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Mitrabha and Akshaya are sole leaders at National Junior 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/11/2019

Overnight leader Mitrabha Guha made a quick draw with Koustav Chatterjee to maintain his half-point lead over the rest of the field at the conclusion of round 8 of 49th National Junior 2019. Rajdeep Sarkar also made a short draw with Aaryan Varshney in just 29 moves. Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi shocked Srijit Paul when the latter blundered a pawn and exchange in the opening. In the girls section, Bommini Mounika Akshaya defeated Arpita Mukherjee to claim sole lead, after the latter made a few inaccuracies in critical moment. Priyanka K missed plenty of opportunities and eventually drew with Srishti Pandey. Nityata Jain scored a big win against Saina Salonika. Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Akshaya shocks Arpita to claim sole lead

Ninth seeded WFM Bommini Mounika Akshaya defeated second seeded WIM Arpita Mukherjee to claim sole lead at the conclusion of round 8 of 34th National Junior girls 2019.

Bommini Mounika Akshaya takes sole lead | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Akshaya - Arpita

How should black respond to white's threat of capturing the e5 pawn?

Arpita played 23...Qd7. There were other ways too and Akshaya took the pawn with 24.Qxe5

Find the best continuation for black

Black either has to get some compensation for the lost e5-pawn or get a pawn back. If neither can be obtained then black will end up in serious trouble which is what happened in the game after black went with 24...Ne8

There is only last way left for black to save the game. Can you find it?

After a bunch of wrong chain exchange and few moves later, the above diagram arised. White has a menacing c6 and e5 passed pawns. Neither of them are easy to get rid of. Black can only save the game by maximizing all pieces' prowess but unfortunately for Arpita she opted for 43...Nxe4 which accelerated Black's demise.

Priyanka K missed several winning opportunities despite having dominated for the major part of the game. Srishti made sure to fight till the end and not give up, which ultimately paid off for her as she managed to salvage a draw out of an extremely inferior position.

Priyanka K would have been happier to score a full point | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Priyanka - Srishti

Several choices are there for white, what is the best continuation?

White's queen is under attack, moving it should be optimum choice for white, however Priyanka decided to take the pawn with 26.Bxd4 despite the fact that her bishop is much more superior than black's knight.

Which white piece is not activated yet?

White's b1-rook would definitely like to join the party to launch an attack but unfortunately b7 is protected by the queen. However the h1-rook is yet to join the game. Naturally involving all pieces in the attack should be the logical conclusion, but Priyanka decided to continue the game with 31.Qe5+ which does not help white to improve the position.

Now that all white pieces are actively participating, what should white do next?

Passed pawns must be pushed - one of the most important golden rules of chess.

White can still bring the full point home. Find out how

White made one last irrevocable mistake by retreating her rook with 47.R7e3 and Black obviously took the a3-pawn and draw was agreed in another 15 moves as white had no good way to make progress.

Third seeded WIM Aakanksha Hagawane defeated WFM Rutumbara Bidhar without any difficulty.

Madhya Pradesh's record breaking multi-time State champion Nityata Jain scored a big win | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

WFM Nityata Jain beat WFM Saina Salonika in a prolonged rook ending. Despite playing the double rook ending initially with precision, in the end she took a bit longer than it was required.

Top seed WIM Priyanka Nutakki got back to winning ways as she scored a clinical victory over Tanishka Kotia.

In the open section, top board witnessed a quick draw between state mates IM Mitrabha Guha and IM Koustav Chatterjee. On the second board, Rajdeep Sarkar sacrificed his queen against Aaryan Varshney for enough compensation. However the evaluation did not change by much and a draw was agreed via threefold repetition in just 29 moves.

Aakash scored an important victory | Photo: Jitendra Choudhary

Aakash Sharadchandra-Dalvi of Maharashtra shocked IM Srijit Paul as Aakash went out of theory in as early as sixth move in Srijit's favorite Dutch Defence. Even though it did not make a huge difference until Srijit blundered a pawn and lost an exchange in the process.

Aakash - Srijit

Black played 19...Kf8. Find out why it is a blunder

Round 8 results in Open

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
12IMMitrabha Guha2443½ - ½6IMKoustav Chatterjee24491
24IMRajdeep Sarkar2362½ - ½6FMAaryan Varshney223615
332Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi20171 - 0IMSrijit Paul23178
410Saurabh Anand22781 - 0Akshit Kumar J201434
516Soham Kamotra2189½ - ½Hemanth Raam199236
652Dere Pushkar18760 - 1Grahesh Y202631
717CMBhavesh Mahajan218750 - 15FMAnuj Shrivatri23763
819Gaurav Rajesh Zagade217351 - 05FMNitish Belurkar23257
924Anadkat Kartavya20605½ - ½5FMSrihari L R22869
1028Kumar Gaurav203851 - 05FMWagh Suyog227311
1112Subhayan Kundu226950 - 15Aradhya Garg216520
1250Dubey Sanchay188050 - 15FMJeet Jain226413
1390Avinash Ramesh168651 - 05Sibi Visal R223814
1449Saypuri Srithan18810 - 1Harshavardhan G B23605
1555Sreekar J S S18501 - 0Anustoop Biswas215421

Complete results

Round 8 results in Women

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
19WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya208761 - 06WIMArpita Mukherjee22342
210Priyanka K20676½ - ½6WFMPandey Srishti21406
33WIMAakanksha Hagawane22271 - 0WFMBidhar Rutumbara194216
417WFMJain Nityata19271 - 0WFMSalonika Saina21008
51WIMPriyanka Nutakki227251 - 0WFMTanishka Kotia190918
615Ghosh Samriddhaa196450 - 15WFMMakhija Aashna21914
75WIMChitlange Sakshi218551 - 05Toshali V205711
87WCMSharma Isha21395½ - ½5WFMSavitha Shri B200412
919Shah Vishwa189250 - 15Meenal Gupta187920
1026AGMRenganayaki V175651 - 0Ishvi Aggarwal185421
1113Bhagyashree Patil19701 - 0Rathi Dhanashree168830
1232Senthamizh Yazhini S16780 - 1WFMPotluri Supreetha196814
1322Poorna Sri M.K18481 - 0Kiruthika B164534
1440Rebecca Jesumarian15681 - 0Nanditha V182824
1525WCMArushi Kotwal17561 - 0Anjitha Krishnakumar138460

Complete results

Round 9 pairings in Open

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
131Grahesh Y20267IMMitrabha Guha24432
21IMKoustav Chatterjee2449Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi201732
315FMAaryan Varshney2236Saurabh Anand227810
43FMAnuj Shrivatri237666Soham Kamotra218916
520Aradhya Garg216566IMRajdeep Sarkar23624
613FMJeet Jain226466Kumar Gaurav203828
736Hemanth Raam199266Gaurav Rajesh Zagade217319
85Harshavardhan G B23606Avinash Ramesh168690
98IMSrijit Paul2317Ayush Sharma197539
109FMSrihari L R2286Aditya Varun Gampa190844
1137Selvamurugan B1979Anadkat Kartavya206024
1227Jain Kashish Manoj2041Sreekar J S S185055
1329Mahindrakar Indrajeet2034Dere Pushkar187652
1434Akshit Kumar J2014Mohit Kumar Soni184458
1545Sibi Srinivas Einstein18985Subhayan Kundu226912

Complete pairings

Round 9 pairings in Girls

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
13WIMAakanksha Hagawane22277WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya20879
26WFMPandey Srishti2140WFMJain Nityata192717
34WFMMakhija Aashna21916Priyanka K206710
420Meenal Gupta187966WIMPriyanka Nutakki22721
52WIMArpita Mukherjee223466AGMRenganayaki V175626
67WCMSharma Isha21396WIMChitlange Sakshi21855
78WFMSalonika Saina2100WCMArushi Kotwal175625
812WFMSavitha Shri B2004Poorna Sri M.K184822
918WFMTanishka Kotia1909Bhagyashree Patil197013
1014WFMPotluri Supreetha1968Rebecca Jesumarian156840
1116WFMBidhar Rutumbara1942Sai Mahati A141256
1211Toshali V205755Sinthia Sarkar160037
1339Jegatha B158555Ghosh Samriddhaa196415
1453Vakcheri Mohitha145155Shah Vishwa189219
1557Sachi Jain140655WFMGreeshma Anand Dhumal183723

Complete pairings