Karthik, Aakanksha and Sakshi maintain lead after 8 rounds

National Junior ( U-19 ) Open & Girls Chess Championship 2018

Report by I.A Manjunatha Murthy

GM Karthik Venkatraman of Andhra Pradesh emerged as sole-leader at the end of 8th round in the National Junior Open Chess Championship, organized by Delhi Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federation.

Meanwhile, Maharastra’s WIM Aakanksha Hagawane and WIM Chitlange Sakshi are jointly leading in the girl’s section with 7.0/8 points.

Karthik continued his form and won the game. This victory made him sole leader of the National Junior Chess Championship.

In the eighth round, on the top board, India’s 55th Grandmaster Karthik Venkataraman played against FM Nitish Belurkar of Goa. Nitish played Kings Indian defence in the opening. On 12th move he moved his bishop to d7. Karthik considered that it may not be so good option. Hereafter Nitish played passively and soon Karthik grabbed the initiative. Nitish surrendered on the 38th move.

On second board Pranavananda V of Andhra Pradesh played against CM Aronyak Ghosh of West Bengal. Aronyak played Sicilian defence. Pranavananda said in the opening he missed the move order so position become equal. Thereafter, both players played safely and agreed to draw after completing 30 moves.

In the girls section, On top board WCM Jyothsna L of Tamil Nadu played against WIM Aakanksha Hagawane, the reigning Asian Junior Rapid Chess Bronze Medal winner. Aakanksha opted for Benoni defence and she was having a sligh better advantage. Jyothsna had defended the position successfully. On 56th move, both agreed for draw.

On second board WIM Chitlange Sakshi of Maharastra played against statemate Bakshi Rutuja. It was the longest game in the tournament.  Sakshi won the game in the queen endgame by winning an extra pawn though she missed winning move in the early stage of middle game. Rutuja fought very hard to defend the game but on 92nd move she accepted her defeat.

WIM Aakanksha Hagawane and WIM Chitlange Sakshi are in joint lead with 7 points.

Pairings

Open

Round 9 on 2018/12/04 at 10.00AM

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 12 CM Aronyak Ghosh 2343 GM Karthik Venkataraman 2527 1
2 2 IM Rakesh Kumar Jena 2394 FM Rajdeep Sarkar 2362 7
3 15 FM Nitish Belurkar 2310 IM Rahul Srivatshav P 2391 3
4 6 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2368 Pranavananda V 2230 23
5 27 Aaryan Varshney 2200 6 FM Rathanvel V S 2349 10
6 32 Harshavardhan G B 2163 6 6 FM Anuj Shrivatri 2357 8
7 9 Neelash Saha 2351 6 6 Panda Sambit 2132 35
8 20 FM Wagh Suyog 2240 6 6 Bhavesh Mahajan 1703 103
9 29 Dhananjay S 2180 IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari 2378 5
10 31 Srihari L 2165 FM Audi Ameya 2347 11

Girls

Round 9 on 2018/12/04 at 10.00AM

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 2 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 2264 7 Pandey Srishti 1825 29
2 4 WIM Vantika Agrawal 2210 7 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 2237 3
3 8 WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2090 WCM Jyothsna L 2060 10
4 15 Bakshi Rutuja 1981 6 6 WFM Meghna C H 1879 21
5 17 WIM Chandreyee Hajra 1963 6 6 Rindhiya V 1773 36
6 5 Priyanka K 2207 6 Ghosh Samriddhaa 1870 22
7 24 WCM Bristy Mukherjee 1868 WIM Priyanka Nutakki 2293 1
8 20 WCM Jain Nityata 1891 WFM Makhija Aashna 2197 6
9 7 WCM Mrudul Dehankar 2136 WFM Lakshmi C 1842 27
10 12 WFM Dhyana Patel 2002 Shivika Rohilla 1780 35

Photos Courtesy: I.A Jitendra Choudhary