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John Veny Akkarakaran and Mrittika Mallick become MPL 34th National U-14 Open and Girls Champions 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/05/2022

John Veny Akkarakaran (KER) and Mrittika Mallick (WB) drew their respective games to win MPL 34th National Under-14 Open and Girls Chess Championship 2022. Both of them scored 9.0/11 each. Mrittika needed a draw in the final round to win the tournament, however, things were not clear whether a draw would be enough for John to become the champion. All results eventually turned out in his favor. Gaurang Bagwe (MAH) also scored 9.0/11. He was placed second on tie-breaks. A R Ilamparthi (TN) was placed third 8.5/11. Pragnya H G (TN) and Anupam Sreekumar (KER) scored 8.5/11 to secure second and third place respectively. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Multiple states finish in the top 10

Both Runner-up in each section, Gaurang Bagwe (MAH) and Pragnya H G (TN) won their respective final round games to secure second place. Whiel Mrittika remained undefeated, John bounced back well from his seventh round loss against the top seed of the tournament, CM Om Manish Kadam (MAH). Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹400000 in each section. Top three prizes were ₹80000, ₹60000 and ₹50000 along with a trophy each.

Mrittika Mallick and John Veny Akkarakaran are the winners of MPL 34th National Under-14 Girls and Open Chess Championship 2022 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Champion in Open - John Veny Akkarakaran (KER) 9.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
I feel very happy that I finally won a National Championship - John Veny Akkarakaran | Video: ChessBase India

John Veny Akkarakaran scored 9.0/11 and gained 136.4 Elo rating points in the process

Champion in Girls - Mrittika Mallick (WB) 9.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
My Idols are prodigies especially Praggnanandhaa | Video: ChessBase India

Mrittika Mallick scored an unbeaten 9.0/11 and finished a half point ahead of the field

Open Runner-up - Gaurang Bagwe (MAH) 9.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
It's a habit for me to balance Chess and Studies - Gaurang Bagwe | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Girls Runner-up - Pragnya H G (TN) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
I like to refer to a lot of Chess Books before my tournaments - Pragnya H G | Video: ChessBase India

Open Second Runner-up - A R Ilamparthi (TN) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
I am not happy with my performance | Need to work harder - A R Ilamparthi | Video: ChessBase India

Girls Second Runner-up - Anupam M Sreekumar (KER) 8.5/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Judit Polgar's personality inspires me - Anupam M Sreekumar | Video: ChessBase India

Koustuv - Gaurang: 0-1

Koustuv Dash (ODI, 1910) blundered in the final part of the rook endgame against Gaurang Bagwe (MAH, 1789).

Position after 40.Rb4??

The rook endgame was undoubtedly difficult for White to play as Black had an outside passed pawn on the h-file. 40.b4 would have allowed White to continue the fight. However, 40.Rb4 trapped his own rook b5. To get the rook back into play, White had to give up a pawn 41.d5 exd5 42.Rd4 Ke5. Now White is about to lose another pawn and there is no way to get back in the game anymore. With this win, Gaurang scored 9.0/11 and secured second place on tie-breaks.

Gaurang Bagwe (MAH) scored a crucial win in the final round to finish second | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

A R Ilamparthi (TN) defeated the top seed CM Om Manish Kadam (MAH) convincingly to secure a third place finish | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Mrittika Mallick (WB) drew with Anupam M Sreekumar (KER) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Pragnya - Sannidhi: 1-0

Pragnya H G (TN, 1605) scored an important victory in the final round against Sannidhi Ramakrishna Bhat (MAH, 1373) to secure second place.

Position after 19...h6

Black's position already looks wobbly. 19...h6 did not help her case. Find out how to maximize White's advantage like Pragnya did in the game.

Pragnya H G (TN) defeated Sannidhi Bhat (MAH) to secure second place | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Photo Gallery

Top three finishers of Open and Girls section with the organizers and officials | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

John Veny Akkarakaran with his father | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Mrittika Mallick with her father | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
I sometimes feel absolutely helpless - Arindam Mallick, Father of National Under-14 Girls Champion Mrittika Mallick | Video: ChessBase India

The trophies which were given away as the prizes | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The prize winners | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

For more Round 11 and Prize Distribution Ceremony photos, please click at the respective links.


A total of 214 players in the Open and 107 players in the Girls tournament took part. It was organized by Gujarat State Chess Association. Both tournaments were held at Rajpath Club, Ahmedabad, Gujarat from 9th to 14th May 2022. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Open Round 11 games

Replay Girls Round 11 games

Open Round 11 results

113John Veny Akkarakaran1855Kerala½ - ½8Abhash Roimya Saikia1794Assam20
211Koustuv Dash1910Odisha80 - 18Bagwe Gaurang1789Maharashtra22
31CMKadam Om Manish2144Maharashtra80 - 1Ilamparthi A R2121Tamil Nadu3
49Bharadia Yash1924Rajasthan1 - 0Adireddy Arjun1898Telangana12
527Jval Saurin Patel1712Gujarat1 - 0Aswath S1694Tamil Nadu29
617Shankhodip De1810West Bengal71 - 07AIMMd Imran2122Andhra Pradesh2
75CMMayank Chakraborty2015Assam70 - 17AIMVaz Ethan1792Goa21
823Nirnay Garg1755Haryana7½ - ½7Shaik Sumer Arsh1999Telangana6
926Arpith S Bijoy1713Kerala71 - 07Chidvilash Sai Surapaneni1912Telangana10
1050Aayush Bhojak1494Rajasthan71 - 07Jaiveer Mahendru1832Maharashtra15


Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
113John Veny AkkarakaranIND1855Kerala9,072,577,561,250,08
222Bagwe GaurangIND1789Maharashtra9,071,076,061,000,08
33Ilamparthi A RIND2121Tamil Nadu8,573,079,058,500,07
49Bharadia YashIND1924Rajasthan8,570,074,055,250,07
520Abhash Roimya SaikiaIND1794Assam8,568,573,555,250,07
627Jval Saurin PatelIND1712Gujarat8,566,071,055,500,08
71CMKadam Om ManishIND2144Maharashtra8,079,585,561,750,07
811Koustuv DashIND1910Odisha8,078,083,058,250,06
926Arpith S BijoyIND1713Kerala8,069,574,553,250,06
1021AIMVaz EthanIND1792Goa8,069,073,549,750,07
1117Shankhodip DeIND1810West Bengal8,067,072,051,250,07
1250Aayush BhojakIND1494Rajasthan8,065,069,046,000,08
1329Aswath SIND1694Tamil Nadu7,575,080,553,000,06
146Shaik Sumer ArshIND1999Telangana7,575,080,051,000,06
1512Adireddy ArjunIND1898Telangana7,569,574,548,250,06
164CMDaakshin ArunIND2016Tamil Nadu7,568,574,046,000,07
1734Daaevik WadhawanIND1603Delhi7,568,573,547,000,06
1824Dhruva ThotaIND1743Telangana7,567,072,045,750,07
1931CMMrithyunjay MahadevanIND1661Tamil Nadu7,564,569,045,500,05
2064Raihaan ZahidIND1457Karnataka7,564,569,043,250,07


Girls Round 11 results

11Mrittika Mallick1982West Bengal½ - ½8Anupam M Sreekumar1673Kerala4
25AFMShubhi Gupta1613Uttar Pradesh½ - ½Roy Aanya1560Maharashtra9
36Pragnya H G1605Tamil Nadu1 - 0Bhat Sannidhi Ramakrishna1373Maharashtra24
420AFMSanikommu Manasvi1399Karnataka7½ - ½7Rout Yashita1718Odisha3
513Arshiya Das1456Tripura0 - 17Sneha Halder1557West Bengal10
62Sachi Jain1768Delhi0 - 1WCMShriyana S Mallya1353Karnataka26
728Falak Joni Naik1349Gujarat1 - 0Rajanya Datta1589West Bengal7
811Shreya G Hipparagi1548Maharashtra1 - 0Elakshi Srivastava1256Rajasthan46
950Riddhika Kotia1238Haryana0 - 1Jeevika S1433Puducherry16
1038Arushi Srichandan1292Odisha½ - ½Debapriya Manna1384West Bengal22


Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11Mrittika MallickIND1982West Bengal9,072,077,562,500,07
26Pragnya H GIND1605Tamil Nadu8,571,575,055,750,07
34Anupam M SreekumarIND1673Kerala8,571,075,555,750,07
49Roy AanyaIND1560Maharashtra8,075,580,556,500,06
510Sneha HalderIND1557West Bengal8,071,075,553,250,06
65AFMShubhi GuptaIND1613Uttar Pradesh8,068,073,550,750,07
724Bhat Sannidhi RamakrishnaIND1373Maharashtra7,575,581,052,250,06
820AFMSanikommu ManasviIND1399Karnataka7,572,077,049,250,06
911Shreya G HipparagiIND1548Maharashtra7,571,576,549,500,06
1016Jeevika SIND1433Puducherry7,567,572,047,000,05
1128Falak Joni NaikIND1349Gujarat7,565,568,542,000,07
1223Pournami SIND1376Kerala7,564,569,044,500,06
133Rout YashitaIND1718Odisha7,564,067,043,500,05
1426WCMShriyana S MallyaIND1353Karnataka7,562,567,042,500,06
1522Debapriya MannaIND1384West Bengal7,066,571,544,000,05
1638Arushi SrichandanIND1292Odisha7,066,571,042,000,05
1743Aashi UpadhyayIND1266Rajasthan7,064,568,541,250,05
1825Yashvi JainIND1362Telangana7,062,566,542,000,06
1933Krishika GargIND1318Delhi7,062,066,035,500,07
2041Olivia BiswasIND1288West Bengal7,061,564,036,500,06


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