MPL 34th National U-12 R1-2: Daksha Rudra and Ayaan Garg score big upsets
9-year-old Ayaan Garg (CHA) stunned one of the tournament favorites Mrinmoy Rajkhowa (ASM) in Round 2 of MPL 34th National Under-12 Open Chess Championship 2022. When Mrinmoy was unable to find a complex long line to seize his advantage, a retreat cost him the upper hand and the balance completely shifted towards the kid from Chandigarh. He converted his advantage without giving any chance to his opponent. In the Girls event, Daksha Rudra (WB) defeated second-seeded Arshiya Das (TRI) in the first round. The rating favorite blundered in the opposite color bishop endgame. Round 3 starts today at 10:00 a.m. IST today. Photo: Saishyam Srikanth
No easy start for the top seeds
Among the top seeds, third-seeded Shreya G Hipparagi (KAR) had an interesting major piece endgame which seemed like could have gone either player's way. However, a final mistake by Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar (MAH) allowed Shreya to escape with a draw by perpetual check.
Open Round 2: Ayaan - Mrinmoy: 0-1
9-year-old Ayaan Garg (CHA, 1220) got into trouble in the middlegame against the third seeded Mrinmoy Rajkhowa (ASM, 1705).
15...exd4 16.g3 led to the above position. Black has the substantial advantage. He needed to play 16...d3 17.Bxd8 Qxd8 18.Kg2 Ne5 19.f4 Bh6 20.Rb1 c4 to maintain his advantage. However, it was certainly not an easy one to find. 16...Nf6 was played in the game which turned things in White's favor 17.cxd4 Bh3 18.Rfd1 b6 19.Nf4 Bg4 20.Re1 Re8 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.Nd5 Qd8 23.Qf4 Bg5 24.Qxg4 Bxc1 25.Rxc1. Black lost two minor pieces for a rook and soon he blundered another piece and went on to lose the game.
Satyaki - Tanmay: 0-1
Theoretically, a Rook vs Rook and Bishop endgame is a draw. Of course the defendant must play correctly to save the game by surviving 50 moves. If the defender has a pawn, does that change the equation? 9-year-old Satyaki G Gokul (KER, 1207) had a tall task to defend against 10-year-old Tanmay Rajbongshi (ASM, 1684).
71.Rc8 was played and it was over for White after Bc4. Find out what White could have done instead to continue the fight.
Round 1 Girls: Arshiya - Daksha: 0-1
Second seeded Arshiya Das (TRI, 1569) gained an exchange on move no.17. She returned it to her opponent Daksha Rudraw (WB, 1028) in the next three moves. After a lot of back and forth play, the minor piece endgame liquidated into an opposite color bishop endgame.
63.Bd2 would have been a good try for White to prevent the black king from advancing further. 63.Kf4 made things easier for Black 63...Kd4 and she won the game eventually.
Round 2: Shreya - Anaishaa: 0.5-0.5
Third seeded Shreya G Hipparagi (MAH, 1552) got herself a decisive advantage in the major piece endgame against her statemate Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar (MAH, 1137).
Black is making some deadly threats at g2 in the above position. How should White respond? White blundered 43.g3 which gave Black a completely winning position. She missed a perpetual check which allowed Shreya to escape with a draw.
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A total of 237 players in the Open and 134 players in the Girls tournament are taking part. It is organized by Mandya Chess Academy, Mandya District Chess Associationn and New Tumkur District Chess Association. Both tournaments are taking place at Hotel Amaravathi, Mandya, Karnatak from 9th to 14th April 2022. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1
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Open Round 2 results
|1||64||Joseph Tom||1227||1||0 - 1||1||Adireddy Arjun||1889||1|
|2||2||AIM||Vaz Ethan||1772||1||1 - 0||1||Anshul Panicker||1220||65|
|3||66||Ayaan Garg||1220||1||1 - 0||1||Mrinmoy Rajkhowa||1705||3|
|4||4||Gaikwad Manas||1698||1||1 - 0||1||Sai Abhinav Kuchibhotla||1217||67|
|5||68||Satyaki G Gokul||1207||1||0 - 1||1||Tanmay Rajbongshi||1684||5|
|6||6||Jain Kushagra||1675||1||1 - 0||1||Avyaya Kumara Bhat||1203||69|
|7||8||Aakash G||1611||1||1 - 0||1||Kishowre U||1196||71|
|8||70||Aatman Raval||1199||1||0 - 1||1||Goutham Krishna H||1609||9|
|9||72||Jagreet Misra||1191||1||0 - 1||1||Aansh Nandan Nerurkar||1564||11|
|10||12||Sathvik Adiga||1563||1||1 - 0||1||AFM||Nehanraj Ramesh||1190||73|
Round 3 pairings
|1||1||Adireddy Arjun||1889||2||2||Ehaan Shaikh||1369||38|
|2||40||Mitul K H||1347||2||2||AIM||Vaz Ethan||1772||2|
|3||41||AIM||Muthukumar Mukesh||1345||2||2||Gaikwad Manas||1698||4|
|4||5||Tanmay Rajbongshi||1684||2||2||Sriram Adarsh Uppala||1345||42|
|5||43||Vatsal Singla||1343||2||2||Jain Kushagra||1675||6|
|6||45||Mithiran A||1328||2||2||Aakash G||1611||8|
|7||9||Goutham Krishna H||1609||2||2||Challa Saharsha||1316||48|
|8||11||Aansh Nandan Nerurkar||1564||2||2||Aditya Kunal Patil||1299||52|
|9||53||Rishabh Kumar||1299||2||2||Sathvik Adiga||1563||12|
|10||13||Sharnarthi Viresh||1549||2||2||Chinmay Kowshik||1272||54|
Girls Round 2 results
|1||1||AFM||Shubhi Gupta||1610||1||1 - 0||1||Sandeepa Priyadarshini Sahoo||1142||38|
|2||3||Shreya G Hipparagi||1552||1||½ - ½||1||Anaishaa Pinkesh Nahar||1137||40|
|3||39||Rudra Rajeev||1141||1||0 - 1||1||Singh Myra||1440||4|
|4||5||Kalyani Sirin||1434||1||1 - 0||1||Aadya Ranganath||1133||42|
|5||47||Advika Sarupria||1108||1||0 - 1||1||Prishita Gupta||1417||6|
|6||48||Arushi Severin Helen D Silva||1105||1||1 - 0||1||Yasaswi Krishna Bommi||1357||8|
|7||9||Sherali Pattnaik||1343||1||1 - 0||1||Kirthika B||1088||52|
|8||49||Aisha Wadhwani||1101||1||1 - 0||1||Sanivarapu Hasini||1340||10|
|9||11||WCM||Shriyana S Mallya||1277||1||1 - 0||1||Sreeha G||1080||56|
|10||51||Shradha S Rai||1097||1||½ - ½||1||Charvi A||1267||12|
Round 3 pairings
|1||21||Gorli Nyna||1213||2||2||AFM||Shubhi Gupta||1610||1|
|2||4||Singh Myra||1440||2||2||AFM||Aadya Gupta||1202||23|
|3||26||Nihira Koul||1183||2||2||Kalyani Sirin||1434||5|
|4||6||Prishita Gupta||1417||2||2||Gifty R S||1171||29|
|5||31||AFM||Hiya Garg||1164||2||2||Sherali Pattnaik||1343||9|
|6||32||Vaishnavi S K||1164||2||2||WCM||Shriyana S Mallya||1277||11|
|7||34||Anandhi P||1158||2||2||Devaki Nandana||1266||13|
|8||14||Arockiaraj Cheryl Nancee||1244||2||2||Vidula Anbuselvan||1159||33|
|9||36||Saara Jain||1149||2||2||Dheeptha B||1236||15|
|10||16||Aadhya Jain||1234||2||2||Arushi Severin Helen D Silva||1105||48|