L of Nalanda Chess Academy for sharing the photos and information about the tournament.


A total of 250 players including a GM and five IMs took part in the Rapid Rating and 148 players including a GM and 3 IMs in the Blitz Open participated from various parts of the country. The nine-round Swiss league Rapid Rating tournament took place on 28th and 29th January, the nine-round Blitz Open tournament was held on 29th January 2023. Both events were organized by Nalanda Chess Academy, Shivamogga at Sacred Heart Cathedral Church Conventional Hall, Shivamogga, Karnataka. The time control for the Rapid Rating tournament was 25 minutes + 5 seconds increment and for Blitz 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

Final standings in Rapid

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11GMStany G.A.IND2410Shimoga - KAR85549,551,75
23IMHarikrishnan.A.RaIND2312Tamil Nadu85347,549,75
32IMMuthaiah ALIND2353Tamil Nadu7,5554947,25
45FMSharan RaoIND2206Mangalore - KAR7,553,548,545,00
54FMRitviz ParabIND2253GOA7,55347,546,50
612Arpan DasIND1942West Bengal7,550,54544,50
714IMHegde Ravi GopalIND1928Bangalore - KAR7534842,75
88FMSharma R. PreethamIND2033Mysore - KAR751,54640,75
97FMSenthil Maran KIND2136Tamil Nadu7514637,50
1011Augustin AIND1988Bangalore - KAR7504539,00
1117Balkishan A.IND1803Mysore - KAR75044,538,50
1216Hemanth RaamIND1898Tamil Nadu749,544,538,00
1319Selvabharathy TIND1747Tamil Nadu7474236,00
1451Avil D SouzaIND1230Udupi - KAR7464236,50
1527Chiranth M DIND1528Shimoga - KAR74439,534,50
1633Dhrikshu K VasantIND1483Mangalore - KAR743,540,532,00
1729Leelajai Krishna NIND1514Chikamagaluru - KAR6,5524737,50
1815IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND1917Tamil Nadu6,550,545,535,75
1910AGMVignesh BIND2002Tamil Nadu6,5504536,25
209Gugan GIND2022Tamil Nadu6,548,543,536,75
2126Swara Lakshmi S NairIND1535Bangalore - KAR6,547,542,535,75
2223AGMLakshith B SalianIND1646Mangalore - KAR6,5474331,75
2330Sujay B MIND1511Bangalore - KAR6,546,542,534,00
2434Karthik SIND1463Bangalore - KAR6,546,542,530,75
2573Shreeshant Sharanappa GanigerIND1095Bagalkote - KAR6,54641,532,75


Final standings in Blitz

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13FMRitviz, ParabIND2296GOA851,54649,50
25FMSharan, RaoIND2231Mangalore - KAR84943,546,00
31GMStany, G.A.IND2503Shimoga - KAR7,549,54442,50
48FMSenthil, Maran KIND2100Tamil Nadu7544943,00
52IMMuthaiah, ALIND2354Tamil Nadu7544843,25
69Gugan, GIND20747514639,00
714Arpan, DasIND1984West Bengal7504539,00
87IMRamnathan, BalasubramaniamIND2133Tamil Nadu7494439,25
94IMHarikrishnan.A.Ra,IND2271Tamil Nadu747,542,538,00
1031Lohith, B YIND1412AICF DUE7474336,00
1110Balkishan, A.IND2065Bangalore - KAR746,542,536,50
1212Augustin, AIND2050Bangalore - KAR742,538,532,50
1311AGMVignesh, BIND2058Tamil Nadu6,55146,537,00
146FMSharma, R. PreethamIND2166Mysore - KAR6,550,545,536,75
1515Hemanth, RaamIND1853Tamil Nadu6,545,541,533,25
1613Sudarshan, BhatIND2008Bangalore - KAR6,542,538,530,25
1717Arjun U, PrabhuIND1744Shimoga - KAR6,5423830,25
1842Rithesh, KIND1237Udupi - KAR6494431,00
1921Leelajai, Krishna NIND1607Chikamagaluru - KAR6484430,50
2032Swara, Lakshmi S NairIND1397Bangalore - KAR6484332,00


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