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18-year-old Arjun Erigaisi conquers MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/03/2022

18-year-old Arjun Erigaisi expectedly won MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship 2022. He edged past D Gukesh and Iniyan P on tie-breaks. All three of them scored 8.5/11. They received ₹600,000, ₹500,000 and ₹400,000 along with a trophy each respectively. The remaining top ten scored 8.0/10 each. Koustav Chatterjee and Pranav Venkatesh are the only two IMs to make it in the top 10. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹30,00,000. Only four players younger than Arjun have won the National Senior title in Indian chess history. It is evident that the future of Indian chess is very bright when the teenagers are winning National Senior in both Open and Women section. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Teenagers claim the podium

Arjun Erigaisi won National Senior at the age of 18 years. Karthikeyan Murali won his first title in 2015 (16 years), his second triumph in 2016 (17 years), G Akash in 2012 (16 years), B Adhiban in 2009 (17 years) and Parimarjan Negi in 2010 (17 years). This year the entire podium finishers are teenagers - Arjun (18 years), Gukesh (16 years) and Iniyan (19 years). They all faced each other and each game ended in a draw. Arjun Erigaisi played two tournaments this year and he won both of them. The Age of Arjun Erigaisi which started last year, continues...

Champion - GM Arjun Erigaisi | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Runner-up GM D Gukesh | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Arjun Erigaisi and D Gukesh - winner and runner-up of National Championship 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Second Runner-up GM Iniyan P | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
How Iniyan beat Adhiban with Outstanding opening prep | 3rd place at the National Championships 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd GM Iniyan P, 1st GM Arjun Erigaisi and 2nd GM D Gukesh | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Arjun receives his championship trophy and a cash prize of worth ₹600,000 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

India no.4 Arjun Erigaisi remained undefeated, gained 11.1 Elo rating points, taking his live rating to 2671.1
Interview with the new National Senior champion - GM Arjun Erigaisi | Video: ChessBase India

GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB) - GM Arjun Erigaisi (TEL): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM D Gukesh (TN) - GM Aryan Chopra (DEL): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Gukesh misses the National title by a whisker | Video: ChessBase India

IM Pranav Venkatesh (TN) - GM Visakh N R (RSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Iniyan - Mitrabha: 1-0

GM Iniyan P (TN) defeated the defending champion GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) in the final round.

Position after 8...Ne6

White got a pleasant position out of the opening Petroff's Defence when his opponent opted for 8...Ne6. Black was unable to get out of the gate for the rest of the game and Iniyan comfortably scored a full point.

Iniyan P on finishing third at National Senior 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Mitrabha's sole loss of the event cost him a top ten finish | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Lalith - Koustav: 0-1

IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) after suffering a loss against GM D Gukesh, made three draws and then defeated IM Srihari L R (TN) in the penultimate round. He finished the tournament true to his performance in the first half of the event by winning against GM Lalith Rohit (PSPB) in style.

Position after 12.b4

Lalith went wrong early in the opening, which caused him to face a lot of trouble. 12.b4 provoked a lot of attacks as White did not have a lot of choices left either. 12...e3 is almost winning for Black but Koustav chose an interesting continuation 12...Nf3+. It allowed White to regroup his position 13.Bxf3 Bxh3 14.Bh5 Qg5 15.Bxf7+ Kxf7 16.bxc5 Qxd5. White managed to exchange a bunch of pieces but the king being stranded at the center and a lack of piece coordination suddenly did not wither the troubles away.

Position after 26...Re6

How many times have you witnessed the queen being trapped at the center of the board? Well technically the queen is virtually trapped because it has a safe square at h4, however it is not a safe haven as White has a back rank weakness. It is evident that Black is completely winning and he wrapped it up in the next four moves.

IM Koustav Chatterjee scored an academic win over GM Lalith Rohit | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Photo Gallery

The crown is now on Arjun Erigaisi's head ! | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

4th GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) 8.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

5th GM Aryan Chopra (DEL) 8.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

6th IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) 8.0/11| Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

7th GM Karthikeyan Murali (PSPB) 8.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

8th GM Visakh N R (RSPB) 8.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

9th GM Sethuraman S P 8.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

10th IM Pranav Venkatesh 8.0/11 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Koustav Chatterjee and Pranav Venkatesh are the only two IMs to finish in top ten in this event. Both of them have a GM-norm each. It goes without saying that they are future GMs of India and it's just a matter of time.

For more Round 11 photos, click here and for Prize distribution Ceremony photos, click here.

Video Gallery

National Championships 2022 | Day 7 highlights | Video: ChessBase India
The team of arbiters and organizers that made the National Championships 2022 a success | Video: ChessBase India
Utsab Chatterjee beats two GMs and one IM and scores an IM-norm | Video: ChessBase India
The only participant from Goa at the National Senior Championship 2022 - Ritviz Parab | Video: ChessBase India
Jeet Jain from Gujarat holds a 2600+ GM, hopes to become an IM by end of this year | Video: ChessBase India
IIT Kanpur students and their love for chess! | Video: ChessBase India

Some important tweets

GM Koneru Humpy, India's 7th GM and National Women 2013 champion

GM Abhijit Kunte, India's 4th GM and two-time National champion (1997 and 2000)

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, India's 8th GM and six-times consecutive National champion (2003-2008)

IM P Konguvel, National champion (1995) and revered gentleman of the sport

GM Arjun Erigaisi, Winner of National Senior 2022

GM D Gukesh, National Senior 2022 Runner-up

GM Iniyan P, National Senior 2022 Second Runner-up

Do not miss the best thing on instagram today, touted by most of the Indian chess players.


A total of 184 players including 22 GMs and 30 IMs took part in this tournament organized by UP Chess Sports Association. The event was held at Ganges Club at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh from 25th February to 3rd March 2022. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1

Replay Round 11 games

Round 10 results

15GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB½ - ½8GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL2
27GMGukesh D2614TN8½ - ½GMAryan Chopra2585DEL9
321IMPranav V2486TN½ - ½GMVisakh N R2522Rlys13
415GMIniyan P2516TN1 - 0GMMitrabha Guha2510WB16
512GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB7½ - ½GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN8
64GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB71 - 07IMAditya Mittal2487MAH20
733IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436MAH7½ - ½7GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL18
810GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB0 - 17IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB26
91GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB½ - ½IMGusain Himal2408Rlys37
1049IMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys0 - 1GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB3
1129IMPranesh M2455TN0 - 1GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys19
1222IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB½ - ½IMShyaamnikhil P2442Rlys32
1325IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys½ - ½GMSriram Jha2379LIC42
1440IMShahil Dey2400ASM1 - 0IMKrishna C R G2466Rlys27
1587Panda Sambit2059ODI0 - 1IMDas Sayantan2459Rlys28
1631IMVignesh N R2444Rlys1 - 0Ilamparthi A R1969TN107
1735IMNitin S.2427Rlys6½ - ½IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2408MAH38
1857FMAaryan Varshney2277DEL6½ - ½6GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys14
1955IMSharma Dinesh K.2283LIC6½ - ½6IMNeelash Saha2445WB30
2059Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2263TEL6½ - ½6GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys34


Final standings

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
12GMErigaisi ArjunIND2633TEL8,577,081,060,500,06118,57,391,111011,1
27GMGukesh DIND2614TN8,575,581,561,750,06118,57,311,191011,9
315GMIniyan PIND2516TN8,569,074,556,250,07118,57,371,131011,3
48GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND2611TN8,073,578,055,000,051187,850,15101,5
59GMAryan ChopraIND2585DEL8,071,576,553,750,061187,290,71107,1
626IMKoustav ChatterjeeIND2466WB8,070,075,053,250,061186,271,731017,3
74GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND2622PSPB8,069,575,553,250,061188,86-0,8610-8,6
813GMVisakh N RIND2522Rlys8,068,072,550,250,061187,860,14101,4
95GMSethuraman S.P.IND2619PSPB8,067,572,049,750,061188,54-0,5410-5,4
1021IMPranav VIND2486TN8,066,069,548,750,071187,600,40104,0


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