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Rathanvel, Manish and Niharika lead National Under 17

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/10/2017

Dr. N. Mahalingam 28th National Under-17 Open and Girls Chess Championships 2017 began on 24th October 2017 at Kumaraguru College of Technology in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. World Youth Silver Medal winners Arjun Erigaisi and Sakshi Chitlange are the top seeds of the tournament in Open and Girls category respectively. Over 170 players across the country are participating in a 9-day, 11 round tournament. Here is a report of rounds 1 to 4 with photographs by K Sathish Kumar. Rathanvel and Manish Cristiano lead in the open section with 4.0/4, and Niharika is the sole leader in girls section with the same score.

The inauguration ceremony was held in presence of Chief Guest Dr M Manickam, President of TNSCA, Guest of Honor Mr Bharat Singh Chauhan, Hon. Secretary of AICF, Mr P Stephen Balaswamy, General Secretary of TNSCA and many other dignitaries of Kumaraguru college of technology.

AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan makes the inaugural moves | Photo: K Sathish Kumar

Round 1: Saurabh Anand, Nitish Belurkar and Kumar Gaurav were held to a draw

Saurabh Anand of Bihar, had to split the point with Hari R Chandran of Kerala in a Sicilian Najdorf opening after he missed an opportunity and played 21. Rg1 instead of 21. Bxf6 and then his opponent missed multiple winning opportunities.

Bhoopnath of Bihar, held 632 ELO points higher rated FM Nitish Belurkar of Goa to a draw without giving any real chance.

Among the girls, only Kalaiarasi D Pasubathi of Tamil Nadu caused an upset as she held WFM Bommini Mounika Akshaya of Andhra Pradesh to a draw.

Handshake in chess means, I respect you irrespective of the result | Photo: K Sathish Kumar

Round 2: Top seed Arjun Erigaisi held to a draw and Tarini Goyal shocked by Senthamizh Yazhini S

Arjun Erigaisi of Telangana had to settle for a draw against AGM  Rathneesh R of Tamil Nadu in a Benko Gambit after Arjun missed an opportunity to gain clear advantage with 17. a5

Siba Visal R of Tamil Nadu defeated FM Jeet Jain of Gujarat in a Closed Catalan Opening, after Jeet Jain lost his Bishop for two pawns when Siba played 22. b3

Chaitanya Sairam Mogili of Andhra Pradesh defeated Hari Madhavan M B of Tamil Nadu in a French Defence Exchange Variation, although Chaitanya offered a repetition with the move 25. Nd6 for the second consecutive time, which his opponent declined by playing 25...Raf8. Madhavan blundered his knight in the next move with 26...Nc8 and lost the game in another 12 moves.

Dhananjay S of Chattisgarh survived a scare after he blundered his knight when he played 19. Na4 against Kishore Kumar Jaganathan of Tamil Nadu in a Symmetrical English Opening. Kishore did not capitalize and the game ended up in a draw.

Dileep Kumar R of Tamil Nadu was held by Shuban Saha of West Bengal in Sicilian Defence Pelikan Variation. Dileep missed a winning opportunity with 25. Rxd6 instead he opted for 25. Kf1 which still maintained his advantage. However when Dileep played 28. Nxd6, he equalized the game. Go through the analysis below to find out what he missed.

Aswin Kumar B S of Tamil Nadu split points with Pruthu Deshpande of Maharashtra in a Trompowsky Attack.

Senthamizh Yazhini S of Tamil Nadu shocked Tarini Goyal of Chandigarh in Sicilian Defence Maroczy Bind variation when Tarini blundered a pawn with 12...b5 which Yazhini obviously capitalized. Check the analysis below (The game is incomplete due to some technical error):

Round 3: Arjun Erigaisi suffers a loss and Arpita Mukherjee held by V Toshali

Inaugural move is played on Round 3 on Board No.1 in Open group | Photo: K Sathish Kumar

Day 3 is inaugurated by making a move on Board No.1 in the Girls group | Photo: K Sathish Kumar

Reigning National Under 13 Champion Raja Rithvik R of Telengana had to be content with a draw against Cheela Naga Sampath of Andhra Pradesh in a Dutch Defence after Rithvik made a wrong exchange with 23.cxd5. Here is the analysis:

Top Arjun Erigaisi suffered a terrible loss against Chaitanya Sairam Mogili in a Semi-Slav: Meran System. Arjun launched an ambitious attack against which his opponent succumbed, however Arjun could not take advantage of it by playing 16. Nxe6. Instead he played 16. Qh3 and lost all chances.


Toshali V of Andhra Pradesh held Arpita Mukherjee of West Bengal to a draw in an English Opening Four Knights variation. The full game is missing due to some error.

Arpita Mukherjee was held to a draw by Toshali V | Photo: K Sathish Kumar

Round 4: Rathanvel VS, Manish Anto Cristiano F and Niharika Ch lead with 100% score

Arunachalam Shivaa T V of Tamil Nadu held Mitrabha Guha of West Bengal to a draw in a Caro-Kann Exchange Variation, Panov-Botvinnik attack.

Niharika Ch of Andhra Pradesh defeated Jyosthna L of Tamil Nadu in French Defence Classical Variaition and moved into the leading position after round 4. The game is incomplete due to some technical error

Pairings of Open category

Round 5 on 2017/10/27 at 09.30 AM

Bo.No.NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/CityNo.
138Manish Anto Cristiano F1789Tamil Nadu44FMRathanvel V S2319Tamil Nadu3
22FMMitrabha Guha2328West BengalCheela Naga Sampath1873Andhra Pradesh27
310CMRaja Rithvik R2237TelanganaArunachalam Shivaa T V1947Tamil Nadu21
44Saurabh Anand2288Bihar3Sibi Visal R1848Tamil Nadu31
56FMJeet Jain2274Gujarat33AGMJubin Jimmy1936Kerala23
626Deota Snehil S1877Karnataka33Kumar Gaurav2274Bihar7
724Harshavardhan G B1929Tamil Nadu33Dhananjay S2248Chhattisgarh9
828Aryan B Joshi1867AICF B33Dileep Kumar R2182Tamil Nadu11
914Utsab Chatterjee2053West Bengal33Hari R Chandran1658Kerala57
1033Chaitanya Sairam Mogili1837Andhra Pradesh33Nithin Babu2035Kerala17

Pairings of Girls category

Round 5 on 2017/10/27 at 09.30 AM

Bo.No.NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/CityNo.
11WIMChitlange Sakshi2248Maharashtra4Niharika Ch1578Andhra Pradesh17
27Harshita Guddanti2045Andhra PradeshWFMArpita Mukherjee2210West Bengal2
311Toshali V1803Andhra PradeshWIMTejaswini Sagar2071Gujarat4
43WCMJyothsna L2121Tamil Nadu3Kavisha S Shah1575Gujarat18
55WFMTarini Goyal2062Chandigarh33Tarunika P1543Tamil Nadu22
616Abirama Srinithi G1583Tamil Nadu33Priyanka K2046AICF6
728Benasir M1499Tamil Nadu33Bhanot Stuti1805Haryana10
89WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya1810Andhra Pradesh3Dalli Shriya Reddy1105Telangana51
923Jegatha B1541Tamil NaduSunyuktha C M N1941Tamil Nadu8
1024Senthamizh Yazhini S1534Tamil NaduRajashree Rajeev1676Kerala1