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MPL 58th National Senior R5: Lalit, Abhijeet and Koustav score to join five-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/02/2022

The clash of titans between GM D Gukesh (TN) and GM Arjun Erigaisi (TEL) ended in an exciting draw. GM Aryan Chopra (DEL) was unable to capitalize on his advantage against GM Lalit Rohit (PSPB). Five-time Commonwealth Gold medalist, GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) beat IM Aditya Mittal (MAH). IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) continues his dream run as he beat GM Karthikeyan Murali (PSPB). Thus Lalit, Abhijeet Gupta and Koustav Chatterjee joined the previous round leaders Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi. Arjun vs Abhijeet, Koustav vs Gukesh and Lalit vs Adhiban will be the top three fiery battles in Round 6 which starts today at 9:30 a.m. IST today. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Koustav bests Karthikeyan

Untitled Sambit Panda (ODI) scored one of the biggest upsets of the round against GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (PSPB).

Lalit Rohit beat Aryan Chopra to join the lead, taking his unbeaten streak in Classical games to 41 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Gukesh - Arjun Erigaisi: 0.5-0.5

The highly anticipated match between GM D Gukesh (TN) and GM Arjun Erigaisi (TEL) was an exciting draw.

Position after 27...c3

Black was aiming for c3 for quite sometime. 27.Rxa5 allowed him to finally play 27...c3. There is only a forced line 28.bxc3 Bxf1 29.Ra8+ Kc7 30.Ra8+ Kc7 31.Rxd8 Kxd8. Since White cannot stop the b-pawn from promoting, he has to promote one of his own 32.h6 b2 33.h7 b1Q 34.h8Q+. The resultant rare Queen vs Queen-Bishop endgame is a draw. Black is unable to shelter the king from the incessant checks and keep the pawns and bishop safe at the same time too.

Gukesh and Arjun Erigaisi had an exciting encounter | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Aryan Chopra - Lalit: 0-1

GM Aryan Chopra (DEL) gained an early advantage and it almost seemed like he will take the sole lead. However, Lalit Rohit (PSPB) hasn't lost a single Classical game (40 games), conquered four tournaments consecutively in four different countries since December 2021 for a reason.

Position after 29.Ng6

As Black, one is bound to feel dejected after 29.Ng6. That's not Lalit. He fought cautiously, waited with bated breath for the right opportunity to strike back. Once Aryan fumbled, his opponent pounced on the opportunity and snatched the full point to join the lead.

Lalit Rohit knows it is not over until it's over | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Abhijeet - Aditya: 1-0

Practical rook endgames are always difficult. No matter how much one knows, executing a correct defence is almost always a big ask. IM Aditya Mittal (MAH) had to defend against Mr. Commonwealth, GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB).

Position after 60.Ke4

Where should the rook go - d8 or d1? Only one of them is correct. Black was unable to find the correct defense probably under time trouble and it cost him the game.

Abhijeet Gupta has joined the lead 4.5/5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Karthikeyan - Koustav: 0-1

What started as the Ruy Lopez Anti-Berlin, transposed into a Philidor Defence like structure for Black. It is quite unpleasant to say the least. IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) managed to not only equalize but also create some play of his own against GM Karthikeyan Murali (PSPB).

Position after 39.Bf4

39.g4 would have been a better response. 39.Bf4 just walks into a target. Black played the excellent move 39...Rxf4! 40.gxf4 Qxf4 and he is certainly not losing here. Now White needs to play precisely to save the game. 41.Qd2 was played and things completely shifted into Black's favor.

Beating 2600+ GMs, losing weight and becoming an IAS officer - Koustav Chatterjee | Video: ChessBase India

Koustav scored a fantastic victory against Karthikeyan | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Sidhant Mohapatra (RSPB) had an exciting draw with GM Abhimanyu Puranik (MAH) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Harshad - Aravindh: 0-1

One cannot afford to make a mistake in the opening especially against a player like GM Aravindh Chithambaram (PSPB). FM Harshad S (TN) made such in Modern Defence.

Position after 10.c3

10.c3 is a blunder. Find out why.

Aravindh Chithambaram had a cakewalk in Round 5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sambit Panda (ODI) scored a big victory over GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Arjun Kalyan (TN) - IM Anuj Shrivatri (MP): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Swapnil Dhopade (RSPB) - FM Mohamed Anees M (TN): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Pranav V (TN) - Utsab Chatterjee (WB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Srihari L (PON) defeated IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh (RSPB). CM Ojasva Singh (MP), Anustoop Biswas (WB), FM Kashish Jain Manoj (MAH), Kaivalya Sandip Nagare (MAH), Yash Bharadia (RAJ), Sumit Grover (JK), Sharsha Backer (KER), Ashutosh Kumar (BIH) and Adireddy Arjun (TEL) drew with IM Nitin S (RSPB), IM Srihari L R (TN), IM Srijit Paul (WB), IM D K Sharma (LIC), GM Vishnu Prasanna (TN), IM Raahul V S (TN), GM Sriram Jha (LIC), IM P Saravana Krishnan (TN) and IM R Balasubramaniam (TN).

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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 5 games

Round 5 results

17GMGukesh D2614TN4½ - ½4GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL2
29GMAryan Chopra2585DEL40 - 1GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB10
31GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB½ - ½GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL18
43GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB1 - 0IMAditya Mittal2487MAH20
522IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB½ - ½GMMitrabha Guha2510WB16
64GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB30 - 1IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB26
743IMSidhant Mohapatra2359Rlys3½ - ½3GMPuranik Abhimanyu2618MAH6
847FMHarshad S2328TN30 - 13GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN8
959Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2263TEL30 - 13GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB12
1087Panda Sambit2059ODI31 - 03GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys14
1191Jain Shrenhik Daklia2049CHT30 - 13GMIniyan P2516TN15
1217GMArjun Kalyan2506TN3½ - ½3IMAnuj Shrivatri2350MP44
1319GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys3½ - ½3FMMohamed Anees M2238TN62
1421IMPranav V2486TN3½ - ½3Utsab Chatterjee2321WB48
1525IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys31 - 03FMAradhya Garg2236DEL65
1628IMDas Sayantan2459Rlys31 - 03FMWagh Suyog2232MAH66
1731IMVignesh N R2444Rlys31 - 03Sanket Chakravarty2171WB70
1834GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys31 - 03Phatak Aanjaneya2165MAH71
1935IMNitin S.2427Rlys3½ - ½3CMSingh Ojasva2141MP77
2037IMGusain Himal2408Rlys30 - 13Shreyansh Daklia2128CHT79


Round 6 pairings

12GMErigaisi Arjun2633TELGMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB3
226IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WBGMGukesh D2614TN7
310GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB4GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB1
48GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN44IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB22
525IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys44GMAryan Chopra2585DEL9
612GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB44IMDas Sayantan2459Rlys28
779Shreyansh Daklia2128CHT44GMIniyan P2516TN15
816GMMitrabha Guha2510WB44IMVignesh N R2444Rlys31
918GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL44GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys34
106GMPuranik Abhimanyu2618MAH4Panda Sambit2059ODI87
1141IMSrihari L R2400TNGMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB5
1243IMSidhant Mohapatra2359RlysGMVisakh N R2522Rlys13
1348Utsab Chatterjee2321WBGMArjun Kalyan2506TN17
1444IMAnuj Shrivatri2350MPGMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys19
1520IMAditya Mittal2487MAHFMAyush Sharma2302MP51
1652FMSharan Rao2292KARIMPranav V2486TN21
1730IMNeelash Saha2445WBRitviz Parab2349GOA45
1832IMShyaamnikhil P2442RlysIMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys49
1954IMSangma Rahul2286RlysIMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436MAH33
2062FMMohamed Anees M2238TNIMNitin S.2427Rlys35


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