KOCHI: Southern Railway’s K. Ratnakaran retained the RSC Open all-India FIDE-rated chess title at the Regional Sports Centre here on Thursday.
The 27-year-old top seed drew his final round game against fifth-seeded M.B. Muralidharan to finish a clear winner with 8.5 points from ten rounds.
“I’m winning an all-India title after two years, my previous victory also came here, in 2007,” said Ratnakaran, an International Master from Kozhikode, who walked away with the top prize of Rs. 25,000.
Five players — Tamil Nadu’s D.P. Singh, Ram S. Krishnan, M.V. Lakshmi Narayanan along with Kerala’s O.T. Anilkumar and M.B. Muralidharan —– tied for the second spot with eight points each but when the Buchholz System was applied, D.P. Singh finished runner-up and Anilkumar was third.
The results (tenth round):
M.B. Muralidharan drew with K. Ratnakaran, O.T. Anilkumar drew with D.P. Singh, Ram S. Krishnan bt J. Karthikeyan, P.K. Suresh lost to M.V. Lakshmi Narayanan, M. Paramasivam bt K. Haridas, P.V. Gireesh lost to Linda Rangarajan, R. Ganesh Bhat bt M.A. Alaguraju, Ramesh Shanmugasundaram lost to Uttam Sarkar, Santhosh David drew with M.A. Joy Lazar, S. Ganesh Babu drew with Gireman Ja.
Final placings: 1. K. Ratnakaran (Rly-Ker, 8.5 pts), D.P. Singh (Rly-TN, 8), 3. O.T. Anilkumar (Ker, 8), 4. M.B. Muralidharan (Ker, 8), 5. Ram S. Krishnan (TN, 8), 6. M.V. Lakshmi Narayanan (TN, 8), 7. R. Ganesh Bhat (Ker, 7.5), 8. M. Paramasivam (TN, 7.5), 9. Linda Rangarajan (Pud, 7.5), 10. Uttam Sarkar (WB, 7.5).
Best player prizes: S. Vasishta (Ktk, under-8), C.H. Meghna (Ker, under-10), Akshay Bharadwaj (Ktk, under-12), V.S.S. Priya (AP, under-14), P. Uma Maheswaran (TN, under-16), Shince Sebastian (Ker, under-18), T.S. Patil (Mah, veterans) C.R. Raveendran (Ekm player), C.G. Nerood Prasad & V.V. Thomas Nithin (both Kerala, unrated players), C.P. Vinod (Kerala player). — Principal Correspondent