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Commonwealth 2018 Round 4: The path to gold is not easy!

by Sagar Shah - 30/06/2018

There are 14 age group sections being played simultaneously with the open event in the Commonwealth Championships 2018. These age category tournaments have reached their most interesting stage because they are just seven round events. In many of the sections, the top seeds clashed against each other. In many the best players are going to play against each other after the rest day. We bring you the detailed coverage of all the sections with some vibrant pictures by Amruta Mokal. In the Open section S.Nitin leads with 4.0/4 and is the sole leader. Saturday is a rest day for the juniors and a double round for players in the open section.

It was the fourth round in the age category section of the Commonwealth Championships 2018. And as there are only seven rounds to be played, this was already one of the crucial encounters where a lot of top seeds played against each other. Also it was the game before the rest day. Let's go through the sections one by one to see who is doing well!

Under-8 Open:

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
124Rosh JainIND1095Delhi4,00,08,09,0
215Archisman PatraIND1138West Bengal4,00,07,59,0
314Mitul K HIND1145Karnataka4,00,07,07,5
41CMManon Reja NeerBAN1618Bangladesh3,50,06,57,5
526Varun Prabhakaran K SIND1089Puducherry3,00,010,012,5
623Divitt AroraIND1103Delhi3,00,010,011,0
75Mrinmoy RajkhowaIND1277Assam3,00,09,010,5
83Adireddy ArjunIND1440Telangana3,00,08,510,5
92Aakash GIND1503Tamilnadu3,00,07,59,5
104Abhinav RajIND1385Delhi3,00,07,58,5

We have three little boys - one from Delhi, one from West Bengal and one from Karnataka leading the event. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top!

Rosh Jain is the local lad and is in good form in this event! | Photo: Amruta Mokal
I met the other co-leader Mitul KH in Karnataka State Championship 2018 and I think he was extremely good. Check out his analysis.

Under-8 girls:

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13Sri Harini AIND1073Karnataka4,00,08,09,5
217Aggarwal TashnaIND0Uttar Pradesh3,50,09,011,0
316WCMShriyana S MallyaIND0Karnataka3,50,08,09,5
436Shah HiyaIND0Maharashtra3,00,09,510,5
59Asudani Ruhani RajIND1039Gujarat3,00,09,010,5
610Hatvalne SwaraliIND1028Maharashtra3,00,08,09,0
77Jenisha KhattarIND1056Gujarat3,00,07,58,5
86Shreya G HipparagiIND1057Maharashtra3,00,07,57,5
91Devaki NandanaIND1128ANDHRA PRADESH3,00,07,09,0
1025Lakshana SubramanianIND0Tamil Nadu3,00,06,58,0

We have a sole leader in this section - Sri Harini from Karnataka

Under-10 open

Om Kadam looks like the strongest of the lot. He is currently on 4.0/4 and has played well in all his games. Yet, he has to remain careful as Arsh Shaik is also on 4.0/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The attack was very nicely conducted and Black stood no real chance in the game.

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11Kadam Om ManishIND1842Maharashtra4,00,07,59,0
28Shaik Sumer ArshIND1512Telangana4,00,07,08,5
33John Veny AkkarakaranIND1590Kerala3,50,09,011,0
4Viswak Sen MIND1585Telangana3,50,09,011,0
520Bagwe GaurangIND1427Maharashtra3,50,09,010,5
623Jaidambareesh N RIND1383Tamil Nadu3,50,09,010,0
77AIMSahib SinghIND1523Delhi3,50,06,58,5
82Arhan Chethan AnandIND1626Karnataka3,50,06,58,0
921Atreya NandyIND1408West Bengal3,50,06,57,0
1031Kshatriya Nitin VekhandeIND1300Maharashtra3,00,09,010,0

Under-10 girls

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
116Sani DeshpandeIND1109Maharashtra4,00,07,08,0
22Anupam M SreekumarIND1376Kerala3,50,09,510,5
313Mrittika MallickIND1124West Bengal3,50,08,510,0
411Stuti AishwaryIND1150Delhi3,50,07,58,5
57Sneha HalderIND1197West Bengal3,00,09,010,0
624Dakare RuchaIND1041Maharashtra3,00,08,510,5
73Rout YashitaIND1333Odisha3,00,08,510,5
823Falak Joni NaikIND1063Gujarat3,00,08,010,0
936Anushka AggarwalIND0Punjab3,00,08,09,5
1019Aashi UpadhyayIND1091Rajaathan3,00,08,08,0

Sani Deshpande is leading the event with 4.0/4.

Under-12 Open:

This is going to be a keenly contested section. Sreeshwan Maralakshikari is currently the sole leader, but he has three strong players on his heels - Leon Mendonca, Pranesh M. and Shahil Dey.

Taking it easy for a moment - Sreeshwan Maralakshikari | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The game on the top board between Leon and Pranesh ended in a draw | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12Sreeshwan MaralakshikariIND2064Telangana4,00,09,011,0
21CMMendonca Leon LukeIND2228Goa3,50,09,010,5
34Pranesh MIND1983Tamil Nadu3,50,08,59,0
43CMShahil DeyIND20193,50,07,08,0
57Aditya Varun GampaIND1704Telangana3,00,08,510,5
65Manish Kumar (2006)IND1878Odisha3,00,08,09,0
714Adireddy TarunIND1578Telangana3,00,07,58,0
815Sai Nikhil YIND1560Andhra Pradesh3,00,07,58,0
912Soham SahaIND1595West Bengal2,50,08,510,5
108Arora HoniIND1612Rajasthan2,50,08,510,0

Under-12 girls:

It will be interesting to see if Kriti Patel can maintain her momentum. She faces strong challenge from girls who have been dominant at the national and asian scenes - Sahithi Varshini, Sarayu Velpula and Savitha Shri. | Photo: Amruta Mokal
This video shows what a fine talent Kriti Patel is!
Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
119WCMKriti Mayur PatelIND1339Maharashtra4,00,07,58,5
26WCMSahithi Varshini MIND1571Andhra Pradesh3,50,08,510,5
37Velpula SarayuIND1568Telangana3,50,07,59,0
42Savitha Shri BIND1720Tamilnadu3,50,06,58,0
513Kheerthi GantaIND1387Telangana3,00,08,09,0
65Boramanikar Tanisha SIND1579Maharashtra3,00,07,08,5
74Meenatchi Rajam VIND1613Tamilnadu3,00,06,58,0
811AFMAdvaita Sharma KIND1398Telangana3,00,06,07,5
910Mahi Amit DoshiIND1411Gujarat2,50,09,011,0
108WCMWankhade SanskrutiIND1524Maharashtra2,50,09,011,0

Under-14 Open:

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11CMKushagra MohanIND2307Telangana3,50,09,011,5
28Karthik Sai ChIND1789Telangana3,50,09,011,0
32Panda SambitIND2187Odisha3,50,08,511,0
415Ranadheer B J S KIND1679Andhra Pradesh3,00,09,010,0
55Esshan WadhawanIND1876Delhi3,00,08,09,5
622Tanmay ChopraIND1613Delhi3,00,08,08,5
74AGMRathneesh RIND1893Tamilnadu3,00,07,59,0
86Ruban Sanjai MIND1798Tamil Nadu3,00,07,59,0
920Rahul Krishna ViswanathanIND1639West Bengal3,00,07,07,5
23Siddhant Nath JhaIND1612Haryana3,00,07,07,5

It is not going to be easy to stop Kushagra Mohan from winning the gold, but as of now we have three players - Kushagra, Sai Karthik and Sambit Panda on 3.5/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Under-14 girls:

The important result of the fourth round in this section was L. Jyothsna getting better of the top seed Nityata Jain.

Nityata has just pushed her pawn to a3. Jyothsna finished off the game in style now. Can you see how?
Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13WCMJyothsna LIND1871Tamilnadu3,50,09,010,0
210Arushi KotwalIND1661Jammu&Kashmir3,50,08,08,5
34WCMBristy MukherjeeIND1817West Bengal3,50,07,09,0
41WCMJain NityataIND2015Madhya Pradesh3,00,08,510,0
58Eesha Ajay SardaIND1680Maharashtra3,00,08,010,0
66Rindhiya VIND1733Tamil Nadu3,00,07,08,0
72Bhagyashree PatilIND1906Maharashtra3,00,06,58,0
825Ishvi AggarwalIND1266Haryana3,00,06,06,5
915Vijayasubhasri SIND1441Tamil Nadu2,50,09,510,0
109Adane NarayaniIND1666Maharashtra2,50,09,011,0

Under-16 open:

Raahul VS currently leads the tournament with a score of 4.0/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

After the fourth round ended, we asked Raahul to show us his win over Sampath. It was a very instructive video.We recommend that you go over the game below first, try to form your own opinions and then see Raahul explaining his game.

Raahul shows his fourth round win against Sampath Naga Cheela

Raahul is trained by GM R.B. Ramesh and working together with Aravindh Chithambaram and R.Praggnanandhaa has motivated him to become better at the game. Currently he has two IM norms and a rating of 2300+.

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13Raahul V SIND2234Tamilnadu4,00,08,09,5
21Koustav ChatterjeeIND2365West Bengal3,50,08,510,5
39Cheela Naga SampathIND1894Andhra Pradesh3,00,09,010,0
42Sankalp GuptaIND2365Maharashtra3,00,08,510,0
510Sibi Visal RIND1879Tamilnadu3,00,08,59,5
65FMThilakarathne G M HSRI2188Sri Lanka3,00,07,59,5
78FMGluckman PaulRSA1922South Africa3,00,07,59,0
811Ansh M ShahIND1787Gujarat3,00,07,07,5
96Tarun V KanthIND2087Tamilnadu2,50,08,09,5
104Moksh Amit DoshiIND2203Gujarat2,50,08,09,0

Round 5 will be the most crucial one as Raahul will play top seed Koustav Chatterjee with the black pieces.

Under-16 girls:

Lakshmi C is the sole leader with 4.0/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The ease with which Lakshmi won the fourth round was quite amazing:

Instead of going Qg2 in this well known position in the Marshall, Meenal went Qe4. Of course, Lakshmi finished her off. Can you find the winning move?
Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12WFMLakshmi CIND1954Tamilandu4,00,08,09,5
21WFMDivya DeshmukhIND2139Maharashtra3,50,07,59,0
313Laheri NityaIND1477Gujarat3,00,09,09,5
43Meenal GuptaIND1934Jammu & Kashmir3,00,08,09,5
57Nanditha VIND1727Telangana3,00,06,57,5
64Sanskriti GoyalIND1898UP3,00,06,57,5
714Shah VrushtiIND1435Gujarat3,00,06,07,0
812Kritika PalIND1545Delhi2,50,08,09,5
99Routray PriyankaIND1674Odissa2,50,07,58,0
105Kaur PalkinIND1749Delhi2,50,05,56,0

Lakshmi will take on Divya Deshmukh in round 5, which will essentially decide the gold medal winner for this section.

Under-18 open:

VS Rathanvel is the sole leader of the under-18 section with 4.0/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11FMRathanvel V SIND2301Tamilnadu4,00,07,59,0
22Harshavardhan G BIND2194Tamilandu3,50,07,59,5
36Arjun C KrishnamachariIND1883Tamil Nadu3,00,09,511,5
43Hemanth RaamIND1952Tamil Nadu3,00,08,510,5
511Shreyas MIND1670Tamilnadu3,00,07,07,5
64Grahesh YIND1902Andhra Pradesh2,50,09,010,5
79Gokulraj KIND1755Tamilnadu2,50,08,08,5
817Sivaa G MIND1524Tamil Nadu2,50,07,59,0
95CMKlevansky AronRSA1889South Africa2,50,07,58,0
1010Avinash HariIND1673Kerala2,50,07,07,5

Under-18 girls:

A big upset occurred in the fourth round in the under-18 girls section. Tejaswini Sagar from Gujarat beat top seed WIM Aakanksha Hagawane.

Tejaswini played an excellent game to beat Aakanksha | Photo: Amruta Mokal

We recommend that you play through the moves of the game below and then watch Tejaswini's video where she explains her win.

Tejaswini Sagar shows her win over Aakanksha Hagawane. Did you know Tejaswini started playing chess at the age of 2 years and 10 months!
Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12WIMTejaswini SagarIND2103Gujarat4,00,08,010,0
23Priyanka KIND2052Tamilnadu3,50,07,08,0
35WFMTarini GoyalIND1973Chandigarh3,00,08,59,0
44Harshita GuddantiIND2038Andhra Pradesh3,00,07,09,0
51WIMAakanksha HagawaneIND2297Maharashtra2,50,010,012,0
69Niharika ChIND1614Andhra Pradesh2,50,08,59,5
76Toshali VIND1875Andhra Pradesh2,50,07,58,5
810Tarunika PIND1576Tamil Nadu2,50,07,58,0
97Abeysinghe H M H JanandaniSRI1670Sri Lanka2,50,07,58,0
1011Archi AgrawalIND1540Delhi2,00,07,58,0

Under-20 open:

Krishna Teja won an important game in round three against top seed Karthik Venkatraman. He drew round four against Pranavananda and now leads the section with 3.5/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13IMKrishna Teja NIND2389Andhra Pradesh3,50,08,010,0
27Pranavananda VIND2184Andhra Pradesh3,00,08,59,0
31IMKarthik VenkataramanIND2475Andhra Pradesh3,00,08,09,5
44IMSidhant MohapatraIND2369Odisha3,00,07,59,5
52IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND2441Maharashtra3,00,07,08,5
65Wagh SuyogIND2289Maharashtra3,00,07,08,0
714Dutta SarthakIND1620Uttar Pradesh2,51,08,59,5
89Dubey SanchayIND1900UP2,50,05,56,0
96Dixit NikhilIND2252Maharashtra2,00,08,510,5
1010Nagare AkhileshIND1883Maharashtra2,00,08,59,0

Under 20 Girls

Will Sakshi come out on top... | Photo: Amruta Mokal

...or will it be Mahalakshmi? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Sakshi and Mahalakshmi played against each other in the fourth round and the game ended in a draw.

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11WIMMahalakshmi MIND2238Railways3,50,59,511,0
22WIMChitlange SakshiIND2162Maharashtra3,50,58,010,0
34WIMChandreyee HajraIND1981West Bengal3,00,07,07,5
43WFMVarshini VIND2129Tamilnadu3,00,06,57,0
6Divya Lakshmi RIND1934Tamilnadu3,00,06,57,0
68Ankitha Goud PalleIND1742Telangana2,00,08,08,5
77Priyamvada KaramchetiIND1832Andhra Pradesh2,00,07,59,0
813Asna AbdeenIND1162Kerala2,00,07,58,5
95WFMMeghna C HIND1955Kerala2,00,06,57,0
9Fathima AbdeenIND1625Kerala2,00,06,57,0

Open section:

The sole leader in the open section is Nitin Senthilvel. He is the only player right now on 4.0/4. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nitin beat GM Vishnu Prasanna in a complex game in the fourth round. He was worse out of the opening, but like always he remained alert for his chances and when an opportunity presented itself, he was quick to grab it.

Standings after round 4

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
IMNitin S.IND2441Railway4,00,09,010,5
IMKarthik VenkataramanIND2475AP3,50,08,510,0
GMLaxman R.R.IND2438Railways3,50,08,59,5
WFMMeghna C HwIND1955Railways3,50,08,58,5
GMDebashis DasIND2522Odisha3,50,08,010,0
IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND2441Maharashtra3,50,08,09,5
GMVaibhav SuriIND2556Delhi3,50,08,09,5
IMAkash GIND2391Tamil Nadu3,50,08,09,5
GMThipsay Praveen MIND2405Maharashtra3,50,07,59,5
IMRathnakaran K.IND2386Kerala3,50,07,59,5
GMBakre TejasIND2439Air India3,50,07,59,0
Sankalp GuptaIND2365Maharashtra3,50,07,08,5
IMVisakh N RIND2467Tamilnadu3,50,07,08,5

Pairings for round 5

Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
114IMNitin S.24414IMVisakh N R246711
22GMVaibhav Suri2556GMLaxman R.R.243816
36GMDebashis Das2522WFMMeghna C H195579
410IMKarthik Venkataraman2475IMRathnakaran K.238621
518GMThipsay Praveen M2405IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh244113
620IMAkash G2391GMBakre Tejas243915
724Sankalp Gupta23653GMVishnu Prasanna. V25255
838Dixit Nikhil225233GMSengupta Deep25651
94GMLalith Babu M R252933IMGluckman David220742
1045FMThilakarathne G M H218833GMSwapnil S. Dhopade24957

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Photo Gallery by Amruta Mokal:

Going strong at the age of 74! What a champion - Rani Hamid | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The playing hall has a very unique feel. All white players sit on white chairs, and all black players sit on black chairs. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

After GB Joshi won his game against Thejkumar, I asked him to show the win so that I could record it and publish it on Youtube. I had no idea that so many people were learning live from the game on the spot! | Photo: Amruta Mokal
GB Joshi shows his win over GM Thejkumar

What a refreshing smile - Savitha Shri | Photo: Amruta Mokal | Photo: Amruta Mokal

He not only wears this quote, but believes in it. Can you guess who he is? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Caption please! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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