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Jval Saurin Patel and Prishita Gupta win the National U-11 Championships

by Himank Ghosh - 12/11/2022

Jval Saurin Patel (1702, GUJ) won the National U-11 Championships held in Gurugram, Haryana! The young Gujrat lad scored 10/11 and bagged the champions trophy along with a huge prize money of Rs.80,000. In the Girls Category, It was Prishita Gupta (1556, DEL) who stood victorious with 9/11 and bagged a cash prize of Rs. 80,000. A total of 5 players tied for the 2nd place with 8.5/11. Delhi Grandmaster Prithu Gupta was invited in the prize ceremony to hand over the trophies and motivate the young players! Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam.

Jval Patel wins Open, Prishita Gupta triumphs in Girls

Jval Saurin Patel (1702, GUJ) scored an impressive 10/11 to win the National U-11 Championship, remaining unbeaten throughout the whole event! He also gained a massive 104 rating points in the process.

A golden run for Jval - he defeated several higher-rated players, including the reigning Asian U-12 Champion, Ethan Vaz!
The 11-year-old positional genius Jval Patel | National Under-11 Champion 2022

Jval Saurin Patel being awarded the winners trophy - Grandmaster Prithu Gupta was also present in the ceremony! | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

2nd: Adharsh K (9.5/11) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

3rd: Ethan Vaz (9/11) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

In the Girls Category, Prishita Gupta (1556) clinched 1st position in the Girls section with 9/11. She scored 3 consecutive wins from Round 6-8!

Prishita Gupta lifts the Champions Trophy | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

2nd: Gorli Nyna (1421, AP, 8.5/11) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

3rd: Kirthika B (1330, TEL, 8.5/11) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Open Round 7: Jval Saurin Patel - Ethan Vaz: 1-0

Jval Saurin Patel (left) on the way to defeat the Asian U-12 Champion Ethan Vaz (right). | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

In an 84-move marathon game which maintained a fairly equal position throughout the game, it was Ethan Vaz (2059, GOA), who made the final and decisive error in a Knight endgame against Jval Saurin Patel (1702, GUJ).

Position after 72...h5. White to play, can you find the best continuation?

Even though this 3 vs 2 Knight endgame should be a draw, White can keep applying continuous pressure. Ethan finally cracked on move 72 - ...h5 is a blunder because of the unexpected tactical shot 73. f5+!

Position after 73. f5+. Do you see why both the Captures fail?

...Kxf5 is impossible because the Black Knight is en prise, and ...gxf5 fails to Nf4+, forcing the trade of Knights and going into a winning pawn endgame! This was the main point of 73. f5+ - vacating the f4-square for the Knight. In the game, Ethan went for 73...Kd6, and Jval played the very powerful 74. Nf4! The Gujrati youngster went on to win the game in a few more moves.

Open Round 8: Sarthak Sharma - Adharsh K: 0-1

Adharsh K (1612, TN) won a very nice game with the Black pieces against Sarthak Sharma (1413, KAR). This game features a very nice decision taken by Adharsh - not fearing an impending attack and correctly judging that the opponent's attack is failing.

Position after 19...Qxb2

19...Qxb2 was an excellent decision taken by Adharsh - it was important to understand that 20. Qh6+ is actually bad for White, and the attack is fizzling out after 21. Qh4+ g5 22. Qh6+ Ke7 23. Qxg5+ f6! 

Position after 24...Rf7

After 24...Rf7, there are no more checks and White has both Rooks hanging. White continued 25. Rxf7 Kxf7 26. Qh5+ Kg7 27. Rd1, but now it is Black's turn to attack - 27...Rh8!

Position after 27...Rh8

The Black Rook is coming to h1 with decisive effect next, and Black will have a winning attack against the White King. Adharsh went on to win the game in a few more moves.

Open Round 10: Ethan Vaz - Vivaan Vijay Saraogi: 1-0

The reigning Asian U-12 Champion Ethan Vaz (left) up against Vivaan Vijay Saraogi (right). | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Ethan Vaz (2059, GOA) took advantage of his opponent's Vivaan Vijay Saraogi's (1546, MAH) inaccuracy in the opening, and went ahead to score a smooth victory with the White pieces.

Position after 15...Qc7

...Qc7 started the problems for Vivaan - Ethan now found a string of accurate moves starting with 16. cxd5 Bxd5 17. Bf3! trading off the strong light-squared bishop and making c6 a permanent weakness. The game continued ...Qxe5 18. Nxc6 Bxc6 19. Bxc6 Rd8 20. Qa4 and White already has a big advantage due to his active pieces, Black's weak pawn structure and uncastled King. Ethan went on to convert the game comfortably.

Round 8 Girls: Nivedita VC - Gorli Nyna: 0-1

Intense fight in the Round 8 top board between Nivedita VC (Right) and Gorli Nyna (left) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

In a back-and-forth endgame in which both the players had the advantage at multiple points, it was Nivedita VC (1289, TN) who made the last mistake against Gorli Nyna (1421, AP).

Position after 31. Ne4

Ne4 was the final mistake - White had to play 31. Nxc7 Rc8 32. Rc8 Ne6 and the point is, the c4-pawn is defended by the White Rook. After Ne4, Black continued 31...Nc2+ 32. Kb2 Nxe3 and now Nxc7 doesn't work because of ...Rc8 followed by ...Rxc4, as the White Rook doesn't defend the pawn anymore. Gorli converted this advantage comfortably to a win with the Black pieces.

Round 9 Girls: Raajev Rudra - Prishita Gupta: 0-1

Both players completely focused in the game - Raajev Rudra (left) vs Prishita Gupta (right) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Prishita Gupta (1556, DEL) had a lost position against Raajev Rudra (1359, KAR), but managed to pull off a nice swindle and win the game!

Position after 32. Bg2

32. Bg2 was the last mistake on Rudra's part. The best way to continue would've been Kg2! d4 Qc8+ followed by Bg4, and White is doing fine. But Bg2 runs into 32...Ra1 33. Qe3 Qe6! and White cannot avoid the loss of the e8-bishop. Prishita checkmated the White king in a few more moves.

Round 11 Girls: Kirthika B - Gorli Nyna: 1-0

Battle for a podium finish - Kirthika B (left) vs Nyna Gorli (right) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Kirthika B (1330, TEL) made quick work of her opponent Gorli Nyna (1421, AP) with the White pieces, after her opponent made a tactical oversight early in the game.

Position after 14...g6

...g6 is a blunder, as now White wins the game with the tactical shot 15. Nxd5! exd5 16. e6! taking advantage of hanging Rook on h8 and the uncastled Black king. Black decided to end her troubles and took back on e6, avoiding the vicious attack by giving up an exchange. The game went on for many more moves, but Kirthika never lost her advantage and went on to give the game comfortably.

Photo Gallery

Round 7, Board 3: Pranav Sai Ram (1604, TN) - Sathvik Adiga (1728, KAR) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Round 8, Board 2: Prishita Gupta (1556, DEL) - Gorli Nyna (1421, AP) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Round 11, Board 2 - Badole Shaunak (1645, MAH) - Ethan Vaz (2059, GOA) | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Shlok Mali (left) up against the reigning Asian U-10 Champion, Madhvendra Pratap Sharma | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Charvi A of Karnataka, the under 8 girls world champion was the only female chess player participating in the Open Section! Kudos to her bravery - she scored a very solid 7/11 in a strong field, with only 2 losses | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Check out all the tournament photos here.

A big thank to you to the Chief Arbiter of the event, IA Rathinam Anantharam for sending us all the pictures. A total of 297 players in the Open and 131 players in the Girls tournament are taking part. The event is organized by the Haryana State Chess Association. Both tournaments are taking place at HSV Global School, Sector 46, Gurugram, Haryana from 29th October - 6th November 2022. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Open U-11 Final Standings

Rk.SNoNamesexRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Rpnwwew-weKrtg+/-
17Jval Saurin Patel1702GUJ1079,584,575,7509191511107,392,6140104,4
211Adharsh K1612TN9,57579,566,25081727119,57,721,784071,2
32AIMVaz Ethan2059GOA973,577,560,7508168611910,62-1,6240-64,8
45Aansh Nandan Nerurkar1732MAH8,57882,562,00071624118,58,92-0,4240-16,8
526Nihaan Pohane1472MAH8,576,58259,50081719118,55,163,3440133,6
6140Mali Shlok1136MAH8,57377,556,75081644107,51,336,1740246,8
763Sanjay Narayanan P S1337TN8,572,57758,25071649861,524,4840179,2
88Nimay Agrawal1685HAR8,571,57859,75071516118,59,81-1,3140-52,4
910Badole Shaunak1645MAH8,57175,557,00081559118,58,87-0,3740-14,8
104Reyan Md.1738BIH8,56974,556,75081520118,510,06-1,5640-62,4
116Sathvik Adiga1728KAR878,58457,000716451188,46-0,4640-18,4
129Raihaan Zahid1676TEL873,578,555,250615231189,44-1,4440-57,6
1312Pranav Sai Ram R S1604TN87378,554,750715601188,09-0,0940-3,6
1441AIMPremshankar B U1403TN870,57451,000615701074,562,444097,6
1556Krishay Jain1355WB8687249,000815331074,602,404096
1621Adhiraj Mitra1514JHA863,568,550,250713531189,47-1,4740-58,8
1749Prakul A1377TN8616544,00071426965,330,674026,8
1857Rishabh Kumar1354DEL7,5747844,00071610106,53,263,2440129,6
1928Binu Devdutt1464KER7,57378,546,00071493117,56,740,764030,4
2020Niladri Banerjee1516WB7,572,577,548,50071476117,57,78-0,2840-11,2


Girls U-11 Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Rpnwwew-weKrtg+/-
11Prishita GuptaU11w1556DEL9737862,500814821088,37-0,3740-14,8
22AFMGorli NynaU11w1421AP8,57479,560,50071450107,57,020,484019,2
39Kirthika BU11w1330TEL8,572,57655,75081446107,55,931,574062,8
413ACMNivedita V CU11w1289TN8,571,57554,7508143796,54,661,844073,6
531Aditri ShomeU11w1177GUJ8,5606450,00081298653,141,864074,4
627Ameya A RU11w1202KER8,55858,544,7508126553,53,050,454018
722Saranya Devi NarahariU11w1221TEL7,572,577,549,0007133595,54,261,244049,6
88Aadhya JainU11w1342DEL7,5717548,75061310855,04-0,0440-1,6
911Siddhi RaoU11w1303KAR7,570,57447,75061279855,10-0,1040-4
1035Vritika Krushna GameU11w1173MAH7,569,57549,0006135984,52,521,984079,2
1163Thota HrithikaU11w1038TEL7,569,574,539,75071377106,52,164,3440173,6
1215ACMShanmathi Sree SU11w1275TN7,569,57448,75051306106,56,140,364014,4
136Rudra RajeevU11w1359KAR7,568,57245,00061342106,56,69-0,1940-7,6
1417Pratyasha JenaU11w1252ODI7,566,57145,7505131695,54,820,684027,2
15129Vidhi AngelinaU110UP7,56569,543,75071327117,5
1637Aji Shree AU11w1167TN7,562,56640,25061314742,451,554062
1732Yatee KothariU11w1175RAJ7,560,564,542,75061221320,911,094043,6
1810Aadya RanganathU11w1316KAR772,57544,250512991066,33-0,3340-13,2
194Nihira KoulU11w1371MAH768,573,545,250512651067,46-1,4640-58,4
2023Sravyasree BheemarasettyU11w1221AP767,57241,25051255964,911,094043,6



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