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MPL 58th National Senior R3-4: Koustav Chatterjee shocks Sethuraman

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/02/2022

IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) had a fantastic second day. He drew with the top seed B Adhiban (PSPB) in Round 3 and then he defeated former Asian Continental champion Sethuraman (PSPB) in Round 4. Arjun Erigaisi (TEL), D Gukesh (TN) and Aryan Chopra (DEL) emerged as the leaders 4.0/4 in MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship 2022. Gukesh will face Arjun Erigaisi in Round 5 and Aryan Chopra will go against Lalit Rohit. Aditya Mittal, Aronyak Ghosh and Koustav are the only three IMs at 3.5/4 each. IM Srihari L R (TN) drew with GM Lalit Rohit (PSPB) and GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB). Round 5 starts at 10:00 a.m. IST today. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Arjun Erigaisi, Gukesh and Aryan Chopra in a three-way lead

Three games ended decisively among the eight leaders in Round 4. Two of them were won by the black pieces against the only two untitled leaders.

IM Koustav Chatterjee drew with Adhiban in Round 3 and defeated Sethuraman in Round 4 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 3: Adhiban - Koustav: 0.5-0.5

IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) started the second day of the tournament with a well-fought draw against the top seed, GM B Adhiban (PSPB).

Koustav did not give any chance to Adhiban | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Srijit Paul held GM Sethuraman S P to a draw | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Shahil Dey drew with India's first triple crown champion, GM Aravindh Chithambaram | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Srihari - Lalit: 0.5-0.5

IM Srihari L R (TN) got a very good chance in the final moments against GM Lalit Rohit (PSPB).

Position after 33...f6

There is no doubt that the game was heading towards a draw. However, 33...f6 created a winning opportunity for White which both players missed. 34.exf6 gxf6 35.Rxb5 f5 and Black escaped with a draw. Find out what White should have done instead of 35.Rxb5.

One of the latest IM of India, Srihari L R is a very strong player | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Ritviz - Mitrabha: 0.5-0.5

Ritviz Parab (Goa) got himself a good opportunity against the defending National champion, GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) after the latter missed a chance of his own.

Position after 53...Ng2

53...Rexg3 54.Rxh4 Rd3 would have been balanced for both sides. 53...Ng2 allowed White to gain material. Find out how.

Both Ritviz and Mitrabha missed chances against each other | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Swapnil - Utsab: 0-1

GM Swapnil Dhopade (RSPB) made a paltry mistake against Utsab Chatterjee (WB).

Position after 17.Na4

17.Be2 Qf5 18.Bd3 Qh5 19.Nxc6 bxc6 20.Ne4 would have put White in a commanding position. Instead White blundered 17.Na4. Find out the correct continuation for Black.

Utsab scored a big victory against GM Swapnil Dhopade to move into the lead 3.0/3 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

FM Kashish Jain Manoj (MAH) continued his good form as he drew with IM Aronyak Ghosh | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Anustoop Biswas (WB) beat GM Visakh N R (RSPB) to join the lead 3.0/3 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Arpan Das (WB), Vedant Pimpalkhare (MAH), Sharsha Backer (KER), Ashutosh Kumar (BIH) defeated IM Neelash Saha (WB), IM Harshavardhan G B (TN) and GM Sriram Jha respectively. IM P Saravana Krishnan (TN), FM Aradhya Garg (DEL), Shreyansh Daklia (CHT), Rahul Gurung (SIK), Nilsu Pattnayak (ODI), Arnav Maheshwari (TN), Anilkumar OT (KER) and Sparsh Khandelwal (MP) drew with GM Sankalp Gupta (MAH), IM C R G Krishna (RSPB), IM Nitin S (RSPB), IM Pranesh M (TN), IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH), IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh (RSPB), IM Rahul Sangma (RSPB) and IM D K Sharma (LIC).


For more Round 3 photos, click here.

Round 4: Arjun Erigaisi - Ravi Teja: 1-0

GM Arjun Erigaisi (TEL) played enterprising chess to beat former National Challenger champion, IM Ravi Teja S (RSPB).

Position after 11.Rf4

To beat a strong player like Ravi, Arjun brought out a strong weapon of his. He did a rook lift 7.Rh4, 11.Rf4 and in four moves he sacrificed an exchange 15.Rxf6 which gave him a decisive advantage.

Incredible Arjun Erigaisi starts with 4.0/4 at National Senior 2022, moves to 2667 Elo | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi is one of the leaders 4.0/4 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Harsha Bharathakoti had an exciting draw with GM Abhijeet Gupta | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Utsab - Gukesh: 0.5-0.5

Utsab Chatterjee (WB) fought well against GM D Gukesh (TN). He just faltered while making a critical decision.

Position after 33...f5

It would have taken a computer-like precision for White to survive this position. 34.fxe4 fxe4 35.Kh1 f3 36.Qf1 is the line suggested by the machine. However, it is certainly not easy to play for a human especially when your opponent is battle hardened Gukesh. 34.Bc3 Re7 35.Be1 Rg7 36.Rd2 h5 and it's all over for White.

GM D Gukesh is one of the leaders 4.0/4 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Anustoop - Aryan: 0-1

GM Aryan Chopra (DEL) brought his opponent Anustoop Biswas's (WB) great momentum to a screeching halt. The latter's pawn sacrifice in the Closed Sicilian to get an initiative on the kingside backfired. It was the GM who was able to launch a successful attack on the kingside which White was hoping for.

GM Aryan Chopra joined the lead 4.0/4 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Srijit - Adhiban: 0-1

IM Srijit Paul (WB) suffered a tragic loss in a 14-move miniature against the top seed of the tournament, GM B Adhiban.

The beast beats an IM rated 2419 in 14 moves | Srijit Paul vs Adhiban | Video: ChessBase India

Adhiban scored a quick victory in just 14 moves | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Vignesh N R (RSPB) drew with GM Karthikeyan Murali (PSPB) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Koustav - Sethuraman: 1-0

IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) continued his great form as he seized his opportunity against GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB).

Position after 49...Ree8

Black lost some valuable time in retreating his rook 49...Ree8 when he should have shuffled the other rook into action 49...Rd8 and then 50...Ree8 or Re7. It allowed White to launch his attack quickly 50.g4 Rd8 51.Bb2. Direct 51.f5 would have been fine too. He might have wanted to make sure that d4 does not create any issue, thus 51.Bb2 d4 52.f5 Qd5 53.Qg3 and White's pawns are much more menacing than Black's. Koustav won the game in another five moves.

Koustav scored a big victory over Sethuraman | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Abhimanyu Puranik (MAH) had a well-fought draw with GM Laxman R R (RSPB) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) was held to a draw by IM Himal Gusain (RSPB) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB) - IM Srihari L R (TN): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB) - IM Sidhant Mohapatra (RSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Vedant Pimpalkhar (MAH) - GM Arjun Kalyan (TN): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Aanjaneya Phatak (MAH) - GM Sankalp Gupta (MAH): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

CM Ojasva Singh (MP), Shreyansh Daklia (CHT), Sambit Panda (ODI) and Nilsu Pattnayak (ODI) defeated IM Raahul V S (TN), IM C R G Krishna (RSPB), IM P Saravana Krishnan (TN) and IM Pranesh M (TN) respectively. Sudarshan Bhat (KAR) and Srihari L (PON) drew with IM P Shyam Nikhil (RSPB) and IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete (MAH) respectively.

National Championships 2022 | Day 2 highlights | Video: ChessBase India

For more Round 4 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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Round 4 results

12GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL31 - 03IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys25
218GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL3½ - ½3GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB3
348Utsab Chatterjee2321WB30 - 13GMGukesh D2614TN7
480Anustoop Biswas2126WB30 - 13GMAryan Chopra2585DEL9
536IMSrijit Paul2419WB0 - 1GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB1
64GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB½ - ½IMVignesh N R2444Rlys31
726IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB1 - 0GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB5
86GMPuranik Abhimanyu2618MAH½ - ½GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys34
98GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN½ - ½IMGusain Himal2408Rlys37
1010GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB1 - 0IMShahil Dey2400ASM40
1112GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB½ - ½IMSrihari L R2400TN41
1214GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys½ - ½IMSidhant Mohapatra2359Rlys43
1316GMMitrabha Guha2510WB1 - 0IMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys49
1488Pimpalkhare Vedant2057MAH½ - ½GMArjun Kalyan2506TN17
1520IMAditya Mittal2487MAH1 - 0Ritviz Parab2349GOA45
1622IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB1 - 0Arpan Das2155WB75
1715GMIniyan P2516TN21 - 0FMJain Kashish Manoj2162MAH73
1871Phatak Aanjaneya2165MAH21 - 02GMSankalp Gupta2536MAH11
1972Pathak Pradeep2163UP20 - 12GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys19
2076IMRamnathan Balasubramaniam2141TN20 - 12IMPranav V2486TN21


Round 5 pairings

17GMGukesh D2614TN44GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL2
29GMAryan Chopra2585DEL4GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB10
31GMAdhiban B.2648PSPBGMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL18
43GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPBIMAditya Mittal2487MAH20
522IMAronyak Ghosh2482WBGMMitrabha Guha2510WB16
64GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB3IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB26
743IMSidhant Mohapatra2359Rlys33GMPuranik Abhimanyu2618MAH6
847FMHarshad S2328TN33GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN8
959Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2263TEL33GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB12
1087Panda Sambit2059ODI33GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys14
1191Jain Shrenhik Daklia2049CHT33GMIniyan P2516TN15
1217GMArjun Kalyan2506TN33IMAnuj Shrivatri2350MP44
1319GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys33FMMohamed Anees M2238TN62
1421IMPranav V2486TN33Utsab Chatterjee2321WB48
1525IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys33FMAradhya Garg2236DEL65
1628IMDas Sayantan2459Rlys33FMWagh Suyog2232MAH66
1731IMVignesh N R2444Rlys33Sanket Chakravarty2171WB70
1834GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys33Phatak Aanjaneya2165MAH71
1935IMNitin S.2427Rlys33CMSingh Ojasva2141MP77
2037IMGusain Himal2408Rlys33Shreyansh Daklia2128CHT79


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