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MPL 34th National U-14 R7-8: Mayank Chakraborty outplays Om Kadam

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/05/2022

Top seed of the tournament, CM Om Manish Kadam (MAH) ended John Veny Akkarakaran's (KER) fantastic winning streak. Then CM Mayank Chakraborty (ASM) beat Om in Round 8 to become one of the tournament leaders 7.0/8 at MPL 34th National Under-14 Open Chess Championship 2022. John also bounced back with a win over Ethan Vaz (Goa) to become a coleader. In the Girls section, top three West Bengal vs Mahrashtra battles ended in three draws in the seventh round. However, in Round 8, Anupam Sreekumar (KER) beat the tournament leader Shreya G Hipparagi (MAH) to keep things exciting in the Girls section. Round 9 starts today at 9:30 a.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Anupam beats Shreya, throws the tournament wide open

The seventh round in the Girls section witnessed only three decisive games out of top 10. That changed a lot in the following round. Nine out of the top ten games ended decisively which meant Anupam Sreekumar (KER) is now joined by top seed Mrittika Mallick (WB), Rajanya Datta (WB), Aanya Roy (MAH) and Sannidhi Ramakrishna Bhat (MAH) in a five-way lead 6.5/8.

CM Mayank Chakraborty (ASM) destroyed the top seed CM Om Manish Kadam (MAH) in Round 8 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Open Round 7: John - Om: 0-1

John Veny Akkarakaran (KER, 1855) was better for the majority of the endgame against the top seed of the tournament, CM Om Manish Kadam (MAH, 2144). A questionable rook exchange followed by an inaccurate knight retreat, turned things completely in favor of Om.

Position after 55.Nb4

The f3-pawn was a goner. 55.Qc8 would have been a better continuation for White. 55.Nb4 drops both c3 and f3 as happened in the game Qg1+ 56.Ke2 Qe3+ 57.Kd1 Qxc3 58.Nc2 Qxf3+ and it's over for White. The queen being misplaced at a8 reduced White's fighting chances.

Om Manish Kadam (MAH) halted John Veny Akkarakaran's (KER) fantastic momentum | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Mayank Chakraborty (ASM) scored a convincing victory over Arpith S Bijoy (ODI) in 26 moves | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 8: Om - Mayank: 0-1

Mayank Chakraborty (ASM, 2015) launched a beautiful attack at the center of the board against CM Om Manish Kadam (MAH, 2144).

Position after 19...f4

19...f4 is the prelude to the deadly attack. 20.Bg1 e4 21.fxe4 Bg5 22.Bd4 f3 disintegrated White's position in a hurry. Black forced a resignation in five more moves.

CM Mayank Chakraborty crushes the top seed CM Om Manish Kadam in 27 moves | Video: ChessBase India

Mayank Chakraborty's creative attack got the better of Om Manish Kadam | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

John Veny Akkarakaran bounced back with a win over Ethan Vaz | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Girls Round 8: Anupam - Shreya: 1-0

Anupam M Sreekumar (KER, 1673) got a substantial advantage in the middlegame after Shreya G Hipparagi (MAH, 1548) went for an incorrect pawn break at the center of the board.

Position after 18.d5

18.d5 visibly signifies that White's position is much pleasant to play and better. Even if 18...Bd7 was played instead of 18...Bb7, 19.Nd6 Re7 20.axb5 c4 21.Rxa6 would have still remained better for White. Anupam seized her advantage 19.axb5 axb5 20.c4 slowly dismantled Black's position and went on to win the game.

Anupam Sreekumar (KER) beat the tournament sole leader Shreya G Hipparagi (MAH) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Top seed Mrittika Mallick (WB) won a prolonged battle against Jeevika S (PUD) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sneha Halder could not seize her advantage and lost to her West Bengal statemate, Rajanya Datta | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Aanya Roy (MAH) defeated Debapriya Manna (WB) to join the five-way lead | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sannidhi Bhat (MAH) is back in the title picture with a win over Manaswi Sanikommu (KAR) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

All players representing the Gujarat state at MPL 34th National Under-14 Open and Girls with the organizer and officials | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

For more Round 7 and Round 8 photos, please click at the respective links.

"Chess Engines are like good servants but bad masters" | IM FST Sekhar Sahu | Video: ChessBase India

A total of 214 players in the Open and 107 players in the Girls tournament are taking part. It is organized by Gujarat State Chess Association. Both tournaments are taking place at Rajpath Club, Ahmedabad, Gujarat from 9th to 14th May 2022. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Open Round 7-8 games

Replay Girls Round 7-8 games

Open Round 8 results

11CMKadam Om Manish2144Maharashtra0 - 16CMMayank Chakraborty2015Assam5
221AIMVaz Ethan1792Goa60 - 16John Veny Akkarakaran1855Kerala13
311Koustuv Dash1910Odisha1 - 06Bharadia Yash1924Rajasthan9
42AIMMd Imran2122Andhra Pradesh½ - ½Bagwe Gaurang1789Maharashtra22
56Shaik Sumer Arsh1999Telangana½ - ½Aswath S1694Tamil Nadu29
620Abhash Roimya Saikia1794Assam1 - 0Samyak Dharewa1586West Bengal36
726Arpith S Bijoy1713Kerala5½ - ½5Ilamparthi A R2121Tamil Nadu3
84CMDaakshin Arun2016Tamil Nadu51 - 05Agarwal Mukund H1696Gujarat28
930Aakash G1665Tamil Nadu5½ - ½5AGMSahib Singh1991Delhi7
108Ankit Ray1932West Bengal50 - 15CMMrithyunjay Mahadevan1661Tamil Nadu31


Round 9 pairings

15CMMayank Chakraborty2015Assam77John Veny Akkarakaran1855Kerala13
21CMKadam Om Manish2144MaharashtraAbhash Roimya Saikia1794Assam20
311Koustuv Dash1910Odisha6CMDaakshin Arun2016Tamil Nadu4
431CMMrithyunjay Mahadevan1661Tamil Nadu66AIMMd Imran2122Andhra Pradesh2
522Bagwe Gaurang1789Maharashtra66Shaik Sumer Arsh1999Telangana6
69Bharadia Yash1924Rajasthan66Daaevik Wadhawan1603Delhi34
729Aswath S1694Tamil Nadu66Chidvilash Sai Surapaneni1912Telangana10
896Anubhav Rawat1329Delhi66AIMVaz Ethan1792Goa21
93Ilamparthi A R2121Tamil NaduYuwan Das1493Assam52
107AGMSahib Singh1991DelhiArshpreet Singh1564Haryana38


Girls Round 8 results

14Anupam M Sreekumar1673Kerala1 - 06Shreya G Hipparagi1548Maharashtra11
216Jeevika S1433Puducherry0 - 1Mrittika Mallick1982West Bengal1
310Sneha Halder1557West Bengal0 - 1Rajanya Datta1589West Bengal7
49Roy Aanya1560Maharashtra1 - 0Debapriya Manna1384West Bengal22
524Bhat Sannidhi Ramakrishna1373Maharashtra1 - 05AFMSanikommu Manasvi1399Karnataka20
66Pragnya H G1605Tamil Nadu51 - 05Krishika Garg1318Delhi33
723Pournami S1376Kerala51 - 05Arushi Srichandan1292Odisha38
831WCMShefali A N1322Karnataka0 - 1Rout Yashita1718Odisha3
934Ananya Raman1305Tamil Nadu0 - 1AFMShubhi Gupta1613Uttar Pradesh5
1012Charvi Patidar1501Rajasthan½ - ½Shivani Senthilkumar1303Tamil Nadu35


Round 9 pairings

11Mrittika Mallick1982West BengalBhat Sannidhi Ramakrishna1373Maharashtra24
27Rajanya Datta1589West BengalAnupam M Sreekumar1673Kerala4
311Shreya G Hipparagi1548Maharashtra6Roy Aanya1560Maharashtra9
46Pragnya H G1605Tamil Nadu66Pournami S1376Kerala23
522Debapriya Manna1384West BengalRout Yashita1718Odisha3
65AFMShubhi Gupta1613Uttar PradeshElakshi Srivastava1256Rajasthan46
743Aashi Upadhyay1266RajasthanSneha Halder1557West Bengal10
825Yashvi Jain1362TelanganaJeevika S1433Puducherry16
937ACMNivedita V C1296Tamil Nadu5Charvi Patidar1501Rajasthan12
102Sachi Jain1768Delhi55Olivia Biswas1288West Bengal41


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