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MPL 59th National Senior R3: The Systematic Pawn Structure Fragmentation

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/12/2022

IM Nitin S (RSPB) scored the biggest upset of the third round at MPL 59th National Senior Chess Championship 2022. He defeated GM Leon Luke Mendonca (Goa) by systematically fragmenting his opponent pawn structure in a game arising out of Caro-Kann opening. 52-year-old Laishram Imocha (PSPB) won against GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB) when the latter overloaded his rook in an already dwindling position. Shreyansh Daklia (CHT) scored an upset victory against 50th National Junior champion, IM Neelash Saha when the latter tried too hard in a drawn endgame. Eight players including top and third seed, GM Sethuraman S P and GM Abhijeet Gupta are at a perfect score 3/3. Round 4 starts today at 2 p.m. IST today. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Imocha stuns Deepan

Three GMs, four IMs and one FM have made a hat-trick start of 3/3. They are - GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB), GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB), GM Iniyan P (TN), IM Aronyak Ghosh (RSPB), IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB), IM Harshavardhan G B (TN), IM Nitin S (RSPB) and FM Vedant Panesar (MAH). Who will be among the leaders after the fourth round?

IM Nitin S scored a fantastic victory against GM Leon Luke Mendonca | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Nitin - Leon: 1-0

IM Nitin S (2372) traded the queens on the eleventh move in the Caro-Kann against GM Leon Luke Mendonca (2566). The former started fragmenting Black's pawn structure and kept on it.

Position after 27.e5!

Black has six pawns, four pawn islands, two isolated and two isolated doubled pawns - that is the like the pawn structure one should not have. White found the perfect 27.e5! even though 27.Rxf4 was alright too having the idea of e5 in the next move. What followed next is the attraction of the black king towards White's own side. 27...fxe5 28.Nxe5+ Ke6 29.Nxc6 Rc8 30.Re1+ Kf6 31.Rxf4+ Kg5 32.Rf2 Kg4 33.Ne5+ Kg3 34.Rf3+ Kg2 35.Re2+ Kg1 36.Rd3 and Black resigned as Rd1# is unstoppable.

Final position after 36.Rd3

Subhayan - Mitrabha

Position after 36...Rh8

White's king is much safer than Black's. Keeping that in mind, find out how White could have finished things off here. The position certainly screams like something's gotta give.

Shreyansh - Neelash

Position after 48...Qh6

Sometimes it becomes difficult for a player to accept a draw even in drawn position because he has already conceded a draw against another relatively lower rated player. The reason behind it is quite simple, the current Elo rating system does not favor adults. Thus, the desperation to score a win increases, resulting in human errors. 48...Qh6 was uncalled for. Black has zero breakthroughs, his pieces act like a furniture, much like White's dark square bishop. Just keeping the black queen in the back rank is enough to draw the game. 48...Qh6 invited trouble. White did not notice it at first 49.Bf1 and then Kc8 made it that much obvious. Find out why Black's last two move were erroneous.

Some notable results

IM Nitin S (RSPB) - GM Leon Luke Mendonca (Goa): 1-0

IM Vardaan Nagpal (HAR) - GM Karthik Venkataraman (AP): 0.5-0.5

Subhayan Kundu (WB) - GM Mitrabha Guha (WB): 0.5-0.5

GM Deep Sengupta (PSPB) - Utkal Ranjan Sahoo (ODI): 0.5-0.5

IM Mehar Chinna Reddy C H (RSPB) -  GM Karthikeyan P (RSPB): 0.5-0.5

GM Neelotpal Das (RSPB) - FM Ritvik Krishnan (MAH): 0.5-0.5

IM Avinash Ramesh (TN) - GM Shyam Sundar M (TN): 0.5-0.5

FM M Anees M (TN) - IM Vignesh N R (RSPB): 0.5-0.5

GM Venkatesh M R (PSPB) - CM Aaditya Dhingra (HAR): 0.5-0.5

Shreyansh Daklia (CHT) - IM Neelash Saha (WB): 1-0

IM Srihari L R (TN) - Kartavya Anadkat (GUJ): 0.5-0.5

CM Gaurang Bagwe (MAH) - IM Ameya Audi (Goa): 0.5-0.5

Kishan Gangolli (KAR) - GM Laxman R R (RSPB): 0.5-0.5

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (RSPB) - Laishram Imocha (PSPB): 0-1

S Badrinath (PUD) - IM Arghyadip Das (RSPB): 0.5-0.5

Rupam Mukherjee (WB) - IM D K Sharma (LIC): 0.5-0.5


A total of 196 players including 18 GMs and 27 IMs are taking part in this tournament organized by Delhi Chess Association. The event is taking place in New Delhi from 22nd December 2022 to 3rd January 20233. The 13-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds from move no.1

Replay Round 3 games

Round 3 results

11GMSethuraman S.P.264221 - 02IMAjay Krishna S238334PGN
23GMGupta Abhijeet260121 - 02IMShahil Dey238135PGN
337IMNitin S.237221 - 02GMMendonca Leon Luke25664PGN
47IMAronyak Ghosh252121 - 02Sanket Chakravarty236738PGN
541Srihari L235620 - 12IMKoustav Chatterjee25088PGN
69GMIniyan P250721 - 02FMSekar B235840PGN
747IMVardaan Nagpal23292½ - ½2GMKarthik Venkataraman250310PGN
813IMShyaamnikhil P24902½ - ½2IMUtsab Chatterjee235042PGN
951Subhayan Kundu23192½ - ½2GMMitrabha Guha248714PGN
1015GMSengupta Deep24862½ - ½2Sahoo Utkal Ranjan233346PGN
1153IMRajesh V A V23142½ - ½2IMKrishna C R G248016PGN
1275Akshit Kumar J215820 - 12IMHarshavardhan G B243422PGN
1323IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh24332½ - ½2IMRaahul V S232550PGN
1427IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.24052½ - ½2GMKarthikeyan P.231652PGN
1583Dere Pushkar211420 - 12FMPanesar Vedant238730PGN
1633GMNeelotpal Das23842½ - ½2FMKrishnan Ritvik226656PGN
175GMVisakh N R25441 - 0FMAradhya Garg231254PGN
1849IMAvinash Ramesh2327½ - ½GMShyam Sundar M.25266PGN
1911GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2499- - +Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri224360
2063FMMohamed Anees M2237½ - ½IMVignesh N R249312PGN


Round 4 pairings

19GMIniyan P250733GMSethuraman S.P.26421
222IMHarshavardhan G B243433GMGupta Abhijeet26013
330FMPanesar Vedant238733IMAronyak Ghosh25217
48IMKoustav Chatterjee250833IMNitin S.237237
542IMUtsab Chatterjee2350GMVisakh N R25445
610GMKarthik Venkataraman2503Subhayan Kundu231951
746Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2333IMShyaamnikhil P249013
814GMMitrabha Guha2487IMVardaan Nagpal232947
950IMRaahul V S2325GMSengupta Deep248615
1016IMKrishna C R G2480IMPraveen Kumar C221265
1152GMKarthikeyan P.2316GMChanda Sandipan247517
1256FMKrishnan Ritvik2266IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243323
1326IMAnuj Shrivatri2414IMRajesh V A V231453
1460Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri2243IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.240527
1592Imocha Laishram2054IMKushagra Mohan239029
1698FMAyushh Ravikumar1994GMNeelotpal Das238433
174GMMendonca Leon Luke25662Shreyansh Daklia216574
186GMShyam Sundar M.252622Surendran N216873
1912IMVignesh N R249322Akshit Kumar J215875
2077FMSrinivasa Rao M.214222GMVenkatesh M.R.245919



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