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MPL 58th National Senior R6-7: Arjun Erigaisi and Gukesh share the lead 6.0/7

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/03/2022

GM D Gukesh halted IM Koustav Chatterjee's fantastic run in the sixth round. He drew with GM Aravindh Chithambaram in Round 7 from a completely lost position on at least two different occasion. GM Arjun Erigaisi defeated GM Abhijeet Gupta and then drew with GM Aryan Chopra to maintain his lead. While Arjun Erigaisi is yet to show any weakness, Gukesh has already overcome a disaster. Ten players are in the chase at 5.5/7. They are - Lalith, Adhiban, Aryan, Aravindh, Mitrabha, Sayantan, Visakh, Deep, Pranav and Iniyan. Last three rounds to go. Round 8 starts today at 10:00 a.m. IST today. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Aravindh's missed opportunity

The only time a chink in Gukesh's armor was found by Indian's first Triple Crown champion, Aravindh Chithambaram. Had he seized either of the two opportunities he missed, it would have been Aravindh who would be in the lead along with Arjun Erigaisi.

Gukesh survived well against Aravindh | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 6: Arjun Erigaisi - Abhijeet: 1-0

GM Abhijeet Gupta's (PSPB) attack on GM Arjun Erigaisi's (TEL) kingside did not turn out to be fruitful.

Position after 25...Qh4

25...Qh4 pins his own knight at d4, but it also threatens to capture h2. In all variations, it is White who comes out at the top. 26.Bxd4 allowed Black to equalize momentarily Rxd4 27.g3 Rxc4 28.gxh4 Rxc5. Eventually, an inaccuracy in the final moments of the double rook and minor piece endgame cost the full point for Black.

Arjun Erigaisi got the better of Abhijeet Gupta | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Koustav - Gukesh: 0-1

IM Koustav Chatterjee's (WB) fantastic run came to a halt as he suffered his first loss of the event against GM D Gukesh (TN).

Position after 42...Ke8

White should have kept the passed pawn at c7. Instead, he opted to abandon it 43.Rcd2 Kd7 44.Bd4 Rxc7 45.Bxf6 Nxh3+ 46.Kg2 Nf4+. Now, White is neither getting the g5-pawn nor d5. The pressure is alleviated due to the absence of c7. Black made a well-timed exchange sacrifice to seize his opportunity and score a victory.

Koustav's brilliant run was halted by Gukesh | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Lalit Rohit (PSPB) - GM B Adhiban (PSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Aravindh - Aronyak: 1-0

IM Aronyak Ghosh (WB) was unable to get out of the gate against GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN). India's first National Triple Crown champion brought an element of surprise 6.Rg1 which caught his opponent off guard.

Aravindh's signature Rg1 earned him a full point | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB) - IM Sayantan Das (RSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sambit Panda (ODI) drew with GM Abhimanyu Puranik (MAH) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Srihari L R (TN) - GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Utsab Chatterjee (WB) beat his second GM of the event, Arjun Kalyan (TN) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Anuj Shrivatri (MP) - GM Swapnil Dhopade (RSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Anustoop Biswas (WB) and Akshit Kumar J (AP) beat IM Shahil Dey (ASM) and IM C R G Krishna (RSPB) respectively. CM Ojasva Singh (MP), Srihari L (PON), Imtiaz Islam Bora (ASM) and Kumar Gaurav (BIH) drew with IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete (MAH), GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB) and IM D K Sharma (LIC) respectively.


For more Round 6 photos, click here.

Round 7

GM Aryan Chopra (DEL) - GM Arjun Erigaisi (TEL): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Gukesh - Aravindh: 0.5-0.5

Aravindh was completely winning the better part of the endgame against Gukesh.

Position after 40.Ke1

40...Rg1 is completely winning for Black as White cannot avoid material loss. The game continued 40...Rxh4 41.Rc3 Re4+ and so on. Soon Black had another clear opportunity.

Position after 45.Kc3

Can you find the winning continuation for Black here? It's not easy, especially if you are down on time. 45...Bb5 was played and White immediately saved the game 46.Rd2. The game eventually ended in a draw.

How do 2600+ GMs analyze after their game | Final moments of Gukesh vs Aravindh | Video: ChessBase India

Aravindh was on the brink of victory twice against Gukesh | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Iniyan (TN) - GM Lalit Rohit (PSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) - GM Mitrabha Guha (WB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Apart from Aravindh, Iniyan, Lalit and Abhijeet, six more players are at 5.5/7. They are -

GM B Adhiban 5.5/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Deep Sengupta 5.5/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Visakh N R 5.5/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Sayantan Das 5.5/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Pranav V 5.5/7 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Laxman R R (RSPB) - IM Aditya Mittal (MAH): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sambit Panda (ODI) - IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Karthikeyan Murali (PSPB) - IM Anuj Shrivatri (MP): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Ratnakaran K (RSPB) - GM Abhimanyu Puranik (MAH): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

FM Aaryan Varshney (DEL) defeated GM Vishnu Prasanna (TN). Akshit Kumar J (AP), Sanket Chakravarty (WB), Anikumar OT (KER), IM D K Sharma (LIC), Rajesh Nayak (ODI), Ritviz Parab (Goa) and Imtiaz Islam Bora (ASM) drew with IM Vignesh N R (RSPB), IM P Shyam Nikhil (TN), IM Harshavardhan G B (TN), GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB), IM Sidhant Mohapatra (RSPB), IM R Balasubramaniam (TN) and IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh (RSPB) respectively.

National Championships 2022 | Day 4 highlights | Video: ChessBase India

For more Round 7 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 6-7 games

Round 7 results

19GMAryan Chopra2585DEL5½ - ½GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL2
27GMGukesh D2614TN½ - ½5GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN8
315GMIniyan P2516TN5½ - ½5GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB10
43GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB½ - ½5GMMitrabha Guha2510WB16
51GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB1 - 0IMNeelash Saha2445WB30
633IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436MAH0 - 1GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB12
713GMVisakh N R2522Rlys1 - 0Utsab Chatterjee2321WB48
828IMDas Sayantan2459Rlys1 - 0GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL18
934GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys½ - ½IMAditya Mittal2487MAH20
1021IMPranav V2486TN1 - 0Anustoop Biswas2126WB80
1187Panda Sambit2059ODI½ - ½IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB26
1235IMNitin S.2427Rlys½ - ½4IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys25
134GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB4½ - ½4IMAnuj Shrivatri2350MP44
145GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB41 - 04IMRavi Thandalam Shanmugam2236TN64
1549IMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys41 - 04GMPuranik Abhimanyu2618MAH6
1619GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys41 - 04FMAradhya Garg2236DEL65
1722IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB41 - 04FMWagh Suyog2232MAH66
1831IMVignesh N R2444Rlys4½ - ½4Akshit Kumar J2162AP74
1970Sanket Chakravarty2171WB4½ - ½4IMShyaamnikhil P2442Rlys32
2077CMSingh Ojasva2141MP40 - 14IMSrijit Paul2419WB36


Round 8 pairings

12GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL6GMVisakh N R2522Rlys13
210GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB6GMGukesh D2614TN7
315GMIniyan P2516TNGMAdhiban B.2648PSPB1
48GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TNIMDas Sayantan2459Rlys28
516GMMitrabha Guha2510WBGMAryan Chopra2585DEL9
612GMSengupta Deep2528PSPBIMPranav V2486TN21
735IMNitin S.2427Rlys55GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB3
837IMGusain Himal2408Rlys55GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB5
936IMSrijit Paul2419WB55GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys19
1020IMAditya Mittal2487MAH55IMSrihari L R2400TN41
1138IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2408MAH55IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB22
1226IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB55IMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys49
1387Panda Sambit2059ODI55GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys34
1446IMSaravana Krishnan P.2340TNGMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB4
1518GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TELFMAyush Sharma2302MP51
1644IMAnuj Shrivatri2350MPIMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys25
1748Utsab Chatterjee2321WBIMPranesh M2455TN29
1830IMNeelash Saha2445WBFMAaryan Varshney2277DEL57
1952FMSharan Rao2292KARIMVignesh N R2444Rlys31
2032IMShyaamnikhil P2442RlysAnilkumar O.T.1915KER114


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