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MPL 59th National Senior R11: Karthik, Aronyak and Hari Madhavan score superb victories

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/01/2023

GM Karthik Venkataraman, IM Aronyak Ghosh and Hari Madhavan N B scored sensational victories to throw the tournament wide open. Karthik defeated GM Abhijeet Gupta in an thrilling encounter. IM Aronyak Ghosh just simply played outstanding chess against GM Sethuraman S P. India's latest International Master, Hari Madhavan N B defeated GM Mitrabha Guha to join the four-way lead with Karthik, Koustav and Aronyak. The MPL 59th National Senior Chess Championship 2022 is undoubtedly heading for a close and exciting finish. Five players - Abhijeet, GM Visakh N R, IM Srihari L R, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and IM Sayantan Das are trailing by a half point at 8/11 each. Round 12 starts today at 9 a.m. IST today. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Hari Madhavan N B becomes the first International Master of India in 2023

The first day of 2023 got India's latest International Master in the form Hari Madhavan N B of Tamil Nadu. He had already crossed 2400 in the live ratings few days ago. He became an International Master by winning against GM Mitrabha Guha in Round 12. The teenager is also leading the tournament with a score of 8.5/11.

GM Karthik Venkataraman (AP) won an exhilarating game against GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Abhijeet - Karthik: 0-1

GM Abhijeet Guptta (PSPB, 2601) suffered his third loss of the event, against GM Karthik Venkataraman (AP, 2503). It was an extremely complicated arising out of QGD Ragozin Defence. Abhijeet got quite a few good opportunities against Karthik in the middlegame.

Position after 29...Kh7

Both 30.Ng5+ and Qe3 are promising for White, having the same intention of extracting the black king out in the open and then take advantage of its weakness. 30.Qe3 Qc4 31.Ng5+ Kg6 32.Qg3 Qf4 33.Rxd3 Qxg3 34.Rxg3 is winning for White. However, it is not easy figure it out over the board during time scramble. The game continued 30.Rab1 Qc4 31.Qg5 Nf4 32.Rbc1 Nc2 33.Kh1 Bh6 34.Qh4 Nd3 things started turning in Black's way. 35.Qh5? Nxf2+ 36.Kg1 Ng4 37.Ng5+ Kf8 38.Rd2 Qd4+ and we get the following position:

Position after 38...Qd4+

38...Nce3 instead of 38...Qd4+ would have been fine for Black. It has the same idea of attacking on White's weak back-rank. The difference is, after 38...Qd4+ White can just take it 39.Rxd4 Nxd4 40.Qxg4 Rxc1+ 41.Kh2 and now White is winning as his king is relatively safer than his opponent's. White decided against taking the queen and went 39.Kh1 Qxd2 40.Qxg4 Qxc1+ 41.Kh2 and it's over as Ne3, Nf1+ is coming.

Srihari L R - Koustav

IM Srihari L R (TN, 2429) continues his good form. He was on the verge of victory against India's latest GM Koustav Chatterjee (WB, 2508).

Position after 26.c5

The best time to play Bxg3 was right now after 26.c5. There is nothing definite but Black would have had enough compensation after 27.hxg3 Rxg3 28.Qf1 Qg5. Black went Bxg3 after six more moves and by that time the white king has already marched halfway towards the queenside. Needless to say, the desired effect for Black was a far cry from optimal.

Position after 38...fxe3

White needed to play 39.Rxh7+ first Kxh7 40.Qb7+ or if Black declines the sacrifice 39...Kg8 is met by 40.Bd3. In both cases, White is winning. The volataile nature of the position combined with less time than required, can easily confuse the move order. Moreover, the stakes and pressure of the situation also need to be factored in. Hence, White first went 39.Qb7 exd2+ 40.Kb2 Qg8 and after a back and forth play, the game ended in a draw.

IM Srihari L R (TN) is playing excellent 8/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Aronyak - Sethuraman: 1-0

GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB, 2642) got into trouble against IM Aronyak Ghosh (RSPB, 2521) when the former ran out of options.

Position after 35...Bg7

White made the correct decision of taking the b6-knight, create a weakness there and gain the c4-pawn too. 36.Bxb6 axb6 37.Nxc4 Qc7 38.Rc1 Qc5+ 39.Kg2 Qb4 40.Qe2 Qc5? 41.Red1 Rc7 Black is running out of moves. 42.Qd2 f6 43.d6 e6 44.Ne5+- now Black is completely lost.

IM Aronyak Ghosh (RSPB) scored a sublime victory | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Mitrabha - Hari Madhavan: 0-1

GM Mitrabha Guha (WB, 2487) was forced to give up his bishop for two pawns against Hari Madhavan N B (TN, 2385).

Position after 34.e4

34.b3 would have kept the fight going. 34.e4? opens up the position and weakens White's pawns which is exactly what Black wants from the position, to use his extra piece and neutralize its compensation. 34...dxe4 35.Rb3 Rb6 36.Rxb6 axb6 37.Nxe4 Ng8 38.d5 Rxh5 and Black is winning now. Hari earned his final IM-norm with this win and he had crossed 2400 in the live ratings a few days ago.

Hari Madhavan N B (TN) becomes India's latest International Master | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A total of 196 players including 18 GMs and 27 IMs are taking part in this tournament organized by Delhi Chess Association. The event is taking place in New Delhi from 22nd December 2022 to 3rd January 20233. The 13-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds from move no.1

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Round 11 results

13GMGupta Abhijeet260180 - 1GMKarthik Venkataraman250310PGN
225IMSrihari L R2429½ - ½8IMKoustav Chatterjee25088PGN
37IMAronyak Ghosh25211 - 0GMSethuraman S.P.26421PGN
414GMMitrabha Guha24870 - 1Hari Madhavan N B238532PGN
55GMVisakh N R254471 - 07GMSengupta Deep248615PGN
613IMShyaamnikhil P24907½ - ½7IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.240527PGN
718IMDas Sayantan247571 - 07IMAjay Krishna S238334PGN
820GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.245771 - 07GMVenkatesh M.R.245919PGN
948CMSoham Kamotra2329½ - ½GMMendonca Leon Luke25664PGN
1037IMNitin S.23721 - 0GMShyam Sundar M.25266PGN
119GMIniyan P25071 - 0GMKarthikeyan P.231652PGN
1242IMUtsab Chatterjee23500 - 1IMVignesh N R249312PGN
1317GMChanda Sandipan24751 - 0FMAradhya Garg231254PGN
1445GMSriram Jha23370 - 1IMHarshavardhan G B243422PGN
1546Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2333½ - ½IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243323PGN
1666Dhananjay S21990 - 1IMAnuj Shrivatri241426PGN
1753IMRajesh V A V2314½ - ½IMAudi Ameya240128PGN
1873Surendran N21680 - 1FMPanesar Vedant238730PGN
19128Sanjay S Pillai17990 - 1GMLaxman R.R.237236PGN
2080Nagare Kaivalya Sandip21240 - 16Sanket Chakravarty236738PGN


Standings after Round 11

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
17IMAronyak GhoshIND2521RSPB8,57682,562,2506
28IMKoustav ChatterjeeIND2508West Bengal8,5727757,0007
310GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2503Andhra Pradesh8,569,574,556,2506
432Hari Madhavan N BIND2385Tamil Nadu8,568,573,555,5007
53GMGupta AbhijeetIND2601PSPB8737855,0008
65GMVisakh N RIND2544RSPB87277,556,0006
725IMSrihari L RIND2429Tamil Nadu866,571,551,0005
820GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2457RSPB857,56246,0006
918IMDas SayantanIND2475RSPB856,56143,2507
101GMSethuraman S.P.IND2642PSPB7,575,579,551,0006
1114GMMitrabha GuhaIND2487West Bengal7,5758153,2505
129GMIniyan PIND2507Tamil Nadu7,569,574,548,7505
1330FMPanesar VedantIND2387Maharashtra7,56873,548,7505
1427IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.IND2405RSPB7,567,57246,2505
1526IMAnuj ShrivatriIND2414Madhya Pradesh7,5677246,2506
1622IMHarshavardhan G BIND2434Tamil Nadu7,565,57045,5005
1712IMVignesh N RIND2493RSPB7,563,56843,7506
1817GMChanda SandipanIND2475West Bengal7,5636844,0006
1913IMShyaamnikhil PIND2490RSPB7,5636744,2505
2037IMNitin S.IND2372RSPB7,561,566,543,5007


Round 12 pairings

18IMKoustav Chatterjee2508GMKarthik Venkataraman250310
23GMGupta Abhijeet26018IMAronyak Ghosh25217
332Hari Madhavan N B23858IMDas Sayantan247518
420GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.245788GMVisakh N R25445
522IMHarshavardhan G B24348IMSrihari L R242925
626IMAnuj Shrivatri2414GMSethuraman S.P.26421
730FMPanesar Vedant2387GMIniyan P25079
812IMVignesh N R2493GMChanda Sandipan247517
936GMLaxman R.R.2372IMShyaamnikhil P249013
1027IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.2405GMMitrabha Guha248714
1119GMVenkatesh M.R.24597IMNitin S.237237
124GMMendonca Leon Luke256677Subhayan Kundu231951
1315GMSengupta Deep248677IMRajesh V A V231453
1421IMDas Arghyadip243877Sahoo Utkal Ranjan233346
1523IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243377CMSoham Kamotra232948
1628IMAudi Ameya240177IMRatnakaran K.230455
1738Sanket Chakravarty236777IMKushagra Mohan239029
1834IMAjay Krishna S238377Badrinath S.1938105
196GMShyam Sundar M.2526Nagare Kaivalya Sandip212480
2064Sai Vishwesh.C2219GMNeelotpal Das238433



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