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Mitrabha Guha wins Buddhibal Kreeda Trust Fischer Random Online Blitz Open

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/05/2020

Babysnake (IM Mitrabha Guha) scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win Buddhibal Kreeda Trust Fischer Random Online Blitz Open. He fought against all odds and won ₹11000 cash for his efforts. Peruvian IM Terry Renato, GM Raunak Sadhwani and IM Aronyak Ghosh, three players finished at 7.5/9, they were placed second, third and fourth respectively according to their tie-break scores. The tournament witnessed the participation of 30 GMs, 23 IMs, 3 WGMs and 5 WIMs from all across countries across the world including India. This was the third ever Fischer Random event hosted by ChessBase India on Playchess and it was the champion's first ever Chess960 in his career. Photo: Niklesh Jain

Babysnake wins his maiden ChessBase India Online Blitz event

IM Mitrabha Guha of India scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win Buddhibal Kreeda Trust Fischer Random Online Blitz Open 2020. He defeated Praggnanandhaa in the last round to win the tournament and receive ₹11000 cash prize. Three players IM Renato Terry of Peru, GM Raunak Sadhwani and IM Aronyak Ghosh finished with 7.5/10 each and they were placed second, third and fourth respectively. While Terry won ₹6000, Raunak bagged ₹4000 cash prize.

Prakash Kunte, the man who started the Buddhibal Kreeda Trust, and his better half

The tournament witnessed the participation of total 135 players including 30 GMs, 23 IMs, 3 WGMs and 5 WIMs from all over the world, organized by Buddhibal Kreeda Trust.


Three days before the event, Cyclone Amphan devastated the majority of West Bengal which resulted in over $13 Billion (over ₹1 lac crore) damage in terms of loss. Even I myself was unable to attend as there was no internet along with several other people throughout the state. I decided to ask Mitrabha on his first ChessBase India Online Blitz triumph which was quite poetic considering the circumstances.


"High speed internet in my PC was not available. The network of  the mobile operator I use was down. I had to use my father's mobile (different operator) internet to connect to my laptop to play the tournament which was pretty slow." - Mitrabha on how he managed to play the tournament when the majority in the state had no internet. Being a man of few words, Mitrabha described his feeling towards his triumph as 'great!!' He also mentioned that, "This was my first Fischer Random tournament ever." When he was asked about his favorite game of the tournament, he replied - "The game with Praggnanandhaa in the last round." "Before the last round I was quite optimistic of winning the round but was not sure of winning the tournament since there were other players in the same point." - The 18-year-old lad from Kolkata on his thoughts before the final round. "Usually I am ok without increment but I believe the increment helped me in the last round since the internet was slow." - The champion's parting words on the increment added in the tournament. 

IM Mitrabha showcased his skills in Fischer Random Blitz Open | Photo: Shahid Ahmed


Domination started with J2d

In Round 2, Babysnake (IM Mitrabha Guha) faced j2d (GM Deepan Chakkravarthy). It was a complex game. In the middle game, Mitrabha allowed his opponent to seize decisive advantage which he missed and then Mitrabha did not slip, played solid and capitalized on his opponent's mistake to win the game.

Babysnake - J2d, Round 2

Position after 23.Qa4

Find out the best continuation for black after 23.Qa4

It is never easy to beat Deepan in any format or variant of the game | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Escape against Srinath

For the better part of the game against NSRINATH (GM Srinath Narayanan), Babysnake (IM Mitrabha Guha) was worse. Srinath missed a good opportunity and eventually he blundered in the end probably under time pressure and lost the game.

NSRINATH - Babysnake, Round 3

Position after 28...Ra6

White is ahead by an exchange. How should white realize the material advantage?

It was not Srinath's day | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A missed win against Sivaji

After a beautiful combination against Sivaji (GM Venkatesh M R), Babysnake missed a few opportunities in the winning Rook endgame and eventually made a draw.

Babysnake - Sivaji, Round 5

Position after 21...Rbf8

White has all his pieces focused on black's king. Can you find out how white can start the beautiful combination here?

Venkatesh finished the tournament with 6.0/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

A miniature against Fidodido

Babysnake picked up his quickest victory against Fidodido (GM Vishnu Prasanna) in Round 6.

Vishnu was having a great event till he lost his round 6 game | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A quick win against Devyatkin

Babysnake scored another quick victory against ADevyatkin (GM Andrei Devyatkin) of Russia in just 24 moves after the latter blundered a piece in an already difficult position.

GM Andrei Devyatkin loves Fischer Random Chess | Photo: Amruta Mokal

A roller coaster ride with Praggnanandhaa

After making a quick draw with Uzbektiger95 (GM Jakhongir Vokhidov), Babysnake got a comfortable position against Chessworld1 (GM R Praggnanandhaa) in the final round. He was cruising towards victory.

Babysnake - Chessworld1, Round 9

Position after 30...g6

White continued with 31.Ra8+, what was the better continuation for white?

Position after 37...d5

Black has one last threat left on the board preceded by 37...d5. How can white stop it?

Position after 38.Ne2

Find out why 38.Ne2 is a big mistake and how should black capitalize on it.

Position after 52.Ra4

The game continued with 52...Kh7. Now of course it is safe to assume that both players are in incredible time pressure which resulted in inaccuracies but what was the correct way for black to maintain the decisive advantage here?

A loss in the final round cost Praggnanandhaa the championship | Photo: Niklesh Jain

IM Terry Renato of Peru who has become a regular at ChessBase India Online Blitz events, scored 7.5/9 to finish at second position.

IM Terry Renato of Peru | Photo: FIDE

Terry's destruction against Diptayan

In Round 6, TerryR (IM Renato Terry of Peru) defeated GM Diptayan Ghosh after the latter blundered a pawn first and then a piece.

It was not Diptayan's day | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Taming the Uzbek Tiger

In the final round of the event, Terryr (IM Renato Terry) of Peru was paired against UzbekTiger95 (GM Jakhongir Vokhidov). Although early in the opening the UzbekTiger95 missed a very good opportunity.

TerryR - Uzbektiger95, Round 9

Position after 7.c4

Now these types of mistakes occur mostly in Fischer Random games as there is no opening theory. Can you find out why 7.c4 is a mistake?

Position after 21.Bxd5

After 21.Bxd5, black gambled with 21...fxe3 and much to the chagrin of black, it did not yield as much as he could ask for. What was the better simple alternative for black here?

A win in the last round guaranteed a podium finish, who knows perhaps the championship too | Photo:

GM Raunak Sadhwani also scored 7.5/9 to finish third according to his tie-break score.

GM Raunak Sadhwani finished third | Photo: Niki Riga

Superb win against Sethuraman

Devil1234 (GM Raunak Sadhwani) defeated Piscean (GM Sethuraman S P) in the third round with some outrageously attacking chess.

Piscean - Devil1234, Round 3

Position after 6...g4

The tricks Devil1234 has up his sleeve was to play aggressive by making first six moves of the pawn when his opponent castled on the third move in front of his Rook and Queen.

It takes a courageous effort to beat former Asian Champion GM Sethuraman S P | Photo: Amruta Mokal

When the Devil tamed The Beast

In Round 5, Devil1234 (GM Raunak Sadhwani) faced Phoenix92 (GM Adhiban Baskaran). Phoenix92 made an early sacrifice which didn't pay off and eventually lost the game.

Devil1234 - Phoenix92, Round 5

Position after 9...f6

Will you be brave enough to take the knight at g4 against Adhiban here?

IM Aronyak Ghosh is the third player who also finished at 7.5/9. He was placed fourth according to his tie-break score.

IM Aronyak has been consistently doing well in the ChessBase India Online Blitz events lately | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A Strange encounter with Chessworld1

STRANGE (IM Aronyak Ghosh) scored a convincing victory over Chessworld1 (GM R Praggnanandhaa) in Round 2.

Gritty win against Piscean

It was not like STRANGE (IM Aronyak Ghosh) was dominating against Piscean (GM Sethuraman S P), in fact he had to endure difficult position against the former Asian Champion for the majority of the game. Only in the end, a blunder cost Piscean the game and STRANGE walked away with full point.

A miniature win against Narayanan

It is no secret that GM Narayanan S L has been in tremendous form in all Online Blitz events lately. However in Round 5 he made a dubious sacrifice against STRANGE and eventually he resigned in just 17 moves.

GM Narayanan S L finished at 13th place with a score of 6.5/9 | Photo: Niki Riga

Strange draw with the Devil

In Round 6, STRANGE (IM Aronyak Ghosh) drew with Devil1234 (GM Raunak Sadhwani) in a hard fought game. Eventually in the end, first STRANGE blundered a piece which he recovered shortly and his opponent Devil1234 was forced to repeat moves to salvage a draw.

Icarus against Irus1997

In the final round, STRANGE (IM Aronyak Ghosh) faced Irus1997 (GM Vaibhav Suri). Despite losing the ability to castle early in the game and bad connection, STRANGE managed to overcome difficult position and eventually win the game.

GM Vaibhav Suri finished 9th with a score of 6.5/9 | Photo: Niki Riga

Final Standings:

Main Prize winners (Top 15)

Rank Name Score Prize money
1 IM Mitrabha Guha 8 ₹11000
2 IM Terry Renato 7.5 ₹6000
3 GM Raunak Sadhwani 7.5 ₹4000
4 IM Aronyak Ghosh 7.5 ₹3000
5 GM Jakhongir Vokhidov 7 ₹2000
6 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 7 ₹1000
7 GM R Praggnanandhaa 7 ₹800
8 GM Andrei Devyatkin 6.5 ₹700
9 GM Vaibhav Suri 6.5 ₹500
10 GM Dusan Popovic 6.5 ₹500
11 GM Aravindh Chithambaram 6.5 ₹500
12 IM V S Rathanvel 6.5 ₹500
13 GM Narayanan S L 6.5 ₹500
14 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy 6.5 ₹500
15 GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 6.5 ₹500

Best Women

1 WGM R Vaishali 6.5 ₹600
2 WIM Divya Deshmukh 6.5 ₹400

Rating Category: 1501-1799

1 Prakhar Bajaj (1663) 5 ₹600
2 Nanal Arnav (1631) 5 ₹400

Rating Category: 0-1500

1 Padmaesh M K (1293) 4 ₹600
2 Kaavya G S (1030) 4 ₹400

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