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MPL 35th National U-9 Championships kick off in Indore

by Himank Ghosh - 26/12/2022

The MPL National U-9 Chess Championship kicked off on Christmas day, 25th December in IPS Academy, Indore! A total of 309 players from all across India are participating in this mega event - 214 players in the Open section, and 105 in the girls category. The Inauguration ceremony took place at 2 PM, and the first round of the tournament started 3:00 PM. Indore's IAS Collector Dr. Iliyaraja T was invited as the Chief guest in the opening ceremony! This will be an 11-round classical event from 25th December to 2nd January. We at ChessBase India will bring you all the action live!

National U-9 Championships kick off in IPS Academy, Indore!

The Madhya Pradesh Chess Ad-Hoc Committee has organized this mega event - the MPL 35th National Under-9 Chess Championships 2022. The tournament is held in the beautiful city of Indore, which has been announced as the cleanest city of India for the past 6 years! The venue is IPS Academy in Indore, a huge educational institute with ample space for stay for the players and organizers, and a spacious playing hall.

Preparations ongoing before the games start! | Photo: Himank Ghosh

The centre stage of the playing hall, where the opening ceremony took place | Photo: Himank Ghosh

The players slowly taking their seats before the opening ceremony starts

Here are some pictures captured from the pompous opening ceremony:

From left: IM Akshat Khamparia (Convenor MP Chess Ad Hoc Committee), Anil Fatechandani (Member MP Chess Ad Hoc Committee), Mr. Achal Choudhary (President IPS Group), IAS Siddharth Jain Gurmeet Singh (Chairman MP Chess Ad Hoc Committee), Dr.Sunil Soni ( Vice Chancellor), Dr. Ilyaraja T, IAS Collector Indore

The guests of honor make the ceremonial first move in the center stage!

Beautiful firecrackers lit up to mark the starting of the event!

The full arbiter team of the National U9 Championships 2022! The chief Arbiter of the event is IA Anil Kumar Raizada.

A few moves were made on the top board by the chief guests to mark the starting of the first round!

The organizers have made a lot of efforts to make this a special event. This is the first National U9 event where all the games are livestreamed, with player cams and live boards! There were a total of 5 live boards for the girls and open section each, and the rest were regular boards.

High-quality player cams and live board on the bottom-left hand corner - the setup is very professional!

The production team makes sure that the livestream is running properly!

IA Soundarya Murthy (middle) is in charge of making sure all the 10 live boards of the event are broadcasting their moves properly!

MPL 35th National Under - 9 Open & Girls Chess Championship - 2022 - Round 1 | Video: Indore Professional Studies Academy (IPS Academy) - Best College In Indore

Players list Open

1Madhvendra Pratap Sharma588862021259856631585Madhya Pradesh
2Aarav Sarbalia833212021333828591458Karnataka
3Hemal Varshan Andalamala759362021333159571422Andhra Pradesh
4Avirat Chauhan752422021333106881421Maharashtra
5Saideep Suman9578120213661930301407Karnataka
6Rahul Ramakrishnan664852021251462701386Puducherry
7Arjun Vasireddy522942021259273021375Andhra Pradesh
8Aditya Shripad Joshi666122021251468581368Maharashtra
9R Nijesh564912021259750051365Tamil Nadu
10Abhinav Menachery Benny875682021333896161359Kerala
11Aaryan Amol Waghmare892692021334041431350Maharashtra
12ACMVishruth B794032021333474331346Tamil Nadu
13Aarav A894932021251627481341Tamil Nadu
14Herin Renishkumar Patel695572021333345951337Gujarat
15Riyarth Poddar939752021334212691330Maharashtra
16Aarit Kapil1215612022334089471327Delhi
17Cyrus Eldho1246502022333989411322Kerala
18G Darshan678252021251577601316Tamil Nadu
19Pazhany Kaushal Kohli880852021333960781295Jammu Kashmir
20Sayan Barua1216762022251831331293West Bengal

Complete list

Players list Girls

1Alankrita Sharma876302021333773321419wJammu And Kashmir
2Vedika Vijaykumar Pal666422021251479861362wMaharashtra
3Aadya Ranganath600772021259914261327wKarnataka
4Shreya Rajesh726982021251987501302wKarnataka
5Aaradhya Das808202021333614361274wTripura
6Sanskriti Yadav1230352022487197061256wUttar Pradesh
7Bhavanya Panchumarthi816932021333670601227wAndhra Pradesh
8Pratitee Bordoloi956492021333995061201wKarnataka
9Aarohi Mathur833972021333838471190wTelangana
10Bhumika Suresh Waghle1110622021334280181182wMaharashtra
11Janaki Sd979662021334360021158wKerala
12Aahna Gulati803662021333560171156wHaryana
13Ishika Madke798082021333501671155wChhattisgarh
14Rishitha Narayanan783202021333369891136wAndhra Pradesh
15Shashini Puvi466622021257754721130wKarnataka
16Bruhathi Kondisetti640292021251250011121wTelangana
17AFMDiya Digamber Sawal590322021259814201115wGoa
18Yati Agarwal613462021251011611114wGujarat
19R Varniga Rajesh881452021333136101104wAndhra Pradesh
20Aadya Gowda1251732022487019551099wKarnataka

Complete list

MPL National U9 Round 1 Open: Hemal Varshan - Brijesh Poola: 0-1

Board no.3: Hemal Varshan (left) vs Brijesh Poola (right)

There was only one major upset in the first round of the open section, and that was Brijesh Poola (1059, TN) defeating his opponent rated around 400 points higher than him, Hemal Varshan Andalamala (1422, AP). In a rather equalish position, Hemal suddenly blundered a double attack by the Black Queen, and lost a piece. He went on to resign in a few more moves.

A fun edit in a post-game interview with Brijesh Poola!

Madhavendra Pratap Sharma - Vineet Nayak: 1-0

Board no.1 - Madhavendra Pratap Sharma (left) vs Vineet Nayak (right)

The top seed of the open section, Madhavendra Pratap Sharma (MP, 1585) started off with a win against Vineet Nayak (ODI, 1066). In a position which was dynamically balanced, Vineet started making some inaccuracies which eventually cost him 2 pawns and the game. The resulting Rook+Bishop ending was a little tough to navigate, but Madhavendra found all the accurate moves to clinch the victory comfortably.

"He made some silly mistakes!" National U9 Championships top seed Madhavendra starts off with a win

MPL National U9 Round 1 Girls: Aaradhya Das - Damyenti Saxenaa: 0.5-0.5

Board no.5 - Aaradhya Das (right) vs Damyenti Saxena (left)

The unrated Damyanti Saxenaa (Haryana) had a completely winning position against Aaradhya Das (Tripura, 1274), but she suddenly got her Bishop trapped in the middle of the Board.

The Black Bishop has no squares to go to - ...Bd8 loses the Bishop to Rb8!

However, Damyenti was able to avoid the worst - instead of going from winning to losing, she was able to recover enough pawns so that the resulting Rook vs Rook and Knight was a draw.

Open section Round 1 games

Girls section Round 1 games

Standings after Round 1 (Open)

Rk.SNoNamesexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11Madhvendra Pratap Sharma1585Madhya Pradesh1000,0001
2Aarav Sarbalia1458Karnataka1000,0001
4Avirat Chauhan1421Maharashtra1000,0001
5Saideep Suman1407Karnataka1000,0001
7Arjun Vasireddy1375Andhra Pradesh1000,0001
8Aditya Shripad Joshi1368Maharashtra1000,0001
9R Nijesh1365Tamil Nadu1000,0001
11Aaryan Amol Waghmare1350Maharashtra1000,0001
12ACMVishruth B1346Tamil Nadu1000,0001
13Aarav A1341Tamil Nadu1000,0001
14Herin Renishkumar Patel1337Gujarat1000,0001
15Riyarth Poddar1330Maharashtra1000,0001
16Aarit Kapil1327Delhi1000,0001
17Cyrus Eldho1322Kerala1000,0001
19Pazhany Kaushal Kohli1295Jammu Kashmir1000,0001

Full standings

Standings after Round 1 (Girls)

Rk.SNoNamesexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11Alankrita Sharmaw1419Jammu And Kashmir1000,0001
2Vedika Vijaykumar Palw1362Maharashtra1000,0001
3Aadya Ranganathw1327Karnataka1000,0001
4Shreya Rajeshw1302Karnataka1000,0001
7Bhavanya Panchumarthiw1227Andhra Pradesh1000,0001
8Pratitee Bordoloiw1201Karnataka1000,0001
9Aarohi Mathurw1190Telangana1000,0001
11Janaki Sdw1158Kerala1000,0001
12Aahna Gulatiw1156Haryana1000,0001
13Ishika Madkew1155Chhattisgarh1000,0001
14Rishitha Narayananw1136Andhra Pradesh1000,0001
15Shashini Puviw1130Karnataka1000,0001
16Bruhathi Kondisettiw1121Telangana1000,0001
17AFMDiya Digamber Sawalw1115Goa1000,0001
18Yati Agarwalw1114Gujarat1000,0001
19R Varniga Rajeshw1104Andhra Pradesh1000,0001
20Aadya Gowdaw1099Karnataka1000,0001

Full standings

Round 2 pairing (Open)

162Suronoy Das1161Bihar11Madhvendra Pratap Sharma1585Madhya Pradesh1
22Aarav Sarbalia1458Karnataka11Hridhaan Chawla1162Punjab61
34Avirat Chauhan1421Maharashtra11Debdatta Basak1160West Bengal63
464Rajat Bafna1160Assam11Saideep Suman1407Karnataka5
566Ayaanraj Kottapally1148Telangana11Arjun Vasireddy1375Andhra Pradesh7
68Aditya Shripad Joshi1368Maharashtra11Advait Dhande1151Chhattisgarh65
768Arhaan Agrawal1146Delhi11R Nijesh1365Tamil Nadu9
872Hridaan A Shah1140Maharashtra11Aaryan Amol Waghmare1350Maharashtra11
912ACMVishruth B1346Tamil Nadu11Tanish Gangal1147Maharashtra67
1076Pratik Kushal Rout1131Odisha11Aarav A1341Tamil Nadu13
1114Herin Renishkumar Patel1337Gujarat11Utkrisht Singh1144Delhi69
1278Vivan Pramod Soni1128Maharashtra11Riyarth Poddar1330Maharashtra15
1316Aarit Kapil1327Delhi11Shubh Jay Atha1141Gujarat71
1480Shubh Vishnu Borkar1125Goa11Cyrus Eldho1322Kerala17
1582Sarbartho Mani1122West Bengal11Pazhany Kaushal Kohli1295Jammu Kashmir19

Complete pairings

Round 2 pairing (Girls)

128Dheekshika G1058Tamil Nadu11Alankrita Sharma1419Jammu And Kashmir1
22Vedika Vijaykumar Pal1362Maharashtra11Asmita Biswas1038West Bengal33
330Sharvaanica A S1050Tamil Nadu11Aadya Ranganath1327Karnataka3
44Shreya Rajesh1302Karnataka11Indusheetala Natarajan1032Karnataka35
532Nistha Saikia1048Assam11Bhavanya Panchumarthi1227Andhra Pradesh7
68Pratitee Bordoloi1201Karnataka11Pattan Muskan Muskan1023Andhra Pradesh37
734Dishita Dey1038Jharkhand11Aarohi Mathur1190Telangana9
838Anvi Vinit Hirde1013Maharashtra11Janaki Sd1158Kerala11
912Aahna Gulati1156Haryana11Kiyana Parihar1012Rajasthan39
1040Aaditri A Maheshwari0Telangana11Ishika Madke1155Chhattisgarh13
1114Rishitha Narayanan1136Andhra Pradesh11Alankrutaa Moharana0Chhattisgarh49
1248Akshaya Narahari0Telangana11Shashini Puvi1130Karnataka15
1316Bruhathi Kondisetti1121Telangana11Anjali Shrivastava0Madhya Pradesh51
1450Aligi Amrutha Hemal0Tamil Nadu11AFMDiya Digamber Sawal1115Goa17
1518Yati Agarwal1114Gujarat11Deepthaashri Ravi Ganesh0Tamil Nadu58

Complete pairings

The MPL 35th National U9 Championship 2022 is taking place in IPS Academy, Indore. The total prize fund of this mega event is Rs. 5 lakhs. The event is being organized by the Madhya Pradesh State Chess Ad Hoc Committee. This is an 11-round classical event which will run from 25th December 2022 - 2nd January 2023. The time control of the event is 90 minutes +30 seconds increment. Round 2 starts from 26th December 9:30 PM IST, and Round 3 from 3:30 PM IST.

Important links

IPSA Indore Facebook page

IPS Academy Indore YouTube


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