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MCL 2016 01: beginning with a bang!

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 11/06/2016

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. A heavily illustrated report.

MCL 2016 01: beginning with a bang!

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 01 Report:

Remember how we showed you in our previous report the making of a chess tournament playing arena? Well, here are some impressions of the hall and the way it looks like now:

The 'chess court' where the teams battle each other.

The arena consists of three such 'chess courts' where the six teams battle it out. This is before the rounds were set to begin.

And this after the games began!

Team Pairings for the first round.

V. Saravanan peppering Adhiban with some fun questions before the games began.

Mumbai Movers vs. Pune TruMasters:

Bo. 1 Mumbai Movers Rtg - 6 Pune TruMasters Rtg 2½:3½
1/1   Kulkarni, Rakesh  (w) 2329 - IM Swayams, Mishra  (b) 2539 0 - 1
1/2 WGM Swati, Ghate  (b) 2264 -   Raja, Harshit  (w) 2058 0 - 1
1/3 GM Gupta, Abhijeet  (w) 2583 - WFM Pujari, Rucha  (b) 2143 1 - 0
1/4 WIM Vaishali, R  (b) 2046 - GM Sethuraman, S.P.  (w) 2541 0 - 1
1/5 GM Ghosh, Diptayan  (w) 2495 - GM Vishnu, Prasanna. V  (b) 2420 1 - 0
1/6 IM Kulkarni, Vikramaditya  (b) 2376 - IM Karavade, Eesha  (w) 2379 ½ - ½
IM Swayams Mishra of Pune took out Rakesh Kulkarni with the black pieces.

The final score reads 2.5-3.5 in Pune's favour. In light of this, it makes sense to find out what went wrong.

Time Pressure: What was better 49.g3 or 9.g4?

Swayams, playing black, was comfortably ahead for most of the game until they landed here. Rakesh played the erroneous 49.g4 and lost due to 49... Qd1+ 50. Kh2 Qd4 51. Qe6+  Qd6+ CHECK!. Had he played 49.g3 instead, Rakesh could have held a draw by repetition!

 

The lost half point proved crucial in the end as Mumbai went down to Pune by the same margin!

[Event "Maharashtra Chess League 2016"]
[Site "Maharashtra"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kulkarni, Rakesh"]
[Black "Swayams, Mishra"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C01"]
[WhiteElo "2345"]
[BlackElo "2465"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "110"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]
1. e4 {2} e6 {5} 2. d4 {8} d5 {7} 3. exd5 {9} exd5 {7} 4. c4 {7} Nf6 {10} 5.
Nc3 {7} Be7 {8} 6. Bd3 {8} Nc6 {45} 7. Nge2 {11} Nb4 {24} 8. Bb1 {75} dxc4 {14}
9. Nf4 {22} c6 {19} 10. O-O {16} Nbd5 {54} 11. Re1 {27} O-O {27} 12. Nh5 {332}
Bg4 {101} 13. Nxf6+ {34} Nxf6 {8} 14. Qc2 {25} g6 {152} 15. h3 {74} Be6 {25}
16. Bh6 {75} Re8 {11} 17. Qd2 {118} c5 {85} 18. Ne2 {266} Qd7 {210} 19. Bc2 {17
} Rad8 {231} 20. Rad1 {31} Bf5 {59} 21. Qc1 {80} Bxc2 {249} 22. Qxc2 {7} Qb5 {
32} 23. Nc3 {147} Qc6 {26} 24. d5 {70} Nxd5 {99} 25. Nxd5 {28} Rxd5 {11} 26.
Rxd5 {71} Qxd5 {7} 27. Re3 {10} f6 {150} 28. Qe2 {9} Kf7 {10} 29. a4 {36} b6 {
23} 30. Bf4 {59} a6 {14} 31. h4 {67} b5 {9} 32. a5 {8} Qc6 {29} 33. Qg4 {63}
Bf8 {15} 34. Rf3 {6} Bd6 {31} 35. h5 {12} Bxf4 {17} 36. Qxf4 {6} Kg7 {16} 37.
hxg6 {15} hxg6 {7} 38. Rh3 {6} Rh8 {19} 39. Rxh8 {16} Kxh8 {6} 40. Qh6+ {6} Kg8
{6} 41. Qxg6+ {5} Kf8 {6} 42. Qh7 {9} Qd6 {17} 43. Qh8+ {7} Kf7 {7} 44. Qh7+ {6
} Ke6 {8} 45. Qe4+ {6} Kf7 {16} 46. Qh7+ {6} Ke8 {9} 47. Qg8+ {8} Kd7 {5} 48.
Qf7+ {7} Kc6 {10} 49. g4 {14} (49. g3 $1 Qd1+ 50. Kh2 Qd4 51. Qe6+ Qd6 52. Qc8+
Kd5 53. Qf5+ Kd4 54. Qg4+ Ke5 (54... Kd3 55. Qd1+ {And laugh our loud.}) 55.
Qf4+ Ke6 56. Qe4+ Kf7 57. Qh7+) 49... Qd1+ {9} 50. Kh2 {6} Qd4 {15} 51. Qe6+ {7
} Qd6+ {6} 52. Qxd6+ {15} Kxd6 {6} 53. Kg3 {24} b4 {6} 54. Kf3 {6} c3 {8} 55.
bxc3 {7} b3 {6} 0-1

 

Harshit Raja (Pune) vs. Swati Ghate (Mumbai)

Black had a fine position until she blundered horribly with 20...Qxc2?? Harshit just needed to play 21.Rc1 to trap Swati's queen and her team Mumbai in a precarious position.

GM Abhijeet Gupta (2562) outplayed WFM Rucha Pujari (2143) to pull one back for Mumbai.

As did GM Diptayan Ghosh (2495) by beating GM Vishnu Prasanna (2420)

Vishnu, donning the black pieces, just went ...c4 attacking Ghosh's rook. What cunning reply did Mumbai's Ghosh have in store for Black?

Ghosh simply went 43. Qxb5!, because 43...Qxa3 44. Qd7+! and white is winning.

[Event "Maharashtra Chess League 2016"]
[Site "Maharashtra"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Ghosh, Diptayan"]
[Black "Vishnu Prasanna V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D71"]
[WhiteElo "2562"]
[BlackElo "2524"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "145"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]
1. d4 {3} Nf6 {1} 2. c4 {6} g6 {7} 3. g3 {7} Bg7 {6} 4. Bg2 {7} O-O {10} 5. Nc3
{5} c5 {7} 6. d5 {18} d6 {7} 7. Nf3 {7} e6 {7} 8. O-O {6} exd5 {7} 9. cxd5 {6}
Re8 {29} 10. Bf4 {8} Na6 {56} 11. Nd2 {74} Nh5 {12} 12. Be3 {6} Rxe3 {14} 13.
fxe3 {6} Qe7 {22} 14. Nc4 {45} Nc7 {37} 15. a4 {14} Nf6 {65} 16. Qd3 {87} Bd7 {
264} 17. Rf4 {84} Ng4 {209} 18. Raf1 {100} Rf8 {22} 19. Kh1 {34} Ne5 {47} 20.
Nxe5 {8} Bxe5 {6} 21. R4f2 {106} Ne8 {31} 22. Ne4 {109} h5 {134} 23. Nd2 {25}
Nf6 {36} 24. Bf3 {47} Bxa4 {49} 25. Qa3 {80} Bb5 {65} 26. Qxa7 {18} Ba6 {185}
27. Qb6 {39} Nd7 {52} 28. Qb3 {8} Kg7 {20} 29. Be4 {78} Nf6 {12} 30. Bf3 {38}
Nd7 {22} 31. Be4 {41} Nf6 {111} 32. Bf3 {66} Rh8 {56} 33. Qc2 {63} b5 {40} 34.
Ne4 {57} Nxd5 {61} 35. Qd2 {21} Bb7 {23} 36. Nxc5 {23} dxc5 {7} 37. Bxd5 {6}
Bxd5+ {12} 38. Qxd5 {6} f6 {8} 39. Rd1 {43} Rc8 {23} 40. Rf3 {63} Bxb2 {24} 41.
e4 {6} Be5 {11} 42. Ra3 {6} c4 {19} 43. Qxb5 {21} Qxa3 {29} 44. Qd7+ {5} Kh6 {8
} 45. Qxc8 {6} c3 {16} 46. h4 {33} f5 {21} 47. exf5 {74} Qa4 {6} 48. Qf8+ {57}
Bg7 {16} 49. Qd8 {13} Qe4+ {6} 50. Kg1 {6} Qxf5 {39} 51. Rf1 {36} Qc5+ {6} 52.
Kh2 {14} Qe3 {20} 53. Qd3 {52} Bd4 {7} 54. Qd1 {45} Be5 {12} 55. Rf3 {6} Qe4 {6
} 56. Kg1 {24} Bd4+ {6} 57. Kf1 {7} Qg4 {10} 58. Ke1 {32} Qe4 {12} 59. Qd3 {8}
Qe5 {11} 60. Kd1 {16} Qb8 {15} 61. Rf4 {30} Be5 {8} 62. Rc4 {7} Qb3+ {13} 63.
Ke1 {10} Qb6 {6} 64. Kf1 {17} Qf6+ {8} 65. Kg2 {6} Qe7 {13} 66. Qe3+ {17} Kh7 {
6} 67. Qe4 {13} Qg7 {17} 68. Rc5 {10} Bf6 {13} 69. Rxh5+ {6} Kg8 {6} 70. Rc5 {8
} Qd7 {14} 71. Qxg6+ {7} Bg7 {6} 72. Qe4 {10} Qd2 {9} 73. Qe8+ {11} 1-0

 

  

Pune's GM Sethuraman (2541) won an unbalanced game against Mumbai's Vaishali.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League 2016"]
[Site "Maharashtra"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Sethuraman, S P."]
[Black "Vaishali R"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C58"]
[WhiteElo "2647"]
[BlackElo "2322"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "95"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]
1. e4 {3} e5 {5} 2. Nf3 {8} Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 {14} 4. Ng5 {14} d5 {8} 5. exd5 {6}
Na5 {7} 6. Bb5+ {7} c6 {7} 7. dxc6 {6} bxc6 {7} 8. Bd3 {7} Nd5 {12} 9. h4 {11}
Nf4 {35} 10. Bf1 {7} h6 {12} 11. Nf3 {63} Bd6 {92} 12. d3 {34} Bg4 {133} 13. g3
{330} Ne6 {192} 14. Bg2 {8} Rb8 {60} 15. Nbd2 {49} O-O {167} 16. O-O {19} f5 {
76} 17. c3 {13} c5 {77} 18. Qa4 {69} Bc7 {194} 19. Re1 {45} c4 {261} 20. b4 {
508} cxb3 {50} 21. Ba3 {19} b2 {163} 22. Rab1 {8} Qxd3 {105} 23. Bxf8 {61} Nxf8
{6} 24. Re3 {55} Qd8 {41} 25. Qc2 {13} e4 {12} 26. Nd4 {22} Bb6 {9} 27. Rxb2 {
23} Rc8 {6} 28. Qa4 {37} Ng6 {15} 29. Qb5 {96} Qf6 {12} 30. Qd5+ {180} Kh7 {7}
31. Nxe4 {31} fxe4 {8} 32. Qxe4 {6} h5 {17} 33. Bf3 {30} Bxd4 {11} 34. Bxg4 {20
} Rxc3 {9} 35. Rxc3 {20} Bxc3 {6} 36. Rb5 {15} hxg4 {10} 37. h5 {6} Kh6 {14}
38. hxg6 {9} a6 {8} 39. Rf5 {20} Qxg6 {7} 40. Qe3+ {12} Kh7 {6} 41. Rc5 {8} Bb4
{6} 42. Rg5 {9} Qb1+ {7} 43. Kg2 {6} Qxa2 {18} 44. Rh5+ {8} Kg8 {6} 45. Qe8+ {8
} Bf8 {6} 46. Rf5 {10} Qa3 {10} 47. Qf7+ {7} Kh7 {7} 48. Rh5# {6} 1-0

 

And Vikramaditya Kulkarni was indeed winning, only if he had played 69... Kb4! 70. c5
Kb5 71. Bd8 a4 with a completely winning endgame. He, instead, chose 69...Bh4 and could only draw.

Pune literally stole the match from Mumbai 3.5-2.5!

[Event "Maharashtra Chess League 2016"]
[Site "Maharashtra"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Karavade, Eesha"]
[Black "Kulkarni, Vikramaditya"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "2409"]
[BlackElo "2266"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "154"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]
1. Nf3 {5} Nf6 {2} 2. c4 {7} g6 {15} 3. b3 {23} Bg7 {8} 4. Bb2 {6} O-O {7} 5.
g3 {18} d6 {7} 6. d4 {7} Nc6 {39} 7. Bg2 {113} e5 {10} 8. dxe5 {11} Ng4 {7} 9.
O-O {48} Ngxe5 {10} 10. Nxe5 {89} dxe5 {32} 11. Nc3 {36} Bg4 {20} 12. h3 {92}
Bf5 {8} 13. Nd5 {58} Re8 {74} 14. Qd2 {60} Nd4 {86} 15. e3 {60} Nc6 {226} 16.
Rad1 {22} Qc8 {9} 17. g4 {228} Be6 {7} 18. f4 {6} Kh8 {109} 19. fxe5 {108} Rd8
{69} 20. Qf2 {62} Rd7 {285} 21. Nf6 {53} Rxd1 {30} 22. Rxd1 {6} Qf8 {37} 23.
Bd5 {183} Rd8 {26} 24. Qe2 {26} Qe7 {21} 25. Bxe6 {88} fxe6 {50} 26. g5 {68}
Bf8 {7} 27. Kg2 {37} Rxd1 {77} 28. Qxd1 {7} Qd8 {18} 29. Qxd8 {19} Nxd8 {6} 30.
Kf3 {69} c5 {101} 31. Ne4 {71} b6 {80} 32. Nd6 {28} Nc6 {24} 33. Bc3 {42} Be7 {
10} 34. Kf4 {10} Kg7 {26} 35. a3 {31} a5 {12} 36. Nc8 {19} Bd8 {15} 37. a4 {9}
Ne7 {75} 38. Nd6 {37} Nc6 {17} 39. Ne4 {7} Kf7 {21} 40. Nf6 {9} Kg7 {6} 41. h4
{11} h5 {54} 42. gxh6+ {21} Kxh6 {7} 43. Kg4 {5} Ne7 {42} 44. Kf4 {17} Nf5 {20}
45. e4 {11} Nxh4 {24} 46. Kg3 {6} g5 {9} 47. Ng4+ {12} Kg7 {13} 48. Nf6 {7} Ng6
{13} 49. Ne8+ {8} Kf7 {15} 50. Nd6+ {6} Kf8 {25} 51. Kg4 {6} Nf4 {10} 52. Bd2 {
11} Ne2 {9} 53. Bxg5 {14} Bc7 {22} 54. Bh6+ {19} Ke7 {8} 55. Bg5+ {7} Kd7 {8}
56. Bf4 {11} Nd4 {15} 57. Nb5 {10} Nxb3 {8} 58. Kf3 {7} Nd4+ {16} 59. Nxd4 {11}
cxd4 {6} 60. Ke2 {6} Kc6 {7} 61. Kd3 {6} Kc5 {5} 62. Bd2 {18} Bxe5 {13} 63. Be1
{7} Bf4 {20} 64. Bf2 {9} e5 {27} 65. Be1 {16} Bh2 {6} 66. Bd2 {7} Bg3 {9} 67.
Bg5 {11} Kb4 {27} 68. Bd8 {7} Kxa4 {7} 69. Bxb6 {7} Bh4 {6} (69... Kb4 70. c5
Kb5 71. Bd8 a4 $19) 70. Bc7 {10} Bf6 {7} 71. Bd6 {14} Bg7 {15} 72. Be7 {8} Bh6
{15} 73. Bf6 {8} Bf4 {14} 74. Be7 {7} Bg3 {10} 75. Bd6 {7} Bf4 {24} 76. Be7 {7}
Bc1 {22} 77. Bd6 {7} Bf4 {11} 1/2-1/2

 

Pune Sangli Navigators vs. Thane Combatants

Bo. 2 Pune Sangli Navigators Rtg - 5 Thane Combatants Rtg 4 : 2
2/1 GM Kunte, Abhijit  (w) 2467 - GM Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr.  (b) 2292 0 - 1
2/2 IM Udeshi, Aditya  (b) 2420 - IM Padmini, Rout  (w) 2381 1 - 0
2/3 WFM Varshini, V  (w) 1845 -   Deshpande, Aniruddha  (b) 2244 ½ - ½
2/4 FM Thakur, Akash  (b) 2215 - WGM Soumya, Swaminathan  (w) 2288 1 - 0
2/5 GM Adhiban, B.  (w) 2644 - GM Lalith, Babu M R  (b) 2550 ½ - ½
2/6 WGM Gomes, Mary Ann  (b) 2337 - IM Puranik, Abhimanyu  (w) 2236 1 - 0


Navigator's GM Abhijit Kunte (2467) took on the young GM Aravind Chithambaram in a well-spectated game

Kunte had a fine position but then a suicidal move left him a piece down.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League 2016"]
[Site "Maharashtra"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kunte, Abhijit"]
[Black "Aravindh, Chithambaram VR"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A50"]
[WhiteElo "2495"]
[BlackElo "2528"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "76"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]
1. d4 {8} Nf6 {3} 2. c4 {13} c6 {20} 3. Nf3 {72} d5 {8} 4. Qb3 {39} e6 {49} 5.
g3 {20} Bd6 {12} 6. Bg2 {19} O-O {10} 7. O-O {22} Nbd7 {35} 8. Nc3 {57} dxc4 {
83} 9. Qxc4 {10} e5 {10} 10. Rd1 {173} Qe7 {27} 11. e4 {11} exd4 {118} 12. Nxd4
{25} Ne5 {7} 13. Qe2 {16} Bc5 {102} 14. h3 {44} Ng6 {97} 15. a3 {106} Re8 {45}
16. Be3 {17} Bd7 {98} 17. f4 {200} Nd5 {57} 18. exd5 {343} Qxe3+ {71} 19. Qxe3
{6} Rxe3 {7} 20. Kh2 {6} h5 {245} 21. dxc6 {75} Bxc6 22. Nxc6 bxc6 {15} 23. h4
{59} Rb8 {33} 24. Rd2 {9} Ne7 {58} 25. Nd1 {97} Re1 {23} 26. b4 {37} Bg1+ {153}
27. Kh3 {6} g6 {24} 28. Raa2 {11} c5 {19} 29. Rab2 {90} Nf5 {50} 30. bxc5 {74}
Rxb2 {11} 31. Nxb2 {6} Re3 {82} 32. Rd3 {6} Re2 {6} 33. Nd1 {110} Bxc5 {18} 34.
Nc3 {13} Re1 {87} 35. Ne4 {12} Bb6 {28} 36. Ng5 {21} Ne3 {32} 37. Bf3 {6} Rf1 {
39} 38. Ne4 Rxf3 0-1

Thane's IM Padmini Rout (2381) slowly lost the plot gainst Navigator's IM Aditya Udeshi (2420).
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League 2016"]
[Site "Maharashtra"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Padmini, Rout"]
[Black "Udeshi, Aditya"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "2433"]
[BlackElo "2420"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]
1. e4 d5 {4} 2. exd5 {11} Qxd5 {7} 3. Nc3 {8} Qa5 {9} 4. d4 {10} Nf6 {8} 5. Nf3
{7} Bf5 {10} 6. Bc4 {19} e6 {7} 7. Bd2 {193} Bb4 {7} 8. O-O {62} Nc6 {7} 9. Bb5
{60} Bxc3 {396} 10. Bxc6+ {9} bxc6 {7} 11. Bxc3 {7} Qd5 {8} 12. Ne5 {114} a5 {
111} 13. f3 {91} O-O {24} 14. Qe2 {112} Rfd8 {152} 15. a4 {73} c5 {494} 16.
Rfd1 {11} Nd7 {76} 17. g4 {282} Bg6 {89} 18. Nxg6 {171} hxg6 {9} 19. dxc5 {11}
Qxc5+ {8} 20. Qf2 {23} Qc6 {36} 21. Qd4 {130} Nf6 {128} 22. Qf2 {206} Rxd1+ {27
} 23. Rxd1 {6} Qxa4 {8} 24. Qd4 {68} Qxd4+ {11} 25. Rxd4 {9} Nd5 {25} 26. Bd2 {
13} Nb6 {21} 27. Kf2 {19} Kf8 {8} 28. Rd3 {13} a4 {46} 29. Bb4+ {7} Ke8 {6} 30.
g5 {28} Nd5 {7} 31. Bd2 {9} Rb8 {11} 32. Bc1 {9} Rb4 {6} 33. Ra3 {24} Rc4 {8}
34. c3 {10} Kd7 {7} 35. Bd2 {7} Kc6 {13} 36. Ra1 {7} Kb5 {20} 37. Rh1 {9} Rc6 {
11} 38. Ra1 {13} Ra6 {10} 39. Ra3 {12} Nb6 {11} 40. b3 {7} axb3 {7} 41. Rxb3+ {
6} Kc6 {8} 42. Rb4 {11} Ra2 {9} 43. Ke2 {8} Nd5 {8} 44. Rc4+ {7} Kb5 {7} 45.
Rd4 {25} Nxc3+ {9} 46. Kd3 {6} Nd5 {6} 47. h4 {13} c5 {6} 48. Re4 {8} c4+ {7}
49. Kd4 0-1

 

Varshini V. (1845) held Aniruddha Deshpande (2244) to a draw.

The crucial difference came in the game between Akash Thakur (2215) and Swami Swaminathan (2280) when the former gained on his opponent with the black pieces.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League 2016"]
[Site "Maharashtra"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Soumya, Swaminathan"]
[Black "Thakur, Akash"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C44"]
[WhiteElo "2346"]
[BlackElo "2345"]
[Annotator "ChessBase"]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[TimeControl "1500+10"]
1. e4 {5} e5 {2} 2. Nf3 {8} Nc6 {7} 3. d4 {9} exd4 {8} 4. Nxd4 {8} Nf6 {13} 5.
Nxc6 {10} bxc6 {8} 6. Qe2 {8} Bb4+ {144} 7. c3 {117} Bc5 {22} 8. e5 {95} Nd5 {
44} 9. Qg4 {176} Kf8 {76} 10. Qg3 {127} Qe7 {52} 11. Be2 {43} d6 {42} 12. b4 {
260} Bb6 {50} 13. a3 {243} Qxe5 {88} 14. Qxe5 {22} dxe5 {7} 15. Ra2 {75} Be6 {
41} 16. c4 {21} Ne7 {31} 17. Bb2 {160} f6 {29} 18. Nd2 {53} a5 {62} 19. Ra1 {18
} axb4 {42} 20. axb4 {7} Rxa1+ {6} 21. Bxa1 {6} c5 {10} 22. bxc5 {29} Bxc5 {8}
23. O-O {9} Nc6 {120} 24. Ne4 {44} Bd4 {38} 25. Bxd4 {19} Nxd4 {8} 26. Bd3 {7}
Ke7 {26} 27. Rb1 {34} Ra8 {134} 28. f3 {7} Ra3 {25} 29. Bf1 {8} Bf5 {15} 30.
Re1 {74} Nc2 {174} 31. Rc1 {11} Bxe4 {11} 32. fxe4 {7} Nd4 {20} 33. Kf2 {25}
Nb3 {36} 34. Rc3 {32} Ra2+ {6} 35. Ke3 {12} Nc5 {6} 36. h3 {22} Rb2 {7} 37. g3
{24} Kd6 {20} 38. Bd3 {17} Rb3 {13} 39. Rxb3 {9} Nxb3 {7} 40. Bc2 {8} Na5 {15}
41. Kd3 {20} Kc5 {7} 42. Kc3 {7} Nxc4 {14} 43. Bb3 {7} Nd6 {13} 44. Kd3 {10}
Kb4 {8} 45. Bg8 {8} h6 {6} 46. Bd5 {15} c5 {7} 47. g4 {8} c4+ {10} 48. Kc2 {6}
Kc5 {8} 49. Kc3 {11} Nb5+ {6} 50. Kd2 {19} Kd4 {8} 51. Bc6 {19} Nd6 {7} 52. Kc2
{9} Nxe4 {7} 0-1

GM Lalith Babu M.R. (2550) could only hold GM B. Adhiban (2644) with the black pieces.
[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1.5"]
[White "Adhiban, B."]
[Black "Lalith, Babu M R"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "2644"]
[BlackElo "2550"]
[PlyCount "116"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:35"]
[BlackClock "0:00:26"]
1. d4 {0} Nf6 {0} 2. Nf3 {0} e6 {0} 3. Bf4 {0} b6 {0} 4. e3 {0} Bb7 {0} 5. Bd3
{0} Be7 {158} 6. h3 {0} c5 {1} 7. c3 {0} O-O {2} 8. Nbd2 {0} Qc8 {34} 9. O-O {0
} Ba6 {0} 10. Bxa6 {230} Qxa6 {0} 11. Bg5 {198} Qb7 {107} 12. Re1 {148} d5 {367
} 13. e4 {334} Nxe4 {18} 14. Bxe7 {21} Qxe7 {0} 15. Nxe4 {0} dxe4 {0} 16. Rxe4
{0} Nd7 {144} 17. Qa4 {101} Nf6 {13} 18. Ree1 {0} Qc7 {11} 19. Rad1 {2} Rab8 {
56} 20. Qc4 {166} Rfc8 {10} 21. Ne5 {18} h6 {72} 22. a4 {19} Qb7 {33} 23. Qe2 {
37} b5 {143} 24. axb5 {50} Qxb5 {0} 25. Qxb5 {32} Rxb5 {0} 26. Nc4 {0} Rc7 {22}
27. dxc5 {14} Rcxc5 {9} 28. Rd8+ {0} Kh7 {0} 29. Nd6 {0} Rxb2 {11} 30. Nxf7 {0}
Rxc3 {33} 31. Rh8+ {0} Kg6 {0} 32. Ne5+ {0} Kf5 {1} 33. Rf8 {39} Rb5 {55} 34.
Nf3 {8} Rbc5 {133} 35. Rf7 {17} Rc1 {19} 36. Rxa7 {27} Rxe1+ 37. Nxe1 {0} Rc1 {
7} 38. Kf1 {0} g5 {0} 39. Ke2 {0} Nd5 {0} 40. g3 {16} Nc3+ {16} 41. Kd2 {0}
Rd1+ {0} 42. Kxc3 {0} Rxe1 {0} 43. Kd3 {0} Rh1 {0} 44. Ra5+ {0} Kg6 {0} 45. Ke4
{0} Rxh3 {0} 46. Ke5 {10} Rh2 {0} 47. Ra2 {0} Rh1 {0} 48. Kxe6 {0} Re1+ {0} 49.
Kd5 {0} Kf5 {0} 50. f3 {0} Rd1+ {0} 51. Kc4 {0} Rg1 {4} 52. Ra5+ {0} Kg6 {3}
53. g4 {0} Rf1 {0} 54. Ra6+ {0} Kg7 {0} 55. Ra3 {0} Kf6 {0} 56. Kd4 {0} Rd1+ {0
} 57. Ke4 {0} Re1+ {0} 58. Kd4 {0} Rd1+ {0} 1/2-1/2

 

 

Another crucial point for the Navigators was scored by Mary Ann Gomes (2237) against IM Abhimanyu Puranik (2236).

Puranik had been ahead clearly until this point, when instead of the simple 26.Re2, maintaining his advantage, he played 26. Re1. How did Black take advantage of the position?

If you found the classical bishop sacrifice Gomes played, with the unusual follow up with a knight fork, you were right.

[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1.6"]
[White "Puranik, Abhimanyu"]
[Black "Gomes, Mary Ann"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "2236"]
[BlackElo "2337"]
[PlyCount "120"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:11"]
[BlackClock "0:00:31"]
1. e4 {0} c5 {15} 2. c3 {0} Qa5 {0} 3. Nf3 {0} d6 {0} 4. Na3 {61} Nf6 {0} 5. e5
{127} dxe5 {105} 6. Nc4 {45} Qc7 {0} 7. Ncxe5 {0} e6 {134} 8. Bb5+ {82} Bd7 {55
} 9. Nxd7 {68} Nbxd7 {0} 10. O-O {73} a6 {5} 11. Ba4 {75} Bd6 {0} 12. d4 {84}
O-O {9} 13. dxc5 {62} Nxc5 {0} 14. Bc2 {0} h6 {100} 15. Qd4 {124} Qe7 {331} 16.
Re1 {38} Rad8 {44} 17. Qh4 {4} Ncd7 {186} 18. Nd4 {208} Nd5 {102} 19. Qh3 {111}
Nf4 {110} 20. Qf3 {43} Qf6 {82} 21. Qxb7 {38} Nc5 {129} 22. Qf3 {0} e5 {4} 23.
Nf5 {161} e4 {16} 24. Bxe4 {48} Nxe4 {0} 25. Qxe4 {25} Nd3 {11} 26. Rd1 {13} (
26. Re2 $16) 26... Bxh2+ {34} 27. Kxh2 {3} Nxf2 {0} 28. Ne7+ {0} Kh8 {0} 29.
Rxd8 {1} Nxe4 {0} 30. Rxf8+ {0} Kh7 {0} 31. Re8 {0} Nd6 {6} 32. Nd5 {0} Qh4+ {0
} 33. Kg1 {0} Nxe8 {0} 34. Be3 {0} Nd6 {0} 35. Rf1 {0} Qe4 {0} 36. Rd1 {0} Nf5
{0} 37. Bf2 {0} Qc2 {3} 38. Re1 {0} Qxb2 {0} 39. c4 {0} Qxa2 {1} 40. Nb6 {0}
Qd2 {0} 41. c5 {0} Nd4 {0} 42. Nc4 {0} Qc3 {0} 43. Ne5 {0} f6 {8} 44. Nd7 {0}
Nc6 {1} 45. Re6 {0} Qc1+ {0} 46. Kh2 {0} Qf4+ {0} 47. Bg3 {0} Qa4 {0} 48. Re8 {
0} Kg6 49. Rc8 {0} a5 {0} 50. Nb6 {0} Qb5 {0} 51. Bd6 {0} a4 {0} 52. Nd5 {0}
Kh7 {0} 53. Rc7 {0} a3 {0} 54. Nxf6+ {0} Kg6 {0} 55. Ne8 {0} a2 {0} 56. Rxg7+
Kf5 {0} 57. Bg3 {0} Qxc5 {0} 58. Rf7+ {0} Ke6 {0} 59. Rf1 {0} Qh5+ {0} 60. Kg1
{0} Qxe8 {0} 0-1

 

Jalgaon Battlers vs. Ahmednagar Checkers

Bo. 3 Jalgaon Batlers Rtg - 4 Ahmednagar Chekers Rtg 3½:2½
3/1 GM Koneru, Humpy  (w) 2500 - GM Gagare, Shardul  (b) 2388 0 - 1
3/2   Mohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh  (b) 2371 - IM Tania, Sachdev  (w) 2368 ½ - ½
3/3 IM Narayanan, Srinath  (w) 2521 -   Dodeja, Pawan  (b) 2152 1 - 0
3/4   Aakanksha, Hagawane  (b) 1711 - IM Sagar, Shah  (w) 2293 0 - 1
3/5 GM Swapnil, S. Dhopade  (w) 2458 - WGM Kulkarni, Bhakti  (b) 2319 1 - 0
3/6 GM Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan  (b) 2413 - GM Sasikiran, Krishnan  (w) 2660 1 - 0

IM Sagar Shah of Ahmednagar and IM Srinath Narayanan of Jalgaon had comparatively easier pairings and they sailed through comfortably.

No matter where he is playing, GM Shardul Gagare always has a keen spectator in his father Dr. Annasaheb Gagare.

Ahmednagar Checkers broke out strongly with a win on the top board, coming from Shardul against Humpy.

[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Koneru, Humpy"]
[Black "Gagare, Shardul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E10"]
[WhiteElo "2500"]
[BlackElo "2388"]
[PlyCount "94"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:14"]
[BlackClock "0:04:42"]
1. d4 {0} Nf6 {0} 2. c4 {0} e6 {0} 3. Nf3 {0} d5 {0} 4. e3 {11} Be7 {0} 5. b3 {
16} O-O {39} 6. Bd3 {0} c5 {0} 7. O-O {10} cxd4 {19} 8. exd4 {0} Nc6 {0} 9. Bb2
{1} b6 {16} 10. Nbd2 {39} Bb7 {0} 11. Rc1 {23} Rc8 {3} 12. Qe2 {5} Re8 {3} 13.
Rfd1 {33} Bf8 {89} 14. Nf1 {29} g6 {0} 15. Ne3 {7} Bg7 {3} 16. Bb1 {313} Qe7 {
123} 17. Ne5 {218} Red8 {85} 18. Nxc6 {160} Bxc6 {4} 19. c5 {108} bxc5 {158}
20. Rxc5 {0} Ne4 {51} 21. Rcc1 {202} Qb7 {54} 22. Ng4 {74} Bb5 {154} 23. Bd3 {4
} Bxd3 {27} 24. Qxd3 {0} Qb6 {62} 25. Rc2 {112} h5 {101} 26. Ne5 {32} Rxc2 {26}
27. Qxc2 {0} Qa6 {5} 28. Rc1 {89} Bh6 {0} 29. Ra1 {6} Rc8 {0} 30. Qd1 {1} Qa5 {
22} 31. Qf3 {0} Rc7 {7} 32. Qe2 {0} Qb4 {36} 33. f3 {0} Nd6 {94} 34. Nd3 {0}
Qb5 {0} 35. Re1 {0} Nf5 {0} 36. f4 {0} Bg7 {0} 37. Ne5 {0} Qb4 {0} 38. Rd1 {0}
a5 {30} 39. g3 {0} a4 {2} 40. Qd2 {0} Qb5 {6} 41. bxa4 {0} Qxa4 {0} 42. Rc1 {0}
Rxc1+ {2} 43. Qxc1 {0} Nxd4 {2} 44. Qc8+ {1} Kh7 {0} 45. Nxf7 {0} Qd1+ {0} 46.
Kg2 {0} Qf3+ {0} 47. Kh3 {0} Qf1+ {0} 0-1

IM Tania Sachdev, meanwhile, settled for a draw with Jalgaon's Md. Nubairshah Shaikh (2371).

Swapnil helped Jalgaon equalize by defeating Bhakti Kulkarni's Chigorin.
[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1.5"]
[White "Swapnil, S. Dhopade"]
[Black "Kulkarni, Bhakti"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D07"]
[WhiteElo "2458"]
[BlackElo "2319"]
[PlyCount "131"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:21"]
[BlackClock "0:00:22"]
1. d4 {0} d5 {0} 2. c4 {0} Nc6 {0} 3. cxd5 {0} Qxd5 {0} 4. e3 {0} e5 {0} 5. Nc3
{0} Bb4 {0} 6. a3 {0} Bxc3+ {0} 7. bxc3 Nf6 {74} 8. c4 {0} Qd6 {8} 9. d5 {0}
Nb8 {24} 10. Ne2 {0} Nbd7 {10} 11. Nc3 {0} a6 {7} 12. Be2 {44} Nc5 {17} 13. O-O
{18} Bf5 {14} 14. a4 {84} Nfd7 {42} 15. f3 {261} O-O {31} 16. e4 {173} Bg6 {0}
17. g4 {0} h5 {61} 18. h3 {0} f6 {45} 19. Be3 {0} hxg4 {63} 20. hxg4 {0} Bf7 {0
} 21. a5 {0} g5 {2} 22. Na4 {35} Kg7 {65} 23. Rb1 {50} Rh8 {51} 24. Nxc5 {0}
Nxc5 {0} 25. Qd2 {188} Rab8 {33} 26. Kg2 {29} Bg6 {115} 27. Qb4 {0} b6 {51} 28.
axb6 {0} cxb6 {1} 29. Rb2 {220} a5 {51} 30. Qa3 {0} Rhc8 {246} 31. Bxc5 {15}
Rxc5 {82} 32. Rfb1 {0} Rxd5 {79} 33. Qxd6 {0} Rxd6 {0} 34. c5 {0} Rc6 {0} 35.
Rxb6 {27} Rbc8 {0} 36. Rxc6 {180} Rxc6 {0} 37. Rb5 {87} a4 {0} 38. Bc4 {1} Rc7
{52} 39. Ra5 {0} Kf8 {108} 40. Bd5 {0} Be8 {33} 41. Kf2 {0} Ke7 {0} 42. Ke3 {0}
Bd7 {62} 43. Kd3 {0} Rc8 {3} 44. Kc4 {0} Rc7 {25} 45. Ra6 {4} Rc8 {8} 46. Ra7 {
0} Kd8 {0} 47. Ra6 {0} Ke7 {0} 48. Ra7 {60} Kd8 {0} 49. Bb7 {0} Rc7 {12} 50.
Ra8+ {0} Ke7 {0} 51. Bd5 {0} Be8 {7} 52. Kb4 {0} Bd7 {0} 53. Ra6 {0} Be8 {0}
54. Ra8 {2} Bd7 {0} 55. Ra5 {0} Rc8 {0} 56. Ra7 {0} Rb8+ {0} 57. Kc4 {0} Ke8 {6
} 58. c6 {0} Bc8 {0} 59. Kc5 {0} Rb1 {5} 60. Kd6 {0} Kd8 {0} 61. Ra8 {0} Rc1 {0
} 62. Rxa4 {0} Rc2 {0} 63. Ra8 {0} Rc1 {0} 64. Ra7 {9} Rc2 {0} 65. c7+ {0} Ke8
{0} 66. Bc6+ {0} 1-0

 

Ahmednagar's ace GM Krishnan Sasikiran (2660) is the highest rated player in the MCL (history).

While Sagar and Shardul had scored a win apiece for Ahmednagar, Srinath and Swapnil had fought back for Jalgaon. As the Tania-Nubair game ended in a draw, both the teams had broken even.

Facing Sasi was GM S.L. Narayanan of Jalgaon with the black pieces.

In the end, Sasi was a pawn up, but it was probably just a drawn ending as the white king couldn't advance due to a knight fork. Tragicomically, Sasi lost track of his time and the flag fell! Narayanan had won the game and Jalgaon, the round!

[Event "MCL-2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.11"]
[Round "1.6"]
[White "Sasikiran, Krishnan"]
[Black "Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B90"]
[WhiteElo "2660"]
[BlackElo "2413"]
[PlyCount "131"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "1500"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:11"]
[BlackClock "0:03:11"]
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. h3 {0} e5 {0} 7. Nb3 {42} Be6 {7} 8. Be3 {10} Be7 {89} 9. f4
{18} exf4 {12} 10. Bxf4 {0} Nc6 {0} 11. Qe2 {36} Nd7 {241} 12. O-O-O {4} O-O {
21} 13. Kb1 {104} Rc8 {10} 14. Bxd6 {143} Bxd6 {0} 15. Rxd6 {0} Qe7 {0} 16. Rd2
{129} Rfe8 {0} 17. Qe3 {116} h6 {107} 18. Be2 {52} Nf6 {163} 19. Rhd1 {198} b5
{97} 20. Qf4 {204} b4 {81} 21. Na4 {151} Bxb3 {5} 22. axb3 {0} Nxe4 {0} 23. Rd7
{46} Qf6 {4} 24. Qxf6 {46} Nxf6 {0} 25. Bxa6 {0} Nxd7 {201} 26. Bxc8 {0} Rxc8 {
0} 27. Rxd7 {0} g5 {0} 28. c3 {57} Rb8 {32} 29. Kc2 {9} Kg7 {14} 30. Nc5 {24}
Re8 {15} 31. Rd6 {24} Rc8 {28} 32. Ne4 {35} Ne5 {35} 33. Ng3 {6} Ng6 {0} 34.
Nf5+ {1} Kh7 {0} 35. Rf6 {16} Rc7 {0} 36. g3 {0} h5 {0} 37. Kd2 {4} Rd7+ {0}
38. Ke3 {0} h4 {4} 39. gxh4 {1} gxh4 {0} 40. Ke4 {9} Kg8 {29} 41. Rb6 {0} Rd2 {
9} 42. Rxb4 {0} Rxb2 {0} 43. Rb7 {0} Re2+ {0} 44. Kf3 {1} Rc2 {0} 45. c4 {3}
Rc3+ {13} 46. Kg4 {0} Ne5+ {5} 47. Kxh4 {0} Nf3+ {5} 48. Kh5 {0} Nd2 {1} 49. h4
{0} Nxb3 {1} 50. Nh6+ {0} Kg7 {0} 51. Nxf7 {2} Nc5 {0} 52. Ra7 {0} Kf6 {0} 53.
Nd6 {0} Ke6 {21} 54. Nf7 {1} Rxc4 {1} 55. Ng5+ {0} Kd6 {7} 56. Rf7 {0} Nd7 {0}
57. Rf5 {0} Ke7 {4} 58. Rf7+ {0} Ke8 {0} 59. Rf1 {0} Ke7 {1} 60. Re1+ {0} Kf6 {
31} 61. Rf1+ {0} Ke7 {0} 62. Re1+ {0} Kf6 {0} 63. Ne4+ {0} Kg7 {10} 64. Nd6 {0}
Rc5+ {9} 65. Kg4 {0} Ne5+ {0} 66. Kg3 0-1
Gmaes being broadcasted live at the venue for the spectators.
And the arena was chock full of spectators!
Therefore, at the end of the first round, the debutant team Pune Sangli Navigators had taken the early lead with four match points, with Pune TruMasters and Jalgaon Battlers, both at 3.5 points, breathing down Navigator's neck. Round two report to follow soon.
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