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Akshayakalpa Karnataka State 2023 R7-8: Viani eyes victory

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/05/2023

IM Viani Antonio Dcunha seems to be completely unstoppable. He is playing at a different level than others. So far he is yet to show a chink in his armor at Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Open Rating 2023. He defeated Augustin A and then FM Sharan Rao. Sharan and his seventh round opponent had a 4.5 hours long grueling draw. It drained them both and they went on to lose their penultimate round. FM Yashas D defeated Parthasarathy to move to 7.5/8, a half point behind the leader. Viani just needs to score in the final round to become champion, while his opponent Yashas must win to secure first place. One thing is for sure, a clear champion will emerge and no tie-breaks will be required to determine him. Final Round 9 starts today at 9 a.m. IST. All photos in this article are by Shahid Ahmed.

Yashas can spoil things for Viani

The organizers BUDCA held their third side event - 30-player Simultaneous Exhibition. Archit Saigal became the sole player among them to beat GM Thej Kumar, FM Sharan Rao and FM Arvind Shastry. Sharan must be applauded for playing the simul after having a 4.5 hour long grueling draw and then suffering defeat against IM Viani Antonio Dcunha.

IM Viani Antonio Dcunha 8/8

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Round 7: Viani gains sole lead 7/7

IM Viani Antonio Dcunha (2417) scored the sole victory among the four leaders. He defeated Augustin A (1953) after he made positional mistakes.

Augustin - Viani

Position after 24...e5

White needed to go for an unnatural defense 22.g3 give up the long diagonal and ensure Black does not get a breakthrough via the g-file as 22...f6 is met by 23.Bd6. It was certainly not a way for humans to defend. 25.fxe5 Bg5 26.Qe1 Be3 27.Rf3 Bxf3 28.Bxf3 Qxf3+ 29.gxf3 Rg1+ 30.Ke2 Rc2+ 31.Kd1 Rxe1+ 32.Bxe1 Rxb2 and there wasn't much left for White to do.

IM Viani Antonio Dcunha scored a sublime victory over Augustin A

FM Yashas D defeated Likhit Chilukuri to maintain his chase

Karnataka's first WIM Isha Sharma made the ceremonial first move of Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Open Rating 2023 along with Vidya Gururaja, Treasurer of BUDCA

Round 8: V8 for Viani

IM Viani Antonio Dcunha (2417) scored his eighth victory of the event, against one of his pursuers, FM Sharan Rao (2248). Sharan was drained after a 4.5 hour-long grueling draw against Parthsarathy R (1938).

Viani - Parthasarathy

Position after 11...Nxb4

Black chose a line which involved sacrificing his knight for two pawns. He never got enough compensation and went on to lose the game. The fatigue definitely played a role.

It would have been a much better fight if Sharan had all his energy for a battle

FM Yashas D (2315) defeated a tired Parthasarathy R (1938) to move to 7.5/8

Nalini Kumar, Vice President of BUDCA and Sujatha Arjun, Joint-Secretary of BUDCA, made the ceremonial first move of Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Open Rating 2023 Round 8

Simul with GM Thej, FM Sharan and FM Aravind

India's 50th and Karnataka's first GM Thej Kumar, Karnataka State Chess Association Secretary FM Arvind Shastry and Karnataka's future IM, FM Sharan Rao played a tandem simul against 30 players. For those who are unaware, tandem simul means the simul players make their move on each board on their turn. It means the amateurs got to play against three masters. 19-year-old Archit Saigal scored the sole victory among 30 players.

Archit Saigal - The sole victor in the Simul

Tandem Simul by GM Thej Kumar M S, FM Sharan Rao and FM Arvind Shastry in progress

Practical positions

Let's see some interesting positions which occurred in a practical game. Try to find out the best continuation in each of them

Black to play. Is it salvageable for Black?

Black to play. Is it over for Black already?

Black to play. Is Black's position doomed?

White's placement of pieces look interesting, almost Fischer Random-esque

A volatile position from the game between Balkishan and Sumeetkumar

9-year-old Suman Saideep (1392) showed excellent endgame skills against Abhishek Singh (1919). The boy is undefeated so far

White to play. Can White push for a win?

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White to play. Do you know what happens in the resultant pawn endgame? Both players did and it ended in a draw

Sujay B M (1571) went for a creative attack against Rakshan Agrawal (1322)

For more Round 7 and Round 8 photos, please click at the respective links.


More videos will be published soon, stay tuned.

Round 8 results

11IMViani, Antonio Dcunha241771 - 0FMSharan, Rao22485
23FMYashas, D.23151 - 0Parthasarathy, R193813
323Swara, Lakshmi S NairF18169360 - 16GMThejkumar, M. S.23842
47Shet, Prajwal P209661 - 06Nitish, Bhat162729
59Sudarshan, Bhat202060 - 16Chinmay, KowshikU13160433
634Dhanush, Ram M16016½ - ½6Apoorv, KambleU15198110
739AFMSureka, AkshatU15156060 - 16Augustin, A195312
846Aarav, Saish AmonkarU11151260 - 16Balkishan, A.181719
96FMNavalgund, Niranjan22001 - 06Medhansh, RathiU15143555
1036Pranav, A J15881 - 0WIMSharma, Isha22754
1140Amith, A15600 - 1Likhit, Chilukuri197611
1216Sathvik, AdigaU1319061 - 0Sujay, B M157137
1317Nambiar, Vivek18700 - 1Dhrikshu, K Vasant151545
1452Matthew, R JosephU151452½ - ½Shree, Krishna Pranama165425
1526Siddhanth, PoonjaU111648½ - ½Samuel, MathewU15147250
1630Ajith, M.P.1626½ - ½Aryagopal,144953
17103Abhimaan, S NairU1513001 - 0Ramachandra, BhatS60159835
1814Akshay, V Halagannavar193351 - 0Akshaya, SathiF13141660
1981AFMShanjula, SenthilF1313605½ - ½5Sudhir, S.20848
2085ACMPrathamesh, Shashikant DeshmukhU1313505½ - ½5Abhishek, Singh191915


Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11IMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417DK8414545,5008
23FMYashas, D.2315Bengaluru Urban7,5404441,7507
319Balkishan, A.1817Mysore74044,538,5007
47Shet, Prajwal P2096Mysore7404438,7506
512Augustin, A1953Kodagu74042,535,0007
62GMThejkumar, M. S.2384Mysore7394034,0006
733Chinmay, KowshikU131604BUB73537,533,5007
810Apoorv, KambleU151981BUB6,5424434,2506
95FMSharan, Rao2248DK6,54242,532,2506
1013Parthasarathy, R1938Bengaluru Urban6,54042,532,2506
1111Likhit, Chilukuri1976Bengaluru Urban6,538,54334,2506
1234Dhanush, Ram M1601DK6,538,54231,7506
1316Sathvik, AdigaU131906Bengaluru Rural6,53841,531,7506
45Dhrikshu, K Vasant1515Mangalore6,53841,531,7506
156FMNavalgund, Niranjan2200Belgaum6,537,541,533,2506
1636Pranav, A J1588Bengaluru Urban6,5363930,5006
17103Abhimaan, S NairU151300BUB6,5353830,2506
1821Gavi, Siddayya1764Bengaluru Urban641,54530,5006
1926Siddhanth, PoonjaU111648BUB640,54430,0005
209Sudarshan, Bhat2020Bengaluru Urban639,54328,2505


Round 9 pairings

13FMYashas, D.23158IMViani, Antonio Dcunha24171
22GMThejkumar, M. S.238477Augustin, A195312
319Balkishan, A.181777Shet, Prajwal P20967
433Chinmay, KowshikU1316047Sathvik, AdigaU13190616
55FMSharan, Rao2248Dhanush, Ram M160134
613Parthasarathy, R1938FMNavalgund, Niranjan22006
710Apoorv, KambleU151981Abhimaan, S NairU151300103
811Likhit, Chilukuri1976Pranav, A J158836
945Dhrikshu, K Vasant15156Sudarshan, Bhat20209
1050Samuel, MathewU15147266Akshay, V Halagannavar193314
1121Gavi, Siddayya176466Nachiketh, Adiga146451
1252Matthew, R JosephU15145266Leelajai, Krishna N175622
1353Aryagopal,144966Swara, Lakshmi S NairF18169323
1454Adrij, BhattacharyyaU13143866Vivekananda, L168724
1525Shree, Krishna Pranama165466AIMSushrutha, Reddy142856
1655Medhansh, RathiU15143566Siddhanth, PoonjaU11164826
1759Raveesh, KoteU15141766Dilip, Kumar Pedda164128
1829Nitish, Bhat162766Aditya, SaxenaU13140464
1967Niranjan, J WarrierU15139866Ajith, M.P.162630
2077Aradyo, BhattacharyyaU13137366AFMSureka, AkshatU15156039



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