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Soham Kamotra and Bhagyashree Patil win MPL 31st National Under-18 Open and Girls Chess Championships

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/04/2022

CM Soham Kamotra (J&K) and WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH) emerged as the winners of MPL 31st National Under-18 Open and Girls Chess Championships 2022. Soham became the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to win a National championship. He scored an unbeaten 9.5/11 and finished a half point ahead of the competition. IM Srihari L R (TN) scored sole 9.0/11 to secure second place. He also remained undefeated. Ilamparthi A R (TN) and Dinesh Kumar Jaganathan (TN) scored 8.5/11 each. They were placed third and fourth according to tie-breaks. Bhagyashree dominated the Girls event. She won the tournament with a round to spare. Her final score is 10.0/11. Tamil Nadu's Rindhiya V 9.0/11 and Kanishka S 8.0/11 finished at second and third place. Photo: AICF

Soham Kamotra becomes the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to win a National championship

CM Soham Kamotra became the first player from Jammu and Kashmir to win a National Chess Championship. Last year, he secured an individual Bronze and team Silver medal for India at Asian School Online Under-17 Open Chess Championship 2021. The total prize fund of the National Under-18 championship was ₹900000. Top three prizes were ₹90000, ₹70000 and ₹58000 in each sections along with a trophy.

CM Soham Kamotra (J&K) and WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH) are the MPL 31st National Under-18 Open and Girls Championss | Photo: AICF

Champion in Open - CM Soham Kamotra (J&K) 9.5/11 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury
Soham Kamotra becomes the first chess player from Jammu and Kashmir to win a National title | Video: ChessBase India

Champion in Girls - WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH) 10.0/11 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Top (L to R): Open - 3rd Ilamparthi A R (TN), 2nd IM Srihari L R (TN) and 1st CM Soham Kamotra (J&K), Girls - 1st WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH), 2nd Rindhiya V (TN) and 3rd Kanishka S (TN) | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Bharath - Srihari, Round 7

Position after 25...d3

White was forced to give up his queen to keep the position balanced. 26.Qxc3 Bxc3 27.Bxc3 White may have two minor pieces for a queen, however the placement of the knight at b6 and the positional bind on the queenside ensures White can continue the fight. Soon White blundered in another seven moves and things completely turned into Srihari's favor. Bharath was handed his first loss of the event.

Avinash - Soham, Round 7

Position after 14.Nd6

Try to think like Soham and find out why 14.Nd6 is a mistake.

One of Soham's favorite win was against Vignesh B (TN, 2062) in the ninth round. Check out the game annotated by him.

Soham - John, Round 10

Position after 33.Qc1

Black blundered in the above position 33...h5. Find out the winning continuation. This is also one of the favorite games of Soham. Check out his analysis.

CM Soham Kamotra (J&K) scored an unbeaten 9.5/11, performed at 2246 and gained 98.8 Elo rating points

Vyshnavi - Bhagyashree, Round 9

Position after 31...gxf6

32.a4 f5 33.b5+ Kb6 34.Bd4 is one of the many ways for White to win. Taking the f6-pawn 32.Bxf6 allows Black to get back in the game 32...Kb5. Bhagyashree used her opportunity and eventually turned things around in her favor to score a victory. Vyshnavi was the toughest challenge the eventual champion had to overcome. This win gave her a 1.5 point lead which allowed her to draw the next two games to clinch the championship.

Bhagyashree scored nine consecutive wins and won the tournament with a round to spare when she was 1.5 points ahead of the competition

The tournament hall | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Players, parents and accompanying persons at the prize distribution ceremony | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

A total of 138 players including a GM and 3 IMs in the Open and 91 players in the Girls tournament took part. It was organized by Coimbatore District Chess Association at Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Pollachi from 18th to 23rd April 2022. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Open Round 7-11 games

Replay Girls Round 7-11 games

Open Round 11 results

15FMHarshad S2272TN½ - ½9CMSoham Kamotra2159J&K7
218Krishnan Ritvik1800MAH½ - ½IMSrihari L R2398TN2
328Apoorv Kamble1679KAR½ - ½AGMVignesh B2062TN10
411Rakshith Srinivasan2011KAR70 - 1Ilamparthi A R2122TN9
527John Veny Akkarakaran1687KER70 - 1Dinesh Kumar Jaganathan1937TN13
63Avinash Ramesh2369TN7½ - ½7Jani Kushal R1818GUJ16
74FMAyush Sharma2311MP0 - 17IMManish Anto Cristiano F2129TN8
86FMAyushh Ravikumar2165TN1 - 0Agarwal Mukund H1650GUJ30
923Nawin M S1722TN0 - 1Mahendra Teja Mekala1847AP15
1017Chidvilash Sai Surapaneni1815TEL1 - 0Hari Ganesh T1700TN25


Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Rp
17CMSoham KamotraNIND2159J&K9,576,581,569,250,082246
22IMSrihari L RNIND2398TN9,077,582,567,000,072172
39Ilamparthi A RSIND2122TN8,570,576,055,000,081943
413Dinesh Kumar JaganathanNIND1937TN8,566,071,051,500,081858
55FMHarshad SSIND2272TN8,074,080,057,000,052010
618Krishnan RitvikSIND1800MAH8,074,078,052,250,062020
728Apoorv KambleSIND1679KAR8,073,578,554,250,072039
810AGMVignesh BSIND2062TN8,069,573,551,250,071820
98IMManish Anto Cristiano FNIND2129TN8,067,072,050,500,071844
103Avinash RameshSIND2369TN7,576,082,052,250,062012
1115Mahendra Teja MekalaNIND1847AP7,570,074,547,250,071877
1217Chidvilash Sai SurapaneniNIND1815TEL7,568,574,047,000,061746
1316Jani Kushal RNIND1818GUJ7,566,071,045,750,071738
146FMAyushh RavikumarSIND2165TN7,565,570,045,000,061705
151IMBharath Subramaniyam HNIND2503TN7,076,581,547,750,061979
1627John Veny AkkarakaranSIND1687KER7,076,081,047,000,052057
1711Rakshith SrinivasanNIND2011KAR7,071,075,545,750,051775
1840Piyush KumarNIND1535BIH7,069,574,044,250,051798
1926Dhruva ThotaNIND1694TEL7,068,573,040,750,061834
2019Md Bashiq ImroseSIND1794TEL7,067,072,543,250,051745


Girls Round 11 results

123Sindhusree KN1458TN7½ - ½WFMBhagyashree PatilS1931MAH2
24Rindhiya VS1880TN81 - 07Yashvi JainS1280TEL34
311WCMChinnam VyshnaviN1673AP½ - ½Kanishka SN1631TN14
420Vakcheri MohithaS1479AP7½ - ½7Keerti Shree ReddyN1706TN8
59Sachi JainN1691DEL71 - 07Anupam M SreekumarN1653KER13
610Ishvi AggarwalN1681Har71 - 07Keerthana BS1379TN29
727Azal NasirN1396DEL0 - 1Rebecca JesumarianS1794TN6
828Jeevika SN1383PUD½ - ½Femil ChelladuraiS1664TN12
93WCMKheerthi GantaS1909TEL61 - 0Meenatchi Rajam VN1530TN17
1037Priya MondalN1263WB60 - 1Trisha BS1457TN24


Final standings

Rk.SNoNameGrFEDRtgRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12WFMBhagyashree PatilSIND19311931MAH10,077,082,574,250,09
24Rindhiya VSIND18801880TN9,075,580,564,500,08
314Kanishka SNIND16311631TN8,075,081,054,750,07
49Sachi JainNIND16911691DEL8,071,576,549,500,08
511WCMChinnam VyshnaviNIND16731673AP8,070,074,049,500,06
610Ishvi AggarwalNIND16811681Har8,067,072,047,750,07
78Keerti Shree ReddyNIND17061706TN7,573,579,049,250,07
820Vakcheri MohithaSIND14791479AP7,570,575,546,500,06
923Sindhusree KNIND14581458TN7,567,071,545,500,07
106Rebecca JesumarianSIND17941794TN7,563,067,543,250,07
1124Trisha BSIND14571457TN7,556,561,040,250,07
1213Anupam M SreekumarNIND16531653KER7,073,077,044,500,06
1329Keerthana BSIND13791379TN7,066,570,537,500,07
1425Tejaswi RSIND14141414TN7,064,068,038,500,07
1534Yashvi JainSIND12801280TEL7,064,068,037,500,07
1628Jeevika SNIND13831383PUD7,063,066,539,750,05
1712Femil ChelladuraiSIND16641664TN7,062,566,540,500,05
183WCMKheerthi GantaSIND19091909TEL7,059,564,540,000,07
1939Siyona Judith CSIND12561256TN7,058,062,034,500,07
2018Khairmode DhanashreeNIND15111511MAH6,566,571,538,250,06


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