Akash soars, Aravindh pulls off a brilliancy
Only four rounds are over at the National Senior Championship 2019 and things already seem to be heating up as out of the nine players who were leading at the end of the third round, only three could maintain their spots. Aravindh Chithambaram, Sandipan Chanda, and Akash G are the current leaders after four rounds with perfect scores of 4.0/4. The National triple-crown winner and defending champion Aravindh played a brilliant game today to beat India's blitz king Laxman Rajaram, while Akash G too grabbed eyeballs by getting the better of Deep Sengupta who is more than a hundred points higher rated than him. In this report we bring you the glimpses of all the excitement.
Akash G climbs his way to the top!
Presently an International Master, Akash G created a sensation seven years ago in 2012 by winning the National Premier Chess Championship and making his way to the FIDE World Cup. Back then he was a 16-year-old and was just vying for an IM norm. Now he is stronger, better, and has every chance to once again stun the competition, and indeed the way he is currently playing, that possibility doesn't seem too far-fetched! In the fourth round of the ongoing National Senior Championship in Sikkim, the Tamil Nadu lad defeated Grandmaster Deep Sengupta and registered his fourth victory in a row to emerge as one of the three leaders of the event.
Deep chose a solid approach in the Sicilian Moscow with the white pieces, delaying the development of his dark-squared bishop and consolidating the center first. The opening worked just fine for the GM as he soon found a pleasant position to play with good space and open lines for his active pieces.
Deep Sengupta - Akash G, Round 4
White could have forced matters above with something like 27.a5!? b5 28.Qe3 but in the game he went 27.Rg3?! and after 27...Qc7 28.Re3 b5 29.h5 h6 30.Qf4 Nh7 31.Rg3 Ng5 Black was more than fine.
Aravindh Chithambaram's game of the day
The highlight of round four was definitely Aravindh's game against Laxman Rajaram. The defending champion showcased some very classy chess to outplay the blitz king of the country. Playing White, he found a comfortable position out of the opening and was soon pushing with his more active and better coordinated pieces. Laxman tried to alleviate his woes by going for counterplay but this ended up backfiring in his face.
Aravindh Chithambaram - Laxman Rajaram, Round 4
The problem with 16...Qh4 is that it immediately runs into 17.g3 followed by Bxh7+, but Aravindh interestingly found a deeper, more devious idea. He went 17.Qd2!? with the intention of eventually trapping the queen with Bg5 and g4! Laxman should have retreated the queen while there was still time but his adamance proved fatal.
Sandipan adopted the Sicilian defense against Nitin's king's pawn opening and managed to advance his d-pawn all the way up to the third rank in the middlegame itself. The latter then blundered on move 24 and the rest of it was over in less than thirty moves.
Results of round four
|1||8||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2535||3||½ - ½||3||GM||Gupta Abhijeet||2611||1|
|2||2||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2605||3||1 - 0||3||GM||Laxman R.R.||2444||19|
|3||22||GM||Neelotpal Das||2430||3||½ - ½||3||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2556||5|
|4||36||IM||Nitin S.||2329||3||0 - 1||3||GM||Chanda Sandipan||2545||7|
|5||4||GM||Sengupta Deep||2564||2½||0 - 1||3||IM||Akash G||2431||21|
|6||29||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2392||2½||½ - ½||2½||GM||Vaibhav Suri||2597||3|
|7||6||GM||Ghosh Diptayan||2555||2½||1 - 0||2½||IM||Konguvel Ponnuswamy||2367||31|
|8||10||GM||Vishnu Prasanna. V||2493||2½||0 - 1||2½||IM||Girinath P.D.S.||2330||35|
|9||30||GM||Sriram Jha||2384||2½||0 - 1||2½||GM||Anurag Mhamal||2490||11|
|10||12||IM||Vignesh N R||2475||2½||½ - ½||2½||Senthil Maran K||2305||40|
Standings after four rounds
|1||2||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2605||Tamil Nadu||4,0|
|7||GM||Chanda Sandipan||IND||2545||West Bengal||4,0|
|21||IM||Akash G||IND||2431||Tamil Nadu||4,0|
|5||GM||Lalith Babu M R||IND||2556||PSPB||3,5|
|6||GM||Ghosh Diptayan||IND||2555||West Bengal||3,5|
|8||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2535||RSPB||3,5|
|26||IM||Satyapragyan Swayangsu||IND||2412||Air India||3,5|
|32||IM||Muthaiah Al||IND||2363||Tamil Nadu||3,5|