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Let the fastest player win!

by Shahid Ahmed - 31/07/2017

GM Deep Sengupta & GM R R Laxman will be the top seed in National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2017 respectively. The Championship will take place from 1st – 4th August 2017 in Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata, West Bengal. The Total Cash Prize for National Rapid is ₹175000 and for National Blitz ₹75000. What is very interesting is that the tournament has a zero tolerance rule, in a city that is known for its traffic and the round begins at 9 a.m. You have to be fast off the board as well!

 Curtain Raiser for National Rapid and Blitz 2017

Around 200 players across the country are expected to participate in a 4-day event in which 6 GMs, 9 IMs and 1 WGM have already confirmed their entries. The tournament will follow the Zero Tolerance Rule. It will be an event to watch out for. While watching these rapid and blitz games will be fun, we will also see how many games get decided on Zero Tolerance Rule. I say about Zero Tolerance because from 2nd – 4th August, the first round of the day is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in a city where Traffic played a huge role in deciding the National Premier Champion in 2012.

 Reigning National Rapid Chess 2016 Champion GM Neelotpal Das is going to defend to his title along with 5 more GMs

GM Deep Sengupta who already qualified for World Cup 2017 will also fight for National Rapid Chess Championship
 After winning Xtra Time Rapid Rating in Kolkata earlier this summer, GM R R Laxman returns to the City of Joy, only this time to claim the National Rapid & Blitz title as he loves to play Rapid & Blitz


After winning Bhopal Open 2016, GM Sriram Jha is looking to win another tournament

 Veteran GM Pravin Thipsay played a topsy turvy tournament at commonwealth, losing to a 1900 player, but also beating two GMs Sahaj Grover and Deepan Chakravarthy. It will be interesting to see him in action!

Local lad GM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury will try to make his mark in his hometown

After finishing 3rd in National Women Challengers 2017 few days ago,
WGM Soumya Swaminathan will look to provide strong competition in both National Rapid & Blitz
9 IMs who will battle it out are, Top L to R: Rathnakaran K, Nitin S & Anwesh Upadhyaya. Mid L to R: P Karthikeyan, D K Sharma & Somak Palit
Bottom L to R: VAV Rajesh, S Satyapragyan & Rahul Shetty

The tournament will be organized by Bengal Chess Association. There will be 11 Rounds of Rapid games, each game consisting of 15 mins + 10 seconds increment and 11 Rounds of Blitz games, each game consisting of 3 mins + 2 seconds increment. The Champion of both National Rapid & Blitz will qualify for World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2017.

Starting rank for Rapid

No.   Name FideID FED Rtg Club/City
1 GM Sengupta Deep 5008352 IND 2529 Wb
2 GM Laxman R.R. 5005361 IND 2516  
3 IM Nitin S. 5018277 IND 2465  
4 IM Shyaamnikhil P 5024218 IND 2463  
5 IM Rathnakaran K. 5005507 IND 2454  
6 IM Karthikeyan P. 5018226 IND 2429  
7 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu 5004306 IND 2417  
8 GM Thipsay Praveen M 5000033 IND 2387  
9 IM Anwesh Upadhyaya 5028949 IND 2385  
10 GM Sriram Jha 5001668 IND 2372  
11 GM Neelotpal Das 5003512 IND 2369 Wb
12 FM Sai Krishna G V 5028280 IND 2369  
13   Saravana Krishnan P. 5018382 IND 2356 Tn
14   Ram S. Krishnan 5010519 IND 2316 Tn
15 IM Rajesh V A V 5029317 IND 2301 Tn
16 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 5016193 IND 2266  
17 IM Shetty Rahul 5000513 IND 2238 Ai
18 IM Rohan Ahuja 5090598 IND 2178  
19   Joshi Govind Ballabh 5000262 IND 2149  
20   Sharma Danesh 24639893 GER 2077


The starting rank for national blitz is not available yet on chess-results, but keep an eye out here.

ChessBase India contest: 

We have a very exciting prize in store for you. If you are able to guess both National Rapid and Blitz Champion correctly you get to choose any product from the ChessBase India shop (single product, not combo). But mind you, you have to get both the champions right! And that too before the end of 31st of July. 


About the Author:

Shahid Ahmed is the First AGM (Arena Grandmaster) of India. He is a coach at Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy (DBCA) and The Heritage School. He is also the founder of He manages the Facebook page of Bengal Chess Association and DBCA.

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