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MPL National Teams 2023 R4: PSPB emerges sole leader

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/02/2023

PSPB managed to beat RSPB B by a minimum margin to emerge sole leader 8/8 at MPL 42nd National Team Chess Championship Open 2023. GMs Karthikeyan Murali and Surya Sekhar Ganguly scored the wins for PSPB. AAI and RSPB A, are close behind at 7/8. Both teams are yet to suffer a single game loss. Bihar B scored an upset victory over LIC by 1-3. The batte of the top two teams in the Women's event ended in a draw. IM Padmini Rout and WGM Divya Deshmukh scored wins for PSPB and AAI respectively. Today is the last double round for the Open section. Round 5 Open and Round 4 Women starts today at 10 a.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Women: Maharashtra makes a strong start

WIM Arpita Mukherjee had a great opportunity to win against WGM Mary Ann Gomes. She could not make the most of it. Maharashtra defeated Tamil Nadu B 3-1 to gain sole lead 6/6. They are yet to lose a single game so far.

WGM Divya Deshmukh (AAI) scored an important victory against IM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Padmini Rout (PSPB) balanced out her teammate's loss by winning her game against WGM Vantika Agrawal (AAI) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Open Round 4: RSPB B - PSPB: 1.5-2.5

GM Karthikeyan Murali (2626) and GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly (2582) scored the wins against IM P Shyam Nikhil (2487) and IM Sayantan Das (2468) respectively. IM Arghyadip Das (2403) drew with GM Adhiban B (2610) and GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (2439) won the sole game for RSPB B against GM G N Gopal (2589).

Arghyadip - Adhiban

Position after 21.Bd6!

Arghyadip found a nice tactical resource 21.Bd6! It was the only move for White and it forces the exchange of a bunch of pieces 21...Rxc1 22.Bxb8 Rxd2 23.Rxc1 Ne2+ 24.Kf1 Nxc1 25.Nxd2 Nxa2. The resultant minor piece endgame is balanced and it is no trouble for either side to draw the game. Adhiban kept trying in the eventual knight endgame but Arghyadip defended well.

IM Arghyadip Das (RSPB B) held GM Adhiban B (PSPB) to a draw | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Deepan - Gopal

Position after 18.Nxe5

Deepan found a nice move 18.Nxe5!. He responded 18...Nxf2 with 19.Rd4 Rf6 20.Nf7+ Kg8 21.Nh6+ Kh8 22.Qd5 and now Black needed to play Rdf8. It was certainly not easy to find it. 22...gxh6 fragmented Black's position.

Position after 40.Rxd5

Black does not have to exchange the rooks immediately. First 40...Bd8 was required to ensure the white king does not get to invade after the trade of rooks and a6 which is what happened in the game. 40...Rxd5+ 41.Kxd5 Bd8 42.a6 bxa6 43.Kc6 and White is winning.

The Critical Exchange in the Endgame - GM Deepan Chakkravarthy vs GM G N Gopal | Video: ChessBase India

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB B) scored the sole win for his team against GM G N Gopal (PSPB) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Karthikeyan Murali and GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly's wins ensured RSPB B loses to PSPB 1.5-2.5 and gain sole lead | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

LIC - PSPB: 0.5-3.5

AAI - Telangana: 3-1

GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2596) and GM Sankalp Gupta (2504) defeated FM K Ramu (2233) and Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri (2211). GM Aravindh Chithambaram (2613) and the reigning Asian Junior Open champion, IM Harshavardhan G B (2428) was held to a draw by FM Vinay Kumar Matta (2205) and Arjun Adireddy (2187) respectively.

Aravindh - Vinay

Position after 35...Kd6

After sacrificing his queen for a rook and bishop, GM Aravindh Chithambaram eventually gave up an exchange, ending with a bishop pair against FM Vinay Kumar Matta's queen. The position was playable, thus the final exchange by White. The game ended in a draw as there was no way for Black to break through White's fortress.

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (AAI) and FM Vinay Kumar Matta (TEL) had an exciting game | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Abhimanyu Puranik (AAI) having a conversation with his opponent FM K Ramu (TEL) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

AAI - Telangana: 3-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Kerala B - RSPB A: 0-4 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Tamil Nadu B - Bihar A: 3.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Bihar B (right) scored an upset over LIC: 1-3  | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Women Round 3: PSPB - AAI: 2-2

IM Padmini Rout (2389) scored the sole win for PSPB, against WGM Vantika Agrawal (2370). WGM Divya Deshmukh scored the equalizer victory over IM Soumya Swaminathan (2308). WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2334) and WIM Isha Sharma (2213) drew with WIM Arpita Mukherjee (2185) and WIM Priyanka K (2177) respectively. Arpita had good chances to win against Mary Ann, however she missed it.

Padmini - Vantika

Position after 41...Qc3

Black's position is already difficult to defend. 41...Qc3 did not help her case. 42.Qa2 Qd4 43.Qa8 is winning for White. Padmini went for the humane 42.c5 clearing the diagonal for the queen. 42...Qxc5 43.Qa6 Qc7 44.Qb5 Be7?? 45.Qe8 Qd8 46.Qf7+ Kh6 47.Bf5 the checkmate threat is unstoppable.

IM Padmini Rout scored a crucial victory for her team PSPB against WGM Vantika Agrawal | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Divya - Soumya

Position after 27.Nf4

Soumya was significantly better for the majority of the middlegame. She needed to play on her advantage and push the pawns. 27...c5 was a better option than Qc5 28.Rxe5 Rxe5 29.a4 Bc4 30.Qg4 Qf8 31.h4 White started turning things around. 31...Re4 32.h5 Qh8 33.Qg5 Re5 34.Qe7 Rxh5+ 35.Nxh5 and it's over for Black.

Final moments: WGM Divya Deshmukh (AAI) vs IM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB) | Video: ChessBase India
WGM Divya Deshmukh saves the day for AAI | Video: ChessBase India

PSPB - AAI: 2-2 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Maharashtra - Tamil Nadu B: 3-1 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Kerala - Telangana: 0.5-3.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Ceremonial first moves of Round 4 Open and Round 3 Women | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

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Round 4 Open results

15RSPB B6:6PSPB Men1
313Kerala B50:45RSPB A3
44Tamil Nadu B4:½4Bihar A12
58LIC41:34Bihar B21
620Haryana A41:34Tamil Nadu C9
715Madhya Pradesh3:4Tamil Nadu E22
86Odisha A3:3Pondicherry16
914Kerala A3:2Karnataka B11
1010Tamil Nadu D24:02SSCB23
1126Himachal A21:32BSNL17
1218Tamil Nadu A24:02Andhra Pradesh A27
1325Karnataka A2:2DASCB19
1430Himachal B00:40Andhra Pradesh B24
1528Haryana B03:10Himachal C29


Standings after Round 4

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11PSPB Men44008011109,526,5
33RSPB A4310711311932
45RSPB B43016011,597,528,5
54Tamil Nadu B43016011,584,530
69Tamil Nadu C4301609,568,523
721Bihar B4301608,567,821,5
815Madhya Pradesh421150105322,5
914Kerala A4211509,553,322


Round 5 Open pairings

11PSPB Men8:7AAI2
23RSPB A7:6Tamil Nadu B4
39Tamil Nadu C6:6RSPB B5
421Bihar B6:5Kerala B13
57Telangana5:5Odisha A6
615Madhya Pradesh5:5Kerala A14
718Tamil Nadu A4:4LIC8
822Tamil Nadu E4:4Tamil Nadu D10
912Bihar A4:4Haryana A20
1017BSNL4:4Karnataka A25
1211Karnataka B2:2Andhra Pradesh A27
1323SSCB2:2Himachal A26
1424Andhra Pradesh B2:2Haryana B28
1529Himachal C0:0Himachal B30


Round 3 Women results

11PSPB Women42:24AAI Women2
23Maharashtra Women A43:13Tamil Nadu Women B4
39Kerala Women2½:2Telangana Women5
411Andhra Pradesh Women20:42Tamil Nadu Women A6
57Odisha Women A2:½2Himachal Women B12
613Himachal Women C0½:1Tamil Nadu Women C10
78Tamil Nadu Women D04:00Himachal Women A14


Standings after Round 3

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13Maharashtra Women A3300601170,526,5
22AAI Women321051106524,5
31PSPB Women3210519,57024,5
45Telangana Women320140836,520
56Tamil Nadu Women A32014082020
67Odisha Women A320140715,818
74Tamil Nadu Women B3111305,532,812,5
810Tamil Nadu Women C3111305,511,515,5
98Tamil Nadu Women D3102205,510,315
109Kerala Women3102204,5611
1111Andhra Pradesh Women3021204229
1212Himachal Women B310220479
1313Himachal Women C30030014,83,5
1414Himachal Women A3003000,53,51


Round 4 Women pairings

12AAI Women5:6Maharashtra Women A3
26Tamil Nadu Women A4:5PSPB Women1
35Telangana Women4:4Odisha Women A7
44Tamil Nadu Women B3:3Tamil Nadu Women C10
58Tamil Nadu Women D2:2Andhra Pradesh Women11
612Himachal Women B2:2Kerala Women9
714Himachal Women A0:0Himachal Women C13


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