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National Juniors 2016: Top seeds suffer as a 1900-player leads!

by Hinduja Reddy - 15/10/2016

The National Junior Championship is in progress in Andhra Pradesh with many of India's strong junior players in attendance. The top four seeds — Md. Nubairshah Shaikh, Praneeth Surya, Ojas Kulkarni, Sayantan Das, all in the 2400 range — are having a terrible tournament, languishing behind their lower rated peers. Vaishali lost early to a much lower rated peer, but then she played in her usual standard. Tactics and more in our illustrated report.

National Juniors 2016: Top seeds suffer as a 1900-player leads!

Rajahmundry is a tranquil city located on the banks of Godavari River. Surrounded by 200 villages, the city has the distinction of being the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is currently hosting the National Junior (U-19) Open and Girls Chess Championship, 2016.

 

The top seed is Maharashtra's newly minted international master Md. Nubairshah Shaikh (2418), followed by FM Praneeth Surya (2413) of Telangana, who sensationally qualified for the National Premier last year. Ojas Kulkarni recently broke into the 2400 mark, and IM Sayantan Das is already a veteran of several strong tournaments.

 

But would they have a successful event? The tournament has seen a succession of surprising leaders, but these higher seeds were none of them!

14-year-old Kumar Gaurav (1926) had lost a hatful of rating before this event. Now he is +197.

Bihar's Kumar Gaurav already has a feather in his cap. He made his maiden IM-norm in Chennai at the beginning of this year. He is leading the National Juniors with 7.5/9.

 

In contention, pursuing Gaurav is IM Krishna Teja N. (2268) of Andhra Pradesh with 7.0/9.

Shailesh Dravid (2269) of Nagpur is also on 7.0/9, sharing the second spot with Krishna Teja.

Just 11 years of age, Raunak Sadhwani (2174) of Nagpur was in joint lead after eight rounds.

Now he is trailing the leaders by half-a-point. Remarkably, Raunak has already defeated Kumar Gaurav and city-mate Shailesh Dravid!

WFM Tarini Goyal (2202) is playing in the Open. Brave, but she is losing some 66 points already.

WIM Vaishali R (2295) has raced away to 8.0/9 in the girls' section. [Photo: Amruta Mokal]

Vaishali had a slump in the beginning - losing to Sunyuktha CMN (1907) in the third round.  After the loss, she scored seven straight wins and is now leading by 1.5 points!

Tact Tricks:

(All positions — White to move)

 

Pranavananda-Praneeth Surya

Raunak-Bharath

Arpita-Tejaswini

Badrinath-Sai Vishwesh

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Round 10 Pairings:

Open

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg Club/City No.
1 10   Shailesh Dravid 2269 Maharashtra 7     Kumar Gaurav 1926 Bihar 42
2 11 IM Krishna Teja N 2268 Andhra Pradesh 7   7   Sidhant Mohapatra 2286 Odisha 9
3 13   Jayakumaar S 2235 Tamilnadu     Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2418 Maharashtra 1
4 6 CM Erigaisi Arjun 2307 Telangana     Grahesh Y 1910 Andhra Pradesh 44
5 8   Muthaiah Al 2299 Tamilnadu     Pranavananda V 2199 Andhra Pradesh 17
6 12   Aradhya Garg 2250 Delhi   CM Sadhwani Raunak 2173 Maharashtra 19
7 5   Sai Vishwesh.C 2308 Tamilnadu 6   6   Baivab Mishra 2059 Odisha 27
8 36   Krishnater Kushager 1972 Maharashtra 6   6 FM Rajdeep Sarkar 2306 West Bengal 7
9 24   Sai Agni Jeevitesh J 2077 Telangana 6   6   Sankalp Gupta 2204 Maharashtra 15
10 16 WFM Tarini Goyal 2203 Chandigarh 6   6   Pimpalkhare Vedant 1900 Maharashtra 47

Girls

1 6 WCM Salonika Saina 2093 Odisha   8 WIM Vaishali R 2295 Tamilnadu 1
2 4   Priyanka K 2205 Tamilnadu   WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2040 West Bengal 8
3 11 WFM Bidhar Rutumbara 1911 Odisha   6 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 2205 Maharashtra 3
4 18   Meghna C H 1794 Kerala 6   6 WIM Tejaswini Sagar 2256 Gujarat 2
5 19   Potluri Saye Srreezza 1789 Telangana 6   6 WFM Lasya.G 2106 Andhra Pradesh 5
6 21   Aasha C R 1777 Tamilnadu 6   6   Sunyuktha C M N 1907 Tamilnadu 12
7 25   Priyamvada Karamcheti 1756 Andhra Pradesh 6   6 WCM Isha Sharma 1886 Karnataka 15
8 17   Jishitha D 1884 Andhra Pradesh 6   6   Deodhar Vrushali Umesh 1699 Maharashtra 29
9 9 WCM Chandreyee Hajra 2027 West Bengal     Harshita Guddanti 2077 Andhra Pradesh 7