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Sub-Juniors 01-06: Sanskriti surprises in the Girls' section; three lead among the Boys

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 24/11/2016

The Delhi Chess Association is hosting the National Sub-junior Championship 2016 at the Indra Gandhi Indoor Stadium from 28th to 28th November 2016. Three players share the lead in the boys' section while two girls lead in the other section. We bring you an illustrated report.

Sub-Juniors 01-06: Sanskriti surprises in the Girls' section; three lead among the Boys

Delhi has been organizing several tournaments of importance since the last couple of years. One thing has remained constant — quality. This was probably the first time in recorded history that we saw a women's national premier tournament being organized in a far better manner than the men's event. And this feat was possible because the Delhi Chess Association organized the women's event this time, while the men's event in Lucknow is struggling to stay afloat.

 

The Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium is hosting the National Sub-Junior Championship 2016 from 20th to 28th November 2016.

FM V.S. Rathanvel (2381) of Tamil Nadu suffered a minor setback when he was held to a draw by Odisha's Manish Kumar (1495). He then won five consecutive games to share the lead with 5.5/6. [Photo: Sa Kannan]

Iniyan P. (2370) had been leading with 5.0/5 but lost to Rathanvel in the sixth round to fall behind.

Rahul Shrivastav (2325) beat young talent Gukesh D. to join Rathanvel at the top with 5.5/6.

FM Mitrabha Guha (2250) had a similar tale — he beat Arjun Erigaisi (2300) to tie at the top with Rathanvel and Shrivastav.

Aged just nine, CM Gukesh D. has a gigantic 2252 for a rating. A fresh future awaits him. In this event, he is on 4.5/6.

Pairings for Round 07:

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg Club/City No.
1 2 FM Rathanvel V S 2381 TN     Rahul Srivatshav P 2325 TEL 4
2 12 FM Mitrabha Guha 2250 WB   5   Iniyan P 2370 TN 3
3 30   Pruthu Deshpande 1991 MAH 5   5 FM Rakesh Kumar Jena 2310 ODI 5
4 6   Harikrishnan.A.Ra 2310 TN 5   5   Neelash Saha 2061 WB 25
5 10 FM Rajdeep Sarkar 2274 WB 5   5   Mehta Naitik R 1839 GUJ 50
6 14   Jayakumaar S 2186 TN 5   5   Shakthi Vishal J 1856 TN 48
7 29   Dileep Kumar R 1991 TN   IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari 2444 KAR 1
8 8 FM Nitish Belurkar 2300 GOA   CM Bharath Subramaniyam H 1984 TN 31
9 34   Abhishek T M 1966 KER   CM Erigaisi Arjun 2300 TEL 9
10 11 CM Gukesh D 2252 AP     Panesar Vedant 1882 MAH 42

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In the girls' section, with 5.5/6, WFM Arpita Mukherjee (2108) is jointly leading with...

 

...Uttar Pradesh's Sanskriti Goyal (1696), who clearly is the surprise of the event so far with +104 in rating. 

Arpita and Sanskriti drew their top board battle in the sixth round. 

Pairings for Round 07:

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg Club/City No.
1 5   Harshita Guddanti 1979 AP 5   WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2108 WB 1
2 17   Sanskriti Goyal 1696 UP   5   Vantika Agrawal 2051 DEL 3
3 11   Toshali V 1752 AP 5   WFM Bommini Mounika Akshaya 1729 AP 13
4 4   Priyanka K 2046 TN     Archi Agrawal 1575 DEL 29
5 6 WFM Lakshmi C 1905 TN     Garima Gaurav 1517 BIH 34

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