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MPL 34th National U-12 R9-10: Goutham and Shreya eye the championships

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/04/2022

Goutham Krishna H (KER) ended Ethan Vaz's (Goa) unbeaten run in the ninth round of MPL 34th National Under-12 Chess Championship 2022. This win allowed him to catch up with Ethan. Top seed Arjun Adireddy (TEL) defeated Ethan, handing him his second consecutive loss of the day. Goutham drew with Mrinmoy Rajkhowa (ASM) to take sole lead 8.5/10. In the Girls event, top seed Shubhi Gupta (UP) defeated Prishita Gupta (DEL) before losing to Shreya G Hipparagi (MAH) in the penultimate round. Shreya has now taken sole lead 8.5/10. Goutham and Shreya are a win away from winning the tournament, while a draw would leave their fate on others' hands. Round 11 starts today at 10:00 a.m. IST today. Photo: Saishyam Srikanth

Tough day for Ethan

Six players in the Open and three in the Girls event are ready to catch up with the leaders at 8.0/10 each.

Goutham Krishna H ended Ethan Vaz's unbeaten run | Photo: Saishyam Srikanth

Open Round 9: Goutham - Ethan: 1-0

Ethan Vaz (Goa, 1772) suffered his first loss of the event against Goutham Krishna H (KER, 1609).

Position after 30...Bb4

Aron Nimzowitsch said, “The passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient”. Black needed to put more effort into preventing the passed a-pawn from rolling easily down the board. 30...Bb4 is first of the few mistakes which enabled White to have little to no resistance. 31.Nxb4 Rxb4 32.h3 Rcb7 33.e4 Nd2 34.exd5 cxd5 35.Rd1 Rb2 36.a5 and White promoted the pawn into a queen in the next four moves.

Ajay - Mrinmoy: 0-1

Mrinmoy Rajkhowa (ASM, 1705) waited patiently for 46 moves before going for a break in the center against Ajay Santhosh Parvathareddy (UP, 1507). Still the resultant same color bishop ending was drawn too. However, the grind eventually paid off.

Position after 83.Bg7

White needed to keep his bishop at d4 and move his king only. 83.Bg7 gave Black the breakthrough which he wanted. Can you find out the winning continuation for Black?

Mrinmoy Rajkhowa's perseverance paid off in the end | Photo: Saishyam Srikanth

Round 10: Ethan - Arjun: 0-1

Ethan Vaz (Goa, 1772) suffered his second consecutive loss of the day against the top seed of the tournament, Arjun Adireddy (TEL, 1889).

Position after 15.Rb1

White made a few incorrect decisions which landed him with a difficult position. 15.Rb1 Nxe3 16.fxe3 0-0 17.Ne4 Be7 18.Bd3 Bd3 19.Qxd3 Black attacked the center c5. White was unable to take control for the rest of the game.

Final moments: Ethan Vaz vs Arjun Adireddy | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Adireddy did not allow Ethan Vaz to get out of the gate | Photo: Saishyam Srikanth

Round 9 Girls: Prishita - Shubhi: 0-1

Prishita Gupta (DEL, 1417) went wrong in the endgame by overstretching her king. Top seed Shubhi Gupta (UP, 1610) correctly seized her opportunity.

Position after 34.Kf3

Find out why 34.Kf3 is a mistake.

Shubhi Gupta maintained her sole lead by winning against Prishita Gupta | Photo: Saishyam Srikanth

Round 10: Shubhi - Shreya: 0-1

Shreya G Hipparagi (MAH, 1552) beat the tournament sole leader, Shubhi Gupta (UP, 1610) to become the new sole leader. The top seed went for an ambitious plan.

Position after 20.Qh3

20.Qh3 was unnecessary as Black can simply take cxd4 right away. Shreya opted for the safer approach 20...Kg7 21.Ne4 and now she took cxd4. It took a while for Black to convert the advantage into a win, however White never got more opportunity than to equalize in the endgame.

Shubhi suffered her second loss of the event and this one was very crucial | Photo: Saishyam Srikanth

For more Round 9 and Round 10 photos, please click at the respective links.

Father of a 10-year-old chess prodigy - Edwin Vaz on nurturing Ethan's talent | Video: ChessBase India
Mother of 11-year-old prodigy from Assam, Rituparna Rajkhowa on her son Mrinmoy | Video: ChessBase India

A total of 237 players in the Open and 134 players in the Girls tournament are taking part. It is organized by Mandya Chess Academy, Mandya District Chess Associationn and New Tumkur District Chess Association. Both tournaments are taking place at Hotel Amaravathi, Mandya, Karnatak from 9th to 14th April 2022. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1

Replay Open Round 9-10 games

Replay Girls Round 9-10 games

Open Round 10 results

12AIMVaz Ethan1772GOA80 - 17Adireddy Arjun1889TEL1
23Mrinmoy Rajkhowa1705ASM7½ - ½8Goutham Krishna H1609KER9
35Tanmay Rajbongshi1684ASM70 - 17Vivaan Vijay Saraogi1519MAH17
48Aakash G1611TN71 - 07Sherla Prathamesh1510MAH19
511Aansh Nandan Nerurkar1564MAH7½ - ½7Nimay Agrawal1470HAR26
612Sathvik Adiga1563KAR7½ - ½7Haridev S1492TN22
727Darshan S1463TN70 - 17Reyan Md.1522BIH16
841AIMMuthukumar Mukesh1345TN71 - 0Sriram Adarsh Uppala1345TEL42
94Gaikwad Manas1698MAH1 - 0Challa Saharsha1316TEL48
10135Rahul Ramakrishnan1050PUD½ - ½Sharnarthi Viresh1549MAH13


Round 11 pairings

19Goutham Krishna H1609KER8Aakash G1611TN8
21Adireddy Arjun1889TEL88AIMMuthukumar Mukesh1345TN41
317Vivaan Vijay Saraogi1519MAH88Reyan Md.1522BIH16
44Gaikwad Manas1698MAH8AIMVaz Ethan1772GOA2
522Haridev S1492TNMrinmoy Rajkhowa1705ASM3
626Nimay Agrawal1470HARSathvik Adiga1563KAR12
718Raihaan Zahid1517KAR7Aansh Nandan Nerurkar1564MAH11
827Darshan S1463TN77Tanmay Rajbongshi1684ASM5
913Sharnarthi Viresh1549MAH77Vignesh Kannan P1446TN28
1038Ehaan Shaikh1369TEL77Sadbhav Rautela1543UTT14


Girls Round 10 results

11AFMShubhi Gupta1610UP80 - 1Shreya G Hipparagi1552MAH3
25Kalyani Sirin1434KER70 - 17Sherali Pattnaik1343UTT9
37Saparya Ghosh1390WB71 - 07Charvi A1267KAR12
423AFMAadya Gupta1202DEL1 - 0Arshiya Das1569TRI2
517ACMNivedita V C1230TN1 - 0Prishita Gupta1417DEL6
633Vidula Anbuselvan1159TN0 - 1WCMShriyana S Mallya1277KAR11
728ACMShanmathi Sree S1174TN60 - 16Singh Myra1440DEL4
826Nihira Koul1183MAH61 - 06Yasaswi Krishna Bommi1357AP8
930AFMShanjula Senthil1168KAR61 - 06Devaki Nandana1266AP13
1032Vaishnavi S K1164TN61 - 06Arockiaraj Cheryl Nancee1244KAR14


Round 11 pairings

13Shreya G Hipparagi1552MAH8Saparya Ghosh1390WB7
29Sherali Pattnaik1343UTT88AFMShubhi Gupta1610UP1
311WCMShriyana S Mallya1277KARACMNivedita V C1230TN17
45Kalyani Sirin1434KER7AFMAadya Gupta1202DEL23
54Singh Myra1440DEL77AFMShanjula Senthil1168KAR30
612Charvi A1267KAR77Vaishnavi S K1164TN32
722Saanvi Agarwal1211UP77Dheeptha B1236PUD15
852Kirthika B1088TEL77Nihira Koul1183MAH26
92Arshiya Das1569TRIVidula Anbuselvan1159TN33
106Prishita Gupta1417DELAnandhi P1158KAR34


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