MPL National Rapid 2023 R1-8: Mitrabha Guha emerges sole leader
GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) has emerged sole leader 7/8 after eight rounds of MPL National Rapid Chess Championship 2023. He drew with the defending champion and the top seed of the tournament, GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) in the seventh round. Five players are trailing him by a half point at 6.5/8 each. They are - Aravindh, IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (AP), IM Ravi Teja S (AP), IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH) and GM Raja Rithvik R (TEL). The reigning National Women champion, WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH) is currently the top female scorer 6/8. Who do you think will win the tournament? Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Five in pursuit including Aravindh
The eleven-round MPL National Rapid Chess Championship 2023 has a total prize fund of ₹400000. There are 25 prizes up for grabs. The top three prizes are ₹75000, ₹60000 and ₹50000 each respectively. The last three rounds will be played tomorrow, starting with Round 9 from 9 a.m.. IST.
Sanchay Dubey (UP, 1816) and Vivek Sharma (BIH, 1795) scored big upsets over IM Prraneeth Vuppala (TEL, 2351) and IM D K Sharma (LIC, 2315) respectively. The newly crowned National Amateur Below 1700 Open champion, Sham R (TN, 1727) held the former Asian Junior Open champion, IM Raahul VS (TN, 2202) to a draw.
Vivek Sharma (BIH, 1795) continued his momentum and drew with IM Ameya Audi (Goa, 2309). World Rapid Women 2022 Bronze medalist, WIM Savitha Shri B (TN, 2317) and IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH, 2310) were held to draws by CM Aaditya Dhingra (HAR, 2075) and CM Garv Gaur (HAR, 1960).
Mihir Shah (MAH, 1624) scored one of the biggest win of the round against WIM Savitha Shri B (TN, 2317). Sa Kannan (TN, 1738) scored a huge upset by defeating the reigning and two-time National Women and Asian Continental Blitz Women champion, WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH, 2238).
Four players were in the lead at 4/4 each. They are - GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN, 2557), Mihir Shah (MAH, 1624), GM Mitrabha Guha (WB, 2374) and IM Ravi Teja S (AP, 2360). GM Mitrabha defeated Mihir to emerge sole leader 5/5.
GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) defeated IM Ravi Teja S (AP) to increase his lead by a full point 6/6. The second board batttle between GM Aravindh Chithambaram (TN) and IM Nubairshah Shaikh (MAH) ended in a draw.
Earlier this month, team LIC participated in the MPL 42nd National Team Chess Championship in the Open category. In the sixth round, the teammates faced each other. GM Sriram Jha (2338) drew with WGM Swati Ghate (2178) and IM D K Sharma (2315) defeated WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (2174). One must not forget, IM D K Sharma won National Blitz Championship in 2018 with a fractured arm.
The seventh round witnessed the rematch of last year's final round battle between the defending champion, GM Aravindh Chithambaram and GM Mitrabha Guha. The color was exactly the same and so was the result.
GM Mitrabha Guha (WB) drew with IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (AP) to maintain his sole lead 7/8.
A total of 125 players including 5 GMs, 11 IMs, 3 WGMs and a WIM are taking part in this three-day eleven-round Swiss League Rapid Rating tournament. It is being organized by Crown Trust from 24th to 26th February 2023 at The Kangra Fort, Jammu. The time control is 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment.
Round 8 results
|1||3||GM||Mitrabha, Guha||2374||West Bengal||6½||½ - ½||6||IM||Dhulipalla, Bala Chandra Prasad||2388||Andhra Pradesh||2|
|2||10||IM||Mohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh||2310||Maharashtra||6||½ - ½||6||GM||Raja, Rithvik R||2370||Telangana||4|
|3||12||GM||Neelotpal, Das||2302||West Bengal||5½||0 - 1||5½||GM||Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.||2557||Tamil Nadu||1|
|4||22||WGM||Swati, Ghate||2178||Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi||5½||0 - 1||5½||IM||Ravi, Teja S.||2360||Andhra Pradesh||5|
|5||6||IM||Prraneeth, Vuppala||2351||Telangana||5||1 - 0||5||IM||Raahul, V S||2202||Tamil Nadu||19|
|6||7||GM||Sriram, Jha||2338||Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi||5||0 - 1||5||IM||Avinash, Ramesh||2211||Tamil Nadu||18|
|7||9||IM||Sharma, Dinesh K.||2315||Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi||5||1 - 0||5||Kaustuv, Kundu||2175||West Bengal||23|
|8||34||AGM||Vignesh, B||1956||Tamil Nadu||5||0 - 1||5||IM||Audi, Ameya||2309||Goa||11|
|9||13||IM||Padmini, Rout||2292||Odisha||5||½ - ½||5||WGM||Kiran, Manisha Mohanty||2174||Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi||24|
|10||36||Suvradeepta, Das||1939||West Bengal||5||0 - 1||5||IM||Sidhant, Mohapatra||2243||Railways||15|
Round 9 pairings
|1||4||GM||Raja, Rithvik R||2370||Telangana||6½||7||GM||Mitrabha, Guha||2374||West Bengal||3|
|2||2||IM||Dhulipalla, Bala Chandra Prasad||2388||Andhra Pradesh||6½||6½||GM||Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.||2557||Tamil Nadu||1|
|3||5||IM||Ravi, Teja S.||2360||Andhra Pradesh||6½||6½||IM||Mohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh||2310||Maharashtra||10|
|4||16||Srihari, L||2241||Puducherry||6||6||IM||Prraneeth, Vuppala||2351||Telangana||6|
|5||15||IM||Sidhant, Mohapatra||2243||Railways||6||6||IM||Sharma, Dinesh K.||2315||Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi||9|
|6||11||IM||Audi, Ameya||2309||Goa||6||6||WGM||Divya, Deshmukh||2238||Maharashtra||17|
|7||18||IM||Avinash, Ramesh||2211||Tamil Nadu||6||5½||GM||Neelotpal, Das||2302||West Bengal||12|
|8||8||WIM||Savitha, Shri B||2317||Tamil Nadu||5½||5½||WGM||Swati, Ghate||2178||Life Insuranace Corporation Of Indi||22|
|9||25||Ojas, Kulkarni||2122||Karnataka||5½||5½||IM||Padmini, Rout||2292||Odisha||13|
|10||50||AGM||Sa, Kannan||1738||Tamil Nadu||5½||5½||FM||Aradhya, Garg||2193||Delhi||20|