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Western Asian R07+08: The unstoppable Mrudul juggernaut crashes through

by Satanick Mukhuty - 10/09/2019

Mrudul Dehankar kept up her sensational run in the ongoing Western Asian Youth and Junior Championships 2019. In rounds seven and eight she registered back to back victories against Srimathi R and Samriddhaa Ghosh to maintain her full point lead over the rest of the under-18 girls field with a fabulous score of 7.5/8. Thus, Mrudul needs only a draw in the final round to become the sole winner of the event. In under-20 open, Abdimalik Abdisalimov of Uzbekistan has taken sole lead with 7.0/8 but is closely followed by Rajdeep Sarkar who has 6.5/8; while in the girls section of the same age group Vantika Agrawal has been narrowly overtaken by Sakshi Chitlange and Bakhora Abdusattorova both of whom now share 6.5/8 each. 

Mrudul Dehankar dominates under-18 girls!

Mrudul Dehankar has been paired up against Rindhiya V in the final round and she only needs a draw to clinch the under-18 girls title! | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Apart from drawing against Jyothsna L. in the fifth round, Mrudul Dehankar has so far won seven out of her eight games. In the last two rounds victory came against Srimathi R and National under-17 champion Samriddhaa Ghosh.      

Mrudul (left) in action against Srimathi R in round seven | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Mrudul had the white pieces against Srimathi and she employed her pet Trompowsky attack after a queen's pawn opening. The former was probably not prepared in this line as she chose a rather unusual and perhaps even dubious 3...b6 variation.


Mrudul Dehankar - Srimathi R, Round 7

There are only eight games with 3...b6 in the online database, all of which resulting in win for White. 

With 12.Qe2 itself Mrudul's position started to look convincing. White was prepared to castle long and lash out with h2-h4 on the kingside, while Black was still lagging behind in development.

Mrudul actually missed her way at one point and ended up giving away most of her advantage, yet her opponent couldn't make good use of the opportunity and crumbled in just 37 moves. 

Mrudul had the black pieces against Samriddha Ghosh in round eight. The game started off with an English and the position was roughly equal throughout until the latter blundered.


Samriddhaa Ghosh - Mrudul Dehankar, Round 8 

The position was perfectly balanced upto this point. A move like 22.Qf3 aiming for further simplification would have been fine but Samriddhaa went pawn grabbing with 22.Qxc7 ... Can you find how Mrudul took advantage of this?

Standings in under-18 girls after penultimate round

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 w-we
WCMMrudul DehankarwIND21987,50,0734,037,034,251,14
Priyanka KwIND21696,50,0635,538,528,250,03
WCMJyothsna LwIND19895,50,0335,539,525,750,74
Pandey SrishtiwIND19285,00,0434,536,018,000,61
Toshali VwIND18235,00,0434,035,516,751,23
Rindhiya VwIND17534,50,0432,034,015,501,17
Shriya R RevankarwIND17514,50,0328,030,515,250,61
Mudaliar NandiniwIND15184,50,0226,528,513,501,23
Ghosh SamriddhaawIND18634,00,0334,536,513,000,10
WFMSanskriti GoyalwIND20304,00,0333,535,513,75-1,45

Srijit topples Thilakarathne to take sole lead

After losing to Srijit Paul in the penultimate round Thilakarathne G M H of Sri Lanka has slipped to the third place on the leaderboard. He has 5.5/8 points along with Mohamed Anees M and Abdurakhmonov Mukhammadali | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Standings in under-18 open after penultimate round

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 w-we
Srijit PaulU18IND23106,50,0636,040,532,500,53
FMAbdilkhair AbilmansurU16KAZ21896,00,0533,036,527,000,32
FMThilakarathne G M HU18SRI23975,50,0536,039,526,00-1,20
Mohamed Anees MU16IND20385,50,0535,038,024,501,88
FMAbdurakhmonov MukhammadaliU18UZB22885,50,0531,534,522,50-1,10
FMVatsal SinghaniaU18IND21595,00,0436,039,522,750,27
Harisurya Bharadwaj GundepudiU18IND20435,00,0431,034,020,25-0,19
Esshan WadhawanU16IND19035,00,0431,034,018,501,68
Gaurav Rajesh ZagadeU18IND20125,00,0430,533,018,000,82
FMAjay KarthikeyanU16IND22065,00,0334,538,022,250,12

Under-20 girls: Sakshi in joint lead,Vantika just half a point behind

Sakshi Chitlange won both her games in rounds seven and eight to join Bakhora Abdusattorova on the lead with 6.5/8 points | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Vantika had to be contented with double draws in the last two rounds. Hence, she has slipped behind the leaders with 6.0/8 points | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran 

Standings in under-20 girls after penultimate round

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 w-we
WIMAbdusattorova BakhorawUZB21096,51,0635,039,030,501,21
WIMChitlange SakshiwIND21596,50,0634,538,029,000,90
WIMVantika AgrawalwIND23046,00,0534,036,525,50-0,61
Shah VishwawIND17605,00,0435,538,520,753,07
Bakshi RutujawIND20025,00,0334,036,519,501,65
Senthamizh Yazhini SwIND16264,50,0430,032,014,002,16
WFMSavitha Shri BwIND20764,50,0427,529,015,00-1,96
WIMAakanksha HagawanewIND22324,50,0334,537,017,00-2,15
WFMJain NityatawIND20694,50,0328,030,515,75-1,55
WFMBommini Mounika AkshayawIND20554,01,5332,534,514,50-1,27

Under-20 open: Can Rajdeep Sarkar catch up with the leader?

Rajdeep Sarkar (left) beat Pranav Anand (right) in the seventh round and drew Leon Mendonca in the eighth. He is just half a point behind the leader Abdimalik Abdisalimov with 6.5/8 | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Leon Mendonca has 5.5/8 points along with Divya Deshmukh and Harshal Shahi | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Divya Deshmukh suffered her first defeat of the event in round eight against Abdimalik Abdisalimov | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

In round 7 however Divya registered a fine victory against Sammed Jaykumar Shette. The latter had the black pieces and opted for the Dutch Leningrad against 1.d4


Divya Deshmukh - Sammed Jaykumar Shette, Round 7

Position after 27...Bc8: Black could have chosen a more active continuation with 27...Qf6 instead. This allowed White to win a clear pawn with advantage.

The final blunder came only one move later with 28...Rd2 - once again 28...Qf6 would have been better - can you finish off Black from here like Divya did? Check the game below for answer.

Standings in under-20 open after penultimate round

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 w-we
12FMAbdisalimov AbdimalikUZB24097,00,0637,041,035,501,57
27FMRajdeep SarkarIND23646,50,0536,039,531,001,79
319FMHarshal ShahiIND21145,50,0535,037,022,252,78
45IMMendonca Leon LukeIND23855,50,0435,539,024,00-0,20
58WIMDivya DeshmukhwIND23625,50,0434,537,524,750,10
63Sammed Jaykumar SheteIND23955,00,0436,040,023,25-0,31
715Saurabh AnandIND22165,00,0434,037,020,501,10
89FMPranav AnandIND23615,00,0433,537,521,750,00
96Sankalp GuptaIND23765,00,0431,534,519,25-1,15
1017Aradhya GargIND21575,00,0333,036,021,252,24


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