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MPL 58th National Senior R1-2: Maharashtra's Suyog Wagh and Kashish Jain score big upsets

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/02/2022

Maharashtra's FM Suyog Wagh and Kashish Jain Manoj scored big victories over Tamil Nadu's GM Iniyan P and GM Vishnu Prasanna in Round 2 of MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship. Kerala State Senior champion Chandar Raju forced the top seed of the tournament, GM B Adhiban to fight for 4.5 hours to earn his first point of the event. Harshit Pawar (DEL) and Rahul Gurung (SIK) scored upset victories over two-time Tamil Nadu State Senior champion IM Pranav V and Asian Junior 2021 Gold medalist IM Raahul V S respectively in Round 1. Anustoop Biswas (WB) defeated IM Pranesh M (TN). Round 3 starts at 9:30 a.m. IST today. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

A Bishop and Knight endgame day

The first day of MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship witnessed several games which were decided in minor piece endgames involving mostly bishop and knight.

FM Suyog Wagh beat GM Iniyan P in Round 2 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 1: Adhiban - Chandar: 1-0

Reigning Kerala State Senior champion Chandar Raju (2042) stretched top seed B Adhiban (PSPB, 2648) to his limit.

Position after 62.Bc2

Black can still try to save the game 62...Ba3 63.Nf5 Bf8. However, the game continued 62...Nf6 63.Nf5 h5 only accelerated things in White's favor. 63...Ne8 64.Nxh6 Nd6 could have prolonged the inevitable. Black eventually sacrificed both of his bishop and knight for White's connected passed pawns. Adhiban had to use his bishop and knight to deliver checkmate after 4.5 hour-long grueling battle.

Kerala State Senior champion Chandar Raju fights for over 4.5 hours | Photo: ChessBase India
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Chandar Raju put up a very good fight | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sankalp - Parthasarathy: 0.5-0.5

GM Sankalp Gupta (MAH) had a narrow escape against R Parthasarathy (KAR).

Position after 26.b4

26.b4 was not a good idea because the d6-pawn is about to fall and White needed to do something about it. 26.Bg5 Kf7 27.a4 Ke6 28.Bd8 was a better alternative. Anyway, even after capturing the d6-pawn, Black was unable to find a way to win the game in the resultant knight endgame.

GM Sankalp Gupta salvaged a draw | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Parthasarathy R (KAR), Chaitanya Sairam Mogili (AP), Kaivalya Sandip Nagare (MAH), Vivek Sharma (BIH), Adireddy Arjun (TEL), Bishal Basak (WB), Khalid Amin (JK), MD. Bashiq Imrose (TEL), Sunil Chhotani (PSPB), held GM Sankalp Gupta (MAH), IM C R G Krishna (RSPB), IM Vignesh N R (RSPB), IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH), IM Himal Gusain (RSPB), GM Sriram Jha (LIC), IM P Saravanan Krishnan (TN), IM D K Sharma (LIC) and IM Manish Anto Cristiano F (TN)  to a draw each respectively.


For more Round 1 photos, click here.

Round 2: Abhimanyu - Jeet: 0.5-0.5

FM Jeet Jain (GUJ) held GM Abhimanyu Puranik (MAH) to a solid draw.

Deep - Kartavya: 0.5-0.5

Gujarat State champion Kartavya Anadkat who had won three consecutive tournaments in three different formats at the end of last year, managed to hold his own against GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB).

Kartavya Anadkat held GM Deep Sengupta to a draw | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Ravi - Visakh: 0.5-0.5

IM Ravi T S (TN) made a nice save in the knight vs bishop endgame against GM Visakh N R (RSPB).

Position after 50...Bb5

50...Bb5 allowed White to create a virtual fortress via Nf3-Nd2. However, he did not opt for it. Instead, 51.Kb2 Kd5 52.Ka3 Be8 53.Kb4 allowed Black to get back in the game. 53...g5 once again abandoned all hopes for a win for Black.

There is no substitute for a wealth of experience which IM Ravi T S possesses | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

National Junior 2019 winner FM Aradhya Garg drew with GM Deepan Chakkravarthy comfortably | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Suyog - Iniyan: 1-0

GM Iniyan P (TN) made an incorrect pawn push at the center of the board 18...d4. It turned things in his opponent FM Suyog Wagh's (MAH) favor.

Position after 18...d4

18...dxe4 19.Nxe4 Bd5 would have been a better continuation for Black. 18...d4 19.Na4 Bb5 20.Nb2 Bc6 21.e5 Ne4 22.Nc4 and things quickly turned into White's favor completely.

GM Vishnu Prasanna (TN) lost to FM Kashish Jain Manoj (MAH) | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Anustoop Biswas (WB) defeated IM Pranesh M (TN) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

FM Jeet Jain (GUJ), Kartavya Anadkat (GUJ), IM Ravi T S (TN), FM Aradhya Garg (DEL), Rajesh Nayak (ODI), Shreyansh Daklia (CHT), Ram Prakash (PUN), CM Garv Gaur (DEL), Vedant Pimpalkhare (MAH), Kaivalya Sandip Nagare (MAH), Khalid Amin (JK), Adireddy Arjun (TEL) drew with GM Abhimanyu Puranik (MAH), GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB), GM Visakh N R (RSPB), GM Deepan Chhakravarthy (RSPB), GM Arjun Kalyan (TN), IM Neelash Saha (WB), IM Nitin S (RSPB), IM Harshavardhan G B (TN),IM Sidhant Mohapatra (RSPB), IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH), GM Sriram Jha (LIC) and IM D K Sharma (LIC) each respectively.

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For more Round 2 photos, click here.

A total of 184 players including 22 GMs and 30 IMs are taking part in this tournament organized by UP Chess Sports Association. The event is taking place at Ganges Club at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh from 25th February to 3rd March 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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Replay Round 1-2 games

Round 2 results

150IMSai Agni Jeevitesh J2316Rlys10 - 11GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB1
22GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL11 - 01FMAyush Sharma2302MP51
352FMSharan Rao2292KAR10 - 11GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB3
44GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB11 - 01FMNavalgund Niranjan2289KAR53
554IMSangma Rahul2286Rlys10 - 11GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB5
66GMPuranik Abhimanyu2618MAH1½ - ½1FMJeet Jain2279GUJ56
758FMAyushh Ravikumar2269TN10 - 11GMGukesh D2614TN7
88GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN11 - 01FMAaryan Varshney2277DEL57
962FMMohamed Anees M2238TN10 - 11GMAryan Chopra2585DEL9
1010GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB11 - 01Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2263TEL59
1112GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB1½ - ½1Anadkat Kartavya2241GUJ61
1264IMRavi Thandalam Shanmugam2236TN1½ - ½1GMVisakh N R2522Rlys13
1314GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys1½ - ½1FMAradhya Garg2236DEL65
1466FMWagh Suyog2232MAH11 - 01GMIniyan P2516TN15
1516GMMitrabha Guha2510WB11 - 01CMSoham Kamotra2229JK67
1668Nayak Rajesh2188ODI1½ - ½1GMArjun Kalyan2506TN17
1718GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL11 - 01CMAaditya Dhingra2176HAR69
1870Sanket Chakravarty2171WB10 - 11GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys19
1920IMAditya Mittal2487MAH11 - 01Phatak Aanjaneya2165MAH71
2022IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB11 - 01Pathak Pradeep2163UP72


Round 3 pairings

11GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB22IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB26
228IMDas Sayantan2459Rlys22GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL2
33GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB22IMShyaamnikhil P2442Rlys32
434GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys22GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB4
55GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB22IMSrijit Paul2419WB36
67GMGukesh D2614TN22IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2408MAH38
740IMShahil Dey2400ASM22GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN8
89GMAryan Chopra2585DEL22IMAnuj Shrivatri2350MP44
941IMSrihari L R2400TN22GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB10
1045Ritviz Parab2349GOA22GMMitrabha Guha2510WB16
1147FMHarshad S2328TN22GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL18
1219GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys22Utsab Chatterjee2321WB48
1349IMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys22IMAditya Mittal2487MAH20
1473FMJain Kashish Manoj2162MAH22IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB22
1525IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys22FMWagh Suyog2232MAH66
1613GMVisakh N R2522Rlys2Anustoop Biswas2126WB80
1761Anadkat Kartavya2241GUJGMPuranik Abhimanyu2618MAH6
1811GMSankalp Gupta2536MAHIMSaravana Krishnan P.2340TN46
1956FMJeet Jain2279GUJGMSengupta Deep2528PSPB12
2063IMManish Anto Cristiano F2236TNGMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys14


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