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National Teams 2019 Day 3: PSPB takes sole lead in both Open and Women section

by Shahid Ahmed - 10/02/2019

PSPB defeated AAI in a nail biter finish after all games ended up in a draw. Team PSPB was waiting with baited breath and hoping for Aravindh to convert a long term advantage. Reigning National Champion, GM Aravindh Chithambaram did not disappoint and won a thriller finish which went down to the last seconds in four hour long thrill-ride. In the women section, PSPB women also had an exact same score, however they had three decisive results. Newly crowned Asian Continental Women's Champion IM Padmini Rout picked up the quickest win for her team as she outplayed current National Women's Champion WGM Bhakti Kulkarni. Soumya and Pratyusha were the other two to win for their team whereas Mary Ann lost against Viji which did not make a major impact in the final score. Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran/Shahid Ahmed.

Aravindh won a nail-biter thriller to give his team a sole lead at the conclusion of round 6

Reigning National Open Senior Champion GM Aravindh Chithambaram won a crucial game for PSPB to propel them into a sole lead | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Shyam sacrificed an exchange and then missed the right continuation. He played 29...d5. What was the better alternative?

World Junior Silver Medalist GM Abhimanyu Puranik held World Cup 2019 participant GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly to a draw | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

In Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence, Abhimanyu played some solid chess and did not give any chance to his opponent. The game ended up in a draw in Queen-Rook endgame.

Tricky Stany got tricked by GM Karthikeyan Murali in the endgame?

Karthikeyan decided to give up a piece for three pawns. What would you have opted for instead?

This looks a lot like loss, however Karthikeyan had something else in his mind and he snatched a half point

Stany made a wrong capture which resulted in a draw. Can you find the correct continuation for white to win?

India's 59th GM Visakh N R continued his terrific form and held GM Deep Sengupta to a draw | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Team RSPB-A lost to Team AAI by 1.5-2.5 in round 5 | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

All Orissa CA lost to PSPB by 1.5-2.5 when GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly picked up the only win for his team in round 5 | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Team RSPB-B drew with Team Air India in round 5. Can you guess what joke Laxman cracked here so that all his teammates started laughing? | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Round 5 results

Bo.3  Railways SPB - ARtgFED-2  Airport Authority of IndiaRtgFED1½:2½
1.1GM
Swapnil, S. Dhopade
2488IND-IM
Vignesh, N R
2473IND½ - ½
1.2IM
Krishna, C R G
2476IND-GM
Puranik, Abhimanyu
2538IND½ - ½
1.3GM
Deepan, Chakkravarthy J.
2532IND-GM
Shyam, Sundar M.
2512IND½ - ½
1.4GM
Thejkumar, M. S.
2470IND-IM
Visakh, N R
2505IND0 - 1
Bo.1  PSPBRtgFED-8  All Orissa CARtgFED2½:1½
2.1GM
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
2636IND-IM
Sidhant, Mohapatra
2330IND1 - 0
2.2GM
Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.
2601IND-
Sahoo, Utkal Ranjan
2356IND½ - ½
2.3GM
Gopal, G.N.
2594IND-
Nayak, Rajesh
2210IND½ - ½
2.4GM
Sengupta, Deep
2555IND-
Baivab, Mishra
2205IND½ - ½
Bo.5  Railways SPB - BRtgFED-4  Air IndiaRtgFED2 : 2
3.1IM
Nitin, S.
2395IND-GM
Bakre, Tejas
2443IND½ - ½
3.2IM
Shyaamnikhil, P
2428IND-IM
Satyapragyan, Swayangsu
2381IND½ - ½
3.3GM
Laxman, R.R.
2417IND-IM
Swayams, Mishra
2468IND½ - ½
3.4IM
Das, Arghyadip
2445IND-GM
Narayanan, Srinath
2572IND½ - ½
Bo.9  L I CRtgFED-6  Bengal RedRtgFED2 : 2
4.1IM
Deshmukh, Anup
2259IND-FM
Mitrabha, Guha
2340IND1 - 0
4.2
Agarwal, Brajesh
1829IND-GM
Neelotpal, Das
2409IND0 - 1
4.3GM
Sriram, Jha
2376IND-GM
Ghosh, Diptayan
2556IND½ - ½
4.4IM
Sharma, Dinesh K.
2274IND-
Koustav, Chatterjee
2332IND½ - ½
Bo.7  Alekhine Chess Club - A -RtgFED-11  Telangana SCARtgFED3½: ½
5.1CM
Aronyak, Ghosh
2324IND-
Sai, Krishna S.
1854IND1 - 0
5.2
Subhayan, Kundu
2354IND-
Bharat, Kumar Reddy Poluri
2252IND1 - 0
5.3
Srijit, Paul
2340IND-
Raghav, Srivathsav V
2042IND1 - 0
5.4
Anustoop, Biswas
2164IND-
Varun, V
2239IND½ - ½

Round 6 results

Bo.2  Airport Authority of IndiaRtgFED-1  PSPBRtgFED1½:2½
1.1GM
Puranik, Abhimanyu
2538IND-GM
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
2636IND½ - ½
1.2GM
Shyam, Sundar M.
2512IND-GM
Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.
2601IND0 - 1
1.3IM
Stany, G.A.
2517IND-GM
Karthikeyan, Murali
2560IND½ - ½
1.4IM
Visakh, N R
2505IND-GM
Sengupta, Deep
2555IND½ - ½
Bo.4  Air IndiaRtgFED-3  Railways SPB - ARtgFED2 : 2
2.1GM
Bakre, Tejas
2443IND-IM
Karthikeyan, P.
2451IND½ - ½
2.2IM
Satyapragyan, Swayangsu
2381IND-GM
Swapnil, S. Dhopade
2488IND½ - ½
2.3IM
Swayams, Mishra
2468IND-IM
Krishna, C R G
2476IND½ - ½
2.4GM
Narayanan, Srinath
2572IND-GM
Deepan, Chakkravarthy J.
2532IND½ - ½
Bo.6  Bengal RedRtgFED-7  Alekhine Chess Club - A -RtgFED2½:1½
3.1FM
Mitrabha, Guha
2340IND-CM
Aronyak, Ghosh
2324IND½ - ½
3.2GM
Neelotpal, Das
2409IND-
Subhayan, Kundu
2354IND½ - ½
3.3GM
Ghosh, Diptayan
2556IND-
Srijit, Paul
2340IND½ - ½
3.4
Koustav, Chatterjee
2332IND-
Anustoop, Biswas
2164IND1 - 0
Bo.20  Andhra Pradesh SA - BRtgFED-5  Railways SPB - BRtgFED½ :3½
4.1
Hemanth, Sankar Reddy Dandu
1775IND-IM
Shyaamnikhil, P
2428IND0 - 1
4.2
Chaitanya, Sairam Mogili
1881IND-GM
Laxman, R.R.
2417IND0 - 1
4.3
Mushini, Ajay
1928IND-IM
Das, Arghyadip
2445IND½ - ½
4.4
Sai, Kiran Y
1776IND-GM
Himanshu, Sharma
2441IND0 - 1
Bo.10  Bengal BlueRtgFED-9  L I CRtgFED2 : 2
5.1
Neelash, Saha
2340IND-IM
Deshmukh, Anup
2259IND1 - 0
5.2
Sarbojit, Paul
2014IND-
Agarwal, Brajesh
1829IND½ - ½
5.3
Kaustuv, Kundu
2311IND-
Gajendra, Singh
1906IND0 - 1
5.4
Saptorshi, Gupta
2053IND-IM
Sharma, Dinesh K.
2274IND½ - ½

PSPB Women takes sole lead at the conclusion of round 4

PSPB Women defeated Air India in a close match with a score of 2.5-1.5 | Photo: Gopakumar Sudhakaran

IM Soumya Swaminathan got a huge space advantage by continuously knocking her opponent's queenside knight around and then it was just a matter of technique to net the full point.

White has a huge space advantage. How should white convert this?

WGM Mary Ann Gomes suffered the only defeat from her team when she got into an inferior opening arising out of TLC system against IM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi

Black just played 28...Qf6. Find out the winning combination for white here

Team Airport Authority of India bounced back with an emphatic victory over Tamil Nadu defeating them by 3.5-0.5 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

All Bihar CA got whitewashed by Bengal Tigresses 0-4 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Round 4 results:

Bo.1  PSPBRtg-2  Air IndiaRtg2½:1½
1.1WGM
Soumya, Swaminathan
2402-WGM
Meenakshi, Subbaraman
21611 - 0
1.2WGM
Gomes, Mary Ann
2317-IM
Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman
23520 - 1
1.3IM
Padmini, Rout
2315-WGM
Kulkarni, Bhakti
23481 - 0
1.4WIM
Pratyusha, Bodda
2275-WGM
Ramaswamy, Aarthie
2004½ - ½
Bo.5  Tamil NaduRtg-3  Airport Authority of IndiaRtg½ :3½
2.1
Abirama Srinithi, G
1668-WIM
Chitlange, Sakshi
21270 - 1
2.2WCM
Jyothsna, L
2115-WIM
Pujari, Rucha
2133½ - ½
2.3
Saranya, Y
1977-WIM
Srija, Seshadri
21760 - 1
2.4
Divya, Lakshmi R
1887-WIM
Parnali, S Dharia
21460 - 1
Bo.7  All Bihar CARtg-4  Bengal TigressesRtg0 : 4
3.1
Kumari, Priti
1254-
Mohana, Sengupta
18340 - 1
3.2
Singh, Neha
1803-WFM
Arpita, Mukherjee
21840 - 1
3.3
Marium, Fatima
1525-WCM
Bristy, Mukherjee
19150 - 1
3.4
Minki, Sinha
1657-
Roy, Pallabi
17850 - 1

Gallery:

Double Header: Stany gets tricked and Aravindh ascends! | Video: Shahid Ahmed
Diptayan talks about beating Karthikeyan Murali unprepared | Video: Shahid Ahmed
GM Srinath Narayanan shares his Kolkata memories | Video: Shahid Ahmed