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MCL 2016 02: Navigators navigate it best!

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 12/06/2016

The fourth season of the Maharashtra Chess league 2016 was off to a rocking start as a bucket full of opportunities were grabbed and left behind. Full of interesting games in rapid time controls, this fourth season already saw a leader at the end of the very first round and the leaders do know how to navigate the tournament best — they dominated the second round! Yet another heavily illustrated report.

 

MCL 2016 02: Navigators navigate it best!

The fourth edition of the Maharashtra Chess League (MCL), the only professional league in India, is being held from June 11 -15, 2016 at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune. The six-team event with six players a side will be a rapid tournament (25mins + 05 sec increment) where the teams initially play a round-robin followed by a knockout between four teams to decide the winners.

 

The title sponsor of the event is the Persistent Systems, a technology services company with a revenue of US $ 308 Million in 2014-15, and supported by de Asra Foundation, an entrepreneurship consultancy company, with the support of Amanora Knowledge Foundation, Pune, and IIFL Private Wealth Management. The tournament also has the Bank of Maharashtra and Indian Oil as Associate Sponsors.

You can read the detailed introduction to the teams and the players in the team in this report by V. Saravanan.

Round 02 Report:

Full of interesting games in rapid time controls, this fourth season already saw a leader at the end of the very first round and the leaders do know how to navigate the tournament best — they dominated the second round!

Thane Combatants vs. Jalgaon Battlers

 

Bo. 5 Thane Combatants Rtg - 3 Jalgaon Battlers Rtg 3 : 3
2/1 WGM Soumya, Swaminathan  (w) 2288 - IM Narayanan, Srinath  (b) 2521 0 - 1
2/2 IM Padmini, Rout  (b) 2381 -   Mohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh  (w) 2371 1 - 0
2/3 IM Puranik, Abhimanyu  (w) 2236 - GM Swapnil, S. Dhopade  (b) 2458 0.5
2/4 GM Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.  (b) 2292 - GM Koneru, Humpy  (w) 2500 0.5
2/5   Deshpande, Aniruddha  (w) 2244 -   Aakanksha, Hagawane  (b) 1711 0 - 1
2/6 GM Lalith, Babu M R  (b) 2550 - GM Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan  (w) 2413 1 - 0

 

Jalgaon's GM Koneru Humpy settled for a draw with Thane's Aravindh Chithambaram.

But GM Lalith Babu beat Jalgaon's GM S.L. Narayanan.
[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.6"]
[White "Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan"]
[Black "Lalith, Babu M R"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "2413"]
[BlackElo "2550"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:01:44"]
[BlackClock "0:04:29"]
1. d4 {0} Nf6 {0} 2. Nf3 {0} e6 {0} 3. Bf4 {0} b6 {90} 4. e3 {0} Bb7 {0} 5. Bd3
{28} Be7 {73} 6. h3 {1} O-O {3} 7. Nbd2 {11} c5 {2} 8. c3 {0} Qc8 {118} 9. Rc1
{114} Ba6 {18} 10. c4 {8} Nc6 {4} 11. O-O {10} Rd8 {29} 12. Qa4 {232} d5 {101}
13. Rfd1 {24} Na5 {243} 14. Qc2 {167} Qb7 {46} 15. dxc5 {50} bxc5 {29} 16. Ne5
{0} Nc6 {42} 17. Nxc6 {6} Qxc6 {0} 18. Nf3 {6} Qb6 {9} 19. Bg5 {71} dxc4 {105}
20. Bxh7+ {1} Kf8 {0} 21. Ne5 {6} Qc7 {51} 22. Nf3 {179} Rxd1+ {0} 23. Rxd1 {0}
Rd8 {0} 24. Rc1 {47} Bb7 {19} 25. Bf4 {52} Qa5 {12} 26. Qb1 {59} Bxf3 {58} 27.
gxf3 {0} Nxh7 {23} 28. Qxh7 Bf6 29. Qh5 {79} Kg8 {5} (29... Rd5 30. Qh8+ Ke7
31. Qc8 $11) 30. Be5 {18} Qd2 {72} 31. Rf1 {85} Rd5 {0} 32. f4 {0} Bxe5 {0} 33.
fxe5 {0} Qxb2 {0} 34. Rd1 {0} Rd2 {75} 35. Qf3 {20} c3 {15} 36. Qa8+ {0} Kh7
37. Qe4+ {0} g6 {0} 38. Rxd2 {109} Qxd2 {0} 39. Qf3 {15} Kg8 {0} 40. Qa8+ {0}
Kg7 {0} 41. Qf3 {0} c2 {0} 0-1

 

Md. Nubairhah Shaikh (2371) was outclassed by IM Padmini Rout (2381) of Thane.
[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.2"]
[White "Mohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh"]
[Black "Padmini, Rout"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D35"]
[WhiteElo "2371"]
[BlackElo "2381"]
[PlyCount "128"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:25"]
[BlackClock "0:03:34"]
1. d4 {0} Nf6 {0} 2. c4 {0} e6 {0} 3. Nc3 {0} d5 {9} 4. cxd5 {0} exd5 {0} 5.
Bg5 {0} Be7 {0} 6. e3 {0} c6 {19} 7. Qc2 {0} Nbd7 {0} 8. Bd3 {0} Nf8 {4} 9. Nf3
{20} Ng6 {30} 10. O-O {44} Bg4 {86} 11. Ne5 {11} Nxe5 {17} 12. dxe5 {0} Nd7 {0}
13. Bxe7 {338} Qxe7 {0} 14. h3 {0} Be6 {14} 15. f4 {0} Nc5 {106} 16. Be2 {42}
O-O {262} 17. b4 {298} Na6 {45} 18. a3 {0} Nc7 {86} 19. Bd3 {105} h6 {48} 20.
Qf2 {133} a5 {36} 21. Qg3 {17} axb4 {59} 22. Ne2 {243} Bd7 {47} 23. f5 {69} Qg5
{36} 24. Qxg5 {118} hxg5 {0} 25. axb4 {0} Rfe8 {172} 26. Nd4 {0} Rxe5 {12} 27.
Rxa8+ {0} Nxa8 {0} 28. Ra1 {0} Nb6 {0} 29. Kf2 {0} f6 {4} 30. Ra7 {0} Bc8 {2}
31. g4 {0} Kf8 {8} 32. h4 {41} gxh4 {10} 33. Nf3 {0} Re8 {9} 34. Nxh4 {0} Ke7 {
4} 35. Nf3 {0} Kd6 {0} 36. Nd4 {8} Kc7 {0} 37. Ra1 {0} Rh8 {2} 38. Rc1 {0} Kd6
{4} 39. Kg3 {0} Nd7 {10} 40. Be2 {0} Ne5 {3} 41. Ra1 {0} Bd7 {6} 42. Ra7 {0}
Kc7 {8} 43. Ra1 {0} Kd6 {20} 44. Ra7 {0} Rb8 {0} 45. Ra1 {0} b6 {0} 46. Rh1 {0}
c5 {0} 47. Nb5+ {0} Bxb5 {0} 48. Bxb5 {0} cxb4 {18} 49. Rb1 {0} Kc5 {6} 50. Be2
{0} Nc4 {3} 51. Rb3 {4} Re8 {0} 52. Kf2 {0} Nd2 {34} 53. Rb2 {0} Ne4+ {18} 54.
Kf3 {0} Nc3 {2} 55. Bd3 {0} Ra8 {4} 56. g5 {0} Ra2 {25} 57. Rxa2 {0} Nxa2 {0}
58. e4 {0} dxe4+ {8} 59. Bxe4 {0} b3 {0} 60. gxf6 {0} gxf6 {0} 61. Kg4 {0} b2 {
0} 62. Kh5 {0} Nc3 {0} 63. Bc2 {0} Kd6 {0} 64. Kg6 {0} Ke5 {0} 0-1

IM N. Srinath, former World U12 champion, just as loyal to the Jalgaon team as he is to his IM title (ask him), has been a prolific scorer for the Battlers, striking in almost every game since the very first season.

Before the second round began, the following memorable exchange left the playing arena in splits:

 

Saravanan: Srinath, what have you got to say about your recent surge in ratings, coming so close to the GM title?

 

Srinath: (jokingly) I don't know what you are talking about! The way I see it, I've been stuck at the same place since years!

 

Just when it was needed of him, Srinath produced yet another win, this time against WGM Soumya Swaminathan.

Black to play and win.
[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Soumya, Swaminathan"]
[Black "Narayanan, Srinath"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B94"]
[WhiteElo "2288"]
[BlackElo "2521"]
[PlyCount "96"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:17"]
[BlackClock "0:04:49"]
1. e4 {5} c5 {0} 2. Nf3 {0} d6 {0} 3. d4 {0} cxd4 {0} 4. Nxd4 {0} Nf6 {0} 5.
Nc3 {0} a6 {0} 6. Bg5 {0} Nbd7 {0} 7. Qe2 {20} h6 {0} 8. Bh4 {27} g6 {0} 9. f4
{82} e5 {0} 10. Nf3 {161} Qc7 {0} 11. fxe5 {29} dxe5 {0} 12. O-O-O {6} b5 {198}
13. Nd5 {85} Nxd5 {0} 14. exd5 {10} Bg7 {18} 15. d6 {20} Qa5 {0} 16. Kb1 {47}
O-O {0} 17. Be7 {26} Re8 {0} 18. Nd2 {76} Nc5 {253} 19. Nb3 {85} Nxb3 {2} 20.
axb3 {0} Bd7 {67} 21. g3 {7} f5 {101} 22. Bg2 {16} e4 {0} 23. g4 {6} b4 {53}
24. Qc4+ Kh8 {0} 25. Rd5 {115} Qb6 {0} 26. gxf5 {100} gxf5 {2} 27. Rdd1 {28}
Rac8 {152} 28. Qd5 {112} Rxe7 {89} 29. dxe7 {26} Qf6 {0} 30. Qd4 {32} (30. c3
bxc3 $19) 30... Qxd4 {0} 31. Rxd4 {0} Bxd4 {0} 32. Rd1 {0} Re8 {7} 33. Rxd4 {0}
Rxe7 {0} 34. Kc1 {34} Bc6 {0} 35. Kd1 {59} f4 {0} 36. Rd6 {72} f3 {59} 37. Bf1
{33} Bb7 {47} 38. Bxa6 {96} Bxa6 {39} 39. Rxa6 {0} e3 {0} 40. Rf6 {21} f2 {146}
41. Ke2 {4} Kg7 {0} 42. Rf4 {16} Rf7 {0} 43. Rxf7+ {7} Kxf7 {0} 44. c3 {27} Ke6
{0} 45. c4 {2} Ke5 {0} 46. Kf1 {0} Kd4 {0} 47. Ke2 {0} Ke4 {0} 48. Kf1 {0} Ke5
0-1

 

Thane's IM Abhimanyu Puranik held GM Swapnil Dhopade of Jalgaon to a draw as well.

Thane Combatants were, thus, comfortably ahead 3.0-2.0 and only one game was yet to be decided, yet almost in the pocket.

Aniruddha Deshpande was completely winning against the unheralded Akanksha Hagawane, all set to take Thane to a 4.0-2.0 victory.

White to play and win.

Thane Combatants Aniruddha Deshpande was comfortably ahead a pawn since the middlegame until he lost it. Jalgaon's Hagawane did not continue precisely and handed the advantage back to Deshpande, who now had to find the winning idea in the above position.

 

He didn't. He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. This phenomenon was not witnessed for the first time in the day and was certainly not the last.

[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.5"]
[White "Deshpande, Aniruddha"]
[Black "Aakanksha, Hagawane"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A22"]
[WhiteElo "2244"]
[BlackElo "1711"]
[PlyCount "178"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:01:03"]
[BlackClock "0:01:05"]
1. c4 {0} e5 {0} 2. Nc3 {0} Nf6 {0} 3. g3 {0} d5 {0} 4. cxd5 {0} Nxd5 {0} 5.
Bg2 {0} Nb6 {0} 6. Nf3 {0} Nc6 {0} 7. O-O {0} Be7 {0} 8. d3 {0} O-O {0} 9. Be3
{0} Bg4 {44} 10. Rc1 {0} Qd7 {34} 11. Ne4 {0} Nd5 {47} 12. Bc5 {26} Bxf3 {230}
13. Bxf3 {13} b6 {2} 14. Bxe7 {10} Ncxe7 {0} 15. Nc3 {31} c5 {85} 16. Qb3 {61}
Rad8 {76} 17. Qc4 {0} Qe6 {104} 18. a3 {23} Nxc3 {112} 19. Qxc3 {17} Kh8 {24}
20. b4 {12} cxb4 {24} 21. axb4 {9} f5 {32} 22. Qc4 {62} Qf6 {62} 23. Qc7 {33}
Rc8 {172} 24. Qxa7 {19} e4 {18} 25. Bg2 {159} Rxc1 {38} 26. Rxc1 {0} Nd5 {33}
27. Qa1 {55} Qe7 {80} 28. dxe4 {36} fxe4 {58} 29. Qd4 {14} Nxb4 {84} 30. Qxe4 {
49} Qd6 {12} 31. Rb1 {26} Na6 {12} 32. Qb7 {43} Nb4 {13} 33. Qe4 {176} Na6 {0}
34. Qc6 {1} Qxc6 {3} 35. Bxc6 {0} Rb8 {0} 36. e4 {23} Kg8 {0} 37. f4 {6} Kf7 {0
} 38. Kf2 {1} Ke6 {0} 39. Ke3 {3} Kd6 {0} 40. Bb5 {2} Nc5 {0} 41. e5+ {11} Ke7
{0} 42. Ra1 {26} Nb7 {55} 43. Ra7 {15} Kf8 {17} 44. f5 {59} Nc5 {6} 45. e6 {39}
Rb7 {0} 46. Ra8+ {37} Ke7 {0} 47. g4 {64} Kd6 {3} 48. Rd8+ {61} Ke5 {0} 49. Bc6
{33} Ra7 {0} 50. Rd5+ {9} Kf6 {0} 51. h4 {17} Ra3+ {0} 52. Kd4 {64} Rg3 {5} 53.
g5+ {3} Ke7 {0} 54. Ke5 {38} (54. Rxc5 bxc5+ 55. Ke5 Re3+ 56. Be4 Re1 57. f6+
gxf6+ 58. gxf6+ Ke8 $18) 54... Re3+ {0} 55. Kf4 {0} Re4+ {0} 56. Kf3 {0} Rxh4 {
0} 57. Rd1 {1} h6 {2} 58. Ra1 {6} Rh3+ {1} 59. Kg4 {0} Re3 {0} 60. gxh6 {34} (
60. f6+ gxf6 61. gxh6 Nxe6 62. h7 f5+ 63. Kxf5 Rh3 64. Rh1 Nd4+ 65. Kg4 Rxh7
66. Rxh7+ $18) 60... gxh6 {0} 61. Ra7+ {12} Kd6 {0} 62. Bb5 {6} Re5 {0} 63. Ra1
{11} h5+ {0} 64. Kf4 Re4+ {0} 65. Kf3 {13} Re5 {0} 66. Rd1+ {0} Ke7 {0} 67. Kf4
{0} Re4+ {0} 68. Kg5 {0} Nxe6+ 69. fxe6 {0} Re5+ {0} 70. Kh4 {9} Rxb5 {0} 71.
Re1 {0} Rc5 {0} 72. Kg3 {8} Rf5 {0} 73. Rb1 {0} b5 {0} 74. Re1 {0} b4 {0} 75.
Rb1 {0} Rb5 {0} 76. Kf4 {0} Kxe6 {0} 77. Ke4 {0} b3 {0} 78. Kd4 {0} b2 {0} 79.
Kc3 {0} Kf5 {0} 80. Kc2 {0} Rc5+ {0} 81. Kd2 {0} Rb5 {0} 82. Kc2 {0} Kg4 {0}
83. Rg1+ {0} Kf3 {0} 84. Kb1 {0} h4 {0} 85. Rg8 {0} h3 {0} 86. Rf8+ {0} Kg4 {0}
87. Rg8+ {0} Rg5 {0} 88. Rh8 {0} Rh5 {0} 89. Rg8+ {0} Kh4 {0} 0-1

 

Hagawane's win helped Jalgaon tie the score with 3.0-3.0.

Mumbai Movers vs. Pune Sangli Navigators

Bo. 1 Mumbai Movers Rtg - 2 Pune Sangli Navigators Rtg 1 : 5
3/1 GM Gupta, Abhijeet  (w) 2583 - WGM Gomes, Mary Ann  (b) 2337 1 - 0
3/2   Kulkarni, Rakesh  (b) 2329 - GM Adhiban, B.  (w) 2644 0 - 1
3/3 WIM Vaishali, R  (w) 2046 - FM Thakur, Akash  (b) 2215 0 - 1
3/4 IM Kulkarni, Vikramaditya  (b) 2376 - GM Kunte, Abhijit  (w) 2467 0 - 1
3/5 GM Ghosh, Diptayan  (w) 2495 - IM Udeshi, Aditya  (b) 2420 0 - 1
3/6 WGM Swati, Ghate  (b) 2264 - WFM Varshini, V  (w) 1845 0 - 1

Mumbai Movers has been an experienced team over the years and have a very strong man to led their charge — GM Abhijeet Gupta. He destroyed Navigators' Mary Ann Gomes in spectacular fashion.

Black had just closed the kingside with ...g5, or so she thought. White to play.
[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Gupta, Abhijeet"]
[Black "Gomes, Mary Ann"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B06"]
[WhiteElo "2583"]
[BlackElo "2337"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:01:26"]
[BlackClock "0:00:07"]
1. d4 {0} g6 {0} 2. e4 {0} Bg7 {0} 3. c4 {0} c6 {0} 4. Nc3 {4} d6 {0} 5. Be3 {
11} Nf6 {0} 6. f3 {0} Nbd7 {14} 7. Qd2 {0} e5 {44} 8. Nge2 {0} exd4 {11} 9.
Nxd4 {0} O-O {8} 10. O-O-O {0} Re8 {51} 11. Bh6 {24} Nc5 {258} 12. Bxg7 {38}
Kxg7 {0} 13. g4 {0} Ne6 {229} 14. h4 {21} Nxd4 {215} 15. Qxd4 {0} Qb6 {0} 16.
Qd2 {58} Qc5 {36} 17. h5 {1} g5 {127} 18. Nd5 {181} cxd5 {202} 19. Qxg5+ Kf8
20. Qxf6 {4} dxe4 {0} 21. Qh6+ {0} Ke7 {0} 22. Rd5 {27} Qb4 {0} 23. a3 {17} Qb6
{2} 24. Qg5+ {181} Kf8 {0} 25. fxe4 {196} Rxe4 {69} 26. c5 {89} dxc5 {37} 27.
Bd3 {0} Rd4 {34} 28. Rxd4 {427} cxd4 {0} 29. Bc4 {0} Be6 {74} 30. Qh6+ {70} Ke8
{47} 31. Re1 {36} Rc8 {0} 32. b3 {0} Qxb3 {32} 33. Rxe6+ {0} Kd7 {2} 34. Rd6+ {
5} Ke8 {0} 35. Re6+ {11} Kd7 {0} 36. Rd6+ {0} Ke8 {0} 37. Rd8+ {0} Kxd8 {0} 38.
Qf8+ {2} Kd7 {1} 39. Qxf7+ {11} Kd6 1-0

 

 

Surprisingly, that was the only point for Mumbai! Akash Thakur won yet again, this time against the talented youngster Vaishali R.

Black has oodles of compensation for his sacrificed piece. Vaishali, playing white, had only one way to defend the position.

She did not find 41.f3! that would have held the game. She instead chose 41.Nxe5, which loses on the spot.

[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.3"]
[White "Vaishali, R."]
[Black "Thakur, Akash"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C49"]
[WhiteElo "2046"]
[BlackElo "2215"]
[PlyCount "136"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bb4 5. O-O O-O 6. d3 d6 7. Ne2 Ne7 8. c3
Ba5 9. Ng3 c6 10. Ba4 Ng6 11. d4 Bc7 12. Re1 Re8 13. h3 Bd7 14. Bb3 h6 15. Qc2
Qe7 16. Nf5 Qf8 17. N3h4 Nxh4 18. Nxh4 Be6 19. dxe5 dxe5 20. Be3 Rad8 21. a4
Bb6 22. a5 Bxe3 23. Rxe3 Qd6 24. Bxe6 Rxe6 25. Nf5 Qd7 26. Ree1 Kh7 27. Rad1
Qc7 28. Rxd8 Qxd8 29. b4 g6 30. Ne3 Nh5 31. g3 Re7 32. Ng4 f6 33. Qc1 g5 34.
Ne3 Rd7 35. Re2 Nf4 36. Rc2 Nxh3+ 37. Kh2 Nf4 38. gxf4 gxf4 39. Nc4 f5 40. Qf1
Rd3 41. Nxe5 (41. f3 fxe4 42. Qh3 Qf6 43. Rd2 Rxd2+ 44. Nxd2 e3 45. Ne4 $11)
41... Qh4+ 42. Kg1 Qg5+ 43. Kh2 Qh5+ 44. Kg1 Rh3 45. Qxh3 Qxh3 46. f3 fxe4 47.
fxe4 f3 48. Nd3 Qg4+ 49. Kf1 Qxe4 50. Ne1 Qe3 51. c4 Qb3 52. b5 cxb5 53. cxb5
Qxb5+ 54. Kf2 Qxa5 55. Nxf3 b5 56. Nd4 b4 57. Ke3 Qe5+ 58. Kd3 a5 59. Re2 Qc7
60. Rc2 Qf7 61. Rb2 Qf1+ 62. Ke4 a4 63. Kd5 b3 64. Re2 Qf7+ 65. Kd6 a3 66. Ne6
b2 67. Re1 Qxe6+ 68. Kxe6 a2 0-1

Mumbai's IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni lost a pawn and eventually the game against Navigators' GM Abhijit Kunte.

Young Varshini V. too eliminated WGM Swati Ghate to make the score 4.0-1.0 in the favour of the Pune Sangli Navigators!

IM Aditya Udeshi is playing a competitive tournament after quite a while, but he has shown no signs of rust — after outplaying IM Padmini Rout in the first round, he beat Mumbai's GM Diptayan Ghosh after the latter just blundered two pawns in the opening.

Thus, Pune Sangli navigators pummelled Mumbai MOvers 5.0-1.0! They had earlier won the first round .-2.0 againt the Thane Combatants.

[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.5"]
[White "Ghosh, Diptayan"]
[Black "Udeshi, Aditya"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A45"]
[WhiteElo "2495"]
[BlackElo "2420"]
[PlyCount "113"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:03:36"]
[BlackClock "0:00:55"]
1. d4 {0} Nf6 {0} 2. Bg5 {0} e6 {0} 3. Nd2 {0} c5 {5} 4. e4 {0} cxd4 {121} 5.
e5 {0} Qa5 {65} 6. Ngf3 {57} Ne4 {30} 7. Bf4 {0} Bb4 {59} 8. Bd3 {6} Nxd2 {16}
9. Nxd2 {91} Nc6 {0} 10. O-O {5} Bxd2 {3} 11. Bxd2 {0} Qxe5 {0} 12. Re1 {0} Qf6
{0} 13. Qh5 {0} h6 {116} 14. Re4 {0} Qg6 {213} 15. Qc5 {160} f5 {95} 16. Re2 {
12} Kf7 {98} 17. b4 {19} a6 {34} 18. Rae1 {5} Qf6 {108} 19. Bf4 {2} b6 {279}
20. Qxb6 {183} e5 {0} 21. Bd2 {179} e4 {96} 22. Bc4+ {0} Kg6 {0} 23. Qc5 {91}
Bb7 {53} 24. Bd5 {239} Rhe8 {48} 25. Bf4 {198} Rac8 {0} 26. Qb6 Ba8 {11} 27.
Rd1 {10} d3 {0} 28. Re3 {21} Nd4 {0} 29. Rg3+ {22} Kh7 {0} 30. Qxf6 {2} gxf6 {0
} 31. Bf7 {0} Ne2+ {0} 32. Kf1 {0} Nxg3+ {0} 33. hxg3 {0} Re7 {0} 34. Bb3 {0}
dxc2 35. Rc1 d5 {0} 36. Rxc2 {0} Rxc2 {0} 37. Bxc2 {0} d4 {0} 38. a4 {0} Bd5 {0
} 39. Ke1 {0} Re6 {0} 40. Bd1 {0} Rb6 {2} 41. Bd2 {0} Kg6 {0} 42. Be2 {0} d3 {0
} 43. Bd1 {0} Kf7 {0} 44. Bc3 {0} Ke6 45. Kd2 Rb8 {0} 46. Bh5 {0} Bb3 {0} 47.
a5 {0} Bd5 {0} 48. Bd1 {0} Bc4 {6} 49. Bh5 {0} Rg8 {0} 50. Bd4 {0} f4 {0} 51.
g4 {0} f5 {0} 52. g3 {0} e3+ {0} 53. fxe3 {0} fxg3 {0} 54. gxf5+ {0} Kxf5 {0}
55. Bf3 {0} g2 {0} 56. e4+ {0} Kf4 {0} 57. Bd1 0-1

Pune TruMasters vs. Ahmednagar Checkers

Bo. 6 Pune TruMasters Rtg - 4 Ahmednagar Checkers Rtg 3 : 3
1/1   Raja, Harshit  (w) 2058 - IM Tania, Sachdev  (b) 2368 0.5
1/2 WFM Pujari, Rucha  (b) 2143 - WGM Kulkarni, Bhakti  (w) 2319 .5
1/3 IM Karavade, Eesha  (w) 2379 - GM Gagare, Shardul  (b) 2388 0 - 1
1/4 GM Sethuraman, S.P.  (b) 2541 - GM Sasikiran, Krishnan  (w) 2660 0.5
1/5 IM Swayams, Mishra  (w) 2539 - IM Sagar, Shah  (b) 2293 0.5
1/6 GM Vishnu, Prasanna. V  (b) 2420 -   Dodeja, Pawan  (w) 2152 1 - 0

Pune's GM Vishnu Prasanna (2420) has been having a torrid month and badly needed a win, and he got it against Ahmednagar's Pawan Dodeja where White did everything that White shouldn't do in a Najdorf.
[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.6"]
[White "Dodeja, Pawan"]
[Black "Vishnu, Prasanna. V"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B90"]
[WhiteElo "2152"]
[BlackElo "2420"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:04:04"]
[BlackClock "0:14:15"]
1. e4 {0} c5 {0} 2. Nf3 {0} d6 {0} 3. d4 {0} cxd4 {0} 4. Nxd4 {0} Nf6 {0} 5.
Nc3 {0} a6 {0} 6. Be3 {0} e5 {0} 7. Nb3 {0} Be6 {0} 8. f3 {0} Nbd7 {0} 9. Qd2 {
0} b5 {0} 10. g4 {78} b4 {0} 11. Nd5 {97} Bxd5 {0} 12. exd5 {0} Nb6 {0} 13.
Bxb6 {233} Qxb6 {0} 14. O-O-O {0} Be7 {0} 15. Qd3 {36} O-O {0} 16. Nd2 {0} a5 {
1} 17. Ne4 {19} a4 {32} 18. Kb1 {12} Rfc8 {80} 19. Qb5 {74} Qc7 {12} 20. Bd3 {
347} a3 {38} 21. Nxf6+ {38} Bxf6 {2} 22. Bf5 {0} Rcb8 {86} 23. Qc6 {14} Qe7 {
314} 24. b3 {51} e4 {19} 25. Rhe1 {228} Qe5 {64} 26. c3 {0} bxc3 {0} 27. Rxe4 {
29} Qxh2 0-1

Pune's IM Eesha Karavade (2379) could not hold GM Shardul Gagare's onslaught with the black pieces, tying the score 1.0-1.0.
[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.3"]
[White "Karavade, Eesha"]
[Black "Gagare, Shardul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A13"]
[WhiteElo "2379"]
[BlackElo "2388"]
[PlyCount "110"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:11"]
[BlackClock "0:02:55"]
1. Nf3 {0} Nf6 {4} 2. c4 {0} e6 {0} 3. g3 {0} d5 {0} 4. Bg2 {0} dxc4 {0} 5.
Qa4+ {0} c6 {0} 6. Qxc4 {0} b5 {0} 7. Qc2 {5} Bb7 {0} 8. O-O {0} Nbd7 {0} 9.
Nc3 {50} Rc8 {21} 10. d4 {21} b4 {77} 11. Ne4 {167} c5 {0} 12. Nxf6+ {0} Nxf6 {
0} 13. dxc5 {105} Bxc5 {0} 14. Qa4+ {0} Bc6 {0} 15. Qa6 {0} O-O {23} 16. Bf4 {0
} Qe7 {97} 17. Rac1 {59} Bb7 {199} 18. Qb5 {43} Nd5 {28} 19. Ne5 {193} a6 {111}
20. Qd7 {76} Rfd8 {12} 21. Qxe7 {1} Bxe7 {0} 22. Nc4 {158} Rc5 {103} 23. Ne3 {
99} Nxf4 {88} 24. gxf4 {0} Bxg2 {0} 25. Kxg2 {0} Ra5 {49} 26. Nc4 {170} Rxa2 {0
} 27. Ra1 {9} Rxa1 {5} 28. Rxa1 {0} Rd4 {0} 29. b3 {18} Rxf4 {0} 30. Rxa6 {0}
g5 {2} 31. Rc6 {16} Rf5 {52} 32. h3 {33} h5 {25} 33. Kg3 {20} Rd5 {26} 34. Kg2
{10} Kg7 {15} 35. Rc7 {5} Kf8 {71} 36. Rc8+ {0} Rd8 {8} 37. Rc7 {34} f6 {80}
38. Rc6 {44} Kf7 {0} 39. Rc7 {0} Rd5 {46} 40. Ra7 {32} f5 {15} 41. Rb7 {51} g4
{53} 42. Ra7 {19} Kf6 {13} 43. Ra8 {20} Rd1 {14} 44. Ra2 {20} Bc5 {5} 45. Rc2 {
5} Bd4 {1} 46. e3 {3} Bc3 {0} 47. Ra2 {3} Rb1 {0} 48. Na5 {0} h4 {0} 49. Rc2 {0
} Kg5 {1} 50. Re2 {0} e5 {1} 51. Rc2 {0} e4 {22} 52. Re2 {0} f4 {61} 53. exf4+
{0} Kxf4 {0} 54. Re3 {4} Bd4 {0} 55. Re2 {0} g3 {0} 0-1

 

Everything is fair in time trouble. Ahmednagar's IM Sagar Shah, playing the black pieces, had gobbled Pune's IM Swayams Mishra's piece and had converted fairly well.

With the score tied 1.0-1.0 between Pune and Ahmednagar, three games ended in draws. Sagar was a piece ahead, and Ahmednagar was smelling an important win.

Black to play.

Mate in one? You found it? You could have helped Ahmednagar win this round, because a tired Sagar didn't find the move and was held to a draw! Ahmednagar was held 2.0-2.0 by Pune. Where else but in the MCL can you snatch a draw from the jaws of victory?

[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "2.5"]
[White "Swayams, Mishra"]
[Black "Sagar, Shah"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D34"]
[WhiteElo "2539"]
[BlackElo "2293"]
[PlyCount "118"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:01:55"]
[BlackClock "0:00:10"]
1. d4 {0} d5 {0} 2. c4 {1} e6 {0} 3. Nc3 {1} c5 {0} 4. cxd5 {2} exd5 {0} 5. Nf3
{0} Nc6 {0} 6. g3 {0} Nf6 {0} 7. Bg2 {0} Be7 {0} 8. O-O {0} O-O {0} 9. Bg5 {24}
cxd4 {0} 10. Nxd4 {0} h6 {0} 11. Bf4 {0} Bg4 {15} 12. h3 {0} Be6 {2} 13. Rc1 {
59} Rc8 {107} 14. Nxe6 {102} fxe6 {0} 15. e4 {0} d4 {85} 16. e5 {0} dxc3 {48}
17. exf6 {0} Bxf6 {37} 18. bxc3 {0} Qxd1 {63} 19. Rfxd1 {0} Na5 {104} 20. Rd6 {
97} Rfe8 {119} 21. Bf3 {87} g5 {153} 22. Be3 {0} Nc4 {41} 23. Rd7 {6} Ne5 {30}
24. Rxb7 {15} Nxf3+ {0} 25. Kg2 {0} Ne5 {9} 26. Rxa7 {4} Nd3 {16} 27. Rb1 {32}
Re7 {37} 28. Ra3 {136} Rxc3 {55} 29. Rb8+ {3} Kh7 {2} 30. Rxc3 {50} Bxc3 {0}
31. Rb3 {0} Rc7 {15} 32. a4 {4} Ne5 {174} 33. Rb5 {59} Nc4 {11} 34. Bc5 {20} e5
{46} 35. Kf3 {135} Rd7 {103} 36. Kg4 {131} Kg6 {14} 37. f4 {24} e4 {40} 38. f5+
{0} Kf6 {26} 39. h4 {92} Ne5+ {46} 40. Kh5 {4} Bd4 {49} 41. Bb4 {118} g4 {14}
42. a5 {10} Kxf5 {2} 43. a6 {0} Ra7 {17} 44. Rd5 {0} Bb2 {7} 45. Rd6 {3} e3 {0}
46. Bc5 {23} e2 {0} 47. Bxa7 {0} e1=Q {0} 48. Bc5 {0} Qa5 {1} 49. a7 {0} Qxc5 {
3} 50. Ra6 {36} Qe7 {3} 51. a8=Q {1} Qf7+ {0} 52. Kxh6 {8} Nd7 {0} 53. Ra5+ {85
} Be5 {0} 54. Rxe5+ {26} Nxe5 {0} 55. h5 {0} Qf6+ {0} 56. Kh7 {0} Qf7+ {0} 57.
Kh6 {0} Qf6+ {0} 58. Kh7 {0} Nf7 {0} 59. Qd5+ {0} Ne5 {0} 1/2-1/2 

 

 

The debutants Pune Sangli Nok-99 Navigators have become early leaders  followed by Jalgaon battlers and Pune TruMasters.
The spectators, eager to know the results.
Thi giant playing set has attracted the attention of a lot of youngsters.
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