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36th National Under-9 Open and Girls Round 4-5: Venkata and Advik lead in Open, Samhita and Pooja in Girls

by Himank Ghosh - 05/11/2023

The 4th and 5th round of National Under-9 Chess Championships saw more rating upsets, and the lead getting thinner at the top. After 5 rounds of play, there are 2 players each in the Open and Girls section with a perfect score of 5/5 points. Samhita Pungavanam (1345, TEL) and Pooja Shree R (1249, TN) lead the girls section, while Advik Amit Agrawal (1368, MAH) and Venkata Naga Karthik Malladi (1317, KAR) have the lead in the open category. The biggest result of the day was the top seed in the Girls section, Sharvaanica AS (1430, TN) going down against Bhavanya Panchumarthi (1192, AP). Round 6 starts today, 5th November from 9:30 AM IST. Photos: Himank Ghosh

Venkata Naga Karthik Malladi takes lead

The 5th round in the Open section saw the clash between Narendra Agrawal (1505, WB) and Venkata Naga Karthik Malladi (1317, KAR). Venkata managed to cause a small rating upset - his game was the first to finish among the top boards!

Venkata was sporting his ChessBase India hoodie in this round!

Narendra actually managed to create a better position with the White pieces out of the opening, but Venkata managed to equalize by entering in a double Rook and Bishop ending. A crucial tactical error happened soon:

Both players fully focused in their top board clash in the 5th round

Narendra - Venkata, Round 5 Open

Position after 29. Bxg6+

This was a complete tactical error by Narendra. He must have imagined something like 29...Rxg6 30. Rc2+ Kh6 31. Rxg6 Kxg6 32. Rxb7 where he gets the sacrificed piece back, but even that is a completely winning Rook endgame for Black. But Venkata found a much easier solution - 29...Kg6! The White Rook is pinned, and loses a piece by force. Venkata went on to win the game comfortably. 

Samhita Pungavanam's (1345, TEL) energetic play rewarded her with a powerful win in the 5th round against Kiyana Parihar (1233, RAJ)! She managed to take down her opponent in just 22 moves.

Samhita caught Kiyana off guard with her opening preparation

Bhavanya Panchumarthi (1142, AP) scored the biggest rating upset of the day - she took down the tournament top seed, Sharvaanica AS (1430, TN) in the 4th round with the Black pieces!

Bhavanya scored a big win against the National Under-7 Girls Champion of 2022

Sharvaanica - Bhavanya, Round 4 Girls

Position after 18...Qb6

Black already has a slight edge in the position. But Sharvaanica's decision to give up the b-pawn completely with 19.b3 just landed her in a completely lost position. After 19...Na5 20. Qb2 Qxb3 21.Qxb3 Nxb3 she was just down a pawn, and Bhavanya went on to convert the game clinically.

Advik Amit Agrawal (1368, MAH) played some strong chess in a Queenless middlegame to take down Dhruv Gupta (1191, DEL) with the White pieces. He is one of the leaders with a perfect 5/5 score!

Dhruv in deep thought during the opening clash against Advik

Advik - Dhruv, Open Round 5

The Position after 11...Qxd1+

Trading the Queens was not a great decision by Black. After 12. Rxd1, the Rook captures the open d-file, and there are a lot of tactics with the Bishop pair in the open position. Advik went on to win the game quite comfortably.

Photo Gallery

The President of SKDCA, Manoj Kumar taking a look at the ongoing games

The Chief guest of Round 6 being felicitated with a flower bouquet!

The pairing arbiter of the tournament, IA D Soundaryamurthy deep in work

The busy playing hall just before the start of Round 6

For more Round 4 and Round 5 photos, please click at the respective links.

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Replay Open Round 4-5 games

Replay Girls Round 4-5 games

Open Round 5 results

13Narendra Agarwal1505West Bengal40 - 14AFMVenkata Naga Karthik Malladi1317Karnataka22PGN
213Advik Amit Agrawal1368Maharashtra41 - 04Dhruv Gupta1191Delhi54PGN
323Nirvaan Nirav Shah1290Maharashtra4½ - ½Rahul Ramakrishnan1531Puducherry2PGN
427Rishen Jilowa1287Rajasthan1 - 0Nidhish Shyamal1464Telangana6PGN
57Samaksh Ashok1425Karnataka½ - ½Jai Prakash Vanum1287Andhra Pradesh26PGN
69Mani Sarbartho1418West Bengal1 - 0Mohd Ismail Siddiqui1096Uttar Pradesh97
731Saksham Upadhyay1266Maharashtra0 - 1Vairaj Sogerwal1395Haryana12
837Joshua Mark Telles1235Goa1 - 0Arjun Singh1357Maharashtra14
995Mithun R1103Maharashtra0 - 1Krithik Muthukumar1337Tamil Nadu16
1045Sarvesh E1222Tamil Nadu1 - 0Sathvik Gulakaram1290Telangana24


Standings after Round 5

k.SNoNamesexFEDRtgBdldClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
113Advik Amit AgrawalIND1368Maharashtra51416,516,50
22AFMVenkata Naga Karthik MalladiIND1317Karnataka51416,516,50
316Krithik MuthukumarIND1337Tamil Nadu4,514,51714,75
412Vairaj SogerwalIND1395Haryana4,514,516,514,25
537Joshua Mark TellesIND1235Goa4,5141613,75
623Nirvaan Nirav ShahIND1290Maharashtra4,51213,512,00
727Rishen JilowaIND1287Rajasthan4,5121312,25
89Mani SarbarthoIND1418West Bengal4,5121312,00
945Sarvesh EIND1222Tamil Nadu4,5121311,75
103Narendra AgarwalIND1505West Bengal415,51813,00
112Rahul RamakrishnanIND1531Puducherry4151814,00
1254Dhruv GuptaIND1191Delhi4151611,00
134Aarit KapilIND1469Delhi414,517,512,50
1420ACMAryan GoyalIND1326Delhi4141612,00
1549Sattwik SwainIND1208Odisha41415,511,00
1619ACMSri Shiva Tejo Karthikeya KIND1333Telangana413,51511,00
1711Abhinav AnandIND1395Karnataka413,514,511,50
1826Jai Prakash VanumIND1287Andhra Pradesh413,514,510,75
1984Rhishav MondalIND1123West Bengal4131511,00
2050AFMAr SaisharveshIND1207Tamil Nadu4131410,75


Round 6 pairings

122AFMVenkata Naga Karthik Malladi1317Karnataka55Advik Amit Agrawal1368Maharashtra13
223Nirvaan Nirav Shah1290MaharashtraMani Sarbartho1418West Bengal9
312Vairaj Sogerwal1395HaryanaRishen Jilowa1287Rajasthan27
416Krithik Muthukumar1337Tamil NaduJoshua Mark Telles1235Goa37
520ACMAryan Goyal1326Delhi4Sarvesh E1222Tamil Nadu45
62Rahul Ramakrishnan1531Puducherry44Chirag Lahoti1254Maharashtra34
744ACMKavish Palaniappan K1223Tamil Nadu44Narendra Agarwal1505West Bengal3
84Aarit Kapil1469Delhi44Sattwik Swain1208Odisha49
938Pratyush Kumar1235Uttar Pradesh44Samaksh Ashok1425Karnataka7
1050AFMAr Saisharvesh1207Tamil Nadu44Abhinav Anand1395Karnataka11


Girls Round 5 results

12Samhita Pungavanam1345Telangana41 - 04Kiyana Parihar1233Rajasthan10PGN
212Bhavanya Panchumarthi1192Andhra Pradesh40 - 14Pooja Shree R1249Tamil Nadu7PGN
38Janaki S D1236Kerala4½ - ½4Divi Bijesh1170Kerala14PGN
423Rashi Warudkar1081Chhattisgarh½ - ½Aaradhya Upadhyay1271Rajasthan3PGN
528Sankhla Ananya1057Rajasthan30 - 13Sharvaanica A S1430Tamil Nadu1PGN
64AFMWaghle Bhumika1270Maharashtra31 - 03Vanshika Rawat1056Delhi29
730Skyla Rodrigues1049Goa30 - 13Dishita Dey1263Jharkhand5
831Niyola Pinto1046Karnataka30 - 13Aanya Gupta1234Delhi9
934Fecilika Fiance S1043Tamil Nadu30 - 13Aaradhya Das1198Tripura11
1016Manya Abhishek Drolia1161Gujarat31 - 03Ankita Raj1044Bihar33


Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgBdldClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12Samhita PungavanamwIND1345Telangana515,51919,00
27Pooja Shree RwIND1249Tamil Nadu514,51717,00
314Divi BijeshwIND1170Kerala4,513,514,512,25
48Janaki S DwIND1236Kerala4,51315,513,25
512Bhavanya PanchumarthiwIND1192Andhra Pradesh415,517,512,50
65Dishita DeywIND1263Jharkhand414,51712,50
711Aaradhya DaswIND1198Tripura4141611,00
81Sharvaanica A SwIND1430Tamil Nadu413,516,512,50
910Kiyana PariharwIND1233Rajasthan413,515,510,50
1016Manya Abhishek DroliawIND1161Gujarat4131510,00
1123Rashi WarudkarwIND1081Chhattisgarh41313,510,50
123Aaradhya UpadhyaywIND1271Rajasthan412,514,511,00
1319Leah R JosephwIND1146Karnataka412,512,57,50
1422Deepthaashri Ravi GaneshwIND1114Tamil Nadu4121410,00
159Aanya GuptawIND1234Delhi411,5138,50
164AFMWaghle BhumikawIND1270Maharashtra410,511,58,50
17113Vaishnavi AnandwIND0Tamil Nadu3,513,515,510,00
1826Aryahi BhattacharyawIND1062West Bengal3,513,515,58,75
1917Narayanan RishithawIND1157Andhra Pradesh3,5131610,75
2060Arnica DashwIND0Odisha3,512,513,56,75


Round 6 pairings

17Pooja Shree R1249Tamil Nadu55Samhita Pungavanam1345Telangana2
21Sharvaanica A S1430Tamil Nadu4Janaki S D1236Kerala8
314Divi Bijesh1170Kerala4AFMWaghle Bhumika1270Maharashtra4
43Aaradhya Upadhyay1271Rajasthan44Bhavanya Panchumarthi1192Andhra Pradesh12
55Dishita Dey1263Jharkhand44Manya Abhishek Drolia1161Gujarat16
619Leah R Joseph1146Karnataka44Aanya Gupta1234Delhi9
710Kiyana Parihar1233Rajasthan44Deepthaashri Ravi Ganesh1114Tamil Nadu22
811Aaradhya Das1198Tripura44Rashi Warudkar1081Chhattisgarh23
913Yadav Sanskriti1189Uttar PradeshVaishnavi Anand0Tamil Nadu113
1017Narayanan Rishitha1157Andhra PradeshRizelle Alida Dsouza1045Karnataka32


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