60th National Championship 2023 R6: Sethuraman emerges sole leader 6/6
GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB) defeated GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB) to emerge sole leader 6/6 at 60th National Chess Championship 2023. The other coleaders - GM Abhimanyu Puranik (AAI) drew his game against GM Mitrabha Guha (WB). IM Aronyak Ghosh (WB) got the better of GM Vishnu Prasanna (TN). Abhimanyu, Mitrabha and Aronyak are trailing the leader by a half poin at 5.5/6 each. Apoorv Kamble (KAR) pulled off a huge upset against India's 81st GM Sayantan Das (RSPB). 161st seeded 11-year-old Bhaavan Kolla (AP) continues his unbeaten run. He drew against the reigning Commonwealth champion IM P Shyam Nikhil (RSPB). It will be Sethuraman vs Abhimanyu and Mitrabha vs Aronyak on the top two boards in Round 7 which starts today at 3 p.m. IST. Photos: Siddhant Mahajan
Apoorv stuns Sayantan
Bhoopnath (BIH) scored a big win over IM Nitin S (RSPB). Kaivalya Sandip Nagare (MAH), Harshit Pawar (DEL), Shankhodip De (WB), Himanshu Harsh (BIH) and Sourabh Mhamane (MAH) held GM Akash G (TN), IM C R G Krishna (TN), IM P Konguvel (PSPB), WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (LIC) and IM Utsab Chatterjee (WB) to a draw each respectively.
Deep - Sethuraman: 0-1
It has been over a decade since GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB, 2474) defeated GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB, 2591) in a Classical rated game. Earlier this year, Deep got the better of Sethuraman at Intra PSPB event. This time Deep had great chances to hold a draw despite being worse for the better part of the queen and knight, eventually the knight endgame.
White had one last opportunity to save the game 43.gxh5+ Kxh5 44.Nc5 now whether Black opts Nc7 or e5, in both cases, White manages to get salvage a half point. It was certainly not easy to spot. The game continued 43.Kd2 hxg4 44.hxg4 c3+ and Black went on to win the game.
Vishnu - Aronyak
In an already advantageous position, IM Aronyak Ghosh (2538) played an excellent move 18...Nb3! The family fork does not gain any material. It just improves Black's position once the knights and c4-d4 pawns get traded. 19.d5 exd5 20.Nxb3 cxb3 21.Kxb3 Bc2+ 22.Kb2 d4 23.Bd1 d3 24.Rc1 Bxd1 25.Rxc8 Rxc8 26.Rxd1 Rc2+ and it's over.
Apoorv - Sayantan
Black's center is in shambles. 18...Rxf3? worsened GM Sayantan Das' (RSPB, 2489) position. 19.gxf3 exd4 20.Rxe6 Nce7 21.Bf4 b5 sacrificing another exchange did not help his case. 22.Bxb8 dxc4 23.Qxc4 Nxb8 24.Rae1 and Apoorv Kamble (KAR, 2082) went on to win the game.
Nitin - Bhoopnath
Sometimes the best thing to do is wait for your opponent to make mistake. Bhoopnath (BIH, 1706) waited for a long time to get an opportunity against IM Nitin S (RSPB, 2386). It arose after a long time and he seized it. 36.e4 Nd4 37.exf6?? Qxf4 38.Nxf4 Rxf6 and White just cannot avoid material loss.
Some notable results
GM Abhimanyu Puranik (AAI) - GM Mitrabha Guha (WB): 0.5-0.5
GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB) - GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB): 0-1
GM Vishnu Prasanna (TN) - IM Aronyak Ghosh (RSPB): 0-1
Bhaavan Kolla (AP) - IM P Shyam Nikhil (RSPB): 0.5-0.5
Apoorv Kamble (KAR) - GM Sayantan Das (RSPB): 1-0
GM Akash G (TN) - Kaivalya Sandip Nagare (MAH): 0.5-0.5
Harshit Pawar (DEL) - IM C R G Krishna (RSPB): 0.5-0.5
IM Nitin S (RSPB) - Bhoopnath (BIH): 0-1
IM P Konguvel (PSPB) - Shankhodip De (WB): 0.5-0.5
Himanshu Harsh (BIH) - WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (LIC): 0.5-0.5
IM Utsab Chatterjee (WB) - Sourabh Mhamane (MAH): 0.5-0.5
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 6 results
Standings after Round 6
|6||10||GM||Vignesh, N R||IND||2501||RSPB||5||22||25,5||19,50||0||5|
|9||4||GM||Ganguly, Surya Shekhar||IND||2583||PSPB||5||21||23,5||19,25||0||4|
|14||6||GM||Visakh, N R||IND||2540||RSPB||5||19,5||22,5||18,25||0||4|
|16||15||GM||Deepan, Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2446||RSPB||5||19,5||22||17,75||0||4|
|18||22||IM||Srihari, L R||IND||2407||TN||5||19,5||21,5||15,50||0||5|
|20||25||IM||Mehar, Chinna Reddy C.H.||IND||2384||RSPB||5||18||20,5||17,25||0||4|