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Mitrabha takes sole lead at 49th National Junior 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/11/2019

IM Mitrabha Guha takes sole lead at the conclusion of round 5 of 49th National Junior 2019 Open. Mitrabha (WB) defeated FM Nitish Belurkar (Goa) convincingly to end the day with 5.0/5. Top seed IM Koustav Chatterjee also got back to his winning ways by beating FM Jeet Jain. The remaining three IMs Rajdeep, Srijit and Anuj, all of them scored a victory each. In the girls section, top two boards had an uneventful quick draw. Arushi's dream run was over by the top seed in the girls section WIM Priyanka Nutakki. Second seeded WIM Arpita Mukherjee survived a massive scare in a game where she should have had a comfortable win. WIM Sakshi Chitlange suffered a loss against her state mate, Vishwa Shah. Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Mitrabha is the only one at 100% score

Goa's FM Nitish Belurkar got a great opportunity against IM Mitrabha Guha of West Bengal, but he let his grip loose and allowed Mitrabha to escape with his king and a full point.

Mitabha made a Houdini-like escape with his king | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Nitish - Mitrabha

White is threatening checkmate. How should black respond here?

Black continued here with 23...Kd8 which was not the best move. He should have played 23...Rxh4+ and then sacrificed the exchange to reduce the threat. However his inaccuracy later led to an advantage and eventually a win, so perhaps Mitrabha made the correct practical decision.

Critical decision for white - g1 or g3, where should it go?

Nitish gained the upper hand momentarily but after 24...Rxh4+ he made the incorrect decision of taking his king out in the open which worked against him. Eventually Mitrabha's escape with the king helped him score the win.

The well-prepared FM Jeet Jain's fantastic run comes to a screeching halt by IM Koustav Chatterjee when the former lost the game by grabbing a poisoned pawn.

Jeet - Koustav

White offered h3 pawn. What is the best way to take it?

Jeet took the pawn immediately with 13...Bxh3, however if black delays capturing the pawn then he can get significant advantage.

Should Black play 18...Bxf2+ here?

As tempting as it looks to take the f2 pawn, Black is better off taking the pawn, but Jeet played 18...Bxf2+ and soon he landed in a sea of trouble. White's advantage became insurmountable and he won the game convincingly.

Rajdeep had to grind his opponent Sibi Visal in a rook and opposite color bishop ending to score the victory | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Srijit won his game comfortably against Grahesh | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

FM Aaryan Varshney of Delhi scored a clinical victory over FM Srihari L R of Tamil Nadu in King's Indian Defence.

The calm and composed Aaryan Varshney | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

It is quite sad to see that top two boards in the girls section had an uneventful quick draw. Maybe they are saving their tricks for upcoming combat?

Arushi's dream run was halted by the top seed WIM Priyanka Nutakki | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

In Open Catalan, Arushi suddenly retreated her knight when she should have taken charge and broke the center open.

Arushi - Nutakki

Black is threatening to launch an attack, how should white respond?

Arushi opted for an inconsequential backward move 20.Nb3 here when she should have done something in the center like 20.e4 before her opponent Nutakki bludgeoned white's king side. White managed to hold on for a while before making a tactical mistake which cost her a bishop and eventually the game.

Vishwa Shah of Maharashtra shocked her state mate WIM Sakshi Chitlange, after the latter opted an inferior variation despite using the correct tactics.

Vishwa got the better of Sakshi | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Vishwa - Sakshi

What is the best way for black to take on f2?

It is quite tempting to play Qxf2+ as black already has a discovery on d-file up her sleeve, however a little bit of deep insight will easily reveal that 17...Qxf2+ is certainly not the best move.

It seems like black has recovered the sacrificed material, but white has a strong move here. Can you find it?

Much to chagrin of black, White launches a devastating attack by wasting a lot of queen tempi by force.

Black was presented one final opportunity to make a comeback. Find out how

Despite making a lot of mistakes, Greeshma at one point got a wonderful chance but she could not capitalize it | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Black started a mess with 17...Nxe4

The move 17...Nxe4 is only a mistake if white can capitalize on it, otherwise it might just work in black's favor, well of course the chance is very less.

White should have applied Occam's Razor theory here

Arpita unnecessarily complicated things with 19.Nxd2 which allowed black to equalize at first.

How should white reply to this simple yet a very tricky check?

White continued with 23.Kf1 and that gave black decisive advantage, but unfortunately for Greeshma, she was unable to maintain her advantage.

Find out the winning continuation for black

Black needed to everything but give up the e-pawn and that is exactly what black did in the game and lost all advantage. Greeshma lost a piece shortly and eventually the game too.

Suncity World School Director Ms. Rupa Chakravarty delivers her speech before the commencement of round 5 | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Round 5 results in Open

17FMNitish Belurkar232540 - 14IMMitrabha Guha24432
21IMKoustav Chatterjee24491 - 04FMJeet Jain226413
314Sibi Visal R22380 - 1IMRajdeep Sarkar23624
431Grahesh Y20260 - 1IMSrijit Paul23178
515FMAaryan Varshney22361 - 0FMSrihari L R22869
63FMAnuj Shrivatri237631 - 0Shreyash Shuvam Patnaik193642
736Hemanth Raam199231 - 03Harshavardhan G B23605
839Ayush Sharma19753½ - ½3Saurabh Anand227810
911FMWagh Suyog227331 - 03Aaditya Dhingra189646
1051Patil Harshal188030 - 13Soham Kamotra218916
1147Sharan Rao189530 - 13Dhananjay S218018
1248Rakshith Srinivasan188430 - 13Gaurav Rajesh Zagade217319
1321Anustoop Biswas21543½ - ½3Dubey Sanchay188050
1423Barath Kalyan M20693½ - ½3Dere Pushkar187652
1525Jayachandra Srinivas Vellanki204830 - 13Madhavan R Munjanattu170288

Complete results

Round 5 results in Girls

111Toshali V20574½ - ½4WIMAakanksha Hagawane22273
229WCMChinnam Vyshnavi16894½ - ½4WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya20879
325WCMArushi Kotwal17560 - 1WIMPriyanka Nutakki22721
419Shah Vishwa18921 - 0WIMChitlange Sakshi21855
52WIMArpita Mukherjee223431 - 03WFMGreeshma Anand Dhumal183723
66WFMPandey Srishti214031 - 03Sudipa Haldar165933
78WFMSalonika Saina210031 - 03Divyabharathi Masanam174327
810Priyanka K206731 - 03Sinthia Sarkar160037
912WFMSavitha Shri B200430 - 13Vakcheri Mohitha145153
1026AGMRenganayaki V175630 - 13Bhagyashree Patil197013
1134Kiruthika B164530 - 13Ghosh Samriddhaa196415
1216WFMBidhar Rutumbara194231 - 03Sachi Jain140657
1330Rathi Dhanashree16883½ - ½3WFMJain Nityata192717
1420Meenal Gupta187931 - 03Swati Pal112085
1550Tanisha A R Som14750 - 1WCMSharma Isha21397

Complete results

Round 6 pairings in Open

12IMMitrabha Guha24435FMAaryan Varshney223615
24IMRajdeep Sarkar2362IMKoustav Chatterjee24491
38IMSrijit Paul23174FMNitish Belurkar23257
428Kumar Gaurav203844FMAnuj Shrivatri23763
532Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi201744FMWagh Suyog227311
634Akshit Kumar J201444FMJeet Jain226413
716Soham Kamotra218944Mahindrakar Indrajeet203429
818Dhananjay S218044Hemanth Raam199236
919Gaurav Rajesh Zagade217344Avinash Ramesh168690
1088Madhavan R Munjanattu17024FMSrihari L R22869
1110Saurabh Anand2278Chaitanya Sairam Mogili192143
1242Shreyash Shuvam Patnaik1936Sibi Visal R223814
1344Aditya Varun Gampa1908CMBhavesh Mahajan218717
1452Dere Pushkar1876Anustoop Biswas215421
1550Dubey Sanchay1880Barath Kalyan M206923

Complete pairings

Round 6 pairings in Girls

11WIMPriyanka Nutakki2272Toshali V205711
23WIMAakanksha Hagawane2227WCMChinnam Vyshnavi168929
39WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2087Shah Vishwa189219
413Bhagyashree Patil197044WIMArpita Mukherjee22342
515Ghosh Samriddhaa196444WFMPandey Srishti21406
616WFMBidhar Rutumbara194244WFMSalonika Saina21008
753Vakcheri Mohitha145144Priyanka K206710
85WIMChitlange Sakshi21854Meenal Gupta187920
97WCMSharma Isha2139Rathi Dhanashree168830
1025WCMArushi Kotwal1756WFMPotluri Supreetha196814
1117WFMJain Nityata1927Rebecca Jesumarian156840
1235Marium Fatima1619WFMTanishka Kotia190918
1347Harshini B1507Poorna Sri M.K184822
1423WFMGreeshma Anand Dhumal18373Sai Mahati A141256
1557Sachi Jain140633WFMMakhija Aashna21914


Complete pairings

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