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Aswath and Tejaswini win MPL National Sub Junior Open and Girls Chess Championships 2022 convincingly

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/12/2022

Tamil Nadu's Aswath S and Tejaswini G scored an unbeaten 9.5/11 each to win MPL 47th National Sub-Junior Under-15 Open and 38th National Sub-Junior Girls Chess Championship 2022. Both of them finished a half point ahead of the field. Aswath drew with both remaining podium finishers - runner-up Arjun Adireddy (TEL) 9/11 and second runner-up FM Harsh Suresh (TN) 8.5/11. Tejaswini drew with the eventual runner-up WCM Kheerthi Ganta (TEL) 9/11 and defeated the second runner-up Shubhi Gupta (UP) 8.5/11. In both sections, the top two finishers did not require tie-breaks. Since the previous edition champions, IM Pranesh M and Tanisha Boramanikar crossed the eligibility criteria, they could not defend their titles. Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Tamil Nadu dominates the podium

Both champions in each section was a half point ahead of the field. They drew their respective final round games and still no one was able to catch them. Among the podium finishers, Aswath, Tejaswini and Kheerthi remained undefeated. Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹450000 in each section. Top three prizes were ₹90000, ₹70000 and ₹58000 along with a trophy each.

Aswath S and Tejaswini G are the winners of MPL 47th National Sub-Junior Under-15 Open and 38th National Sub-Junior Girls Chess Champions 2022 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Champion in Open - Aswath S (TN) 9.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Champion in Girls - Tejaswini G (TN) 9.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Open Runner-up - Arjun Adireddy (TEL) 9/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Girls Runner-up - Kheerthi Ganta (TEL) 9/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Open Second Runner-up - FM Harsh Suresh (TN) 8.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Girls Second Runner-up - Shubhi Gupta (UP) 8.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Top three finishers in Open and Girls (L to R): 2nd Arjun Adireddy (TEL), 3rd FM Harsh Suresh (TN), 1st Aswath S (TN), 1st Tejaswini G (TN), 2nd WCM Kheerthi Ganta (TEL) and 3rd Shubhi Gupta (UP) | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Open: Aswath S 9.5/11

Despite being held to a draw in the second round by Dev Raj (BIH, 1577), Aswath S (TN, 2186) bounced back by winning the next five games in-a-row.

Aswath - Mayank, Round 7

Position after 14.e5!

13...Rd8 was a mistake. Black had to play 13...Rc8 to prevent e5 ideas. White seized his opportunity 14.e5! Nxd4 15.Nxd4 dxe5 16.fxe5 Qxe5 17.Nc6 Bxc6 18.Bxc6+ Kf8 19.Qxd8+! Bxd8 20.Rxd8+ Ke7 21.Bxf6+ Kxf6 22.Rxh8 and it's over for Black. He just could not get out of the gate after a mistake in the opening.

In the penultimate round, Aswath scored a crucial win over then coleader, Commonwealth Under-14 Open Gold and Under-20 Bronze medalist, CM Gaurang Bagwe (1965).

Gaurang - Aswath, Round 10

Position after 34...Rd1

White needed to trade the rooks on d8 to ensure the intensity of Black's counter-attack by invading his own rook is less. 34.Rxd8 Rxd8 35.Nf5 was a relatively better choice. 34.Ra7 Rd1 35.Kf1 Nc6 36.Raa2 Nd4 gave Black complete control and he went on to win the game comfortably.

Aswath S has won his first National title | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Aswath S scored an unbeaten 9.5/11 and gained 27.6 Elo rating points

Girls: Tejaswini G 9.5/11

Tejaswini G (TN, 1859) scored an emphatic victory with an aggressive play against World Under-12 Girls 2022 champion, Shubhi Gupta (UP, 1815) in the fifth round. She became coleader with WCM Kheerthi Ganta (TEL, 1675) after the fifth round.

Tejaswini - Shubhi, Round 5

Position after 28.Qxg5!

28.Qxg5! works because fxg5 29.Rh3+ Nh7 30.Ng6# a beautiful smothered mate. Black played 28...Bd5 which leads to a checkmate in four. Can you find it what Tejaswini missed in the game? She went on to win the game in the next few moves.

Tejaswini scored an important victory in the penultimate round against Arshiya Das (TRI, 1640). It allowed her to have a half point lead 9/10, heading into the final round.

Tejaswini - Arshiya, Round 10

Position after 18.c5!

Black deciding on not bringing the queen in time 17...Qd6, allowed White to shut the queen's return after 17...Rfd8. 18.c5 Nxc5 19.dxc5 Rxd3 20.Qe7 Ba6 21.Ne5 and the game is beyond the point of saving for Black.

The reigning Tamil Nadu State Women's champion - Tejaswini G clinched her second National title | Photo: Amit Sharma

Tejaswini G scored 9.5/11, remained undefeated and gained 46.8 Elo rating points

Photo Gallery

Open 4th Swayham P Das (GUJ) 8.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

5th Kaivalya Sandip Nagare (MAH) 8.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

6th Harshit Pawar (DEL) 8.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

7th Vrashank Chouhan (RAJ) 8.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

8th Ethan Vaz (Goa) 8.5/11 | Photo: CFSL

9th CM Gaurang Bagwe (MAH) 8/11 | Photo: CFSL

10th Arpith S Bijoy (KER) 8/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Girls 4th Debapriya Manna (WB) 8/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

5th Saparya Ghosh (WB) 8/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

6th Sachi Jain (DEL) 8/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

7th Arshiya Das (TRI) 8/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

8th Vakcheri Mohitha (AP) 8/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

9th WFM Shivika Rohilla (DEL) 7.5/11 | Photo: Amit Sharma

10th Mrittika Mallick (WB) 7.5/11 | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

Players in action | Photo: IA Mrityunjay Singh

A total of 248 players including an IM in the Open and 123 players in the Girls tournament took part. It was organized by Delhi Chess Association at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Delhi from 28th November to 6th December 2022. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Open Round 1-11 games

Replay Girls Round 1-11 games

Open Round 11 results

14Aswath S21869½ - ½Adireddy Arjun198015PGN
212AIMVaz Ethan20491 - 08CMBagwe Gaurang196518PGN
32FMHarsh Suresh22801 - 0Kartik Kumar Singh176934PGN
420Dhyey Agarwal19030 - 1Nagare Kaivalya Sandip21249PGN
535Abhash Roimya Saikia17600 - 1AFMPawar Harshit211011PGN
636Vengatesh Krishnan C17590 - 1Vrashank Chouhan204113PGN
719Swayham P Das19301 - 0Aarav Sinha185424PGN
858Jaiveer Mahendru16530 - 17Jihan Tejas Shah186023PGN
97FMSreyas Payyappat214571 - 07Ishant Kumar173041PGN
1052Raihaan Zahid16767½ - ½7AIMBhavik Ahuja211410PGN


Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
14Aswath SIND2186Tamil Nadu9,573,579,567,75
215Adireddy ArjunIND1980Telangana970,57561,50
32FMHarsh SureshIND2280Tamil Nadu8,573,57959,25
419Swayham P DasIND1930Gujarat8,572,577,558,25
59Nagare Kaivalya SandipIND2124Maharashtra8,57175,556,25
611AFMPawar HarshitIND2110Delhi8,570,574,556,50
713Vrashank ChouhanIND2041Rajasthan8,57075,556,75
812AIMVaz EthanIND2049Goa8,568,574,557,75
918CMBagwe GaurangIND1965Maharashtra87377,554,00
1014Arpith S BijoyIND2019Kerala871,57652,25
1133Aashman GuptaIND1776Delhi8707551,75
127FMSreyas PayyappatIND2145Kerala86872,552,25
1323Jihan Tejas ShahIND1860Gujarat865,57151,00
1436Vengatesh Krishnan CIND1759Tamil Nadu7,5737849,50
1520Dhyey AgarwalIND1903Gujarat7,572,57747,50
1635Abhash Roimya SaikiaIND1760Assam7,5727750,25
1724Aarav SinhaIND1854Delhi7,571,576,548,00
1834Kartik Kumar SinghIND1769Maharashtra7,570,57650,00
191IMShahil DeyIND2395Assam7,5707548,75
2032Daaevik WadhawanIND1780Delhi7,569,57548,25


Girls Round 11 results

123Sachi Jain1581½ - ½9Tejaswini G18594PGN
212WCMKheerthi Ganta1675½ - ½Saparya Ghosh159521PGN
31WFMShivika Rohilla20570 - 1AFMShubhi Gupta18156PGN
427Vakcheri Mohitha1535½ - ½Debapriya Manna150730PGN
515Pragnya H G16407½ - ½7Mrittika Mallick18673PGN
614Arshiya Das164071 - 07Pranavasri S136651PGN
746Sindhusree K139370 - 1Khairmode Dhanashree172810PGN
840Jeevika S14381 - 0Keerti Shree Reddy167313PGN
916Dakshita Kumawat16281 - 0WCMShriyana S Mallya141943PGN
1029Sajitha B15090 - 1Sneha Halder162817PGN


Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
14Tejaswini GIND1859Tamil Nadu9,576,581,569,00
212WCMKheerthi GantaIND1675Telangana977,581,564,75
36AFMShubhi GuptaIND1815Uttar Pradesh8,575,580,558,50
430Debapriya MannaIND1507West Bengal87376,551,00
521Saparya GhoshIND1595West Bengal86974,551,25
623Sachi JainIND1581Delhi86973,550,50
714Arshiya DasIND1640Tripura86872,549,75
827Vakcheri MohithaIND1535Andhra Pradesh863,567,547,25
91WFMShivika RohillaIND2057Delhi7,5758049,75
103Mrittika MallickIND1867West Bengal7,57176,549,00
1117Sneha HalderIND1628West Bengal7,5717646,25
1210Khairmode DhanashreeIND1728Maharashtra7,567,57247,25
1315Pragnya H GIND1640Tamil Nadu7,562,567,545,00
1445Asmita Avijit RayIND1413Goa7,56265,538,50
1540Jeevika SIND1438Puducherry7,561,56542,00
1616Dakshita KumawatIND1628Rajasthan7,55660,540,75
1724Sai Mahati AIND1575Telangana7687343,00
1818Rajanya DattaIND1627West Bengal76771,541,75
1951Pranavasri SIND1366Tamil Nadu765,57039,50
2032Aashi UpadhyayIND1496Rajasthan764,568,538,25


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