Karthik, Nitish and Aakanksha lead in National Juniors

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

Report by I.A Manjunatha Murthy

GM Karthik Venkatraman of Andhra Pradesh continued his unbeaten streak to share joint first spot after the halfway stage in the National Junior Open Chess Championships, organized by Delhi Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federation.

The sixth and seventh round matches were held Sunday where Karthik drew against Rakesh Kumar Jena (Odisha) and defeated IM Rahul Srivatshav (Telangana) respectively to be placed jointly first, along with FM Nitish Belurkar (Goa) with 6.5 points.

Meanwhile, in the Girls section, WIM Aakanksha Hagawane emerged as sole-leader with 6.5/7 points.

Round 6

Top three boards had ended in draws. FM Nitish Belurkar scored a decisive result on fourth board against Raahul Vs. of Tamil Nadu.

At the end of 6th round GM Karthik Venkataraman, IM Rakesh Kumar Jena , IM Rahul Srivatshav P, and FM Nitish Belurkar of Goa were in joint-lead with 5.5 points.

WCM Jyothsna L of Tamil Nadu

In the girls category, Aakanksha Hagawane and Chitlange Sakshi’s game ended in a draw on board one. On the second board,  Jyothsna L defeated Shristi Pandey in 39 moves. On the third board, Vantika Agrawal registered victory against Makhija Aashna.

WIM Aakanksha Hagawane, WIM Chitlange Sakshi, WIM Vanthika Agrawal and WCM Jyothsna L  were in lead with 5.5 points after 6 rounds.

Round 7

On the top board, Rahul Srivatshav played against Karthik Venkataraman. Rahul opted for London System and soon was having upper hand in the middle game. He was having many chances for draw but he fought for win. On 36th move, he overlooked black’s h6 move. Thereafter Karthik played accurately and won the game.

FM Nitish Belurkar overpowered IM Rakesh Kumar Jena on second board.

At the end of 7th round, GM Karthik Venkataraman and FM Nitish Belurkar are in joint lead with 6.5 points.

WIM Aakanksha Hagawane

In Girls section, On top board Aakanksha Hagawane played against Vantika Agrawal. Vantika opted for Sicilian defence. In the middle game she played a bit passively and soon was in time pressure. Aakanksha continued her good performance and secured an easy victory. This win made Aakanksha sole leader of the championship.

On second board WCM Jyothsna L played against WIM Chitlange Sakshi. In this game both the players played safely and agreed for draw on 44th move.

Round 8

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 1 GM Karthik Venkataraman 2527 FM Nitish Belurkar 2310 15
2 23 Pranavananda V 2230 6 6 CM Aronyak Ghosh 2343 12
3 31 Srihari L 2165 IM Rakesh Kumar Jena 2394 2
4 13 Kaustuv Kundu 2337 IM Rahul Srivatshav P 2391 3
5 5 IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari 2378 Aaryan Varshney 2200 27
6 40 Barath Kalyan M 2067 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2368 6
7 7 FM Rajdeep Sarkar 2362 Manish Anto Cristiano F 2073 38
8 8 FM Anuj Shrivatri 2357 5 Ritviz Parab 2309 16
9 35 Panda Sambit 2132 5 5 Raahul V S 2381 4
10 33 Ajay Karthikeyan 2143 5 5 Neelash Saha 2351 9

Girls

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 10 WCM Jyothsna L 2060 6 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 2264 2
2 3 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 2237 6 6 Bakshi Rutuja 1981 15
3 4 WIM Vantika Agrawal 2210 WCM Bristy Mukherjee 1868 24
4 27 WFM Lakshmi C 1842 WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2090 8
5 22 Ghosh Samriddhaa 1870 WIM Chandreyee Hajra 1963 17
6 29 Pandey Srishti 1825 WCM Jain Nityata 1891 20
7 19 WFM Tanishka Kotia 1951 5 5 Priyanka K 2207 5
8 36 Rindhiya V 1773 5 5 WCM Ananya Suresh 1961 18
9 21 WFM Meghna C H 1879 5 5 WFM Potluri Supreetha 1814 30
10 33 Harivardhini I 1794 5 WCM Mrudul Dehankar 2136 7

Photos Courtesy: I.A Gopakumar Sudhakaran