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Commonwealth 2022 R1-4: Mitrabha outwits Aravindh, gains sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/11/2022

India's 72nd GM Mitrabha Guha scored a big victory over the top seed of the tournament, GM Aravindh Chithambaram. Their rivalry started over nine years ago and so far they have had only one draw in their nine encounters. Mitrabha won an exciting battle to gain sole lead 4/4. GM-elect IM Pranesh M is one of the six players at 3.5/4. He defeated a former Commonwealth Gold medalist, GM Deep Sengupta in the fourth round. The teenager is also leading the Under-14 Open with a perfect 4/4. WGM-elect Sakshi Chitlange and veteran WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay are currently the top female scorers at 3/4 each. Round 5 in the Open section starts today at 4 p.m. local time and IST. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Pranesh and Gaurang make an impressive start

13-year-old CM Gaurang Bagwe defeated IM P Shyam Nikhil in Round 2 and GM Enamul Hossain (BAN) in Round 4. He is currently 3/4 in the Open event and sole leader in Under-14 Open with a 3.5/4. It goes without saying that Gaurang has certainly made a great start. Except for Under-14 Girls, Indian kids are in the lead in every age group starting from Under-8 to Under-18, Under-20 also which is merged with the Open section. 48 medals are up for grabs and the total prize fund of the tournament is ₹5325000 (approxx. US$ 15000). The top three prizes in the Open section are ₹750000, ₹600000 and ₹450000 each respectively.

GM Mitrabha Guha is the sole leader 4/4 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Open Round 4: Mitrabha - Aravindh: 1-0

GM Mitrabha Guha (2474) had an exciting game against the top seed GM Aravindh Chithambaram (2625).

Position after 15.g4

There are plenty of choices here for Black but which is the correct one? It is certainly not easy to determine. The reigning National Rapid and Blitz champion, Aravindh was puzzled. He opted for 15...Be6. After mutual inaccuracies 16.Ne4 Nf4 17.Bxf4 exf4 18.c6 Bd5 19.Rc1 White gained a substantial advantage. The correct continuation for Black was 15...dxe3 16.Qxd8 Raxd8 17.gxf5 exf2+ 18.Kxf2 e4 19.Nxe4 gxf5 20.Nd6 Bd4+ 21.Kf3 Bxc5 22.Nxf5 and Black has dodged all trouble.

Deep - Pranesh

Position after 48.Qf2

The above endgame is certainly quite difficult to defend for White. 48.Qe2 is what White needed to play to prevent something which 48.Qf2 does not. Can you find out a nice tactic which Black could have done to finish the game a little earlier?

GM-elect IM Pranesh M defeated GM Deep Sengupta to move to 3.5/4. He is also leading the Under-16 section with a perfect 4/4 | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

CM Gaurang Bagwe defeated GM Enamul Hossain (BAN) in the fourth round of Open event 3/4 and he is also the sole leader in Under-14 Open 3.5/4 and he also | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

World Under-12 Girls Gold medalist Shubhi Gupta is currently leading the Under-12 Girls section with a 100% score 4/4 | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

Reigning National Under-18 Open champion CM Soham Kamotra 3.5/4 is currently sharing the lead with K G T S D Kiriella (SRI) in Under-18 Open | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

WGM-elect WIM Sakshi Chitlange is currently top female scorer 3/4 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay is also at 3/4

Asian Continental 2022 Women Silver medalist WGM Priyanka Nutakki is close on their heels at 2.5/4. She is also leading the Under-20 Girls category | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

World Under-8 Girls Gold medal winner, Charvi A is currently sharing the lead 4/4 with J Vaneesha Oshini Gomes (SRI) in Under-8 Girls

World Under-8 Bronze medalist - Safin Safarullakhan shares the lead with Samar Dayal (ENG) 3.5/4 in Under-8 Open

Under-10 Open: Vivaan Vishal Shah (pictured) and Aarav Sarbalia are the coleaders 4/4 | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

Under-12 Open: Asian Youth Gold and Silver medalist Ethan Vaz and... | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

...the National Under-12 Open champion, Goutham Krishna H are the coleaders 3.5/4 | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

Luxman Wijesuriya, CFSL President delivers his speech | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

India's 3rd GM in history, Pravin Thipsay lights up the lamp | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

The drawing of colors at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

A total of 94 players including 12 GMs, 7 IMs, a WGM and 3 WIMs are taking part from Bangladesh, England, India, Maldives, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the Open category. The nine-round Swiss League tournament is organized by Chess Federation of Sri Lanka from 14th to 22nd November 2022 at Citrus Hotel in Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka. The time control of the tournament is 90 Minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Round 1-4 games

Round 4 results in Open

Rd.Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
4110
GMMitrabha Guha247431 - 03GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2625
1
424
GMIniyan P25343½ - ½3IMVignesh N R2486
9
438
GMKarthik Venkataraman24863½ - ½3GMVenkatesh M.R.2470
11
4412
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.24613½ - ½GMLalit Babu M R2550
3
452
GMVisakh N R2566½ - ½IMMohammad Fahad RahmanU202380
18
466
GMSengupta Deep24970 - 1IMPranesh M2438
15
4716
GMNeelotpal Das2400½ - ½GMRaja Rithvik R2452
13
4932
Kaluarachchi Achinthya Shamen189520 - 12IMShyaamnikhil P2489
7
41014
IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243921 - 02CMAmarasinghe A A C B1850
33
41130
CMBagwe GaurangU20196521 - 02GMHossain Enamul2392
17
41236
AFMShubhi GuptaF20181520 - 12IMDushyant SharmaU202370
19
41320
CMSoham KamotraU20236721 - 02Liyanage Pesandu Rashmitha1812
37
41542
Sivathanujan S17312½ - ½2WGMPriyanka NutakkiF202320
22
41655
Swara Lakshmi S NairF20149720 - 12WIMChitlange Sakshi2208
23
41859
Maithripala W D P N146120 - 12WIMThipsay Bagyashree SatheS602072
25
41926
AIMVaz EthanU20204921 - 02Saravanabaavan BrijeashU201627
45
42185
Francis U M Senal Vishmin1212½ - ½Rindhiya VF201971
29
42381
Thilakarathne Adeesha Dinal1243½ - ½Kanishka SF201764
39
42657
Sherali PattnaikF2014891 - 0Abeyrathne K W A M G Dinod UthsandaU201346
73

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Round 5 pairings in Open

Rd.Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
519
IMVignesh N R24864GMMitrabha Guha2474
10
5215
IMPranesh M2438GMIniyan P2534
4
5311
GMVenkatesh M.R.2470GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2461
12
541
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.26253GMKarthik Venkataraman2486
8
5519
IMDushyant SharmaU20237033GMVisakh N R2566
2
563
GMLalit Babu M R255033CMSoham KamotraU202367
20
577
IMShyaamnikhil P248933AIMVaz EthanU202049
26
5813
GMRaja Rithvik R245233CMBagwe GaurangU201965
30
5921
FMLiyanage Ranindu DilshanU20233133IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2439
14
51023
WIMChitlange Sakshi220833GMNeelotpal Das2400
16
51225
WIMThipsay Bagyashree SatheS6020723GMSengupta Deep2497
6
51422
WGMPriyanka NutakkiF202320AIMArunakirinathan Aruthran1543
49
51817
GMHossain Enamul23922Sherali PattnaikF201489
57
52029
Rindhiya VF20197122Swara Lakshmi S NairF201497
55
52362
CMHansana G Haritha144522AFMShubhi GuptaF201815
36
52539
Kanishka SF20176422Perera H A Lisanda Vinsith1299
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