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Mitrabha Guha and Harshita Guddanti are National Sub-Junior 2016 champions!

by Sagar Shah - 21/03/2017

The 2016 National under-15 took place four months ago in Delhi. Mitrabha Guha and Harshita Guddanti emerged as the champions in the open and girls section respectively. "Somehow under the workload of different articles and projects I wasn't able to complete this report," says IM Sagar Shah. "But the quality of the content was so high that I wanted to publish it in spite of the delay." So here you have it - the under-15 National report rich with annotated games, pictures and anecdotes. Hope you enjoy it!

The 42nd National under-15 Championships in the Open category and the 33rd National under-15 for Girls were held from the 20th to the 28th of November 2016 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium, New Delhi. It was an exciting event with some of the best sub-junior players of our country fighting out against each other for the top spot.

In the end it was Mitrabha Guha from West Bengal, 12th seeded at the event, who emerged victorious

Mitrabha played phenomenal chess and score 9.5/11 to win the tournament by a half point margin. He even gained 98 Elo points. Gaining so many points at an Elo of 2250 is truly outstanding. Apart from the top prize he also won a copy of ChessBase 14. Here is his favourite game from the event:

[Event "National U-15 Chess Championship 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.11.27"]
[Round "10.2"]
[White "Jayakumaar S"]
[Black "Mitrabha Guha"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "2186"]
[BlackElo "2250"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[SourceDate "2008.04.15"]
[SourceVersionDate "2008.04.15"]
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 {It is better to include these moves before
playing c4 so that white can get better control of the g5 square} h5 5. c4 e6
6. Nc3 Be7 {A side line} (6... Ne7 7. Bg5 dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nd7) (6... Nd7 7. cxd5
cxd5 8. Bg5) 7. Nf3 Bg4 8. cxd5 (8. Qb3 Qb6 9. c5 Qxb3 10. axb3 Nd7 11. b4 b6)
(8. Be2 Nd7 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Bg5 a6 11. g3 Nh6 12. Bxh6 Rxh6 13. O-O) 8... cxd5
9. Bg5 (9. Be2 Nc6 10. Bg5 a6 11. Qd2) 9... a6 10. Be2 Nc6 11. Qd2 Rc8 12. g3 (
12. Bxe7 Ngxe7 13. O-O (13. g3 Nf5) 13... Bxf3 14. Bxf3 Qb6 15. Ne2 Nf5 16.
Rfd1 Nxh4) 12... Na5 13. Bxe7 Nxe7 14. b3 (14. Ng5 Bxe2 15. Qxe2 Nac6 16. Nf3
Nf5 17. Rd1) 14... Nac6 15. Ng5 $6 (15. Nh2 Bh3 16. Bf3 (16. Nf3 Bg2 17. Rg1
Bxf3 18. Bxf3 Qb6 19. Ne2 Nf5 20. Rd1 Nb4 21. a3 (21. Kf1 Rc2 22. Qg5 Nxa2)
21... Nc2+ 22. Kf1 Qxb3) (16. Bf1 Bxf1 17. Nxf1 Nf5 18. Ne2 Qb6 19. Rd1 Nb4 20.
Ne3 (20. Nh2 Rc2 21. Qf4 Qb5 22. Qf3 Nxa2) 20... Nxe3 21. fxe3 (21. Qxe3 Nc2+)
21... Rc2) 16... Qb6 17. Ne2 Nf5 18. Rd1 Nb4 $19) 15... Nf5 $1 16. f3 (16. Bxg4
hxg4 17. Ne2 Qb6 18. Rd1 Nb4 19. Kf1 (19. Nc3 Nxd4 20. Qxd4 Nc2+ $19) (19. Rc1
Rxc1+ 20. Nxc1 (20. Qxc1 Nd3+) 20... Qxd4 $19) 19... Rc2 20. Qf4 Nxa2 21. Qxg4
Qb5 22. Nh3 Nc3 $19) 16... Nxg3 17. fxg4 (17. Qf4 Bf5 $1 18. Qxg3 Nxd4 19. Rc1
Qa5 20. f4 (20. Kd2 Rxc3 21. Rxc3 Qxc3+ 22. Kxc3 Nxe2+) 20... Nc2+ 21. Kd2 (21.
Rxc2 Bxc2 22. Kd2 d4) 21... d4 $19) 17... Nxh1 18. O-O-O $2 (18. Qf4 O-O 19.
O-O-O (19. Kd2 Qe7 20. Rxh1 Qb4 21. Rc1 (21. Qe3 Nxd4) 21... Nxd4 22. Bf1 (22.
Qe3 hxg4) 22... Nxb3+ $19) 19... Nxe5 20. dxe5 Rxc3+ 21. Kb2 Qc7 $19) 18... Ng3
19. Kb2 (19. Qf4 Nxe2+ 20. Nxe2 f6 21. exf6 Qxf6 $19) 19... Nxe2 20. Nxe2 hxg4
21. Rf1 (21. Qf4 Qe7 22. Rf1 Nb4 23. Kb1 Rxh4 24. Nxf7 Rc2 25. Nd6+ Kd7 26. Nc1
Rhh2 $19) 21... Rc7 22. Qf4 Qe7 (22... Nb4 23. Kb1 Qd7 24. Qxg4 Qb5 25. Nxf7
Qd3+ 26. Ka1 O-O $19) 23. Qxg4 Qb4 24. Qf4 Na5 25. Nxf7 O-O $3 {An unexpected
move for white} 26. Nh6+ gxh6 27. Qg4+ Kh7 28. Rg1 Qd2+ 29. Ka1 Rcf7 30. Nc1
Nc6 0-1

In the girls section fifth seeded Harshita Guddanti made a dash towards the finish line scoring four wins and taking the winner's trophy with 9.0/11

Harshita is a tenth standard student and loves the games of Garry Kasparov. She is currently being trained by IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu. When asked to send us her favourite game, she chose the one against Sanskriti Goyal from the last round that helped her win the event.

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.11.30"]
[Round "11.2"]
[White "Sanskriti , Goyal"]
[Black "Harshita, Guddanti"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E32"]
[WhiteElo "1689"]
[BlackElo "1975"]
[PlyCount "112"]
[SourceDate "2016.11.29"]
[SourceVersionDate "2016.11.29"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. Qxc3 b6 8.
f3 Qe7 9. e3 Bb7 10. Bd3 h6 11. Bh4 e5 12. Ne2 g5 13. dxe5 gxh4 14. exf6 Qxe3
15. Be4 Qxc3+ 16. Nxc3 O-O-O 17. Bxb7+ Kxb7 18. Ne4 Rhg8 19. O-O Rg6 20. Rad1
Rdg8 21. Rf2 Nxf6 22. Nxf6 Rxf6 23. h3 Rf4 24. b3 a5 25. a4 Kc6 26. Kf1 Kc5 27.
Re2 c6 28. Red2 Rg6 29. Kf2 Re6 30. Rd3 Kb4 31. R1d2 d5 32. cxd5 cxd5 33. Rb2
Ka3 34. Rb1 Rb4 35. Rxd5 Rxb3 36. Ra1+ Kb2 37. Rad1 Rc6 38. R5d4 Rc2+ 39. Kf1
Rb4 40. Rd6 Rc1 41. Rxc1 Kxc1 42. Rxh6 Rxa4 43. Rc6+ Kb2 44. Rxb6+ Rb4 45. Ra6
a4 46. Kf2 a3 47. g3 hxg3+ 48. Kxg3 a2 49. h4 a1=Q 50. Rxa1 Kxa1 51. h5 Kb2 52.
f4 Kc3 53. Kg4 Kd4 54. h6 Ke4 55. Kg5 f5 56. h7 Rb8 0-1

The second and the third places in the boy's section went to Arjun Ergiasi (right) and Rajdeep Sarkar (left)

Rajdeep Sarkar with his mother at the end of the event

It was a heartbreaking last round for Rajdeep. He was leading the tournament and had a drawn rook endgame against Arjun Ergiasi. However, he made a wrong king move and that was enough to make him settle for the bronze instead of the gold. This last round clash between Arjun and Rajdeep is filled exciting moments and has been annotated by Arjun for us.

[Event "U-15 nationals 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.11.29"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Erigaisi, Arjun"]
[Black "Rajdeep, Sarkar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D30"]
[WhiteElo "2300"]
[BlackElo "2274"]
[Annotator "Arjun Ergiasi"]
[PlyCount "129"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2014.08.24"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 4. e3 Nf6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. Bb2 Nbd7 8. Bd3
Qe7 9. a3 (9. O-O Ba3 (9... b6 10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Bb7 12. a3 Nxe4 13. axb4 c5
14. Qe2 Nd6 15. bxc5 bxc5 16. d5) 10. Bxa3 Qxa3 11. Qc2 c5 12. cxd5 exd5 13.
Rfe1 {and white can plan for e4}) 9... Bd6 10. Ne5 c5 (10... Rd8 11. f4 Nf8 12.
b4) 11. O-O cxd4 12. exd4 b6 13. Qf3 Bb7 14. Qh3 g6 (14... h6 15. Rfe1 Rfd8 16.
f4) 15. Rfe1 {I think here he missed a good move like} Rfd8 {I did not see any
another plan than b4 here} (15... Nh5 {I was scared of this move} 16. Bf1 Rac8)
16. b4 dxc4 17. Bxc4 Nd5 18. Ne4 Rac8 {Here i saw} (18... N7f6 $5) 19. Bxd5 {
and i was fine with the move which i played in game} (19. Nxf7 Nf4 20. Qh6 {
but here i was very scared to accept so many complicaions}) 19... Bxd5 20. Nxf7
Kxf7 21. Qxh7+ Kf8 22. Qh8+ Kf7 23. Qh7+ Kf8 24. Qh6+ Kf7 25. Ng5+ Kf6 (25...
Kg8 26. Rxe6 Bxe6 27. Qxg6+ Kh8 (27... Qg7 28. Qxe6+ Kh8 29. Nf7+ Kh7 30. Nxd8)
28. d5+ Be5 (28... Ne5 29. dxe6 Qg7 30. Nf7+ Kg8 31. Qxg7+ Kxg7 32. Nxd6) 29.
dxe6 Qg7 (29... Bxb2 30. Nf7+ Qxf7 31. exf7) 30. Qh5+ Kg8 31. exd7 Rxd7 32.
Bxe5 Qxe5 33. Rf1 Rg7 34. h4) 26. Nxe6 Bxe6 27. d5+ Be5 {here i saw} 28. Bxe5+
(28. dxe6 Bxb2 29. Qh4+ g5 30. Qh6+ Kf5 31. exd7 Qxd7 32. Rad1 Qf7 33. f3 {
but i was scared about this position so i did not choose this}) 28... Nxe5 29.
dxe6 Rc4 30. h4 (30. f4 Nc6 31. g4 $1 (31. b5 Qc5+ 32. Kh1 Ne7) 31... Rcd4 {
i thought there is nothing here but just now when i am analysing this game i
saw} 32. Rac1 $18) 30... Rg4 31. Qe3 Nd3 (31... Qxe6 32. f4 Ke7 33. Qf2 Rd2 $1
34. Rxe5 Qxe5 35. fxe5 Rxf2 36. Kxf2 Rxh4 {I don't know properly weather it is
a win or draw}) 32. Red1 Qxe6 (32... Nf4 33. Qc3+ (33. g3 Qb7 $19) 33... Kf5
34. Qc2+ Kf6 35. Qc3+) 33. Rxd3 Qxe3 34. Rxe3 Rxh4 35. Rae1 Rd6 ({maybe here}
35... Rd7 $5 36. g3 Rc4 37. Kg2) 36. Rf3+ Kg5 37. g3 Rhd4 (37... Rh7) 38. Kg2 (
38. Re7 a6 39. Rff7) 38... Rd2 39. Rf7 a6 40. Rh1 ({here after playing i saw}
40. Kh3 $1 Rd7 41. f4+ Kh6 42. Rxd7 Rxd7 43. Re6 Rd3 44. a4) 40... Ra2 41. Kh3
Rf6 42. Rxf6 (42. f4+ Kf5 43. Re7 Re6 44. g4+ Kf6 45. Rxe6+ Kxe6 46. Kh4 Kf6
47. Rc1 g5+ 48. fxg5+ Kg7 49. Rc7+ Kg6 50. Rc6+ Kg7 51. Rxb6 Rxa3 52. g6 Kh6 {
here in time pressure i missed and i thought it was a draw} 53. g7+ $1 Kxg7 54.
Kg5) 42... Kxf6 43. Rc1 Rxa3 44. Rc6+ Kg5 (44... Kf7 45. Rxb6 a5 46. b5 a4 {
maybe black can draw this ending by trading the a4 and b5 pawns}) 45. Rxb6 Rb3
46. f4+ Kf5 (46... Kh5 47. Rxa6 Rxb4 48. g4+ Kh6 49. f5) 47. Kh4 Rb1 48. g4+
Kxf4 49. Rf6+ Ke5 50. Rxg6 Rxb4 51. Rxa6 $18 Rb8 52. Kh5 Rh8+ 53. Rh6 Rf8 54.
g5 Kf5 55. Rh7 Ke6 56. g6 Rf5+ 57. Kh6 Rf1 58. Ra7 Rh1+ 59. Kg7 Rg1 60. Kh7
Rh1+ 61. Kg8 Rg1 62. g7 Rf1 63. Ra2 Ke7 64. Rh2 Ra1 65. Kh8 1-0

Vantika Agarwal with her parents. The girl from Delhi finished second.

For Vantika it was a case of being too solid. The maximum wins tiebreak ensured that with seven wins and four draws she had to settle for the silver. She was surely a tad upset at this result especially because she was leading through most of the event. Here's her round three victory over Rajashree Rajeev.

[Event "33rd National Under-15 Girls Chess Cham"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.11.21"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Rajashree Rajeev"]
[Black "Vantika Agrawal"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E63"]
[WhiteElo "1716"]
[BlackElo "2051"]
[PlyCount "126"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O Nc6 7. Nc3 a6 8. e4
Bg4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 Nd7 11. Be3 e5 12. d5 Nd4 13. Bg2 c5 14. dxc6 bxc6 15.
Bxd4 exd4 16. Ne2 Qb6 17. Rb1 a5 18. Qd2 Rab8 19. Rfd1 c5 20. b3 Qa6 21. Qc2
Ne5 22. Nf4 a4 23. Nd5 axb3 24. axb3 Qa3 25. Ne7+ Kh8 26. f4 Qa7 27. Nd5 Nc6
28. Kh2 Qa5 29. Qd3 Nb4 30. Nxb4 Qxb4 31. Rd2 Rb6 32. Qc2 Ra6 33. Rd3 Rb8 34.
g4 g5 35. fxg5 Be5+ 36. Kh1 Rba8 37. Qf2 R8a7 38. Qe1 Qxe1+ 39. Rxe1 Ra2 40.
Bf3 Rh2+ 41. Kg1 Raa2 42. h4 Bf4 43. h5 Bxg5 44. e5 dxe5 45. Rxe5 Be3+ 46.
Rdxe3 dxe3 47. Rxe3 Rhb2 48. Re1 Kg7 49. Bd5 Rxb3 50. Rf1 f6 51. h6+ Kxh6 52.
Rxf6+ Kg5 53. Rf1 Kxg4 54. Be4 Rbb2 55. Bf3+ Kg3 56. Bd5 h5 57. Rf3+ Kg4 58.
Rf1 h4 59. Be6+ Kg3 60. Rd1 Rg2+ 61. Kh1 Rh2+ 62. Kg1 Rag2+ 63. Kf1 Rh1# 0-1

Harshita Guddanti finished first, Vantika second and Toshali third

Toshali scored 8.0/11 to finish third. Here's her favourite game from the event, her fourth round win against Rutvi Shah.

[Event "33rd National Sub-Juniour Championship"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.11.22"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Toshali V"]
[Black "Shah Rutvi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[WhiteElo "1752"]
[BlackElo "1696"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[SourceDate "2015.08.23"]
[SourceVersionDate "2015.08.23"]
1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Qc2 (5. Qb3 {is better}) 5... Nc6 6.
Nd2 Bg4 7. Be2 Bxe2 8. Nxe2 e6 9. O-O Rc8 10. Qb3 Qa6 11. Rfe1 Be7 12. Bg5 cxd4
13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. exd4 O-O 15. f4 {I thought about this idea before playing 12.
Bg5} h6 (15... Qd3 {if white takes on b7} 16. Qxb7 (16. Nf3 $11) 16... Qxd2 17.
Qxe7 Ne4 {clear winning for black.Maybe black would missed Ne4 move}) 16. Bxf6
Bxf6 17. Nf3 Qc6 (17... Qd3 18. Ne5 Bxe5 19. Rxe5 $11) 18. Ne5 Bxe5 19. Rxe5
Rfe8 20. Rae1 b6 21. Qd1 Qb5 22. Qc2 Qd7 23. Qe2 g6 (23... Rf8 {or}) (23...
Red8 {without any complications}) 24. g4 Kf8 25. Qe3 Rc6 26. f5 Kg7 27. f6+ Kh7
(27... Kxf6 28. Qxh6 Ke7 29. Qg7 Rf8 30. Rf1 {I can convert this position to
win for white}) 28. Qf4 (28. Rf1 {is quite better idea than Qf4}) 28... Rg8 29.
R1e3 g5 30. Qf2 Rg6 31. h4 Qd8 $2 (31... gxh4 32. Qxh4 Qd8 33. Rf3 Qg8 34. Rg3
Rg5 $11 {is forced}) 32. hxg5 Qg8 33. Qc2 (33. Rh3 {is also winning}) 33... Kh8
34. Rh3 Qh7 35. Qh2 Rc8 36. Kf2 Rcg8 37. Re1 a6 38. Rh1 Rxf6+ 39. gxf6 Qc2+ 40.
Ke3 Qe4+ 41. Kd2 1-0

Devanshi Rathi from Delhi with her book chess notes that was converted to Braille

There are a few individuals who work without any noise. Quietly, but with great purpose they make a difference in the overall scheme of things. Devanshi is one such person who is doing some exceptional work. She is the founder of Project Checkmate. She started this project with the aim to help the under-privileged children through the game of chess. It has now ventured into teaching chess to the blind at the National Association of the Blind, New Delhi.

Devanshi's book called ‘Chess Notes’ was converted into a Braille version for the visually impaired children to read and learn chess. She worked regularly with a few students before their national tournament and on Skype during the event.

The tournament proved to be a huge success for the students. The girls finished in the top three places and the boys finished in the top ten. A huge congratulations to Devanshi for the amazing work that she is doing.

 

Download Devanshi's free e-book: Chess Notes  

 

The boys from Tamil Nadu

The Gujaratis!

This man is the backbone of Delhi Chess. You will more often than not find him busy doing some work or the other. Always busy yet full of energy - meet Gopakumar Sudhakaran!

Rajendra Shidore was the chief arbiter for the event

Another important component of the Delhi Chess Association is Biju Raj Surendran

Jitendra Choudhary is a FIDE Arbiter, a chess coach and now also a contributor to ChessBase India. A multi-talented personality!

You are going to hear this boy's name for many years to come D. Gukesh.

Another big talent, the very cute Leon Mendonca from Goa

Leon trying to use his chair to hide...

....and now to play basketball! What happened to chairs being used for sitting!

Two great individuals captured in one frame: Frederic Friedel (left) co-founder of ChessBase and Bharat Singh Chauhan, AICF CEO and the reason why Delhi Chess Association is doing so well.

Frederic Friedel was in India during the event for the promotion of ChessBase India, Fritz and Chesster and also to speak at the Bookaroo Chess Festival. When the co-founder of ChessBase is present...

...there has to be a ChessBase workshop! The workshop was well attended by over 100 people.

14 minutes of the lecture recorded

The Delhi Dynamite logo for the Pro Chess League was unveiled. Subsequently the Delhi Dynamites have done quite well.

Sagar Shah, Tania Sachdev, Amruta Mokal, Frederic Friedel and Anju Sachdev (Tania's mother)

An excellently organized National Championship came to an end.

Final Ranking of Open after 11 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 12 FM Mitrabha Guha IND 2250 WB 9,5 0,0 9,0 76,5
2 9 CM Erigaisi Arjun IND 2300 TEL 9,0 1,0 8,0 74,5
3 10 FM Rajdeep Sarkar IND 2274 WB 9,0 0,0 8,0 75,5
4 14   Jayakumaar S IND 2186 TN 8,5 0,0 8,0 72,0
5 4   Rahul Srivatshav P IND 2325 TEL 8,5 0,0 7,0 73,5
6 5 FM Rakesh Kumar Jena IND 2310 ODI 8,5 0,0 7,0 71,0
7 21 CM Aronyak Ghosh IND 2089 WB 8,5 0,0 7,0 70,0
8 3   Iniyan P IND 2370 TN 8,0 0,0 8,0 76,5
9 36 CM Kushagra Mohan IND 1960 TEL 8,0 0,0 8,0 70,0
10 79   Aditya B Kalyani IND 1707 KAR 8,0 0,0 8,0 63,5

Complete list of rankings

Final Ranking of girls after 11 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 5   Harshita Guddanti IND 1979 AP 9,0 0,5 8,0 70,5
2 3   Vantika Agrawal IND 2051 DEL 9,0 0,5 7,0 75,5
3 11   Toshali V IND 1752 AP 8,0 0,0 7,0 72,5
4 6 WFM Lakshmi C IND 1905 TN 8,0 0,0 7,0 72,0
5 1 WFM Arpita Mukherjee IND 2108 WB 8,0 0,0 6,0 74,5
6 26   Tanya Pandey IND 1614 MAH 8,0 0,0 6,0 65,5
7 18   Shah Rutvi IND 1696 GUJ 7,5 0,0 7,0 69,5
8 12   Abhirami Madabushi IND 1732 AP 7,5 0,0 7,0 64,0
9 10   Ghosh Samriddhaa IND 1754 WB 7,5 0,0 6,0 70,0
10 13 WFM Bommini Mounika Akshaya IND 1729 AP 7,5 0,0 6,0 68,5

Complete list of rankings