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MPL 35th National U-9 Round 8-9: Pratitee takes sole lead

by Himank Ghosh - 01/01/2023

The 8th and 9th round of the MPL National Under-9 Championships saw a lot of action. The fight for sole lead continued in both the Open and Girls section. While Aarav Sarbalia continues to hold his lead with two consecutive wins in Round 8 and 9, it is not the case in girls. Pratitee Bordoloi has emerged as the new leader, defeating Sharvaanica AS in Round 8 and Shashini Puvi in Round 9. With only 2 more rounds to go, even the sole leaders lead by only half a point in both the sections. A lot of twists are still incoming and the top spot is up for grabs! Thumbnail: Himank Ghosh

Pratitee Bordoloi emerges as sole leader in girls

Before Round 8, the sole leader of the girls' section was Sharvaanica AS (1050, TN), and Pratitee Bordoloi (1201, Karnataka) was trailing by just half a point. Pratitee's Round 8 win against Sharvaanica ensured him the top spot.

MPL National U9 Round 8 Open: Pratitee Bordoloi - Sharvaanica AS : 1-0

Board no.1: Pratitee Bordoloi (left) vs Sharvaanica AS (right)

After getting a very comfortable position out of the Caro-Kann, Sharvaanica suddenly made a tactical error deep into the middlegame. Pratitee spotted the mistake quite nimbly and found the refutation!

Position after 31...Bxa3?

The idea of 31...Bxa3 looks like to be winning a pawn, as it seems after 32. bxa3 Rd3 you're winning back the White knight. But this is something Sharvaanica completely missed - Pratitee played the fantastic 33. Re8+!

A beautiful deflection sacrifice - the point is , you can't play 33... Rxe8 because of 34. Rxe8+ Qxe8 35. Qxd3 and White is just a piece up.   

In the game, Sharvaanica continued with 33... Kh7, but now comes 34. Qxd3+!, another very nice move found by Pratitee. After 34...Qxd3 35. Rxc8,White has Two Rooks and a Knight for a Queen - essentially a piece up. Pratitee went on to win the game without any troubles.

Diya Digamber Sawal - Alankrita Sharma: 1-0

The biggest upset of the round was Diya Digamber Sawal (1115, Goa) taking down the top seed of the girls section, Alankrita Sharma (1419, Jammu and Kashmir). In a position arising from the scotch gambit where it seemed that Alankrita had the upper hand out of the opening, she suddenly started making mistakes.

21...Ke7 was the first step in the wrong direction - even though the queen's are off the board, the Black king is not safe on e7.

The decisive blunder came on move 23...Nd5 was a big mistake, but Black's position was already very shaky.

Instead of only losing the d6-pawn, Black will now lose the d4-pawn and the d6-pawn after 24. Nfxd4 cxd4 25. Rxd4

White is now a pawn up in a simple position, the Black pieces are inactive and the king is week. Diya went on to win the game comfortably.

Round 8 Open: Aarav Sarbalia - Visruth B: 1-0

Board no.1 - Aarav Sarbalia (left) vs Visruth B (right)

Visruth B (1346, TN) actually built up a pretty powerful attack against Aarav Sarbalia (1458, Karnataka)'s King in a Queenless middlegame. However, he couldn't find the correct continuation to bring his attack into fruition.

Position after 40. Kg3

In this position, Black had a very nice move ...h4+! with the idea that if Kxh4, then comes Re3!! with unstoppable mate by Rh8. But Visruth played 40...Re3+ and the position slowly fizzled out to be equal. In a drawn Rook and pawn endgame, Visruth was the last player to blunder:

Position after 50...bxa5

50...bxa5 was the decisive blunder by Visruth. It was important to just activate the Black king further by ...Kg5, and Black is doing completely fine after a6 Kf4 a7 Re8 Ra2 Ra8.But after 50...bxa5 51. bxa5, White has just got a remote passed pawn and the Black king is on g6 still. Aarav displayed excellent technique to put this win in the bag.

The Aarav Sarbalia domination | Sole lead in the National U9 Championships

Aditya Shripad Joshi - Madhavendra Pratap Sharma: 0-1

Board no.2: Aditya Pratap Joshi (left) vs Madhavendra Pratap Sharma (right)

Madhavendra Pratap Sharma (1585, MP) played a very nice game from the getgo to take down Aditya Shripad Joshi ( 1368, MAH). Playing with the Black pieces, Madhavendra got an advantageous position straight from the opening and just kept increasing the pressure methodically to convert the game into a win. Check out the PGN and Madhavendra's interview below to go through the critical variations:

Madhavendra's Octopus Knight | Chasing the top spot at National U-9 Championships | Video: ChessBase India

MPL National U9 Round 9 Girls: Shashini Puvi - Pratitee Bordoloi: 0-1

Pratitee Bordoloi (1201, Karnataka) continued her impressive winning streak and staying at the sole lead by taking down Shashini Puvi (1130, Maharashtra). Winning a pawn midway through a Queenless middlegame, Pratitee made excellent use of her Bishop pair to wreak havoc over the White position.

A cute way to finish off the game by Pratitee - 55....Bxf2+! with the idea that if Kxf2, h2 and the h-pawn Queens by force.

Samhita Pungavanam - Aadya Ranganath: 0-1

Board no.2 - Samhita Pungavanam (right) vs Aadya Ranganath (left)

This was a marathon battle of 86 moves - the longest game of the 9th round. Aadya Ranganath (1327, Karnataka) actually built up quite a big advantage relatively quickly, eventually winning the exchange and having a technically winning endgame against Samhita Pungavanam (1095, Telangana). But time pressure was detrimental to her quality of play - in an easily winning position, unnecessary complications arose where Samhita had drawing chances in some positions. However, time trouble was mutual - Samhita had even lesser time than her opponent, and Aadya went on to use that to her advantage and finally take home the full point. Check out the PGN below for all the important variations:

Round 9 Open: Arjun Vasireddy - Aarav Sarbalia: 0-1 

Board no. 1 - Arjun Vasireddy (left) vs Aarav Sarbalia (right)

Aarav Sarbalia (1458, Karnataka) is showing his class in the Open section - he is winning one game after another in the top board, ensuring the sole lead stays with him. His win against Arjun Vasireddy (1375, Andhra Pradesh) was a sublime positional effort, where White was dead lost only 20 moves into the game, and resigning by move 30 in a position with no imminent attack, but complete positional destruction.

Photo Gallery

The chief guest of Round 8, well-known entrepreneur Mudit Thakkar with Chesspa in Chess Adventure Park!

The eminent guests and organizing committee discussing about the tournament

The 3rd Grandmaster of India, Pravin Thipsay ji was the chief guest of Round 9!

Pravin Thipsay ji held a live session with the parents, clearing all their chess doubts!

For more photos of Round 8 and 9, click here.



Girls section Round 8-9 games

Open section Round 8-9 games

Standings after Round 9 (Girls)

Rk.SNoNamesexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
18Pratitee Bordoloiw1201Karnataka847,550,544,0007
23Aadya Ranganathw1327Karnataka7,5454737,2507
312Aahna Gulatiw1156Haryana7444735,0007
418Yati Agarwalw1114Gujarat7414331,0007
530Sharvaanica A Sw1050Tamil Nadu6,552,555,537,2506
658Deepthaashri Ravi Ganeshw0Tamil Nadu6,5515537,2506
720Aadya Gowdaw1099Karnataka6,55053,535,5005
815Shashini Puviw1130Karnataka6,549,553,535,2505
921Samhita Pungavanamw1095Telangana6,5495234,5006
1016Bruhathi Kondisettiw1121Telangana6,546,55032,7505
1122Arpita Amey Patankarw1093Gujarat6,545,54731,5006
1223Pooja Shree Rw1091Tamil Nadu6,544,54832,2506
1317AFMDiya Digamber Sawalw1115Goa6,54244,528,7506
1462Divi Bijeshw0Kerala648,55333,5005
1510Bhumika Suresh Waghlew1182Maharashtra64750,532,0005
162Vedika Vijaykumar Palw1362Maharashtra645,546,528,0005
1733Asmita Biswasw1038West Bengal6444726,0006
1835Indusheetala Natarajanw1032Karnataka643,54728,7505
197Bhavanya Panchumarthiw1227Andhra Pradesh641,544,527,5005
2038Anvi Vinit Hirdew1013Maharashtra64144,529,0006

Full standings

Standings after Round 9 (Open)

Rk.SNoNamesexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12Aarav Sarbalia1458Karnataka8,549,55450,0008
21Madhvendra Pratap Sharma1585Madhya Pradesh853,55749,2507
313Aarav A1341Tamil Nadu750,554,540,2505
432ACMBalanandan Ayyappan1267Kerala749,55338,0006
58Aditya Shripad Joshi1368Maharashtra74751,537,7506
65Saideep Suman1407Karnataka7475138,0007
716Aarit Kapil1327Delhi746,55137,0006
86Rahul Ramakrishnan1386Puducherry745,54936,5006
99R Nijesh1365Tamil Nadu74447,536,0005
1047Kavyansh Jain1212Rajasthan738,54232,0007
1111Aaryan Amol Waghmare1350Maharashtra6,5505435,0006
1224Niroshan Thanikachalam1283Tamil Nadu6,54953,535,7506
1317Cyrus Eldho1322Kerala6,547,55235,5006
1412ACMVishruth B1346Tamil Nadu6,54751,534,2506
157Arjun Vasireddy1375Andhra Pradesh6,5465032,0006
1622Aadhya Vijayakumar1290Tamil Nadu6,545,55034,2506
1744AFMMithun Pranav Praveen Kumar1217Tamil Nadu6,544,54831,2506
1875Mehekdwip Gope1131Tripura6,5444732,5004
1940Paarshva Parmar1231Rajasthan6,5444528,7506
2051Krithik Muthukumar1203Tamil Nadu6,537,540,528,7506

Full standings

Round 10 pairings (Open)

12Aarav Sarbalia1458Karnataka7R Nijesh1365Tamil Nadu9
25Saideep Suman1407Karnataka78Madhvendra Pratap Sharma1585Madhya Pradesh1
316Aarit Kapil1327Delhi77Rahul Ramakrishnan1386Puducherry6
48Aditya Shripad Joshi1368Maharashtra77ACMBalanandan Ayyappan1267Kerala32
513Aarav A1341Tamil Nadu77Kavyansh Jain1212Rajasthan47
640Paarshva Parmar1231RajasthanArjun Vasireddy1375Andhra Pradesh7
724Niroshan Thanikachalam1283Tamil NaduAaryan Amol Waghmare1350Maharashtra11
812ACMVishruth B1346Tamil NaduKrithik Muthukumar1203Tamil Nadu51
917Cyrus Eldho1322KeralaMehekdwip Gope1131Tripura75
1022Aadhya Vijayakumar1290Tamil NaduRudra Kavia1142Rajasthan70
1144AFMMithun Pranav Praveen Kumar1217Tamil Nadu6Anagani Sasank1291Andhra Pradesh21
1214Herin Renishkumar Patel1337Gujarat66Narendra Agarwal1219West Bengal43
1376Pratik Kushal Rout1131Odisha66Daniel Ajish1281Kerala25
1434P.Gurupranav1261Tamil Nadu66A Alwin Micheal1082Tamil Nadu101
1536Kiyan Kevalkumar Patel1244Gujarat66Saras Summer Powar0Goa192

Complete pairings

Round 10 pairings (Girls)

18Pratitee Bordoloi1201Karnataka8Aadya Ranganath1327Karnataka3
212Aahna Gulati1156Haryana77Yati Agarwal1114Gujarat18
321Samhita Pungavanam1095TelanganaShashini Puvi1130Karnataka15
416Bruhathi Kondisetti1121TelanganaDeepthaashri Ravi Ganesh0Tamil Nadu58
523Pooja Shree R1091Tamil NaduAFMDiya Digamber Sawal1115Goa17
630Sharvaanica A S1050Tamil NaduAadya Gowda1099Karnataka20
72Vedika Vijaykumar Pal1362Maharashtra6Arpita Amey Patankar1093Gujarat22
838Anvi Vinit Hirde1013Maharashtra66Bhavanya Panchumarthi1227Andhra Pradesh7
910Bhumika Suresh Waghle1182Maharashtra66Asmita Biswas1038West Bengal33
1034Dishita Dey1038Jharkhand66Indusheetala Natarajan1032Karnataka35
1162Divi Bijesh0Kerala6Janaki Sd1158Kerala11
124Shreya Rajesh1302KarnatakaKiyana Parihar1012Rajasthan39
1376Leah R Joseph0KarnatakaAaradhya Das1274Tripura5
1414Rishitha Narayanan1136Andhra PradeshR V Pavithra0Tamil Nadu86
1597Subhasmita Priyadarshini0Odisha55Alankrita Sharma1419Jammu And Kashmir1

Complete pairings

The MPL 35th National U9 Championship 2022 is taking place in Indore Public School. The total prize fund of this mega event is Rs. 5 lakhs. The event is being organized by the Madhya Pradesh State Chess Ad Hoc Committee. This is an 11-round classical event which will run from 25th December 2022 - 2nd January 2023. The time control of the event is 90 minutes +30 seconds increment. Round 10 will be held on New years day, 1st January 2023 from 9:30 AM.

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