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Mayank Chakraborty and Mrittika Mallick are the MPL 33rd National Under-17 Open and Girls Chess Champions

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/05/2023

CM Mayank Chakraborty (ASM) and Mrittika Mallick (WB) scored an unbeaten 10/11 and 9.5/11 each to win MPL 33rd National Under-17 Open and Girls Chess Championship 2022 respectively. Both of them finished a full point ahead of the competition. Ajay Santhosh Parvathareddy (UP) scored sole 9/11 to finish second. Vignesh Advaith Vemula (TEL) edged past Madhavan R Munjanattu (KER) on tie-breaks to finish third 8.5/11. Mayank defeated Ajay and drew against Vignesh. In the Girls event, Sarayu Velpula (TEL) and the reigning National Amateur Below-200 Women champion, scored 8.5/11. They were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. Mrittika drew against both of them.

Mayank wins Under-17 Open for the second consecutive year

CM Mayank Chakraborty gained sole lead after the sixth round 6/6. He never lost it for the rest of the tournament and finished a full point ahead of the field. He won it for the second consecutive year and he is just 13-years-old. He still has three more opportunities left. Mrittika Mallick was trailing by a half point heading into the ninth round 7/8. Sarayu Velpula was held to a draw by Rajanya Datta and Mrittika defeatd Marium Fatima. Thus, both of them shared the lead 7.5/9. Two crucial wins in the last two rounds, allowed Mrittika to win the tournament and finish a full point ahead of the field, same as Mayank did.

Champion in Open - CM Mayank Chakraborty (ASM) 10/11 | Photo: AICF

Champion in Girls - Mrittika Mallick (WB) 9.5/11 | Photo: AICF

Total prize fund of the tournament was ₹450000 in each section. Top three prizes were ₹90000, ₹70000 and ₹58000 along with a trophy each.

Open Runner-up - Ajay Santhosh Parvathareddy (UP) 9/11 | Photo: AICF

Girls Runner-up - Sarayu Velpula (TEL) 8.5/11 | Photo: AICF

Open Second Runner-up - Vignesh Advaith Vemula (TEL) 8.5/11 | Photo: AICF

Girls Second Runner-up - Rajanya Datta (WB) 8.5/11 | Photo: AICF

The top 3 finishers of both Open and Girls category

Open: CM Mayank Chakraborty 10/11

CM Mayank Chakraborty (ASM, 2025) started with six consecutive wins including a victory over the eventual runner-up, Ajay Santhosh Parvathareddy (UP, 1925) in the fifth round. He also defeated the Commonwealth 2022 Under-14 Gold and Under-20 Bronze medalist, CM Gaurang Bagwe (MAH, 2067) in the sixth round. After a draw against the eventual second runner-up, Vignesh Advaith Vemula (TEL, 2004) in the seventh round, Mayank was up against the reigning National Sub-Junior Open champion, Aswath S (TN, 2162).

Mayank - Aswath, Round 8

Position after 22...Reb8?

Mayank got a better position out of the Scotch Opening against Aswath. 22...Reb8 was a positional mistake. 23.a4 to prepare capturing the a6-pawn Qe7 24.Rxb8 Rxb8 25.Qxa6 Qe8 26.Qa7 Qd8 27.Bh4 Ra8 28.Bxd8 Rxa7 29.g4 g6 30.gxf5 forcing the g-file to open only helps White gxf5 31.Ra1 Bc5+ 32.Kg2 Be3 33.Kf3 Bd2 34.a5 Bxc3 White can most certainly afford giving up the double c3-pawn. 35.Rg1+ Kf7 36.Bf6 d4 37.a6 Bb4 38.Rg7+ Ke8 39.Rh7 Bf8 40.Kf2 Bc8 41.Be2 and Black resigned.

CM Mayank Chakraborty won the National Under-17 Open Championship for the second consecutive year | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

CM Mayank Chakraborty scored an unbeaten 10/11 and gained 115.6 Elo rating points

Girls: Mrittika Mallick 9.5/11

Mrittika Mallick (WB, 1948) started with five consecutive wins before making three consecutive draws including against the remaining podium finishers Sarayu Velpula (TEL, 1835) and Rajanya Datta (WB, 1556). Mrittika finished the tournament with a hat-trick of wins which allowed her to finish a full point ahead of the field.

Mrittika - Aarshiya, Round 10

Position after 32..f6

Black's position was already lost. 32...f6 only accelerated it. Mrittika found the excellent 33.Rxf6! exf6 34.e7 Nf7 35.e8Q+ Rxe8 36.Qxe8+ Qf8 37.Nxf6+ Kg7 38.Qxf8+ Kxf8 39.Nxh7+ Kg7 40.Ng5 Nxg5 41.hxg5 White is ahead by two pawns in the resultant rook endgame. She had no trouble converting her advantage into a win. This important victory put Mrittika back in the sole lead 8.5/10.

Mrittika Mallick clinched her second National title after winning National Under-14 Girls championship last year | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Mrittika Mallick scored 9.5/11, remained undefeated and finished a full point ahead of the field

A total of 150 players in the Open and 95 players in the Girls event tournament took part from 24 states and union territories across the country. It was organized by District Chess Association Jalandhar at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kabir Nagar in Jalandhar, Punjab from 1st to 9th May 2023. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Open Round 1-11 games

Replay Girls Round 1-11 games

Open Round 11 results

115Prithvvi, Singh1926Uttar Pradesh80 - 19CMMayank, Chakraborty2025Assam6PGN
221Madhavan, R Munjanattu1776Kerala8½ - ½Ajay, Santosh Parvathareddy1925Uttar Pradesh16PGN
38Vignesh, Advaith Vemula2004Telangana1 - 0FMHarsh, Suresh2298Tamil Nadu1PGN
43Aswath, S2162Tamil Nadu½ - ½7CMGaurang, Pankaj Bagwe2067Maharashtra5PGN
517Daaevik, Wadhawan1922Delhi7½ - ½7FMHarshad, S2255Tamil Nadu2PGN
69FMRitvik, Krishnan1998Maharashtra7½ - ½7Abhinav, Raj1483Delhi59
725Chaudhari, Ashish1740Maharashtra70 - 17Arnav, Maheshwari1995Tamil Nadu10
849Vedant, Garg1557Chandigarh7½ - ½7Ankit, Ray1950West Bengal14
929Dishank, Sachin Bajaj1689Maharashtra0 - 1CMAdireddy, Arjun2072Telangana4
1011CMDaakshin, Arun1991Tamil Nadu1 - 0Vandan, Alankar Sawai1670Delhi30


Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
16CMMayank, ChakrabortyIND2025Assam1075,58173,00
216Ajay, Santosh ParvathareddyIND1925Uttar Pradesh976,58263,75
38Vignesh, Advaith VemulaIND2004Telangana8,574,579,559,75
421Madhavan, R MunjanattuIND1776Kerala8,5727756,25
515Prithvvi, SinghIND1926Uttar Pradesh875,58054,25
63Aswath, SIND2162Tamil Nadu87378,554,75
710Arnav, MaheshwariIND1995Tamil Nadu8707552,75
82FMHarshad, SIND2255Tamil Nadu7,5778353,50
95CMGaurang, Pankaj BagweIND2067Maharashtra7,5768050,00
1011CMDaakshin, ArunIND1991Tamil Nadu7,5727749,00
1122Arshpreet, SinghIND1762Haryana7,571,57649,00
121FMHarsh, SureshIND2298Tamil Nadu7,5697447,75
139FMRitvik, KrishnanIND1998Maharashtra7,567,57348,50
1417Daaevik, WadhawanIND1922Delhi7,566,570,545,50
154CMAdireddy, ArjunIND2072Telangana7,56671,546,75
1627Mohmad, BashiqimroseIND1708Telangana7,56670,544,75
1714Ankit, RayIND1950West Bengal7,565,57148,00
1849Vedant, GargIND1557Chandigarh7,564,56842,25
1959Abhinav, RajIND1483Delhi7,562,56743,00
2074Pritish, VashishtIND1309Punjab7,561,564,542,00


Girls Round 11 results

19Sachi, Jain1659Delhi0 - 1Mrittika, Mallick1948West Bengal1PGN
27Marium, Fatima1704Bihar7½ - ½8Velpula, Sarayu1835Telangana2PGN
35Sneha, Halder1714West Bengal½ - ½7Sindhusree, K1624Tamil Nadu11PGN
418Rajanya, Datta1556West Bengal1 - 07WCMBoramanikar, Tanisha S1742Maharashtra4PGN
519WCMWankhade, Sanskruti1550Maharashtra71 - 07Prasiddhi, Bhat1409Karnataka31PGN
68Swara, Lakshmi S Nair1693Karnataka71 - 0Dakshita, Kumawat1763Rajasthan3
716Anishka, Vikram1564Delhi1 - 0Saparya, Ghosh1708West Bengal6
812Sannidhi, Ramakrishna Bhat1607Maharashtra1 - 0Tanya, Verma1444Uttar Pradesh26
913Shivani, Senthilkumar1603Tamil Nadu½ - ½Aashi, Upadhyay1453Rajasthan25
1015Arshiya, Das1585Tripura1 - 0Drishtee, Ghosh1440Karnataka27


Final standings

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11Mrittika, MallickwIND1948West Bengal9,5758067,5008
22Velpula, SarayuwIND1835Telangana8,57984,564,0006
318Rajanya, DattawIND1556West Bengal8,5697354,5007
45Sneha, HalderwIND1714West Bengal8748056,7505
519WCMWankhade, SanskrutiwIND1550Maharashtra8697350,7507
68Swara, Lakshmi S NairwIND1693Karnataka865,570,548,0007
77Marium, FatimawIND1704Bihar7,571,576,549,5006
811Sindhusree, KwIND1624Tamil Nadu7,571,576,549,0006
99Sachi, JainwIND1659Delhi7,5717648,5006
1015Arshiya, DaswIND1585Tripura7,5717546,2506
1116Anishka, VikramwIND1564Delhi7,5707446,5006
1212Sannidhi, Ramakrishna BhatwIND1607Maharashtra7,5697448,5005
134WCMBoramanikar, Tanisha SwIND1742Maharashtra770,575,545,0006
1417Keerti, Shree ReddywIND1560Tamil Nadu7697341,0007
1525Aashi, UpadhyaywIND1453Rajasthan7687344,0004
1631Prasiddhi, BhatwIND1409Karnataka7677241,5006
1728Sherali, PattnaikwIND1436Uttarakhand7667143,0005
1813Shivani, SenthilkumarwIND1603Tamil Nadu765,570,541,5006
1938AFMRuhani, Raj AsudaniwIND1335Gujarat7626638,5007
2020Ratna, Priya KwIND1515Tamil Nadu76162,534,2506


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