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MPL 58th National Senior R10: Gukesh rejoins Arjun Erigaisi at the top

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/03/2022

Arjun Erigaisi (TEL) drew with Iniyan P (TN) in the penultimate round of MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship 2022. Thus, it allowed D Gukesh (TN) to catch up as he beat Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) to regain the lead 8.0/10. Seven players are at 7.5/10 - GM Iniyan P, GM Aravindh, GM Aryan, GM Sethuraman S P, GM Visakh, GM Mitrabha Guha and IM Pranav. The two-time Tamil Nadu State Senior champion and a single GM-norm holder, Pranav Venkatesh ended GM Lalit Rohit's 45-game unbeaten streak in Classical chess since December 2021. Round 11 starts today at 10:00 a.m. IST today. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Nubairshah stuns Deepan

Seven games ended decisively in the penultimate round. IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH) stunned GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB). IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete (MAH) drew with the top seed of the tournament GM B Adhiban (PSPB).

Gukesh rejoins Arjun | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Arjun Erigaisi had a relatively quiet draw with Iniyan P | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Aravindh - Aryan: 0.5-0.5

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) had an interesting Queen endgame against GM Aryan Chopra (DEL).

Position after 31...Kf7

If anyone can win this endgame, it has to be White. However, it is not easy to figure out how to win this. Aravindh was unable to find it and the game ended in a draw.

Aravindh and Aryan had an exciting endgame | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Abhijeet - Gukesh: 0-1

GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) might have managed to get a slight edge against GM D Gukesh (TN) in the early middlegame. However, it was Gukesh who seized his opportunity when the occasion arose.

Position after 40...f6

40.Qg5 allowed Black to get his pieces back into action by gaining a tempo 40...f6 41.Qg4 fxe5 42.Qxe6 Nef6 43.Rc1 Qh7 44.Rxc7+ Qxc7 45.Qxe5 Qxe5 46.Nxe5 Nxh5 47.g4 Nf6 48.g5

Position after 48.g5

White made an unforced error 48.g5. It provoked the f6-knight which found a better square 48...Ne4. White had no choice but to play 49.Nf3. 49.Bc1 would have worsened things after 49...Rc8 50.Rc1 Rc2. Gukesh converted his advantage comfortably into a win to rejoin the lead.

Final moments: Abhijeet vs Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India

Gukesh played a high class game to beat Abhijeet | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Swapnil - Sethuraman: 0-1

GM Swapnil Dhopade (RSPB) inaccurately defended his position against GM Sethuraman S P's (PSPB) attack which cost him the game.

Position after 39...Re2

40.Be1 the passive way seems to be the correct defense. A deeper calculation reveals that it leads to a loss for White. An active defense via 40.Bb4 is the only way for White to survive Black's onslaught.

Sethuraman got the better of Swapnil | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Lalith - Pranav: 0-1

GM Lalith Rohit's (PSPB) 45-game unbeaten streak in Classical chess since December 2021, came to an end against IM Pranav Venkatesh (TN).

IM Pranav V is a very strong player | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Visakh - Aronyak: 1-0

The opposite color bishop endgame between GM Visakh N R (RSPB) and IM Aronyak Ghosh (WB) seemed to have headed towards a draw.

Position after 46.Kg6

If anyone can win this position, it has to be White. However, for White to win this Black has to make a big mistake, as there is no win for White otherwise. Find out what should Black do after 46.Kg6 to ensure the game heads towards a draw and eliminate White's chances.

GM Visakh N R (RSPB) does not miss his chances | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Defending National Senior champion, GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) seized his opportunity in the endgame against Sambit Panda (ODI) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Sammed Shete (MAH) held the top seed GM B Adhiban (PSPB) to a draw | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB) - IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH)| Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Arjun Erigaisi takes on IPS officer Mr. Bhanu Bhaskar | Video: ChessBase India
National Championships 2022 | Day 6 highlights | Video: ChessBase India

For more Round 10 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

Replay Round 10 games

Round 10 results

12GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL½ - ½7GMIniyan P2516TN15
28GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN7½ - ½7GMAryan Chopra2585DEL9
33GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB0 - 17GMGukesh D2614TN7
419GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys0 - 1GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB5
510GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB0 - 1IMPranav V2486TN21
613GMVisakh N R2522Rlys1 - 0IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB22
716GMMitrabha Guha2510WB1 - 0Panda Sambit2059ODI87
84GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB61 - 0IMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys49
938IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2408MAH6½ - ½6GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB1
1012GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB61 - 06Utsab Chatterjee2321WB48
1114GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys60 - 16IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436MAH33
1218GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL61 - 06IMHarshavardhan G B2402TN39
1320IMAditya Mittal2487MAH61 - 06FMAaryan Varshney2277DEL57
1432IMShyaamnikhil P2442Rlys6½ - ½6IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys25
1526IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB61 - 06IMSrihari L R2400TN41
16107Ilamparthi A R1969TN6½ - ½6IMPranesh M2455TN29
1727IMKrishna C R G2466Rlys1 - 06Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2263TEL59
1828IMDas Sayantan2459Rlys1 - 0FMAyush Sharma2302MP51
1954IMSangma Rahul2286Rlys0 - 1IMVignesh N R2444Rlys31
2034GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys½ - ½IMSharma Dinesh K.2283LIC55


Round 11 pairings

15GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB8GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL2
27GMGukesh D2614TN8GMAryan Chopra2585DEL9
321IMPranav V2486TNGMVisakh N R2522Rlys13
415GMIniyan P2516TNGMMitrabha Guha2510WB16
512GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB7GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN8
64GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB77IMAditya Mittal2487MAH20
733IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436MAH77GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL18
810GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB7IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB26
91GMAdhiban B.2648PSPBIMGusain Himal2408Rlys37
1049IMRatnakaran K.2316RlysGMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB3
1129IMPranesh M2455TNGMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys19
1222IMAronyak Ghosh2482WBIMShyaamnikhil P2442Rlys32
1325IMRavi Teja S.2469RlysGMSriram Jha2379LIC42
1440IMShahil Dey2400ASMIMKrishna C R G2466Rlys27
1587Panda Sambit2059ODIIMDas Sayantan2459Rlys28
1631IMVignesh N R2444RlysIlamparthi A R1969TN107
1735IMNitin S.2427Rlys6IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2408MAH38
1857FMAaryan Varshney2277DEL66GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys14
1955IMSharma Dinesh K.2283LIC66IMNeelash Saha2445WB30
2059Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2263TEL66GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys34


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