463 players participated in the V.S. Chess Academy’s 1st International FIDE Rated Rapid Chess Tournament held on 26th January 2020 at Bengal Association, Nungambakkam, Chennai. The event witnessed 2 IMs and 1 WIM. Mr. Ashwath R of Tamil Nadu was the top seed of the tournament. The tournament was conducted under Swiss system for 7 rounds with a time control of 20 minutes plus 5 seconds increment from move no.1. Tournament carried a total cash prize of the tournament is Rs.1,00,000/-
In the initial stages, there was no major upset to the top seed players. In the 4th round, fourth seed player IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam was defeated by 46th seed Srikrishnan P. In the penultimate round, 12th seed Srihari L R defeat the top seed player Ashwath R. In the final round clash for the title between 82nd seed Deepak Raj R and 12th seed Srihari L R favoured Srihari to lift the title with 7 points out of 7 rounds. The title winner took home a cash prize of Rs.12,500/- and a glittering trophy. 2nd place was tied by five players with 6.5 points, but with the better buchholz system, Abinandhan R and Pranav V came 2nd & 3rd place respectively.
Chief Guest of the function, Shri Purushothaman and gave away the prizes to the winners.