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MPL 59th National Senior R6: Sethuraman topples Abhijeet, joins Mitrabha in the lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/12/2022

GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB) defeated the tournament leader GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB) in the sixth round of MPL 59th National Senior Chess Championship. Abhijeet ignored Sethuraman's attack on the kingside and had to pay a heavy price for it. Meanwhile, GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) converted his minute endgame advantage into a full point against GM Visakh N R (RSPB). Both Sethuraman and Mitrabha are at 5.5/6 each. They are followed by four players - GM Abhijeet, GM Venkatesh M R (PSPB), IM Aronyak Ghosh (RSPB) and IM Mehar Chinna Reddy C H (RSPB) at 5/6 each. The tournament leaders will face each other in the seventh round, which starts today at 2 p.m. IST today. Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Abhijeet, Venkatesh, Aronyak and Mehar at 5/6

Both untitled, Utkal Ranjan Sahoo (ODI) and Hari Madhavan N B (TN) are continuing their good form. They drew with GM Leon Luke Mendonca (Goa) and GM Iniyan P (TN) respectively.

GM Sethuraman S P is one of the leaders 5.5/6 along with... | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

...GM Mitrabha Guha 5.5/6 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Sethuraman - Abhijeet: 1-0

GM Abhijeet Gupta (PSPB, 2601) ignored the attack on his kingside and moved his queen away from the action point. GM Sethuraman S P (PSPB, 2642) pounced on his chance.

Position after 28.Nh5

Black needed to retort 28...Nc5 29.Nd4 Nd3 to keep things balanced. 28...Qa5 moving the queen away and attacking the c3-pawn was certainly not ideal. 29.Nxg7 Kxg7 30.f5 Nf4 31.Qe4 g5 32.Qc6 Rf8 33.Be3 Rxd1 34.Rxd1 Nh5 35.Rd7 and Black resigned.

Mitrabha - Visakh

Position after 34...Bd7

GM Mitrabha Guha (WB, 2487) could have gained material here 35.Be4 threatening Rc4 in the next move. Even 35.g4 followed by Be4 and Rc4 would have had similar effect. GM Visakh N R (RSPB, 2544) is unable to get his knights out of the bind. He probably saw this and wanted a more clear and safer way to gain the advantage. Thus, he went 35.Rc4 directly and won the game in another 30 moves.

Hari Madhavan - Iniyan

Position after 45.h8Q

Double IM-norm holder, Hari Madhavan N B (TN, 2385) promoted a queen against GM Iniyan P (TN, 2507). Well it is winning for White, however practically it is not easy to execute as Black had a few tricks up his sleeve. 45...Bd7 46.Qc1? Rxg2+! 47.Kxg2 Nd3 48.Qxc2 Ne1+ 49.Kf1 Nxc2 50.Qh2+ e5 51.Qxc2 and now White's winning chances have completely evaporated. Black can easily create a fortress which White cannot break through. The game continued for another 71 moves before both players agreed to a draw.

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 6 games

Round 6 results

11GMSethuraman S.P.26421 - 05GMGupta Abhijeet26013PGN
214GMMitrabha Guha24871 - 0GMVisakh N R25445PGN
38IMKoustav Chatterjee25084½ - ½IMAronyak Ghosh25217PGN
44GMMendonca Leon Luke25664½ - ½4Sahoo Utkal Ranjan233346PGN
532Hari Madhavan N B23854½ - ½4GMIniyan P25079PGN
655IMRatnakaran K.230440 - 14GMVenkatesh M.R.245919PGN
769Garv Rai218140 - 14IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.240527PGN
882Bharadia Yash21174½ - ½4IMKushagra Mohan239029PGN
910GMKarthik Venkataraman25031 - 04Dere Pushkar211483PGN
1012IMVignesh N R24931 - 0IMVardaan Nagpal232947PGN
1150IMRaahul V S23251 - 0IMShyaamnikhil P249013PGN
1215GMSengupta Deep24861 - 0CMSoham Kamotra232948PGN
1316IMKrishna C R G2480½ - ½IMSaravana Krishnan P.224459PGN
1464Sai Vishwesh.C22191 - 0GMChanda Sandipan247517PGN
1518IMDas Sayantan24750 - 1Subhayan Kundu231951PGN
1622IMHarshavardhan G B2434½ - ½FMMohamed Anees M223763PGN
1723IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh2433½ - ½IMRajesh V A V231453PGN
1852GMKarthikeyan P.23160 - 1IMSrihari L R242925PGN
1928IMAudi Ameya24011 - 0Nagare Kaivalya Sandip212480PGN
2030FMPanesar Vedant2387½ - ½Shet Prajwal P206489PGN


Round 7 pairings

114GMMitrabha Guha2487GMSethuraman S.P.26421
23GMGupta Abhijeet260155GMVenkatesh M.R.245919
37IMAronyak Ghosh252155IMMehar Chinna Reddy C.H.240527
429IMKushagra Mohan2390GMMendonca Leon Luke25664
55GMVisakh N R2544Hari Madhavan N B238532
643FMAaryan Varshney2346IMKoustav Chatterjee25088
79GMIniyan P2507FMAyush Sharma234144
846Sahoo Utkal Ranjan2333GMKarthik Venkataraman250310
950IMRaahul V S2325IMVignesh N R249312
1051Subhayan Kundu2319GMSengupta Deep248615
1125IMSrihari L R2429Bharadia Yash211782
1299Adireddy Arjun1980IMAudi Ameya240128
136GMShyam Sundar M.25264Sai Vishwesh.C221964
1463FMMohamed Anees M223744IMKrishna C R G248016
1520GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.245744IMRatnakaran K.230455
1659IMSaravana Krishnan P.224444IMHarshavardhan G B243422
1773Surendran N216844IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh243323
1874Shreyansh Daklia216544IMAnuj Shrivatri241426
19105Badrinath S.193844FMPanesar Vedant238730
2033GMNeelotpal Das238444Garv Rai218169



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