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Aravindh Chithambaram successfully retains his National Blitz Chess Championship

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/05/2022

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN, 2561) successfully defended his National Blitz title. GM Mitrabha Guha (WB, 2468) was that much close to the finish line. He was a full point ahead 8.5/9, heading into the final two rounds. Two consecutive losses again the eventual runner-up GM Karthik Venkataraman (AP, 2362) and the winner Aravindh, cost him the championship. Even a draw in the final round would have also been enough for him to win the tournament. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹250000, top three prizes were ₹50000, ₹40000 and ₹30000 each respectively. Photo: ChessBase India

A glitch in the matrix

There was a power cut during the final moments of the final round which can be said affected the outcome out of the tournament, keeping mathematical probability in mind. A similar situation happened over 1.5 years ago when Vidit and Humpy lost their respective games due to power failure at the FIDE Online Olympiad 2020. Of course, both are different tournament formats. Currently, the nation is also going through the worst power outage in decades.

Top three (L to R): 3rd GM Mitrabha Guha (WB), 1st GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) and 2nd GM Karthik Venkataraman (AP) | Photo: ChessBase India

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) 9.5/11 retained his National Blitz title successfully | Photo: ChessBase India
"I was not professional enough!" - Aravindh after winning National Blitz 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Aravindh - Mitrabha, Round 11

Position after 45...cxb4+

Mitrabha was about to complete his move 45...cxb4 and power went off. Back up power returned after 24 seconds. Aravindh was better throughout the game. In the end, he took a bit longer to convert, and it wasn't smooth. Since it was the final round, both players made mutual errors and eventually Aravindh at a winning position before arbiter pointed out that Black has ran out of time.

Lights Out! GM Aravindh Chithambaram vs GM Mitrabha Guha - MPL National Blitz 2022 Round 11 | Video: ChessBase India

Aravindh bounced back well after a fifth round loss against IM Ravi Teja S

Runner-up - GM Karthik Venkataraman (AP) 9.0/11 | Photo: ChessBase India
GM Karthik Venkatraman finishes second in MPL National Blitz, wins Rs.55,000, takes home a Gelfand book | Video: ChessBase India

Karthik started 2.5/4, then scored a double hat-trick, including an important win in the penultimate round

Second Runner-up - GM Mitrabha Guha 8.5/11 | Photo: ChessBase India

Mitrabha made a brilliant start 8.5/9, then he lost the final two games, still he finished third and gained 20.2 Elo rating points
Electricity failure costs GM Mitrabha Guha his MPL National Blitz 2022 title | Video: ChessBase India

Aradhya - Deepan, Round 10

Position after 69.Rh5

White ran out of time before he could complete the move 69.Rh5. The game continued 69...Kg7 70.Rh4 Kg8 71. g6 Aradhya offered a draw and his opponent Deepan accepted. Generally it is believed that when a draw is offered and opponent accepts it, irrespective of the board position or the clock situation, it's a draw. Check out the following video to see what transpired which also made the arbiters think and reevaluate their decision.

The curious case of flag fall and accepting a draw | Video: ChessBase India

Both FM Aradhya Garg and GM Deepan Chakkravarthy were absolutely gentleman about the draw debacle | Photo: ChessBase India

Photo Gallery

Reigning National Women champion WGM Divya Deshmukh was the highest finisher among women participants, 14th overall 8.0/11 | Photo: ChessBase India

Top 15 finishers with guests and organizers | Photo: ChessBase India

Battle of the Deshmukhs: WGM Divya won against IM Anup in Round 8 | Photo: ChessBase India

Top two boards in the final round decided the top 3 ranks | Photo: ChessBase India

Battle of the strong IMs - Ratnakaran K (RSPB) got the better of D K Sharma (LIC), they were placed ninth and tenth respectively | Photo: ChessBase India

IM Anuj Shrivatri (MP) defeated GM Neelotpal Das in the final round to finish at credible 8th with 8.5/11 | Photo: ChessBase India

FM Niranajan Navalgund (KAR) defeated Sa Kannan (TN) in the final round to finish with 8.0/11 at 12th, the highest finisher who is a non IM or GM | Photo: ChessBase India

For more photos, please click here.

Video Gallery

Replay MPL National Blitz Chess Championship 2022 Live commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
A tour of the National Rapid and Blitz venue | MEETRA in Nashik | Video: ChessBase India
The cute little troll by an IM when he was forced to checkmate with a rook! | Video: ChessBase India
Anish vs Divya | A thrilling game of constant turnarounds | Video: ChessBase India
Why did the arbiter add 30 seconds on the clock? | GM Deepan vs IM Anuj | Video: ChessBase India
The epic reaction of relief from the GM | IM Neelash Saha vs GM Laxman | Video: ChessBase India

A total of 168 players including 14 GMs, 19 IMs, a WGM and a WIM took part in this one-day eleven-round Swiss League Blitz Rating tournament. It was organized by Nashik District Chess Association on 30th April 2022 at Maharashtra Environmental Engineering Training and Research Academy (MEETRA), Nashik, Maharashtra.

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Round 11 results

12GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.25611 - 0GMMitrabha Guha24688
217GMKarthik Venkataraman2362½ - ½8GMVishnu Prasanna. V25105
315IMSharma Dinesh K.237280 - 1IMRatnakaran K.240711
416GMKarthikeyan P.23660 - 1GMGhosh Diptayan25344
552Vaibhav Jayant Raut19090 - 1IMRavi Teja S.24129
619IMKrishna C R G23320 - 1GMSankalp Gupta239513
712GMNeelotpal Das240570 - 1IMAnuj Shrivatri203843
821GMArjun Kalyan232171 - 07FMSamant Aditya S191651
944IMNeelash Saha203270 - 17WGMDivya Deshmukh229123
1024FMNavalgund Niranjan229071 - 07AGMSa Kannan204042


Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND2561Tamil Nadu9,575,581,569,00
217GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2362Andhra Pradesh9,073,078,563,50
38GMMitrabha GuhaIND2468West Bengal8,580,086,563,75
44GMGhosh DiptayanIND2534West Bengal8,578,083,061,00
59IMRavi Teja S.IND2412Andhra Pradesh8,574,079,558,75
65GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND2510Tamil Nadu8,573,077,558,50
713GMSankalp GuptaIND2395Maharashtra8,571,576,055,00
843IMAnuj ShrivatriIND2038Madhya Pradesh8,569,071,553,50
911IMRatnakaran K.IND2407RSPB8,566,071,052,75
1015IMSharma Dinesh K.IND2372L I C8,077,082,056,00
1121GMArjun KalyanIND2321Tamil Nadu8,076,082,056,50
1224FMNavalgund NiranjanIND2290Karnataka8,069,574,550,00
1326IMSammed Jaykumar SheteIND2253Maharashtra8,069,074,050,00
1423WGMDivya DeshmukhIND2291Maharashtra8,067,071,047,25
1516GMKarthikeyan P.IND2366Tamil Nadu7,573,077,049,25


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