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MCL Eliminators: Jalgaon Battlers vs. Pune Sangli Navigators!

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 15/06/2016

In highly entertaining encounters, Jalgaon Battlers and Pune Sangli Navigators stormed into the finals of the Persistent 4th Maharashtra Chess League which is in the concluding stages at PYC Hindu Gymkhana. The Jalgaon Battlers, thus, qualified straightaway to the finals by winning the first qualifier via an armageddon, while the Eliminator also witnessed an armageddon, Pune Sangli navigators lived to fight another day, on the last day! An illustrated report.

MCL Eliminators: Jalgaon Battlers vs. Pune Sangli Navigators!

In highly entertaining encounters, Jalgaon Battlers and Pune Sangli Navigators stormed into the finals of the Persistent 4th Maharashtra Chess League which is in the concluding stages at PYC Hindu Gymkhana. The format of the eliminator round was very similar to the one applied in the Indian Premier League (Cricket).

 

The top two teams in the league standings face each other in a Qualifier 1 match, the winner getting a direct entry to the Finals. The third and the fourth team in the league standings play an eliminator match, with the loser going out of the tournament and the winner of the Eliminator playing the second qualifier with the loser of the first qualifier. The winner of this second qualifier then proceeds to the finals.

 

The standings at the end of the league stage (Checkers and Combatants elminated):

Rk. SNo FED Team Games   +    =    -   TB1 
1 3   Jalgaon Battlers 5 3 2 0 18,0
2 2   Pune Sangli NOK-99 Navigators 5 3 1 1 17,0
3 6   Pune TruMasters 5 2 3 0 16,5
4 1   Mumbai Movers 5 1 1 3 13,5
5 4   Ahmednagar Checkers 5 1 1 3 12,5
6 5   Thane Combatants 5 0 2 3 12,5

Pune TruMasters vs. Mumbai Movers 9 (Eliminator)

Bo. 1 Pune TruMasters Rtg - 2 Mumbai Movers Rtg 3 : 3
2/1 IM Karavade, Eesha  (w) 2379 - IM Kulkarni, Vikramaditya  (b) 2376 0 - 1
2/2 IM Swayams, Mishra  (b) 2539 - WIM Vaishali, R  (w) 2046 1 - 0
2/3   Raja, Harshit  (w) 2058 - GM Ghosh, Diptayan  (b) 2495 0.5
2/4 GM Vishnu, Prasanna. V  (b) 2420 - GM Gupta, Abhijeet  (w) 2583 0 - 1
2/5 GM Sethuraman, S.P.  (w) 2541 - WGM Swati, Ghate  (b) 2264 1 - 0
2/6 WFM Pujari, Rucha  (b) 2143 -   Kulkarni, Rakesh  (w) 2329 0.5

Draw offered

The talented Harshit Raja of Pune TruMasters and GM Diptayan Ghosh of Mumbai Movers settled for a draw, and as did WFM Rucha Pujari and Rakesh Kulkarni of Movers. The remaining players traded blows:

White to play

White has a pleasant position but here, Mumbai Movers' Vaishali R. noticed that she could pick the e5 pawn with 31. Bxe5. What she had missed was 31... Re8!, losing at least a piece. Pune TruMasters went a point ahead.

[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.2"]
[White "Vaishali, R."]
[Black "Swayams, Mishra"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "2046"]
[BlackElo "2539"]
[Annotator "Pune TruMasters - Mumbai Movers"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:11"]
[BlackClock "0:00:35"]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. b3 Bg7 4. Bb2 O-O 5. Bg2 c5 6. c4 Nc6 7. O-O Re8 8. d4
cxd4 9. Nxd4 e5 10. Nb5 Bf8 11. N1c3 a6 12. Nd6 Re6 13. Nxc8 Rxc8 14. Nd5 b5
15. Rc1 bxc4 16. Nxf6+ Rxf6 17. Rxc4 Bg7 18. Qd5 Qe7 19. Rd1 Rd8 20. e3 Bf8 21.
h4 Qe8 22. Qe4 Re6 23. Qb1 Ne7 24. Bd5 Nxd5 25. Rxd5 Bg7 26. e4 Rc6 27. Qd3 Qe6
28. Kg2 Rxc4 29. Qxc4 Bf6 30. Qc7 d6 31. Bxe5 (31. Qc4 $16) 31... Re8 32. f4
dxe5 33. Rd6 Qe7 34. Rd7 Qb4 35. Rxf7 Be7 36. Rxe7 Qxe7 37. Qc4+ Qe6 0-1

 

GM Abhijeet Gupta pulled a point back by simply crushing GM Vishnu Prasanna.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.4"]
[White "Gupta, Abhijeet"]
[Black "Vishnu, Prasanna. V"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "2583"]
[BlackElo "2420"]
[Annotator "Pune TruMasters - Mumbai Movers"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:13:28"]
[BlackClock "0:06:15"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bf4 Bf5 4. e3 e6 5. c4 c6 6. Qb3 Qc8 7. Nc3 Be7 8. Rc1
O-O 9. h3 Nbd7 10. Be2 h6 11. O-O dxc4 12. Bxc4 Nb6 13. Be2 Nbd5 14. Bg3 Ne4
15. Nxe4 Bxe4 16. Nd2 Bg6 17. Nc4 Nb6 18. Ne5 Be4 19. a4 Nd7 20. Nc4 Bd5 21.
Qc2 Nf6 22. Nd2 c5 23. dxc5 Qc6 24. b4 b6 25. Bb5 Qc8 26. e4 Bb7 27. c6 Ba6 28.
Bxa6 Qxa6 29. b5 Qa5 30. Rb1 1-0

 

GM S.P. Sethuraman, too, scored for Pune TruMasters putting them ahead once again.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.5"]
[White "Sethuraman, S.P."]
[Black "Swati, Ghate"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "2541"]
[BlackElo "2264"]
[Annotator "Pune TruMasters - Mumbai Movers"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:16:12"]
[BlackClock "0:02:26"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Nc6 5. c3 e6 6. Nbd2 h6 7. Ne5 Bd6 8. Bg3
Qc7 9. f4 Ne7 10. Bd3 Nf5 11. Bf2 h5 12. Qf3 Bd7 13. O-O Bc6 14. Rac1 g6 15. h3
c4 16. Bb1 h4 17. b3 cxb3 18. axb3 Kf8 19. c4 Bxe5 20. fxe5 dxc4 21. e4 Nd7 22.
Nxc4 Rh7 23. d5 exd5 24. exd5 Nxe5 25. Nxe5 Qxe5 26. dxc6 bxc6 27. Bxf5 gxf5
28. Rc5 Qe4 29. Rxf5 Qxf3 30. Rxf3 a6 31. Rf4 Rb8 32. b4 Rb5 33. Bc5+ Kg8 34.
Ra1 1-0

 

 

 

IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni

IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni was shuffling around in a completely locked position. A draw here would mean that Pune TruMasters qualify to the second qualifier. But Eesha blundered! Vikramadity picked his point, and the match was tied 3.0-3.0!

[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.1"]
[White "Karavade, Eesha"]
[Black "Kulkarni, Vikramaditya"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E91"]
[WhiteElo "2379"]
[BlackElo "2376"]
[Annotator "Pune TruMasters - Mumbai Movers"]
[PlyCount "162"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:27"]
[BlackClock "0:00:19"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Na6 7. Bf4 Qe8 8. Qd2
Nh5 9. Bg5 e5 10. O-O-O f6 11. Bh6 Bxh6 12. Qxh6 Nf4 13. Bf1 Bg4 14. Kb1 Qf7
15. Qh4 Bxf3 16. gxf3 Kh8 17. Qg3 Rg8 18. h4 g5 19. Nd5 c6 20. Nxf4 gxf4 21.
Qh3 Rad8 22. Qf5 c5 23. d5 Nc7 24. Bd3 Qg6 25. Qxg6 Rxg6 26. Bf1 Rdg8 27. Kc2
Kg7 28. a3 Kh6 29. b4 Na6 30. b5 Nc7 31. Bh3 Kg7 32. a4 Kf8 33. Kd3 Ke7 34. a5
Kd8 35. Bf5 R6g7 36. h5 h6 37. Bg6 Na8 38. Ra1 b6 39. axb6 Nxb6 40. Rhg1 Rb7
41. Rg4 Kc7 42. Ra6 Kb8 43. Bf5 Rg5 44. Rxg5 fxg5 45. Ra1 Rf7 46. Be6 Re7 47.
Bg4 Kb7 48. Bf5 Na8 49. Ra6 Nb6 50. Bg4 Re8 51. Bf5 Rd8 52. Be6 Na8 53. Bf5 Nc7
54. Ra1 Ne8 55. Ra6 Nc7 56. Ra1 Kb6 57. Ke2 Rb8 58. Kf1 Ra8 59. Bd7 Rd8 60. Bf5
Re8 61. Kg2 Re7 62. Bg6 Rd7 63. Kh3 Rd8 64. Kg4 Rf8 65. Ra2 Kb7 66. Ra1 Na8 67.
Ra6 $2 (67. Bf5 Nb6 68. Rc1 a5 69. bxa6+ Kxa6 70. Be6 Ka5 71. Ra1+ Kb4 72. Rb1+
Ka5 $11) 67... Nb6 68. Bf5 Nxc4 69. Rc6 Rd8 70. Be6 Nd2 71. Kf5 Nxf3 72. Kg6
Nd4 73. Ra6 Nxb5 74. Kxh6 Kxa6 75. Kg7 c4 76. h6 c3 77. h7 c2 78. Bg8 c1=Q 79.
h8=Q Qc7+ 80. Kg6 Qe7 81. Kh5 Qe8+ 0-1

 

This meant that an armageddon match would take place between Pune TruMasters and Mumbai Movers to determine who would proceed to the second qualifier. In an armageddon, the white player must win to win the game and has five minutes on his clock, meanwhile, the black player gets four minutes, but a draw would suffice to win the game, and the match!

 

The situation in the tournament hall was tense. The though on everybody's mind, who would come forward to play the armageddon match? As was expected, Abhijeet Gupta took the responsibility for the Mumbai Movers team, while S.P. Sethuraman came forward to represent the Pune TruMasters.

The arena was arranged and the crowd cordoned off...

...on both the sides of the arena.

The players took their seats — Gupta was playing white and had to win with five minutes on the clock while Sethu only needed a draw, but with the black pieces and four minutes to think. The arbiters flagged off the game, and thus began the race against time:

Nobody is sure if to celebrate or to feel sorry.

The arbiters informed Gupta that he has lost due to a technicality — as he placed his queen on a6, he out of inertia just pressed the clock while his queen was still had fallen down. He placed the queen properly after pressing the clock. Sethuraman won the game, and Pune TruMaster qualified to the second qualifier, while Mumbai Movers got eliminated.

A sad end to the game for Mumbai Movers

Mr. Rishi Gupta, owner of Mumbai Movers, absorbs the shock as the arbiter announces the decision, while Mumbai Movers team (green) in the background watch on in disbelief.

Jalgaon Battlers vs. Pune Sangli NOK-99 Navigators (Qualifier 01)

Bo. 4 Jalgaon Battlers Rtg - 3 Pune Sangli NOK-99 Navigators Rtg 3 : 3
1/1 IM Narayanan, Srinath  (w) 2521 - IM Udeshi, Aditya  (b) 2418 1 - 0
1/2 GM Koneru, Humpy  (b) 2500 - WFM Varshini, V  (w) 1845 0 - 1
1/3 GM Sunilduth Lyna, Narayanan  (w) 2413 - WGM Gomes, Mary Ann  (b) 2337 0.5
1/4 GM Swapnil, S. Dhopade  (b) 2458 - GM Adhiban, B.  (w) 2644 0.5
1/5   Mohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh  (w) 2371 - FM Thakur, Akash  (b) 2215 1 - 0
1/6   Aakanksha, Hagawane  (b) 1711 - GM Kunte, Abhijit  (w) 2467 0 - 1

The last time these two teams facedin the league stages, the Battlers had handed the Navigaotrs a thrashing. But things became extremely tight in this qualifier match. GM S.L. Narayanan and Mary Ann Gomes fought unil the end but could only draw.

IM N. Srinath won yet again, making his personal score 6.0/6 in the tournament. He smashed Navigators' IM Aditya Udeshi to oblivion.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.1"]
[White "Narayanan, Srinath"]
[Black "Udeshi, Aditya"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "2521"]
[BlackElo "2418"]
[Annotator "Jalgaon Battlers - Pune Sangli Navigators"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:08:24"]
[BlackClock "0:00:27"]
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 c6 8.
Be3 e6 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. Kb1 Be7 11. g4 Nb6 12. Bc1 a5 13. g5 Nfd5 14. Ne4 a4
15. c4 Nc7 16. h4 a3 17. b3 Bb4 18. h5 Qe7 19. h6 g6 20. Nf6+ Kf8 21. Bf4 Ne8
22. Be5 Ra5 23. c5 Nd5 24. Nxd5 cxd5 25. Bxh8 Qxg5 26. Be5 Bxc5 27. Qc3 Qf5+
28. Bd3 Qxf2 29. dxc5 Rxc5 30. Qd4 1-0

 

But Humpy lost on time to Navigators' Varshini V.!
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.2"]
[White "Varshini, V."]
[Black "Koneru, Humpy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B23"]
[WhiteElo "1845"]
[BlackElo "2500"]
[Annotator "Jalgaon Battlers - Pune Sangli Navigators"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:10"]
[BlackClock "0:00:12"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. g3 b5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. d3 e6 6. f4 d5 7. exd5 exd5 8. Qe2+
Be7 9. Nh3 Nf6 10. O-O Nc6 11. Ng5 O-O 12. h3 b4 13. Nd1 c4 14. Qf2 cxd3 15.
cxd3 a5 16. Kh2 Ba6 17. Qd2 Rc8 18. Ne3 Re8 19. Nf5 Bc5 20. Qd1 Nd4 21. Nxd4
Bxd4 22. Nf3 Qb6 23. a3 Be3 24. Ne5 Bxc1 25. Rxc1 b3 26. Qd2 h5 27. Rfe1 a4 28.
Red1 Qd4 29. Nc6 Qb6 30. Ne5 g6 31. Re1 Qb5 32. Rc3 Rxc3 33. Qxc3 Rc8 34. Qd4
Qc5 35. Qxa4 Bb5 36. Qxb3 h4 37. d4 hxg3+ 38. Qxg3 Qxd4 39. Nf3 Qxb2 40. Ne5
Nh5 41. Qg4 Rc2 42. Rg1 Qd4 43. Nxg6 1-0

 

Akanksha Hagawane had no clue what her opponent GM Abhijit Kunte of Navigators was up to.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.6"]
[White "Kunte, Abhijit"]
[Black "Aakanksha, Hagawane"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A48"]
[WhiteElo "2467"]
[BlackElo "1711"]
[Annotator "Jalgaon Battlers - Pune Sangli Navigators"]
[PlyCount "115"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:09:17"]
[BlackClock "0:00:19"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nbd2 d5 4. b4 Bg7 5. e3 c6 6. Bb2 a5 7. b5 cxb5 8. Bxb5+
Bd7 9. a4 O-O 10. O-O Na6 11. Ba3 Nc7 12. Bxd7 Nxd7 13. Rb1 Rb8 14. c4 Re8 15.
Qb3 dxc4 16. Nxc4 Nd5 17. Nd6 exd6 18. Qxd5 Nb6 19. Qxa5 Nc4 20. Qc3 d5 21. Nd2
Nxa3 22. Qxa3 Bf8 23. Qa2 Re6 24. Rb5 Rd6 25. Qb3 Rd7 26. Nf3 Bd6 27. g3 Bc7
28. Rc1 b6 29. Kg2 Ra8 30. Ne1 Qe7 31. Qc2 Bd8 32. Nd3 Rc7 33. Qb3 Qe4+ 34. Kg1
Rxc1+ 35. Nxc1 Ra5 36. Rxa5 bxa5 37. Qb8 Qe7 38. Nd3 Kg7 39. Nf4 Qd7 40. Qb3
Qc6 41. Qxd5 Qxd5 42. Nxd5 f5 43. f3 Kf7 44. Kf2 Ke6 45. e4 fxe4 46. fxe4 Kd6
47. Ke3 Bg5+ 48. Kd3 Bd8 49. Nc3 h6 50. e5+ Ke6 51. Ke4 Bb6 52. d5+ Ke7 53. Nb5
h5 54. h3 g5 55. g4 hxg4 56. hxg4 Bc5 57. d6+ Ke6 58. Nd4+ 1-0

 

But Md. Nubairshah Shaikh equalised for battlers as he beat Aakash Thakur.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.5"]
[White "Mohammad, Nubairshah Shaikh"]
[Black "Thakur, Akash"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D11"]
[WhiteElo "2371"]
[BlackElo "2215"]
[Annotator "Jalgaon Battlers - Pune Sangli Navigators"]
[PlyCount "105"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:20"]
[BlackClock "0:00:06"]
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. e3 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O e6 8. b4 Re8
9. a4 Nbd7 10. Bb2 b6 11. a5 dxc4 12. Bxc4 b5 13. Bd3 Bf8 14. Qb3 Qe7 15. Na2
a6 16. e4 Bb7 17. Rfe1 e5 18. Nxe5 Nxe5 19. dxe5 Ng4 20. Be2 Nxe5 21. f4 Nd7
22. Qc3 f6 23. Bg4 Bg7 24. Rad1 Rad8 25. Re2 Nf8 26. Rde1 Bc8 27. Bxc8 Rxc8 28.
f5 c5 29. bxc5 Qxc5+ 30. Qxc5 Rxc5 31. Nb4 gxf5 32. exf5 Rxe2 33. Rxe2 Rxf5 34.
Nxa6 b4 35. Nxb4 Rxa5 36. Nc6 Ra6 37. Nd4 Kf7 38. Nf5 Ng6 39. Rc2 Bf8 40. g4
Ra4 41. h3 Nf4 42. Rc7+ Kg6 43. Nh4+ Kg5 44. Nf3+ Kg6 45. Rc6 Nxh3+ 46. Kh2 Rf4
47. Nh4+ Kg5 48. Kxh3 Rxg4 49. Nf3+ Kh5 50. Rxf6 Rb4 51. Ba3 Rb3 52. Bxf8 Rb5
53. Rh6# 1-0

 

GM B. Adhiban had an equal posiiton against GM Swapnil Dhopade of the Battlers, but he blundered into a loss ending. It was only a miracle that saved him in the end.
[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "6.4"]
[White "Adhiban, B."]
[Black "Swapnil, S. Dhopade"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A13"]
[WhiteElo "2644"]
[BlackElo "2458"]
[Annotator "Jalgaon Battlers - Pune Sangli Navigators"]
[PlyCount "183"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:01:30"]
[BlackClock "0:00:19"]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. O-O c5 6. Na3 Be7 7. Nxc4 Nc6 8. b3
O-O 9. Bb2 Qc7 10. Nfe5 Bd7 11. e3 b5 12. Nxd7 Nxd7 13. Na3 Qb6 14. d4 cxd4 15.
Nc2 Rad8 16. Nxd4 Nxd4 17. Qxd4 Bf6 18. Qxb6 Nxb6 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. Rfc1 Rc8
21. Bb7 Rxc1+ 22. Rxc1 Rd8 23. Rc7 b4 24. Bf3 Rd7 25. Rc5 Kg7 26. g4 Rd2 27.
Ra5 Nd7 28. Kf1 Ne5 29. Be2 Rc2 30. f4 Nc6 31. Ra6 Ne7 32. Bc4 Nd5 33. Bxd5
exd5 34. h4 d4 35. exd4 Rd2 36. Rxa7 Rxd4 37. Kg2 Rxf4 38. Kg3 Rd4 39. Rb7 h6
40. h5 Re4 41. Rc7 Rd4 42. Rc4 Rd2 43. Rxb4 Rxa2 44. Rf4 Rb2 45. b4 Rb3+ 46.
Kf2 f5 47. gxf5 Kf6 48. Kg2 Kg5 49. Rc4 Kxh5 50. Rc7 f6 51. Rc5 Rxb4 52. Kg3
Kg5 53. Ra5 Rg4+ 54. Kh3 h5 55. Rb5 Rf4 56. Kg3 h4+ 57. Kh3 Rf3+ 58. Kg2 Rxf5
59. Rb4 Rf4 60. Rb8 Rg4+ 61. Kf3 Rg3+ 62. Kf2 f5 63. Rg8+ Kf4 64. Rh8 Kg4 65.
Rg8+ Kf4 66. Rh8 Kg4 67. Rg8+ Kh3 68. Rf8 Rg5 69. Kf3 Rg3+ 70. Kf2 Rg5 71. Kf3
Kh2 72. Kf2 h3 73. Rf7 Rg2+ 74. Kf1 Rg5 75. Kf2 Kh1 76. Rf8 Rg2+ 77. Kf1 Rg5
78. Kf2 Kh2 79. Rf7 Rh5 80. Rf8 Rg5 81. Rf7 Rg2+ 82. Kf1 Rg1+ 83. Kf2 Rg5 84.
Rf8 Kh1 85. Rf7 Kh2 86. Rf8 Rg2+ 87. Kf1 Kg3 88. Rxf5 h2 89. Rg5+ Kf3 90. Rf5+
Kg3 91. Rg5+ Kf3 92. Rf5+ 1/2-1/2

 

Therefore, the first qualifier, with a direct spot in the finals to the winner, also ended in a tie. the armageddon match was set up and GM B. Adhiban stepped up for the Navigators. He had the white pieces and five minutes on the clock, but he had to win at any cost. For Jalgaon Battlers, the choice was tough but IM N. Srinath decided to take the responsibility of defending the black side with four minutes on the clock, but a  draw sufficing to win the match and qualify for the finals.

Strangely, both the armageddon games were decided by the same technicality. With so much pressure on the players, the time ticking down, and people in such numbers watchingyou live, things can become tricky.

The Jalgaon Battlers, thus, qualified straightaway to the finals. The Pune Sangli Navigators now had to play Pune TruMasters, the winner of the Eliminator. The winner of this second qualifier would book the finals spot to play against the Jalgaon Battlers for the title.

Pune Sangli NOK-99 Navigators vs. Pune TruMasters

Bo. 3 Pune Sangli NOK-99 Navigators Rtg - 1 Pune TruMasters Rtg 4.5 : 1.5
1/1 WFM Varshini, V  (w) 1845 - GM Sethuraman, S.P.  (b) 2541 0-1     
1/2 GM Kunte, Abhijit  (b) 2467 - IM Karavade, Eesha  (w) 2379     1-0 
1/3 GM Adhiban, B.  (w) 2644 - IM Swayams, Mishra  (b) 2539     1-0 
1/4 FM Thakur, Akash  (b) 2215 -   Raja, Harshit  (w) 2058     0.5 
1/5 IM Udeshi, Aditya  (w) 2418 - WFM Pujari, Rucha  (b) 2143  1-0   
1/6 WGM Gomes, Mary Ann  (b) 2337 - GM Vishnu, Prasanna. V  (w) 2420

    1-0 

The Qualifier 2, in contrast, was a one-sided affair with debutants Pune Sangli Navigators defeating Pune TruMasters 4.5-1.5. Abhijit Kunte, B Adhiban, Mary Ann Gomes and Aditya Udeshi emerged victories while Sethuraman scored the lone victory for Pune TruMasters.

[Event "Maharashtra Chess League"]
[Site "Pune"]
[Date "2016.06.14"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Adhiban, B."]
[Black "Swayams, Mishra"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "2644"]
[BlackElo "2539"]
[Annotator "PuneSangli Navigators - Pune TruMasters"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2016.06.11"]
[EventType "k.o. (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
[WhiteClock "0:05:31"]
[BlackClock "0:09:52"]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 c5 5. O-O g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Bg7 8. Nc3
Nc6 9. Qh4 h6 10. Nd5 Na5 11. Nd2 Rc8 12. Ne3 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 O-O 14. Rd1 Qc7 15.
b3 Qb7+ 16. Kg1 g5 17. Qh3 Ne4 18. Nf5 Bxa1 19. Nxe7+ Kg7 20. Nf5+ Kg8 21.
Nxh6+ Kg7 22. Nf5+ Kg8 23. Qg4 Rfe8 24. Nxe4 Qxe4 25. Qxg5+ Kh7 26. Rxd7 Rc6
27. Rxf7+ Kh8 28. Qh5+ Kg8 29. Qh7# 1-0

 

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Jalgaon Battlers vs Pune Sangli NOK-99 Navigators at 17:00 IST!

 

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