18-year-old Arjun Erigaisi conquers MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship 2022
18-year-old Arjun Erigaisi expectedly won MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship 2022. He edged past D Gukesh and Iniyan P on tie-breaks. All three of them scored 8.5/11. They received ₹600,000, ₹500,000 and ₹400,000 along with a trophy each respectively. The remaining top ten scored 8.0/10 each. Koustav Chatterjee and Pranav Venkatesh are the only two IMs to make it in the top 10. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹30,00,000. Only four players younger than Arjun have won the National Senior title in Indian chess history. It is evident that the future of Indian chess is very bright when the teenagers are winning National Senior in both Open and Women section. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Teenagers claim the podium
Arjun Erigaisi won National Senior at the age of 18 years. Karthikeyan Murali won his first title in 2015 (16 years), his second triumph in 2016 (17 years), G Akash in 2012 (16 years), B Adhiban in 2009 (17 years) and Parimarjan Negi in 2010 (17 years). This year the entire podium finishers are teenagers - Arjun (18 years), Gukesh (16 years) and Iniyan (19 years). They all faced each other and each game ended in a draw. Arjun Erigaisi played two tournaments this year and he won both of them. The Age of Arjun Erigaisi which started last year, continues...
Iniyan - Mitrabha: 1-0
GM Iniyan P (TN) defeated the defending champion GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) in the final round.
White got a pleasant position out of the opening Petroff's Defence when his opponent opted for 8...Ne6. Black was unable to get out of the gate for the rest of the game and Iniyan comfortably scored a full point.
Lalith - Koustav: 0-1
IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) after suffering a loss against GM D Gukesh, made three draws and then defeated IM Srihari L R (TN) in the penultimate round. He finished the tournament true to his performance in the first half of the event by winning against GM Lalith Rohit (PSPB) in style.
Lalith went wrong early in the opening, which caused him to face a lot of trouble. 12.b4 provoked a lot of attacks as White did not have a lot of choices left either. 12...e3 is almost winning for Black but Koustav chose an interesting continuation 12...Nf3+. It allowed White to regroup his position 13.Bxf3 Bxh3 14.Bh5 Qg5 15.Bxf7+ Kxf7 16.bxc5 Qxd5. White managed to exchange a bunch of pieces but the king being stranded at the center and a lack of piece coordination suddenly did not wither the troubles away.
How many times have you witnessed the queen being trapped at the center of the board? Well technically the queen is virtually trapped because it has a safe square at h4, however it is not a safe haven as White has a back rank weakness. It is evident that Black is completely winning and he wrapped it up in the next four moves.
Koustav Chatterjee and Pranav Venkatesh are the only two IMs to finish in top ten in this event. Both of them have a GM-norm each. It goes without saying that they are future GMs of India and it's just a matter of time.
For more Round 11 photos, click here and for Prize distribution Ceremony photos, click here.
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GM Koneru Humpy, India's 7th GM and National Women 2013 champion
GM Abhijit Kunte, India's 4th GM and two-time National champion (1997 and 2000)
GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, India's 8th GM and six-times consecutive National champion (2003-2008)
IM P Konguvel, National champion (1995) and revered gentleman of the sport
GM Arjun Erigaisi, Winner of National Senior 2022
GM D Gukesh, National Senior 2022 Runner-up
GM Iniyan P, National Senior 2022 Second Runner-up
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A total of 184 players including 22 GMs and 30 IMs took part in this tournament organized by UP Chess Sports Association. The event was held 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 11 games
Round 10 results
|1||5||GM||Sethuraman S.P.||2619||PSPB||7½||½ - ½||8||GM||Erigaisi Arjun||2633||TEL||2|
|2||7||GM||Gukesh D||2614||TN||8||½ - ½||7½||GM||Aryan Chopra||2585||DEL||9|
|3||21||IM||Pranav V||2486||TN||7½||½ - ½||7½||GM||Visakh N R||2522||Rlys||13|
|4||15||GM||Iniyan P||2516||TN||7½||1 - 0||7½||GM||Mitrabha Guha||2510||WB||16|
|5||12||GM||Sengupta Deep||2528||PSPB||7||½ - ½||7½||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2611||TN||8|
|6||4||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2622||PSPB||7||1 - 0||7||IM||Aditya Mittal||2487||MAH||20|
|7||33||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||2436||MAH||7||½ - ½||7||GM||Harsha Bharathakoti||2499||TEL||18|
|8||10||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2563||PSPB||6½||0 - 1||7||IM||Koustav Chatterjee||2466||WB||26|
|9||1||GM||Adhiban B.||2648||PSPB||6½||½ - ½||6½||IM||Gusain Himal||2408||Rlys||37|
|10||49||IM||Ratnakaran K.||2316||Rlys||6½||0 - 1||6½||GM||Gupta Abhijeet||2628||PSPB||3|
|11||29||IM||Pranesh M||2455||TN||6½||0 - 1||6½||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2495||Rlys||19|
|12||22||IM||Aronyak Ghosh||2482||WB||6½||½ - ½||6½||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||2442||Rlys||32|
|13||25||IM||Ravi Teja S.||2469||Rlys||6½||½ - ½||6½||GM||Sriram Jha||2379||LIC||42|
|14||40||IM||Shahil Dey||2400||ASM||6½||1 - 0||6½||IM||Krishna C R G||2466||Rlys||27|
|15||87||Panda Sambit||2059||ODI||6½||0 - 1||6½||IM||Das Sayantan||2459||Rlys||28|
|16||31||IM||Vignesh N R||2444||Rlys||6½||1 - 0||6½||Ilamparthi A R||1969||TN||107|
|17||35||IM||Nitin S.||2427||Rlys||6||½ - ½||6½||IM||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||2408||MAH||38|
|18||57||FM||Aaryan Varshney||2277||DEL||6||½ - ½||6||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2520||Rlys||14|
|19||55||IM||Sharma Dinesh K.||2283||LIC||6||½ - ½||6||IM||Neelash Saha||2445||WB||30|
|20||59||Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri||2263||TEL||6||½ - ½||6||GM||Laxman R.R.||2429||Rlys||34|
|4||8||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2611||TN||8,0||73,5||78,0||55,00||0,0||5||11||8||7,85||0,15||10||1,5|
|8||13||GM||Visakh N R||IND||2522||Rlys||8,0||68,0||72,5||50,25||0,0||6||11||8||7,86||0,14||10||1,4|