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National Junior 2023 R8: Arjun Adireddy emerges sole leader

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/09/2023

CM Arjun Adireddy (TEL) defeated his coleader IM Manish Anto Cristiano F (TN) to gain sole lead 7.5/8 at 52nd National Junior 2023 Open. A series of inaccuracies by Manish allowed Arjun to gain the upper hand and an exchange. He converted his advantage into a full point comfortably. Alekhya Mukhopadhyay (WB) bounced back from his loss. His daredevil play against Mandar Pradip Lad (Goa) fetched him a victory. Alekhya and Manas Gaikwad (MAH) are currently trailing the leader by a half point at 7/8 each. In the Girls section, Ishvi Aggarwal (HAR) stopped Sneha Halder's (WB) winning streak. They both are now coleaders at 7/8 each. Round 9 starts today from 1:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Prashant Raval

Ishvi ends Sneha's winning streak

WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH), Shubhi Gupta (UP) and Dhanashree Khairmode (MAH) are trailing the leaders by a half point at 6.5/8 each.

52nd National Junior Open: CM Arjun Adireddy (TEL) is the sole leader 7.5/8

Arjun - Manish

Position after 18.Bxf5

Three consecutive incorrect rook moves by IM Manish Anto Cristiano F (TN, 2372) turned things in CM Arjun Adireddy's (TEL, 2057) favor. 16...Rfc8? 17.Qa5 Rc3 18.Bxf5 Rxe3 19.Be4 Rxe4 20.Rd8+ Rxd8 21.Qxd8+ Bf8 22.fxe4 and White went on to win the game comfortably.

Alekhya - Mandar

Position after 29.Kd4

Alekhya Mukhopadhyay (WB, 2149) won a wild game against Mandar Pradip Lad (Goa, 1959). Yes, after bishop, White's next most advanced pieces are queen and king. Eventually, the advanced king played a key role in White earning a victory.

Alekhya Mukhopadhyay (WB) bounced back with a victory where he played some bold chess against Mandar Pradip Lad (Goa)

Girls: Ishvi - Sneha

Position after 17.Bf4

Ishvi Aggarwal (HAR, 1748) got a better position out of the opening and she outplayed her opponent Sneha Halder (WB, 1835). 17...Qb7 18.b5 would have given an immediate control. The game continued 18.Rfb1 b5 and White eventually won the game.

Ishvi Aggarwal (HAR) defeated Sneha Halder (WB) to become the new coleader 7/8

Shubhi Gupta (UP) won against Kheerthi Ganta (TEL) in 26 moves to stay in pursuit 6.5/8

Round 8 Open: Top two boards

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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 8 games

Replay Girls Round 8 games

Open Round 8 results

111CMAdireddy, Arjun2057TEL1 - 0IMManish, Anto Cristiano F2372TN2PGN
210Alekhya, Mukhopadhyay2149WB61 - 06Lad, Mandar Pradip1959Goa15PGN
326Gaikwad, Manas1866MAH61 - 06Bharadia, Yash2000RAJ12PGN
47Dhyey, Agarwal2178Gujarat1 - 06Arshpreet, Singh1822HAR37PGN
529Priansh, Das1846ODI½ - ½FMHarshad, S2236TN3PGN
68Anadkat, Kartavya2177Gujarat½ - ½Dinesh, Rajan M1908TN21PGN
758AFMSureka, Akshat1730KAR1 - 0Vrashank, Chouhan1985RAJ13PGN
81Sanket, Chakravarty2381WB51 - 05Jval, Saurin Patel1814Gujarat39PGN
938CMMrithyunjay, Mahadevan1818TN50 - 15Srihari, L2207PUD4PGN
1043Jaidambareesh, N R1771TN50 - 15Apoorv, Kamble2201KAR5PGN


Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/City TB1 
111CMAdireddy, ArjunIND2057TEL7,5
210Alekhya, MukhopadhyayIND2149WB7
26Gaikwad, ManasIND1866MAH7
42IMManish, Anto Cristiano FIND2372TN6,5
7Dhyey, AgarwalIND2178Gujarat6,5
58AFMSureka, AkshatIND1730KAR6,5
71Sanket, ChakravartyIND2381WB6
3FMHarshad, SIND2236TN6
4Srihari, LIND2207PUD6
5Apoorv, KambleIND2201KAR6
8Anadkat, KartavyaIND2177Gujarat6
12Bharadia, YashIND2000RAJ6
15Lad, Mandar PradipIND1959Goa6
21Dinesh, Rajan MIND1908TN6
22Jani, Kushal RIND1904Gujarat6
23Kartik, Kumar SinghIND1901MAH6
29Priansh, DasIND1846ODI6
33Vrandesh, ParekhIND1839Gujarat6
37Arshpreet, SinghIND1822HAR6
206FMMd, ImranIND2197AP5,5


Round 9 pairings

110Alekhya, Mukhopadhyay2149WB7CMAdireddy, Arjun2057TEL11
258AFMSureka, Akshat1730KAR7Gaikwad, Manas1866MAH26
32IMManish, Anto Cristiano F2372TNDhyey, Agarwal2178Gujarat7
415Lad, Mandar Pradip1959Goa66Sanket, Chakravarty2381WB1
53FMHarshad, S2236TN66Dinesh, Rajan M1908TN21
622Jani, Kushal R1904Gujarat66Srihari, L2207PUD4
75Apoorv, Kamble2201KAR66Kartik, Kumar Singh1901MAH23
837Arshpreet, Singh1822HAR66Anadkat, Kartavya2177Gujarat8
912Bharadia, Yash2000RAJ66Priansh, Das1846ODI29
1033Vrandesh, Parekh1839Gujarat6Vrashank, Chouhan1985RAJ13


Girls Round 8 results

117Ishvi, Aggarwal1748HAR61 - 07Sneha, Halder1835WB10PGN
215AFMShubhi, Gupta1761UP1 - 0WFMKheerthi, Ganta2148TEL1PGN
319Kanishka, S1716TN½ - ½Mrittika, Mallick2059WB3PGN
47WFMBhagyashree, Patil1879MAH1 - 0Anushka, Gupta1675WB25PGN
513Anishka, Vikram1773DEL0 - 1Khairmode, Dhanashree1616MAH27PGN
66Tejaswini, G1905TN51 - 05Drishtee, Ghosh1495KAR45PGN
721Dakshita, Kumawat1690RAJ51 - 05WCMBristy, Mukherjee1858WB8PGN
826Rajanya, Datta1654WB5½ - ½5Marium, Fatima1715Bihar20PGN
950AFMGoddeti, Hima Tejaswini1454AP50 - 1Rindhiya, V1918TN5PGN
102WIMMrudul, Dehankar2059MAH½ - ½Kale, Shruti1567MAH35PGN


Standings after Round 8

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/City TB1 
110Sneha, HalderwIND1835WB7
17Ishvi, AggarwalwIND1748HAR7
37WFMBhagyashree, PatilwIND1879MAH6,5
15AFMShubhi, GuptawIND1761UP6,5
27Khairmode, DhanashreewIND1616MAH6,5
63Mrittika, MallickwIND2059WB6
6Tejaswini, GwIND1905TN6
19Kanishka, SwIND1716TN6
21Dakshita, KumawatwIND1690RAJ6
101WFMKheerthi, GantawIND2148TEL5,5
5Rindhiya, VwIND1918TN5,5
11Rebecca, JesumarianwIND1811TN5,5
13Anishka, VikramwIND1773DEL5,5
16Sachi, JainwIND1756Delhi5,5
18Anupam, M SreekumarwIND1721KER5,5
20Marium, FatimawIND1715Bihar5,5
22Kashthuri, Bhai RwIND1689AND5,5
24WCMArushi, KotwalwIND1677J & K5,5
25Anushka, GuptawIND1675WB5,5
26Rajanya, DattawIND1654WB5,5


Round 9 pairings

110Sneha, Halder1835WB7WFMBhagyashree, Patil1879MAH7
227Khairmode, Dhanashree1616MAH7Ishvi, Aggarwal1748HAR17
36Tejaswini, G1905TN6AFMShubhi, Gupta1761UP15
43Mrittika, Mallick2059WB66Dakshita, Kumawat1690RAJ21
511Rebecca, Jesumarian1811TN6Kanishka, S1716TN19
61WFMKheerthi, Ganta2148TELWCMArushi, Kotwal1677J & K24
75Rindhiya, V1918TNKashthuri, Bhai R1689AND22
826Rajanya, Datta1654WBAnishka, Vikram1773DEL13
925Anushka, Gupta1675WBSachi, Jain1756Delhi16
1032Divyabharathi, Masanam1596TNAnupam, M Sreekumar1721KER18


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