Aravindh in the lead

National Open Senior Chess Championship 2018

Report by I.A Ganesh Babu S

GM Aravindh Chidhambaram emerged as a sole leader at the end of 4th round of National Senior Open Chess championship, organized by All J&K Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federation, at Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust— Jammu.

Aravindh  playing with black pieces against English opening by IM Karthikeyan of RSPB, took the pawn majority on the queenside and exchanged all the pieces resulting in a winning king and pawn endgame in 42 moves.

On the second spot, thirteen players are with 3.5 points. The other overnight leader GM Deep Sen Gupta of PSPB could not convert his slight advantage in the opening against Ritviz Parab of Goa ended up in a draw.

Top seeded GM Abhijeet Gupta’s powerful seventh rank rooks ensured him a victory against IM VAV Rajesh of Tamil Nadu on board 3.

Fifty-nine-year-old GM Pravin thipsay sacrificed an exchange in order to open up the kingside against GM Karthikeyan Murali, where he missed out the equal position and gave back the exchange resulting in weakening the king’s position. Soon Thipsay converted into advantage with two pawns up and won the game in 33 moves.

GM Karthik Venkataraman overlooked a piece sacrifice on 27th move by IM Rathnakaran, who completely destroyed karthik’s kingside which forced him to resign in 34 moves.

An another overwhelming result by IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy beat GM Tejas Bakre of Air India, earlier he won against GM M R Venkatesh of PSPB.

Important results of Round4:

Bo.

 

Name

IRtg

Club

Pts

Res.

Pts

 

Name

IRtg

Club

1

IM

Karthikeyan P.

2482

RSPB

3

0 – 1

3

GM

Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.

2584

TN

2

GM

Sengupta Deep

2565

PSPB

3

½ – ½

3

 

Ritviz Parab

2338

GOA

3

GM

Gupta Abhijeet

2597

PSPB

1 – 0

IM

Rajesh V A V

2402

TN

4

GM

Thipsay Praveen M

2400

MAH

1 – 0

GM

Karthikeyan Murali

2591

PSPB

5

GM

Vaibhav Suri

2589

PSPB

1 – 0

IM

Satyapragyan Swayangsu

2394

AI

6

GM

Deepan Chakkravarthy J.

2550

RSPB

1 – 0

IM

Gusain Himal

2379

RSPB

7

GM

Karthik Venkataraman

2527

AP

0 – 1

IM

Rathnakaran K.

2366

RSPB

8

IM

Rahul Srivatshav P

2379

TEL

½ – ½

GM

Vishnu Prasanna. V

2518

TN

9

 

Raahul V S

2381

TN

0 – 1

IM

Stany G.A.

2509

AAI

10

GM

Anurag Mhamal

2491

GOA

1 – 0

IM

Saravana Krishnan P.

2346

TN

11

 

Neelash Saha

2351

WB

½ – ½

GM

Swapnil S. Dhopade

2490

RSPB

12

FM

Srihari L R

2316

TN

0 – 1

IM

Vignesh N R

2455

TN

13

IM

Girinath P.D.S.

2313

RSPB

½ – ½

IM

Akash G

2443

TN

14

GM

Laxman R.R.

2436

RSPB

1 – 0

 

Srijit Paul

2298

WB

15

IM

Konguvel Ponnuswamy

2282

PSPB

1 – 0

GM

Bakre Tejas

2433

AI

16

GM

Neelotpal Das

2412

PSPB

1 – 0

 

Bhambure Shantanu

2223

MAH

Pairings of Round 5 (top 10 Boards)

Bo.

 

Name

IRtg

Club

Pts

Res.

Pts

 

Name

IRtg

Club

1

GM

Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.

2584

TN

4

GM

Gupta Abhijeet

2597

PSPB

2

GM

Laxman R.R.

2436

RSPB

GM

Vaibhav Suri

2589

PSPB

3

GM

Neelotpal Das

2412

PSPB

GM

Sengupta Deep

2565

PSPB

4

 

Ritviz Parab

2338

GOA

GM

Deepan Chakkravarthy J.

2550

RSPB

5

IM

Stany G.A.

2509

AAI

GM

Thipsay Praveen M

2400

MAH

6

IM

Rathnakaran K.

2366

RSPB

GM

Anurag Mhamal

2491

GOA

7

IM

Vignesh N R

2455

TN

IM

Konguvel Ponnuswamy

2282

PSPB

8

GM

Vishnu Prasanna. V

2518

TN

3

3

FM

Jubin Jimmy

2267

KER

9

GM

Swapnil S. Dhopade

2490

RSPB

3

3

 

Nayak Rajesh

2173

ORI

10

 

Surendran N

2176

TN

3

3

IM

Karthikeyan P.

2482

RSPB