National Premier 2017 Round 1: Deepan carries his Challengers' form to the Premier!
The Lemon Tree Hotel in Patna, Bihar is witnessing the strongest tournament on Indian soil at this moment - the National Premier 2017. The 14-player round robin event has a rating average of 2480! In the first round we already witnessed some exciting chess as Deepan Chakkravarthy won against Himanshu Sharma and Lalith Babu managed to outfox S. Nitin. Rest of the games ended in draws, but they were not without excitement. We bring you the full report with photographs from Patna and detailed game analysis by IM Sagar Shah.
Deepan Chakkravarthy and Lalith Babu off to a flier
Photos by Dharmendra Kumar
The exciting National Premier Championship kicked off on Saturday, 28th of October, at the Lemon Tree Hotel in Patna, Bihar. Fourteen players will indulge in a round robin tournament that will determine the National Champion. The first round began at 1 p.m. There were some issues with the live broadcast in the first round but it has now been fixed. From round two onwards all games will begin at 10 a.m. There were two decisive games and many interesting moments. Let's dive into some action:
Results of round one:
|1||1||2392||GM||Laxman R.R.||½ - ½||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2516||14|
|2||2||2503||GM||Kunte Abhijit||½ - ½||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2578||13|
|3||3||2573||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||½ - ½||IM||Das Arghyadip||2434||12|
|4||4||2310||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||½ - ½||GM||Debashis Das||2494||11|
|5||5||2477||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||1 - 0||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2510||10|
|6||6||2568||GM||Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan||½ - ½||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||2422||9|
|7||7||2525||GM||Lalith Babu M R||1 - 0||IM||Nitin S.||2415||8|
The most exciting game of the day was definitely the one between Deepan Chakkravarthy, the national challengers champion and Himanshu Sharma. Himanshu played the opening very well with the black pieces and equalized the game. Deepan's every plan was met adequated by Himanshu's counter plan. However, towards the end, the first GM from Haryana faltered and Chakkravarthy scored the full point.
It was every Catalan player's dream position that Lalith got out of the opening against S. Nitin. White's position just plays itself and Lalith didn't have to do anything special to score the victory.
Swapnil won a pawn in this fashion, but immediately went wrong and had to settle for a draw.
The game between S.L. Narayanan and Shyaam Nikhil was moving towards a draw, but suddenly there were some fireworks where Narayanan tried weaving a mating net around black's king with just a rook and a bishop. Shyaam nikhil had to be on his toes to save the half point.
Earlier in the day, the 55th National Premier Chess Championship was inaugurated by Shri Nand Kishore Yadav, Cabinet minister of Road in Govt. of Bihar. He played few moves with Current National Champion Murali Karthikeyan and formally declare the event open. Navin Upadhyay , Coordinator of this Championship has welcomed the gathering. Function was presided over by R. R. Laxmanan , MD (IAS), SBPDCLO and President of Organising committee. Other dignitaries present on the dais S.K. Gupta, Director, Khadi Board, IA R. Anantharam , Chief Arbiter, IA Dharmendra Kumar, Vice-president, ABCA cum Dy. Chief Arbiter. A K Sinha, Hony. Secretary, All Bihar Chess Association delivered the vote of thanks to all the players, officials and parents.
Pairings of round two:
|Round 2 on 2017/10/29 at 10:00 AM|
|1||14||2516||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||IM||Nitin S.||2415||8|
|2||9||2422||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2525||7|
|3||10||2510||GM||Himanshu Sharma||GM||Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan||2568||6|
|4||11||2494||GM||Debashis Das||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2477||5|
|5||12||2434||IM||Das Arghyadip||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||2310||4|
|6||13||2578||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2573||3|
|7||1||2392||GM||Laxman R.R.||GM||Kunte Abhijit||2503||2|