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Nat. Teams 07: Air India crash

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 06/02/2017

Railways-A are comfortably perched atop the leaderboard with a perfect score of 14 match points in 7 games (2 points per game). But now the real fun is in the race to finish second. And Air India suffered a spectacular debacle. In the women's section, things are still hot. Report.

Nat. Teams 07: Air India crash

Railways-A has all but sealed their second consecutive title by pulverizing both the high flying Air India and Airport Authority of India, the two chief contenders. Winning the remaining games looks like an easy task, unless something mind-blowing happens.


But the real fun is in the race to the second place. Who will finish second?

Railways-A smashed LIC  out of the park. Sriram Jha earned the solitary draw for LIC against Deepan Chakkravarthy, while all other boards were won by the Railways.

The biggest shocker was Air India's collapse against Viyugam Chess Academy, a team from Tamil Nadu.

IM Srinath Narayanan and GM Tejas Bakre were held to draws by Surendran N. and Sekar B. respectively. On the first two boards, IM Swayangsu Satyapragyan lost to Lokesh N...

While Swayams Mishra lost... Saravana Krishnan P.

There are a few bad moves possible here for White and Swayams played 9.Bd2. Black to play.

In the women's section, Air India left no breathing space for Madhya Pradesh, mopping them up 4-0. They continue to occupy the top spot with nine points after five games.

WFM Rucha Pujari continued to star for AAI. She beat WGM Swati Ghate with the black pieces. Ghate had been better for a while and if anybody could fight for a win, it was White (Ghate). But then she hallucinated (time-pressure?)...
[Event "Indian National Team Chess Championship"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.02.06"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Swati Ghate"]
[Black "Pujari, Rucha"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C55"]
[WhiteElo "2257"]
[BlackElo "2127"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. Re1 d6 7. a4 Na5 8. Ba2
c5 9. c3 h6 10. h3 Nc6 11. Na3 a6 12. Bd2 Rb8 13. Nc4 b5 14. Ne3 Be6 15. Nd5
Qd7 16. Nh2 Bd8 17. axb5 axb5 18. Nxf6+ Bxf6 19. Ng4 Bg5 20. Bxg5 hxg5 21. Bxe6
Qxe6 22. Qd2 f6 23. Ra6 Rfc8 24. Rea1 Ne7 25. d4 exd4 26. cxd4 Qxe4 27. dxc5
Nf5 28. Re1 Qd4 29. Qxd4 Nxd4 30. Rxd6 Rd8 31. Rd1 Rxd6 32. cxd6 Nc6 33. Rc1
Nd4 34. d7 Ne2+ 0-1


Although Kiran Manisha Mohanty did pull one back for LIC by beating Sakshi Chitlange, AAI won on the remaining boards comfortably and stay in the hunt with eight points and second place after five matches. 


 Some of the teams have young competitors and the arbiters have their hands full listening to them.

Also Read:

  1. Nat. Teams 05+06: Air India, AAI fall under the speeding train
  2. Nat. Teams 02-04: Top Seeds AAI lose to Air India
  3. Shiva S wins Bangalore Blitz with 7.5/9 score
  4. GCT 2017: Nine Titans to play including Magnus, Vishy

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