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National Junior 2023 R1-5: Sneha topples Tejaswini

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/09/2023

Sneha Halder (WB) defeated the newly crowned Asian Junior Girls 2023 champion, WIM Tejaswini G (TN). The reigning National Amateur U2300 Women 2023 and National Under-13 Girls 2022 champion, seized her opportunity when Tejaswini miscalculated a tactic and blundered her rook. She could not recover it for the rest of the game and lost. Sneha is the sole leader among girls at 5/5. She is closely followed by Mrittika Mallick (WB), Anishka Vikram (DEL) and Marium Fatima (BIH) at 4.5/5 each. In the 52nd National Junior Open, Alekhya Mukhopadhyay (WB) and Sathvik Adiga (KAR) are the coleaders at 5/5. They will face each other in Round 6 which starts today from 9:30 a.m. IST today. Photos by Prashant Raval unless stated otherwise.

Alekhya and Sathvik emerge coleaders

In the Open event, six players are trailing the leaders by a half point at 4.5/5 each. They are - IM Manish Anto Cristiano F (TN), FM Md. Imran (AP), CM Arjun Adireddy (TN), Vrashank Chouhan (RAJ), Kushal R Jani (GUJ) and Priansh Das (ODI). The eleven-round event has a total prize fund of ₹100000, ₹500000 in Open and Girls section each. Top three prizes are ₹100000, ₹72000 and ₹60000 each.

Sneha Halder (WB) has emerged sole leader in the Girls section 5/5

Om Nagnath - Alekhya, Round 5

Position after 55...Kf5

Black is threatening Qb2# and if you decide to take the a3-pawn then Qa1#. So White must give continuous checks to stay in the game. 54.Qc8+ Kf4 55.Qf8+ Ke4 56.Qe8+ Ke3 57.Qg2 is one of the ways for White to play. The key was to give long range checks to have many options open. 56.Qf7+? reduced the distance and hence reduced the options for White. 56...Kg4 57.Qe6+ Kf4 58.Qf7+ Kg3 59.Qc7+ Kg2 60.Qc6+ Kg1 and White has run out of checks which means checkmate is unstoppable.

Alekhya Mukhopadhyay (WB) registered his fifth win in-a-row

Sathvik - Yash

Position after 36...Ne4??

36...Ne4?? is a blunder. Try to find the beautiful winning combination for White which Sathvik Adiga (KAR, 1754) executed against Yash Bharadia (RAJ, 2000).

Sathvik Adiga (KAR) showcased his sharp play against Yash Bharadia (RAJ) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Kushal R Jani (GUJ) - Md. Imran (AP): 0.5-0.5

Girls: Sneha - Tejaswini: 1-0

Last year at National Under-15 and Under-17 Girls, Sneha Halder (WB, 1835) faced Tejaswini G (TN, 1905) twice with the black pieces. They traded a win each. This time they faced each other at National Under-19 Girls in the fifth round and for the first time, Sneha had the white pieces.

Position after 15...e5

15...e5 was responded with 16.dxe6 Bxe6 17.Bxa8 Bxg4?? 18.Be4 White managed to save her extra rook. Black could not recover material for the rest of the game and lost in another eleven moves.

Mrittika - Shubhi

Position after 13...Bxh3?

13...Bxh3? is a bold sacrifice. It actually does not yield anything for Black. 14.Nxe5! Nxg3 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.gxh3 d5 17.d4 Nxe4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Rxe4 Qf6 20.Qh5 Kg7 21.Rae1 and White won the game in another seven moves.

Mrittika Mallick (WB) thwarted a sacrifice to defeat Shubhi Gupta (UP)

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A total of 223 players including 2 IMs in the Open and 129 players including 2 WIMs in the Girls tournament are taking part. The tournaments are organized by Gujarat State Chess Association. They are taking place at Karnavati Club in Ahmedabad, Gujarat from 20th to 28th September 2023. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1

Replay Open Round 1-5 games

Replay Girls Round 1-5 games

Open Round 5 results

122Jani, Kushal R1904Gujarat4½ - ½4FMMd, Imran2197AP6PGN
228Om, Nagnath Lamkane1858MAH40 - 14Alekhya, Mukhopadhyay2149WB10PGN
348Sathvik, Adiga1754KAR41 - 04Bharadia, Yash2000RAJ12PGN
41Sanket, Chakravarty2381WB½ - ½Mukund, Hemant Agarwal1917Gujarat20PGN
523Kartik, Kumar Singh1901MAH0 - 1IMManish, Anto Cristiano F2372TN2PGN
629Priansh, Das1846ODI1 - 0Anadkat, Kartavya2177Gujarat8PGN
711CMAdireddy, Arjun2057TEL1 - 0Sriram, Adarsh Uppala1883TEL24PGN
813Vrashank, Chouhan1985RAJ1 - 0Mithiran, A1727TN60PGN
939Jval, Saurin Patel1814Gujarat½ - ½Shah, Jeet1925MAH19PGN
107Dhyey, Agarwal2178Gujarat31 - 0Jihan, Tejas Shah1761Gujarat46PGN


Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/City TB1 
110Alekhya, MukhopadhyayIND2149WB5
48Sathvik, AdigaIND1754KAR5
32IMManish, Anto Cristiano FIND2372TN4,5
6FMMd, ImranIND2197AP4,5
11CMAdireddy, ArjunIND2057TEL4,5
13Vrashank, ChouhanIND1985RAJ4,5
22Jani, Kushal RIND1904Gujarat4,5
29Priansh, DasIND1846ODI4,5
91Sanket, ChakravartyIND2381WB4
4Srihari, LIND2207PUD4
7Dhyey, AgarwalIND2178Gujarat4
9CMVivaan, Vijay SaraogiIND2152MAH4
12Bharadia, YashIND2000RAJ4
15Lad, Mandar PradipIND1959Goa4
19Shah, JeetIND1925MAH4
20Mukund, Hemant AgarwalIND1917Gujarat4
26Gaikwad, ManasIND1866MAH4
28Om, Nagnath LamkaneIND1858MAH4
33Vrandesh, ParekhIND1839Gujarat4
37Arshpreet, SinghIND1822HAR4


Round 6 pairings

110Alekhya, Mukhopadhyay2149WB55Sathvik, Adiga1754KAR48
22IMManish, Anto Cristiano F2372TNVrashank, Chouhan1985RAJ13
36FMMd, Imran2197APPriansh, Das1846ODI29
411CMAdireddy, Arjun2057TELJani, Kushal R1904Gujarat22
538CMMrithyunjay, Mahadevan1818TN44Sanket, Chakravarty2381WB1
64Srihari, L2207PUD44Om, Nagnath Lamkane1858MAH28
740Rohith, S1810TN44Dhyey, Agarwal2178Gujarat7
858AFMSureka, Akshat1730KAR44CMVivaan, Vijay Saraogi2152MAH9
912Bharadia, Yash2000RAJ44Vrandesh, Parekh1839Gujarat33
1074Boricha, Yohan1658MAH44Lad, Mandar Pradip1959Goa15


Girls Round 5 results

110Sneha, Halder1835WB41 - 04Tejaswini, G1905TN6PGN
23Mrittika, Mallick2059WB1 - 04AFMShubhi, Gupta1761UP15PGN
327Khairmode, Dhanashree1616MAH½ - ½WFMKheerthi, Ganta2148TEL1PGN
413Anishka, Vikram1773DEL1 - 0Anushka, Gupta1675WB25PGN
520Marium, Fatima1715Bihar1 - 0Sachi, Jain1756Delhi16PGN
629Swara, Lakshmi S Nair1601KAR30 - 13WIMMrudul, Dehankar2059MAH2PGN
75Rindhiya, V1918TN30 - 13Keerti, Shree Reddy1580TN34PGN
87WFMBhagyashree, Patil1879MAH3½ - ½3Divyabharathi, Masanam1596TN32PGN
931Arshiya, Das1596TRI30 - 13WCMBristy, Mukherjee1858WB8PGN
1038Prasiddhi, Bhat1543KAR31 - 03Bhat, Sannidhi Ramakrishna1767MAH14PGN


Standings after Round 5

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/City TB1 
110Sneha, HalderwIND1835WB5
23Mrittika, MallickwIND2059WB4,5
13Anishka, VikramwIND1773DEL4,5
20Marium, FatimawIND1715Bihar4,5
51WFMKheerthi, GantawIND2148TEL4
2WIMMrudul, DehankarwIND2059MAH4
6Tejaswini, GwIND1905TN4
8WCMBristy, MukherjeewIND1858WB4
15AFMShubhi, GuptawIND1761UP4
17Ishvi, AggarwalwIND1748HAR4
19Kanishka, SwIND1716TN4
21Dakshita, KumawatwIND1690RAJ4
22Kashthuri, Bhai RwIND1689AND4
26Rajanya, DattawIND1654WB4
27Khairmode, DhanashreewIND1616MAH4
34Keerti, Shree ReddywIND1580TN4
35Kale, ShrutiwIND1567MAH4
38Prasiddhi, BhatwIND1543KAR4
197WFMBhagyashree, PatilwIND1879MAH3,5
11Rebecca, JesumarianwIND1811TN3,5


Round 6 pairings

113Anishka, Vikram1773DEL5Sneha, Halder1835WB10
23Mrittika, Mallick2059WBMarium, Fatima1715Bihar20
322Kashthuri, Bhai R1689AND44WFMKheerthi, Ganta2148TEL1
42WIMMrudul, Dehankar2059MAH44Dakshita, Kumawat1690RAJ21
56Tejaswini, G1905TN44Khairmode, Dhanashree1616MAH27
68WCMBristy, Mukherjee1858WB44Kale, Shruti1567MAH35
715AFMShubhi, Gupta1761UP44Prasiddhi, Bhat1543KAR38
826Rajanya, Datta1654WB44Ishvi, Aggarwal1748HAR17
934Keerti, Shree Reddy1580TN44Kanishka, S1716TN19
1036Jain, Ashita1564GujaratWFMBhagyashree, Patil1879MAH7


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