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MPL 58th National Senior R8-9: Arjun Erigaisi gains sole lead 7.5/9

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/03/2022

GM Arjun Erigaisi (TEL) met the toughest challenge in the form of IM Pranav V (TN) in Round 9. Despite being completely lost on multiple occasion, Arjun showed tenacity and overcame adversity to emerge victorious. He is now the sole leader with a score 7.5/9 at MPL 58th National Senior Chess Championship 2022. GM D Gukesh (TN), GM Aryan Chopra (DEL), GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) and GM Iniyan P (TN) are at a half point behind him at 7.0/9 each. Iniyan missed a win in the final moments against Gukesh. GM Aryan Chopra beat IM Aditya Mittal (MAH) to stay in the hunt. Round 10 starts today at 10:00 a.m. IST today. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Arjun survives a scare against Pranav

Both Arjun Erigaisi and D Gukesh persevered completely lost positions against Pranav and Iniyan respectively. The ninth round witnessed only three decisive games out of top 10. White won in two of them. Sambit Panda (ODI), Utsab Chatterjee (WB) and Anustoop Biswas (WB) have scored an IM-norm each.

Arjun Erigaisi continues his fantastic run | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Round 8: Arjun Erigaisi - Visakh: 0.5-0.5

GM Arjun Erigaisi (TEL) had a relatively quiet draw with GM Visakh N R (RSPB). Although if there was something in the game for one of the players, it was for Arjun.

Position after 17...Nc4

17...Nc4 destroys Black's pawn structure after 18.Nxc4 bxc4. The game continued 19.Ne5 Nxb4 20.Bxb4 Bxb4 and the position equalized. 19.Nc5 instead would have kept Black's position cramped a bit longer.

Arjun Erigaisi conceded his second consecutive draw, this time against Visakh N R | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

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

Iniyan - Adhiban: 1-0

GM Iniyan P (TN) and GM B Adhiban (PSPB) followed a game between GM Wojciech Moranda and GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek at the Polish championship 2021 for 23 moves before Adhiban deviated. The result remained the same. Just like Ivic, Iniyan won the game.

Position after 20...f5

21.Rxg7+ Qxg7 22.Rxg7+ Kxg7 23.Qe1 and here Adhiban deviated Rf6. Although the position looks promising for Black because White is lagging in development of pieces on the queenside, the reality of the situation is, If Wojtaszek and Adhiban had trouble playing such a promising position, we can infer that it is certainly not as easy to play for Black as it may seem.

Final moments: Iniyan vs Adhiban | Video: ChessBase India

Iniyan scored an important win over Adhiban | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) - IM Sayantan Das (RSPB): 1-0 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) - GM Aryan Chopra (DEL): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Deep - Pranav: 0-1

IM Pranav Venkatesh (TN) overcame a difficult position and seized his opportunity to beat GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB). This win allowed Pranav to join the five-way lead 6.5/8.

IM Pranav V scored a very nice win over GM Deep Sengupta | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Himal Gusain (RSPB) - GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Aditya Mittal - Srihari L R: 1-0

IM Aditya Mittal (MAH) scored a very pretty checkmate against IM Srihari L R (TN).

White to play and mate in three

IM Aditya Mittal won with a very nice checkmate | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Laxman R R (RSPB) survived a big scare against Sambit Panda (ODI) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

For more Round 8 photos, click here.

Round 9: Pranav - Arjun: 0-1

IM Pranav Venkatesh (TN) got himself a very good opportunity against GM Arjun Erigaisi (TEL). Unfortunately, he was unable to seize it.

Position after 29...Kf7

30.h4 threatening h5, Qh3 keeps White in driver's seat. The h4-pawn is tactically defended as 30...Bxh4 runs into 31.gxf5 and Black loses material. The game continued 30.Ne2 Rg8 31.Rfg1 fxg4 32.hxg4 and so on.

Position after 39...fxe5

39...fxe5 is a big mistake 40.Bf4 Nxf3 41.Bxc7 Kxc7 and now White needed to play 42.Nxc5 to accelerate his advantage. Instead, 42.Nf1 slowed down things.

Position after 45...exf5

Now 46.Nc3 is winning for White. It makes sure Black does not get to roll his passed pawn or get a strong pawn center. 46.Nf3 just enabled that fxe4 and now White is reeling.

Arjun Erigaisi's tremendous calculations versus Pranav Venkatesh | Video: ChessBase India
"Meditation has helped me!" - Arjun Erigaisi moves to 2672, is the sole leader at National Senior 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

GM Swapnil Dhopade (RSPB) made a nice save from a lost position against GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Gukesh - Iniyan: 0.5-0.5

GM Iniyan P (TN) missed a win in the final moments of the endgame against GM D Gukesh (TN).

Position after 55.Kd2

54.Nc3+ allowed Black a winning opportunity Kf4 55.Kd2 and now Black is completely winning. Find out how.

Iniyan missed a golden opportunity against Gukesh | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Aryan Chopra (DEL) beat IM Aditya Mittal (MAH) to move to 7.0/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Sambit Panda (ODI) scored his maiden IM-norm | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Utsab Chatterjee (WB) scored his second IM-norm | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Anustoop Biswas (WB) scored his maiden IM-norm | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The 9-game IM-norm makers list | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
National Championships 2022 | Day 5 highlights | Video: ChessBase India

For more Round 9 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 8-9 games

Round 9 results

121IMPranav V2486TN0 - 1GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL2
27GMGukesh D2614TN½ - ½GMIniyan P2516TN15
319GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495Rlys6½ - ½GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN8
43GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB6½ - ½6GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPB10
59GMAryan Chopra2585DEL61 - 06IMAditya Mittal2487MAH20
613GMVisakh N R2522Rlys6½ - ½6GMMitrabha Guha2510WB16
71GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB½ - ½IMShyaamnikhil P2442Rlys32
833IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436MAH½ - ½GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB4
95GMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB1 - 0GMLaxman R.R.2429Rlys34
1039IMHarshavardhan G B2402TN½ - ½GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB12
1122IMAronyak Ghosh2482WB1 - 0IMGusain Himal2408Rlys37
1225IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys½ - ½IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2408MAH38
1357FMAaryan Varshney2277DEL½ - ½IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB26
1449IMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys1 - 0IMDas Sayantan2459Rlys28
1531IMVignesh N R2444Rlys0 - 1Panda Sambit2059ODI87
1670Sanket Chakravarty2171WB0 - 15GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys14
1745Ritviz Parab2349GOA50 - 15GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL18
1848Utsab Chatterjee2321WB51 - 05IMRaahul V S2478TN23
1927IMKrishna C R G2466Rlys5½ - ½5IMSangma Rahul2286Rlys54
2029IMPranesh M2455TN51 - 05FMAradhya Garg2236DEL65


Round 10 pairings

12GMErigaisi Arjun2633TEL7GMIniyan P2516TN15
28GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2611TN77GMAryan Chopra2585DEL9
33GMGupta Abhijeet2628PSPB7GMGukesh D2614TN7
419GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2495RlysGMSethuraman S.P.2619PSPB5
510GMLalith Babu M R2563PSPBIMPranav V2486TN21
613GMVisakh N R2522RlysIMAronyak Ghosh2482WB22
716GMMitrabha Guha2510WBPanda Sambit2059ODI87
84GMKarthikeyan Murali2622PSPB6IMRatnakaran K.2316Rlys49
938IMSammed Jaykumar Shete2408MAH66GMAdhiban B.2648PSPB1
1012GMSengupta Deep2528PSPB66Utsab Chatterjee2321WB48
1114GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.2520Rlys66IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2436MAH33
1218GMHarsha Bharathakoti2499TEL66IMHarshavardhan G B2402TN39
1320IMAditya Mittal2487MAH66FMAaryan Varshney2277DEL57
1432IMShyaamnikhil P2442Rlys66IMRavi Teja S.2469Rlys25
1526IMKoustav Chatterjee2466WB66IMSrihari L R2400TN41
16107Ilamparthi A R1969TN66IMPranesh M2455TN29
1727IMKrishna C R G2466Rlys6Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2263TEL59
1828IMDas Sayantan2459RlysFMAyush Sharma2302MP51
1954IMSangma Rahul2286RlysIMVignesh N R2444Rlys31
2034GMLaxman R.R.2429RlysIMSharma Dinesh K.2283LIC55


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