MPL 35th National U-9 Round 8-9: Pratitee takes sole lead
The 8th and 9th round of the MPL National Under-9 Championships saw a lot of action. The fight for sole lead continued in both the Open and Girls section. While Aarav Sarbalia continues to hold his lead with two consecutive wins in Round 8 and 9, it is not the case in girls. Pratitee Bordoloi has emerged as the new leader, defeating Sharvaanica AS in Round 8 and Shashini Puvi in Round 9. With only 2 more rounds to go, even the sole leaders lead by only half a point in both the sections. A lot of twists are still incoming and the top spot is up for grabs! Thumbnail: Himank Ghosh
Pratitee Bordoloi emerges as sole leader in girls
Before Round 8, the sole leader of the girls' section was Sharvaanica AS (1050, TN), and Pratitee Bordoloi (1201, Karnataka) was trailing by just half a point. Pratitee's Round 8 win against Sharvaanica ensured him the top spot.
MPL National U9 Round 8 Open: Pratitee Bordoloi - Sharvaanica AS : 1-0
After getting a very comfortable position out of the Caro-Kann, Sharvaanica suddenly made a tactical error deep into the middlegame. Pratitee spotted the mistake quite nimbly and found the refutation!
The idea of 31...Bxa3 looks like to be winning a pawn, as it seems after 32. bxa3 Rd3 you're winning back the White knight. But this is something Sharvaanica completely missed - Pratitee played the fantastic 33. Re8+!
In the game, Sharvaanica continued with 33... Kh7, but now comes 34. Qxd3+!, another very nice move found by Pratitee. After 34...Qxd3 35. Rxc8,White has Two Rooks and a Knight for a Queen - essentially a piece up. Pratitee went on to win the game without any troubles.
Diya Digamber Sawal - Alankrita Sharma: 1-0
The biggest upset of the round was Diya Digamber Sawal (1115, Goa) taking down the top seed of the girls section, Alankrita Sharma (1419, Jammu and Kashmir). In a position arising from the scotch gambit where it seemed that Alankrita had the upper hand out of the opening, she suddenly started making mistakes.
The decisive blunder came on move 23...Nd5 was a big mistake, but Black's position was already very shaky.
White is now a pawn up in a simple position, the Black pieces are inactive and the king is week. Diya went on to win the game comfortably.
Round 8 Open: Aarav Sarbalia - Visruth B: 1-0
Visruth B (1346, TN) actually built up a pretty powerful attack against Aarav Sarbalia (1458, Karnataka)'s King in a Queenless middlegame. However, he couldn't find the correct continuation to bring his attack into fruition.
In this position, Black had a very nice move ...h4+! with the idea that if Kxh4, then comes Re3!! with unstoppable mate by Rh8. But Visruth played 40...Re3+ and the position slowly fizzled out to be equal. In a drawn Rook and pawn endgame, Visruth was the last player to blunder:
50...bxa5 was the decisive blunder by Visruth. It was important to just activate the Black king further by ...Kg5, and Black is doing completely fine after a6 Kf4 a7 Re8 Ra2 Ra8.But after 50...bxa5 51. bxa5, White has just got a remote passed pawn and the Black king is on g6 still. Aarav displayed excellent technique to put this win in the bag.
Aditya Shripad Joshi - Madhavendra Pratap Sharma: 0-1
Madhavendra Pratap Sharma (1585, MP) played a very nice game from the getgo to take down Aditya Shripad Joshi ( 1368, MAH). Playing with the Black pieces, Madhavendra got an advantageous position straight from the opening and just kept increasing the pressure methodically to convert the game into a win. Check out the PGN and Madhavendra's interview below to go through the critical variations:
MPL National U9 Round 9 Girls: Shashini Puvi - Pratitee Bordoloi: 0-1
Pratitee Bordoloi (1201, Karnataka) continued her impressive winning streak and staying at the sole lead by taking down Shashini Puvi (1130, Maharashtra). Winning a pawn midway through a Queenless middlegame, Pratitee made excellent use of her Bishop pair to wreak havoc over the White position.
Samhita Pungavanam - Aadya Ranganath: 0-1
This was a marathon battle of 86 moves - the longest game of the 9th round. Aadya Ranganath (1327, Karnataka) actually built up quite a big advantage relatively quickly, eventually winning the exchange and having a technically winning endgame against Samhita Pungavanam (1095, Telangana). But time pressure was detrimental to her quality of play - in an easily winning position, unnecessary complications arose where Samhita had drawing chances in some positions. However, time trouble was mutual - Samhita had even lesser time than her opponent, and Aadya went on to use that to her advantage and finally take home the full point. Check out the PGN below for all the important variations:
Round 9 Open: Arjun Vasireddy - Aarav Sarbalia: 0-1
Aarav Sarbalia (1458, Karnataka) is showing his class in the Open section - he is winning one game after another in the top board, ensuring the sole lead stays with him. His win against Arjun Vasireddy (1375, Andhra Pradesh) was a sublime positional effort, where White was dead lost only 20 moves into the game, and resigning by move 30 in a position with no imminent attack, but complete positional destruction.
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Girls section Round 8-9 games
Open section Round 8-9 games
Standings after Round 9 (Girls)
|5||30||Sharvaanica A S||w||1050||Tamil Nadu||6,5||52,5||55,5||37,25||0||6|
|6||58||Deepthaashri Ravi Ganesh||w||0||Tamil Nadu||6,5||51||55||37,25||0||6|
|11||22||Arpita Amey Patankar||w||1093||Gujarat||6,5||45,5||47||31,50||0||6|
|12||23||Pooja Shree R||w||1091||Tamil Nadu||6,5||44,5||48||32,25||0||6|
|13||17||AFM||Diya Digamber Sawal||w||1115||Goa||6,5||42||44,5||28,75||0||6|
|15||10||Bhumika Suresh Waghle||w||1182||Maharashtra||6||47||50,5||32,00||0||5|
|16||2||Vedika Vijaykumar Pal||w||1362||Maharashtra||6||45,5||46,5||28,00||0||5|
|17||33||Asmita Biswas||w||1038||West Bengal||6||44||47||26,00||0||6|
|19||7||Bhavanya Panchumarthi||w||1227||Andhra Pradesh||6||41,5||44,5||27,50||0||5|
|20||38||Anvi Vinit Hirde||w||1013||Maharashtra||6||41||44,5||29,00||0||6|
Standings after Round 9 (Open)
|2||1||Madhvendra Pratap Sharma||1585||Madhya Pradesh||8||53,5||57||49,25||0||7|
|3||13||Aarav A||1341||Tamil Nadu||7||50,5||54,5||40,25||0||5|
|5||8||Aditya Shripad Joshi||1368||Maharashtra||7||47||51,5||37,75||0||6|
|9||9||R Nijesh||1365||Tamil Nadu||7||44||47,5||36,00||0||5|
|11||11||Aaryan Amol Waghmare||1350||Maharashtra||6,5||50||54||35,00||0||6|
|12||24||Niroshan Thanikachalam||1283||Tamil Nadu||6,5||49||53,5||35,75||0||6|
|14||12||ACM||Vishruth B||1346||Tamil Nadu||6,5||47||51,5||34,25||0||6|
|15||7||Arjun Vasireddy||1375||Andhra Pradesh||6,5||46||50||32,00||0||6|
|16||22||Aadhya Vijayakumar||1290||Tamil Nadu||6,5||45,5||50||34,25||0||6|
|17||44||AFM||Mithun Pranav Praveen Kumar||1217||Tamil Nadu||6,5||44,5||48||31,25||0||6|
|20||51||Krithik Muthukumar||1203||Tamil Nadu||6,5||37,5||40,5||28,75||0||6|
Round 10 pairings (Open)
|1||2||Aarav Sarbalia||1458||Karnataka||8½||7||R Nijesh||1365||Tamil Nadu||9|
|2||5||Saideep Suman||1407||Karnataka||7||8||Madhvendra Pratap Sharma||1585||Madhya Pradesh||1|
|3||16||Aarit Kapil||1327||Delhi||7||7||Rahul Ramakrishnan||1386||Puducherry||6|
|4||8||Aditya Shripad Joshi||1368||Maharashtra||7||7||ACM||Balanandan Ayyappan||1267||Kerala||32|
|5||13||Aarav A||1341||Tamil Nadu||7||7||Kavyansh Jain||1212||Rajasthan||47|
|6||40||Paarshva Parmar||1231||Rajasthan||6½||6½||Arjun Vasireddy||1375||Andhra Pradesh||7|
|7||24||Niroshan Thanikachalam||1283||Tamil Nadu||6½||6½||Aaryan Amol Waghmare||1350||Maharashtra||11|
|8||12||ACM||Vishruth B||1346||Tamil Nadu||6½||6½||Krithik Muthukumar||1203||Tamil Nadu||51|
|9||17||Cyrus Eldho||1322||Kerala||6½||6½||Mehekdwip Gope||1131||Tripura||75|
|10||22||Aadhya Vijayakumar||1290||Tamil Nadu||6½||6½||Rudra Kavia||1142||Rajasthan||70|
|11||44||AFM||Mithun Pranav Praveen Kumar||1217||Tamil Nadu||6½||6||Anagani Sasank||1291||Andhra Pradesh||21|
|12||14||Herin Renishkumar Patel||1337||Gujarat||6||6||Narendra Agarwal||1219||West Bengal||43|
|13||76||Pratik Kushal Rout||1131||Odisha||6||6||Daniel Ajish||1281||Kerala||25|
|14||34||P.Gurupranav||1261||Tamil Nadu||6||6||A Alwin Micheal||1082||Tamil Nadu||101|
|15||36||Kiyan Kevalkumar Patel||1244||Gujarat||6||6||Saras Summer Powar||0||Goa||192|
Round 10 pairings (Girls)
|1||8||Pratitee Bordoloi||1201||Karnataka||8||7½||Aadya Ranganath||1327||Karnataka||3|
|2||12||Aahna Gulati||1156||Haryana||7||7||Yati Agarwal||1114||Gujarat||18|
|3||21||Samhita Pungavanam||1095||Telangana||6½||6½||Shashini Puvi||1130||Karnataka||15|
|4||16||Bruhathi Kondisetti||1121||Telangana||6½||6½||Deepthaashri Ravi Ganesh||0||Tamil Nadu||58|
|5||23||Pooja Shree R||1091||Tamil Nadu||6½||6½||AFM||Diya Digamber Sawal||1115||Goa||17|
|6||30||Sharvaanica A S||1050||Tamil Nadu||6½||6½||Aadya Gowda||1099||Karnataka||20|
|7||2||Vedika Vijaykumar Pal||1362||Maharashtra||6||6½||Arpita Amey Patankar||1093||Gujarat||22|
|8||38||Anvi Vinit Hirde||1013||Maharashtra||6||6||Bhavanya Panchumarthi||1227||Andhra Pradesh||7|
|9||10||Bhumika Suresh Waghle||1182||Maharashtra||6||6||Asmita Biswas||1038||West Bengal||33|
|10||34||Dishita Dey||1038||Jharkhand||6||6||Indusheetala Natarajan||1032||Karnataka||35|
|11||62||Divi Bijesh||0||Kerala||6||5½||Janaki Sd||1158||Kerala||11|
|12||4||Shreya Rajesh||1302||Karnataka||5½||5½||Kiyana Parihar||1012||Rajasthan||39|
|13||76||Leah R Joseph||0||Karnataka||5½||5½||Aaradhya Das||1274||Tripura||5|
|14||14||Rishitha Narayanan||1136||Andhra Pradesh||5½||5½||R V Pavithra||0||Tamil Nadu||86|
|15||97||Subhasmita Priyadarshini||0||Odisha||5||5||Alankrita Sharma||1419||Jammu And Kashmir||1|
The MPL 35th National U9 Championship 2022 is taking place in Indore Public School. 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 10 will be held on New years day, 1st January 2023 from 9:30 AM.