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MPL National Sub-Junior 2022 R6-7: Pranesh and Tanisha eye the championships

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/03/2022

IM Pranesh M (TN) emerged as the sole leader at MPL 46th National Sub-Junior Open Chess Championship 2022. He drew with IM Pranav V (TN) in the sixth round and defeated FM Harshad S (TN) in the seventh. Pranav suffered his first loss of the event against Mahendra Teja Mekala (AP). Mahendra is now a half point behind 6.0/7, the leader Pranesh 6.5/7. In the Girls event, Tanisha Boramanikar (MAH) in the new sole leader 6.5/7 as she won both of her games against Vakcheri Mohitha (AP) and Kanishka S (TN). Mrittika Mallick (WB) and Vakcheri are in pursuit at 6.0/7 each. Round 8 starts today at 8:30 a.m. IST today. Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Mahendra beats Pranav

12 players in the Open and three in the Girls are at 5.5/7.

Pranesh scored an important win over Harshad to take sole lead | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Open Round 6: Pranav - Pranesh: 0.5-0.5

The clash between IM Pranav Venkatesh (TN) and IM Pranesh M (TN) was inevitable.

Position after 16...Be6

Pranav decided to sacrifice his queen 17.Qxe6. It is not completely a sacrifice, it is more of an exchange because White recovers two rooks for the queen 17...Rxe6 18.Nc6 Qe8 19.Nxb8 Qxb8 20.Bxe6 fxe6 21.fxg7. The position liquidated into a two rooks vs queen and few pawns endgame.

Position after 39...Kg6

40.Rb6 would have made things quite difficult for Black to survive. However, White decided to repeat moves 40.Rg4+ Kf6 41.Rf4+ Kg6 42.Rg4+ and the game ended in a draw.

Pranav vs Pranesh certainly lived up to expectations | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

FM Harshad S (TN) defeated Ethan Vaz (Goa) comfortably | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Chidvilash Sai Surapaneni (TEL) had a winning position in the end, but he decided to take a draw against Mayank Chakraborty (ASM) | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Round 7: Pranesh - Harshad: 1-0

IM Pranesh M (TN) beat FM Harshad S (TN) to take sole lead 6.5/7.

Position after 23.c5

White's queenside attack is much stronger than Black's attack on the kingside. The primary reason is the b6-knight combined with the fact that White's pieces are better coordinated and ready to use his bishop pair which cannot be said for his opponent. Although Pranesh missed a quicker win, nevertheless he did not allow his opponent to bounce back.

Pranesh beat Harshad convincingly | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Pranav - Mahendra: 0-1

IM Pranav V (TN) lost his first game of the event against Mahendra Teja Mekala (AP).

Position after 18...e5

White got a pleasant position out of the opening. 19.Rc1 would have been a better way to complete the development. Instead 19.Bd2 allowed Black to get his king to safety in a hurry 19...Bd6 20.Bxb4 0-0

Position after 61...Rh1

The one thing White forgot during the game is, h2-pawn is tactically defended. If Black goes Rxh2 then White can immediately play Nxh3. To play Rxh2 safely, Black has to bring his king to g4/h4 which takes three moves, by that time White should have advanced his pawns on the queenside and he would have gotten the desired result. The purpose of bringing the king to b6 would have been fulfilled. Playing for over four hours and the second game of the day built fatigue, thus White started playing erroneously 62.Kc5 and the black king started its journey 62...Kg6 63.Re6+ Kh5 and things have just gone out of hand for White.

IM Pranav's championship hopes are now slim | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Girls Round 6: Vakcheri - Tanisha: 0-1

Vakcheri Mohitha's (AP) erroneous play in the endgame cost her the lead against Tanisha S Boramanikar (MAH).

Position after 24.Ba3

White misplaced her bishop at a3. 24.Bd2 would have been better to continue the fight. After the rooks got exchanged, White played the opposite color bishop ending inaccurately and lost the game.

Vakcheri lost the game and the lead to Tanisha | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Mrittika Mallick (WB) scored an academic victory over Shubhi Gupta (UP) | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Sarayu Velpula (TEL) had a 108-move long marathon draw against Arshiya Das (TRI) | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Round 7: Tanisha - Kanishka: 1-0

Tanisha Boramanikar (MAH) defeated Kanishka S (TN) to maintain her sole lead.

Position after 21.b5

20...Bg6 allowed White to do a double attack 21.b5. To make sure Black suffers minimum loss, 21...Rxd1 needed to be played. However, Black opted 21...Nd3 22.bxc6 Nxc1 23.bxc6 and White is completely winning.

Tanisha maintained her sole lead 6.5/7 | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Mrittika Mallick defeated Dhanashree Khairmode (MAH) to remain in the championship hunt | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Vakcheri Mohitha bounced back with a victory against Aadhya Jain (DEL) | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

For more Round 6 and Round 7 photos, please click on the respective links.

 

A total of 175 players including 2 IMs in the Open and 113 players in the Girls tournament are taking part. It is organized by Delhi Chess Association. Both tournaments are taking place at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, New Delhi from 4th to 8th March 2022. The nine-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1

Replay Open Round 6-7 games

Replay Girls Round 6-7 games

Open Round 7 results

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.
12
IMPranesh M2455Tamil Nadu1 - 0FMHarshad S2328Tamil Nadu
3
21
IMPranav V2493Tamil Nadu0 - 15Mahendra Teja Mekala1875Andhra Pradesh
12
316
Nagare Kaivalya Sandip1845Maharashtra5½ - ½5Shaik Sumer Arsh1852Telangana
15
46
CMMayank Chakraborty2164Assam1 - 05Adireddy Arjun1796Telangana
17
54
Rohit S2276Tamil Nadu1 - 0Chidvilash Sai Surapaneni1753Telangana
24
628
Daksh Goyal1735Delhi1 - 0CMAaditya Dhingra2176Haryana
5
79
Aditya Varun Gampa1947Andhra Pradesh0 - 1Jani Kushal R1746Gujarat
25
810
AFMPawar Harshit1921Delhi1 - 0Arpith S Bijoy1613Kerala
43
958
Aakash G1505Tamil Nadu0 - 1Ankit Ray1895West Bengal
11
1038
Colaco Reuben1627Goa0 - 1Bagwe Gaurang1874Maharashtra
13

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Round 8 pairings

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/City No.
112
Mahendra Teja Mekala1875Andhra Pradesh6IMPranesh M2455Tamil Nadu
2
213
Bagwe Gaurang1874MaharashtraIMPranav V2493Tamil Nadu
1
33
FMHarshad S2328Tamil NaduNagare Kaivalya Sandip1845Maharashtra
16
415
Shaik Sumer Arsh1852TelanganaRohit S2276Tamil Nadu
4
518
Hari R Chandran1791KeralaCMMayank Chakraborty2164Assam
6
625
Jani Kushal R1746GujaratAFMPawar Harshit1921Delhi
10
711
Ankit Ray1895West BengalDaksh Goyal1735Delhi
28
817
Adireddy Arjun1796Telangana55Goutham Krishna H1541Kerala
54
923
Krishnan Ritvik1761Maharashtra55Sushanth Kamabathula1520Telangana
56
1041
Nirnay Garg1618Haryana55Dishank Sachin Bajaj1477Maharashtra
62

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Girls Round 7 results

Bo.No. NameTypRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtgClub/City No.
18
Boramanikar Tanisha SU161670Maharashtra1 - 05Kanishka SU161528Tamil Nadu
15
22
Mrittika MallickU161848West Bengal51 - 05Khairmode DhanashreeU161438Maharashtra
20
318
Vakcheri MohithaU161459Andhra Pradesh51 - 05Aadhya JainU161128Delhi
58
46
Keerti Shree ReddyU161721Tamil Nadu1 - 05Dakshita KumawatU161395Rajasthan
26
527
Pournami SU161390Kerala½ - ½Velpula SarayuU161875Telangana
1
624
Arshiya DasU161407Tripura0 - 1Anushka GuptaU161661West Bengal
9
729
Saparya GhoshU161377West Bengal0 - 1AFMShubhi GuptaU161434Uttar Pradesh
21
84
Tejaswini GU161742Tamil Nadu4½ - ½Kalyani SirinU161243Kerala
41
930
Charvi PatidarU161367Rajasthan40 - 14Anupam M SreekumarU161724Kerala
5
1010
Sneha HalderU161647West Bengal41 - 04Debapriya MannaU161305West Bengal
34

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Round 8 pairings

Bo.No. NameTypRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtgClub/City No.
12
Mrittika MallickU161848West Bengal6Boramanikar Tanisha SU161670Maharashtra
8
29
Anushka GuptaU161661West Bengal6Vakcheri MohithaU161459Andhra Pradesh
18
321
AFMShubhi GuptaU161434Uttar PradeshKeerti Shree ReddyU161721Tamil Nadu
6
41
Velpula SarayuU161875Telangana55Tejaswi RU161416Tamil Nadu
22
55
Anupam M SreekumarU161724Kerala55Prishita GuptaU161412Delhi
23
625
Sachi JainU161401Delhi55Sneha HalderU161647West Bengal
10
726
Dakshita KumawatU161395Rajasthan55Kanishka SU161528Tamil Nadu
15
858
Aadhya JainU161128Delhi55Marium FatimaU161511Bihar
16
919
WCMKriti Mayur PatelU161440Maharashtra55Pournami SU161390Kerala
27
1041
Kalyani SirinU161243Kerala55Khairmode DhanashreeU161438Maharashtra
20

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