IM Rathanvel V.S of MPL triumphs in Rapid & Blitz Rating tournament

R. Hanumantha Memorial Cup All India Rating Rapid & Blitz tournament 2021

R Hanumantha Memorial Cup All India Open FIDE Rating Rapid and Blitz Chess tournament was conducted on the 25th and 26th of December 2021 in memory of the late Shri R Haumantha, Honorable Ex-Secretary of United Karnataka Chess Association. The event was conducted by Mandya Chess Academy and Smart Queens’ chess Academy under the aegis of All India Chess Federation, Karnataka State Chess Association, and Mandya District Chess Association at Hotel Amaravati, Mandya. 323 players participated in the Rapid rating tournament and 306 players participated in the Blitz rating Chess tournament. The top seed of the Rapid event was GM Thejkumar M S of Karnataka and the Top seed of the Blitz tournament was Rathanvel V S of Tamil Nadu.

The tournament was inaugurated on 25th December in the presence of chief Guests Sri Rajashekara N IPS, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Nagaland, Sri C Chandrashekhar, Chairman & MD, Amaravathi Hotel, Sri C Ashwath, Director Amaravathi Hotel, accompanied by the guest of honors Sri. Nageshwar, Sri Ramesh Madishetty, Sri Venumadhav, Co-founders of Safestorage Technologies and Services Pvt. Ltd, Sri Aravind Shashtri Secretary, KSCA, and Sri Sreenivas Reddy, Film Director.

IM V.S. Rathanvel (MPL) from Coimbatore, won the rapid and blitz titles on the concluding day of the R.Hanumantha Memorial Cup All India rapid and blitz tournament 2021

In the rapid tournament, three players, fifth-seeded IM V.S. Rathanvel, eighth-seeded IM. P. Saravana Krishnan and FM Aradhya Garg tied with eight points from nine rounds, but based on his better tie-break score of 49.50, Rathanvel won the title. Saravana Krishnan and Aradhya Garg secured the second and third places respectively.

In the blitz tournament, IM V.S. Rathanvel won the title with 8.5 points from nine rounds. IM V. Pranav (TN), Abhishek Das (Jha), and IM K. Ratnakaran, with eight points each, secured the second and third places respectively. Overall 3 lakhs prize money for both the tournaments and age category trophies were distributed at the closing ceremony.

The prize distribution took place on 26th December 2021 in the presence of Chief Guests Sri Chandrashekhar, Chairman & MD, Amaravathi Hotel, and guests of Honor Dr. B Shivalingaiah Presidedent of SB Education Trust, Mandya, Sri MGN Prasad, Superintendent, RTO, Mandya, and Sri K Gururaj Football Coach, Railway Department and Nagendra Muralidhar, Vice President, KSCA.

Full results – Rapid: Click here

Full results – Blitz: Click here

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Tournament report: Click here