Can Aravindh do it in 2018 what he couldn't do in 2017?
Aravindh Chithambaram has played an excellent tournament at the National Championship in Jammu. After 12 rounds he is on 9.5/12, half a point ahead of the field. In round 12 he played a wonderful game to beat GM Karthikeyan Murali from the black side of the Sicilian Dragon. Exactly a year ago Aravindh had a chance to become the National Champion 2017. He had lost his nerves and his chance of winning the tournament. If he is able to keep his nerves today he can become the national champion for the first time in his chess career, win Rs.5,00,000 and a spot in the World Cup 2019. Do you think he can do it? The final round has begun at 9 a.m. and Aravindh faces CRG Krishna. You can watch the game live here!
Exactly a year ago Aravindh Chithambaram had a chance to win the National Championship 2017 in Patna Bihar. He went into the final round leading along with Lalith Babu. Lalith quickly drew his game against Swapnil Dhopade. The ball was now in Aravindh's court. If he did beat Debashis Das then he would become the National Champion. The tension, drama and the pressure was all too much for Aravindh to handle. He crashed to a defeat and lost the game.
Fast forward one year and Aravindh once again has chance to become the National Champion. Going into the final 13th round, this is how things stand at the National Championship 2018.
Rank after round 12
|1||4||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2584||TN||9,5||0,0||85,0||91,0||12||9,5||7,66||1,84||10||18,4|
|3||16||IM||Krishna C R G||IND||2464||RSPB||9,0||0,0||78,0||83,5||12||9||8,64||0,36||10||3,6|
|6||10||GM||Vishnu Prasanna. V||IND||2518||TN||8,5||0,0||82,5||88,5||12||8,5||8,02||0,48||10||4,8|
|9||7||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2550||RSPB||8,0||0,0||84,5||90,0||12||8||8,53||-0,53||10||-5,3|
|14||18||IM||Vignesh N R||IND||2455||TN||8,0||0,0||81,0||87,0||12||8||7,72||0,28||10||2,8|
Aravindh played a wonderful game in round 12 to beat Karthikeyan Murali. Here's how he did it:
If Aravindh can win his final round against IM CRG Krishna, he becomes the National Champion. If he draws his game and Vaibhav Suri manages to beat Srijit Paul with the White pieces, the Delhi boy could become the Champion. Let's have a look at round 13 pairing:
Round 13 pairing:
It's an exciting round and you can watch it LIVE now below!
Final round at 9 a.m. IST. Watch it LIVE!
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