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Vishnu Prasanna clinches Olympiad Curtain Raiser Rapid Rating Open with a perfect 9/9

by Shahid Ahmed - 23/08/2022

Before 44th Chess Olympiad took place, on Sunday 24th July a one-day Olympiad Curtain Raiser Rapid Rating Open 2022 tournament took place. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many players to play in the same hall and boards, also for the organizers to test everything before the biggest chess extravaganza was going to place. It goes without saying that the organizing team pulled off both events with huge success and shattering records in the process too. GM Vishnu Prasanna won the tournament with a perfect score 9/9. It is obvious that anything less than that would not have been enough for a championship. Subhayan Kundu scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to finish second. IM Ravi Teja S made 8/9 to secure third place. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A Record breaking tournament

This was the biggest tournament in terms of participation numbers for many players including GM Vishnu Prasanna, me and many others. Most importantly, getting an opportunity to play at the exact same hall where 44th Chess Olympiad was going to take place and on the very same DGT boards, is certainly priceless to many. All India Chess Federation pulled off a huge successful open tournament, just days before 44th Chess Olympiad took place. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹500000. Top three prizes were ₹35000, ₹25000 and ₹20000 each.

Champion - GM Vishnu Prasanna 9/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed
"I don't think I am doing so well as a player" - Vishnu after winning Olympiad Curtain Raiser 9/9 | Video: ChessBase India

Vishnu - Ravi, Round 9

Position after 23.Bxg6

GM Vishnu Prasanna got the better of IM Ravi Teja S in the last round. They both were at 100% score 8/8. White found a very nice tactical shot 23.Bxg6. There is no good defense for Black. 23...Qxc3 24.Qe5 Qc6 25.Rh3 Kg8 26.h5 f6 27.Bxe8 Nxe8 28.Qxe6+ Qxe6 29.Rxe6 and Black resigned. Vishnu won the tournament and Ravi was placed third.

GM Vishnu Prasanna won all nine of his games

Runner-up - Subhayan Kundu 8.5/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

For those who are wondering about Subhayan Kundu's t-shirt. He was one of the volunteers of the 44th Chess Olympiad. He is also the reigning West Bengal State Rapid 2022 champion. He managed his duties and played superbly to finish second overall which is perhaps the biggest tournament he participated in his life too.

Second Runner-up - IM Ravi Teja S 8/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th - 59-year-old Anilkumar O T was the oldest player to finish in top 10 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The revered FT FA Suresh Kumar T J scored 7/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

President of All J&K Chess Association and Joint Secretary of AICF, Atul Kumar Gupta got a walk over in the first round before he had to go for 44th Chess Olympiad work | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The Tournament Director of 44th Chess Olympiad and Hon. Secretary of AICF, Bharat Singh Chauhan played the first round and won before he had to go for Olympiad work | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A complimentary mask was given to all participants | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Unfortunately I forgot to take it and I hope someone made a good use of it or keep it as a memory. The loss of this memorabilia mask can only be compensated by my win in the fourth round against Kirtana. I lost 41 Elo rating points. However, this game certainly made me delighted as it was that much special of playing it inside the 44th Chess Olympiad hall.

Kirtana - Shahid, Round 4

Position after 15...Qc7

I decided to offer my f6-knight as a sacrifice, to get some initiative on the kingside. She took it 16.exf6 Bd6 17.f4 gxf3 18.Nxf3 h3 19.g3 Bxg3 20.Ne3 Bxh2+ 21.Kh1 Qg3 22.Bd1 Bg1 23.Nd5 h2 and we get the following position.

Position after 23...h2

Neither 24.Qg2 nor Nxh2 or Nxg1 work for obvious reasons. Of course, I calculated all these easy lines and some more possibilities like 24.Nc7, Ne1. Everything seemed to be winning for me and practically it is very difficult to defend as White especially when the time is low.

Position after 33...Qxf3+

Well, finishing the game with a checkmate certainly gave me a nice feeling 33...Qxf3+ 34.Qxf3 Bxf3#. The game is certainly not perfect. Both side made plenty of inaccuracies. I could have ended the game a lot earlier if I found the precise moves and my opponent could have defended at various occasion too. However, this game quite possibly had my most picturesque finish in my over 25+ long chess career. It is games like these that makes me want to play tournaments again and again.

For more photos, please click here. Game videos will be added over time.

Some tournament statistics

• Highest ever live transmission of DGT boards in an Open tournament - 703 in Round 1 (including walk overs).

• All games were played on DGT boards only. Last round had a live transmission of 570 boards (including walk overs).

• World Rapid and Blitz is the only other semi-open event where all games are played on DGT boards, which is about 100-150 only.

• A total of 3703 games are available online. For a one-day Rapid Rating tournament, this is also another incredible feat.


It was quite difficult to bring the entire main hall of the Olympiad in one frame, so here is a short clip of it.

A total of 1414 players registered, 1175 players including 2 GMs and 8 IMs took part from England, India, Nepal, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka and United States of America. The nine-round Swiss League Rapid Rating tournament took place on 24th July. The tournament was organized by All India Chess Federation. The time control was 10 minutes + 5 seconds increment.

Download games from chess-results

Final standings in Rapid

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND2495Tamil Nadu954,559,559,5009
Subhayan KunduIND1987West Bengal8,5545855,0008
IMRavi Teja S.IND2204Andhra Pradesh8586253,0008
Hemanth RaamIND1961Tamil Nadu8535851,0008
IMSaravana Krishnan P.IND2208Tamil Nadu8535850,5007
FMSenthil Maran KIND1995Tamil Nadu8535749,0008
IMRaahul V SIND2203Tamil Nadu852,55749,0008
Anilkumar O.T.S50IND2124Kerala852,556,548,5008
Ram S. KrishnanIND2122Tamil Nadu851,55750,5008
IMAvinash RameshIND1664Tamil Nadu851,555,546,5008
IMNitin S.IND2259Tamil Nadu851,554,548,0008
IMRajdeep SarkarIND1985West Bengal8515445,0008
GMLaxman R.R.IND2247Tamil Nadu850,554,547,5007
Lokesh N.IND2085Tamil Nadu848,55245,5008
Shadhursshaan RU15IND1424Tamil Nadu84751,544,5008
Kaustuv KunduIND2129West Bengal846,550,545,0008
Ashwin SairamU15IND1453Tamil Nadu7,5535745,0007
Madanasri GundalaS18wIND1781Telangana7,551,555,544,2507
Manigandan S SIND1905Tamil Nadu7,5515543,5007
FMHarshad SIND1673Tamil Nadu7,550,554,543,2507
Aswath SU14IND1741Tamil Nadu7,5505240,0007
Arun R UIND1626Tamil Nadu7,549,553,544,2507
Natarajan CIND2200Tamil Nadu7,547,55240,5007
Richard Solomon MU14IND1088Tamil Nadu7,547,55141,7507
Aakash GU12IND1658Tamil Nadu7,546,550,542,2507
Jai Sankar SubramanianU15IND1206Tamil Nadu7,546,54938,7507
Menhajul HodaIND1713Bihar7,5465141,7507
Vignesh Kannan PU12IND1294Tamil Nadu7,5465041,7507
Singaram P.L.IND1653Tamil Nadu7,54649,539,7507
Ayyappan P Santhana PrabuIND1653TN7,545,549,540,2507


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