National Premier 01: Lalith Babu and Deepan Start with Wins

Patna: GM Himanshu Sharma and IM S. Nitin had a below-par outing as GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and GM Lalith Babu MR defeated them in Patna today.

Fourth seed Lalith Babu gave no chance to Nitin who had to defend sorrowfully with black. It was a one-way traffic in a way with White having all the fun.

While Lalith already had a very comfortable position after 11 moves, the second result of the day was topsy-turvy.

GM Deepan had a clear pressure over sixth seed GM Himanshu Sharma.But there was a sudden drop of intensity in Deepan’s performance and Himanshu had a chance to hold with a sharp continuation.

Black could’ve saved the game at one point if he had played 28…Rc7 instead of …Kb2. Even then he had a chance to hold by sacrificing a bishop but Himanshu never played it, perhaps due to time pressure.

 Unheralded newcomer Sammed Shete had a pleasant position as well with the white pieces, with better pawn structure. But maybe, he had to be a bit more confident in his abilities and play a move like h4. Instead, he took on c4, allowing Black (GM Debashis Das) to equalize easily.

Round 1 on 2017/10/28 at 01:00 PM
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
1 1 2392 GM Laxman R.R. ½ – ½ GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2516 14
2 2 2503 GM Kunte Abhijit ½ – ½ GM Karthikeyan Murali 2578 13
3 3 2573 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. ½ – ½ IM Das Arghyadip 2434 12
4 4 2310 Sammed Jaykumar Shete ½ – ½ GM Debashis Das 2494 11
5 5 2477 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 1 – 0 GM Himanshu Sharma 2510 10
6 6 2568 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan ½ – ½ IM Shyaamnikhil P 2422 9
7 7 2525 GM Lalith Babu M R 1 – 0 IM Nitin S. 2415 8
Round 2 on 2017/10/29 at 10:00 AM
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
1 14 2516 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade IM Nitin S. 2415 8
2 9 2422 IM Shyaamnikhil P GM Lalith Babu M R 2525 7
3 10 2510 GM Himanshu Sharma GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan 2568 6
4 11 2494 GM Debashis Das GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2477 5
5 12 2434 IM Das Arghyadip Sammed Jaykumar Shete 2310 4
6 13 2578 GM Karthikeyan Murali GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2573 3
7 1 2392 GM Laxman R.R. GM Kunte Abhijit 2503 2

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