60th National Championship 2023 R3: Dhananjay causes knightmare for Abhijeet Gupta
Dhananjay S (CHAT) scored a huge victory over the top seed of 60th National Chess Championship 2023, GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) in the third round. The reigning Chhattisgarh State Senior champion traded both of his bishops for knights by the tenth move. Later he manuevered his knights quite well. When opportunity arose, he exchanged one of his knight with his opponent's good bishop and went on to convert his advantage quite well. Ram S Krishnan (BSNL) had a good chance to win in the endgame after his opponent, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB) sacrificed his bishop in a balanced endgame. Shriraj Bhosale (MAH) had an exciting draw against IM Neelash Saha (RSPB) who sacrificed his queen. Round 4 starts today at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Ram S Krishnan misses against Deepan
GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) had made a shaky start. He landed himself in trouble in the second round. Somehow he managed to escape. In the third round, Dhananjay did not allow his advantage to slip away. Apart from the top board, there were no major upsets among the top boards. Several GMs and IMs were held to a draw by their lower rated opponents. GM P Karthikeyan (RSPB) suffered his second consecutive loss of the event. This time against A Mithiran (TN).
Abhijeet - Dhananjay
The reigning Chhattisgarh State Senior champion, Dhananjay S (2133) traded his bishop pairs for knights by move no.10. He gained a pawn by maneuvering his knights, few moves before the above position arose. GM Abhijeet Gupta (2625) erred 34.Qe4? Nd2! attacks the queen and threatens Nf3+ fork at the same time. It forced White to go 35.Qh7+ Kf8 36.Be4 Black took the e4-bishop as it was much more active than the dark-squared bishop. White's position fell apart in a hurry, he had to give up his bishop and call it a day as checkmate threat was unstoppable.
Deepan - Ram
In an equal endgame, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (2446) created an imbalance by sacrificing his bishop at a6. After a few moves, we reached the above position where Ram S Krishnan (1941) got his final opportunity to win the game. Try to find out the beautiful idea. The game continued 63...Ne7 64.b5 and it ended in a draw after 16 more moves.
Some notable results
GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) - Dhananjay S (CHAT): 0-1
CM Kaivalya Sandip Nagare (MAH) - GM Visakh N R (RSPB): 0.5-0.5
GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB) - Ram S Krishnan (BSNL): 0.5-0.5
Shriraj Bhosale (MAH) - IM Neelash Saha (RSPB): 0.5-0.5
IM Mehar Chinna Reddy C H (RSPB) - Sanchay Dubey (UP): 0.5-0.5
Arnav Muralidhar (KAR) - IM D V Prasad (KAR): 0.5-0.5
IM P Konguvel (PSPB) - Nirnay Garg (HAR): 0.5-0.5
Bhoopnath (BIH) - IM Abhishek Kelkar (MAH): 0.5-0.5
Uddipan Roy (WB) - GM Laxman R R (RSPB): 0.5-0.5
GM Sriram Jha (LIC) - Md. Reyan (BIH): 0.5-0.5
IM D K Sharma (LIC) - Rebecca Jesumarian (TN): 0.5-0.5
WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (LIC) - Marium Fatima (BIH): 0.5-0.5
GM P Karthikeyan (RSPB) - A Mithiran (TN): 0-1
A total of 352 players including 18 GMs, 17 IMs and a WGM are taking part in this tournament from various states across the country. The eleven-round Swiss League Rating tournament is taking place at Boxing Hall, Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, Maharashtra from 16th to 26th August 2023. The time control of the event is 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds from move no.1
The total prize fund of the tournament is ₹3000000. The top three prizes are ₹600000, ₹500000 and ₹400000 each.
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Round 3 results
Standings after Round 3
|10||GM||Vignesh, N R||IND||2501||RSPB||3||4||6||6,00||0||3|
|23||IM||Krishna, C R G||IND||2405||RSPB||3||4||6||6,00||0||3|
|4||GM||Ganguly, Surya Shekhar||IND||2583||PSPB||3||4||5,5||5,50||0||3|
|27||Sahoo, Utkal Ranjan||IND||2367||ODI||3||4||5||5,00||0||3|
|40||Aakash Sharadchandra, Dalvi||IND||2196||MAH||3||4||4||4,00||0||3|
|22||IM||Srihari, L R||IND||2407||TN||3||3,5||4,5||4,50||0||3|