Grandmaster Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan grabs the top honours on LetsUp presents MCA GP Blitz 2 on June 10 with an unbeaten score of 9.0/10. This was also his ChessBase India Online Blitz debut. The tournament was the second of the five events in the Grand Prix. The title earned Abdusattorov prize money of Rs 6,500.
Two Indians, GM Raunak Sadhwani and GM Vaibhav Suri finished at 8.5/10 each and they were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. After a podium finish in the first tournament, Vaibhav's remarkable finish in the second stint allowed him to climb to the top of GP Standings with 17/20. While Abdusattorov and GM Arjun Erigaisi are trailing behind at 11/20 respectively. Raunak's second-place finish earned him Rs 4,000 while Vaibhav won Rs 2,500.
The event saw a participation of a total 123 players including 20 Grandmasters, 19 International Masters and 6 Women's International Masters from India, Algeria, Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Ireland, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Spain, USA and Uzbekistan took part in this 10 Round event.
Abdusattorov, who is world no. 1 in U-16 category is considered a chess prodigy, he qualified for the title Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 1 month, and 11 days. FIDE awarded him the title in April 2018.
In 2012 Abdusattorov won the Under 8 division of the World Youth Chess Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. In 2014, at nine years old, he beat two grandmasters, Andrey Zhigalko and Rustam Khusnutdinov, in the 8th Georgy Agzamov Memorial tournament, held in his home city of Tashkent. In the FIDE rating list of April 2015, he set a new record for the youngest player to enter the top 100 juniors, at eleven years old.
Raunak Sadhwani drew his seventh round at the FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 and became India's 65th GM. The Nagpur lad scored his first GM norm at the Aeroflot Open 2019. His second GM norm came at the Porticcio Open 2019 and the final one at the Grand Swiss 2019. Raunak is known for his tactical acumen, but at the same time, he has the ability to play extremely solid chess. Born on 22nd of December 2005, Raunak became a GM at the age of 13 years 9 months and 26 days!
Delhi's Vaibhav Suri became one of the world's youngest GMs in 2012, at the same age when the legend Bobby Fischer became one. In February this year, Vaibhav Suri shocked top-seeded Russian Vladislav Artemiev in the 6th round of Aeroflot Open chess tournament, and was placed joint third.
Online chess thrives despite the hurdles as LetsUp brings a unique five-day Blitz Grand Prix tournament that commenced on June 3 and hosted by the Maharashtra Chess Association.
The Blitz tournaments will take place every Wednesday with a total prize fund of INR 155000 each having the total prize fund of INR 25000 and top five GP finishers will get a total of INR 30000. Each of the tournament which will be hosted every Wednesday from June 3 to July 1 will be sponsored by Nasik District and Novel, Ahmednagar District and Narendra Firodia Unicorp, Pune District and Amanora, Jalgaon District and Jain Irrigation and h2e, and lastly, the Sangali District and Chitale Bandhu.