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Arushi showcases her 'Never give up' mindset

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/11/2019

Arushi Kotwal showcased her fighting spirit as she completely turned things around from a loss position to a win. Rutumbara Bidhar missed a few opportunities and eventually held top seed in the girls section, Priyanka Nutakki to a draw. Koustav had a narrow escape against the reigning National Amateur champion Kartavya Anadkat. Delhi's own Arjun Gupta held Rajdeep to a draw and Saina Salonika lost to Vyshnavi Chinnam in round 3 of 49th National Junior open and 34th National Junior girls respectively. In round 2, Pushkar Dere held Anuj Shrivatri and Miracle Panda held Isha Sharma to a draw. We bring you photos, games and analysis from day 2 of National Juniors 2019. Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Arushi Kotwal shows true grit

If you go by Arushi's position then she had absolutely unfavorable position by move no.15 in round 3 against WFM Aashna Makhija of Maharashtra. The Jammu-Kashmir girl had every right to resign her game, but she did not. Being a fighter and overcoming all odds to play the game, let alone play tournaments, Arushi waited for her opponent to make a mistake and mistake is what Aashna did.

The move 33.Rb8 came as a blessing for Arushi | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Aashna - Arushi, round 3

After 12.0-0-0 it is very much obvious that white has complete advantage in the position

Arushi made a mistake of 11...a6 which allowed Aashna to do 12.0-0-0. Little did she know that the advantage won't last till the end.

Aashna made the mistake of playing 33.Rb8 here

Despite having an absolutely comfortable winning position, Aashna backed her pieces to a corner, quite literally. Then came 33.Rb8 which sealed her fate and removed all plausible chances of winning. Arushi showed her strength and took the chance which her opponent presented to score a full point.

WFM Rutumbara Bidhar held WIM Priyanka Nutakki to a draw in round 3 | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

In a game arising out of French Defence Classical variation where evaluation changed quite often, the Odisha girl Rutumbara missed a wonderful opportunity which would have caused serious trouble for the in-form girl from Andhra Pradesh, Priyanka Nutakki.

Rutumbara - Nutakki, round 3

Black just played 21...Na7. Find out why it is a mistake

The first candidate move that should come to mind is 22.Bxd7 because the e3-b6 diagonal is ripe for picking. Unfortunately Rutumbara missed and played the tame 22.Bd3 instead.

What is the winning continuation for white here?

After 31...Rc2, white forgot the golden rule of passed pawns must be pushed. Well technically g5 is still not a passed pawn yet, until it is pushed. White went with 32.gxf6 and after a few more missed opportunities, the game ended up in a draw.

All other top seeds in the girls section scored a comfortable win. Only WFM Saina Salonika of Odisha lost to WCM Vyshnavi Chinnam of Andhra Pradesh. In round 2, Miracle Panda of Odisha held WCM Isha Sharma of Karnataka to a draw.

Reigning National Amateur champion Kartavya Anadkat missed a golden opportunity | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

IM Koustav Chatterjee of West Bengal had control for the majority of the game, however he let loose his reigns and Kartavya almost seized it.

Koustav - Kartavya, round 3

52.Qd2 was the perfect opportunity black needed. Can you find the best continuation for black?

Black has a menacing passed pawn at b2 which should be the deciding factor for the game, but it was not meant to be for Kartavya as he missed the best continuation for black here. He quickly lost the valuable b2 pawn pawn and then blundered a complete rook which eventually cost him the game.

Delhi State under-19 champion Arjun Gupta | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

IM Rajdeep Sarkar opted for the Torre, London and Colle System with the black pieces and throughout neither side made any significant mistake which resulted in the game being end up in Queen and Knight vs Queen and Bishop draw after 58 moves.

Madhya Pradesh's latest IM Anuj Shrivatri was held to a draw in round 2 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Pushkar Dere of Maharashtra opted for Four Knight's game against Anuj and he managed to stay out of the trouble. The game eventually ended up in a draw in a rook endgame after white's 40th move.

Round 3 results in Open

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
11IMKoustav Chatterjee244921 - 02Anadkat Kartavya206024
223Barath Kalyan M206920 - 12IMMitrabha Guha24432
326Arjun Gupta20412½ - ½2IMRajdeep Sarkar23624
45Harshavardhan G B236021 - 02Pattnayak Nilsu203030
57FMNitish Belurkar232521 - 02Akshit Kumar J201434
629Mahindrakar Indrajeet203420 - 12IMSrijit Paul23178
79FMSrihari L R228621 - 02Sparsh Khandelwal194640
831Grahesh Y20262½ - ½2Saurabh Anand227810
911FMWagh Suyog227321 - 02Aditya Varun Gampa190844
1043Chaitanya Sairam Mogili19212½ - ½2Subhayan Kundu226912
1113FMJeet Jain226421 - 02Aaditya Dhingra189646
1247Sharan Rao18952½ - ½2Sibi Visal R223814
1315FMAaryan Varshney223621 - 02Kavya Aggarwal171184
1448Rakshith Srinivasan18842½ - ½2Soham Kamotra218916
1571Sudarshan Bhat176420 - 12Dhananjay S218018

Complete results

Round 3 results in Girls

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
116WFMBidhar Rutumbara19422½ - ½2WIMPriyanka Nutakki22721
22WIMArpita Mukherjee223421 - 02WFMJain Nityata192717
321Ishvi Aggarwal185420 - 12WIMAakanksha Hagawane22273
44WFMMakhija Aashna219120 - 12WCMArushi Kotwal175625
522Poorna Sri M.K184820 - 12WIMChitlange Sakshi21855
66WFMPandey Srishti214021 - 02Divyabharathi Masanam174327
78WFMSalonika Saina210020 - 12WCMChinnam Vyshnavi168929
824Nanditha V182820 - 12WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya20879
928Garima Gaurav171920 - 12Toshali V205711
1012WFMSavitha Shri B200421 - 02Jegatha B158539
1130Rathi Dhanashree168821 - 02Ghosh Samriddhaa196415
1214WFMPotluri Supreetha19681 - 02Sachi Jain140657
1344Mudaliar Nandini1541½ - ½WCMSharma Isha21397
1438Panda Miracle15890 - 1Bhagyashree Patil197013
1518WFMTanishka Kotia1909½ - ½Bharathakoti Sneha151445

Complete results

Round 4 pairings in Open

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
19FMSrihari L R228633IMKoustav Chatterjee24491
22IMMitrabha Guha244333FMWagh Suyog227311
313FMJeet Jain226433Harshavardhan G B23605
418Dhananjay S218033FMNitish Belurkar23257
58IMSrijit Paul231733FMAaryan Varshney223615
64IMRajdeep Sarkar23623Gaurav Rajesh Zagade217319
710Saurabh Anand2278Hemanth Raam199236
812Subhayan Kundu2269Grahesh Y202631
914Sibi Visal R2238Chaitanya Sairam Mogili192143
1016Soham Kamotra2189Sharan Rao189547
1132Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi2017Jayachandra Srinivas Vellanki204825
1242Shreyash Shuvam Patnaik1936Arjun Gupta204126
1352Dere Pushkar1876Jain Kashish Manoj204127
1428Kumar Gaurav2038Rakshith Srinivasan188448
1569Garv Gaur176422FMAnuj Shrivatri23763

Complete pairings

Round 4 pairings in Girls

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
111Toshali V205733WIMArpita Mukherjee22342
23WIMAakanksha Hagawane222733WFMSavitha Shri B200412
35WIMChitlange Sakshi218533WCMArushi Kotwal175625
429WCMChinnam Vyshnavi168933WFMPandey Srishti21406
59WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya208733Rathi Dhanashree168830
61WIMPriyanka Nutakki2272WFMPotluri Supreetha196814
713Bhagyashree Patil1970WFMBidhar Rutumbara194216
819Shah Vishwa18922WFMMakhija Aashna21914
97WCMSharma Isha213922Rebecca Jesumarian156840
1039Jegatha B158522WFMSalonika Saina21008
1143Cera Dagaria155422Priyanka K206710
1215Ghosh Samriddhaa196422Azal Nasir155642
1317WFMJain Nityata192722Mudaliar Nandini154144
1447Harshini B150722WFMTanishka Kotia190918
1545Bharathakoti Sneha151422Meenal Gupta187920

Complete pairings