Pranesh M in Open and Velpula Sarayu in Girls lead the table with 8 points

33rd VMRDA National Open & Girls Chess Championship, 2019, Visakhapatnam

Report by IA S.PAUL AROKIA RAJ

The fierce fight among the top contenders in the ninth round has resolved the leadership issue in the open category with the top seed M.Pranesh of Tamil Nadu taking up the sole lead with 8 points. Three others Pranav V, Nikhil Magizhnan (both Tamil Nadu), Krishnan Ritvik (Maharashtra) are close on the heels of the leader with 7.5 points.

Nine others occupy the third place with 7 points each. As expected in the Girls section Telangana’s Velpula Sarayu continued to maintain her dream run with 8 points. Six players namely Keerthi Ganta (both Telangana), Kriti Mayur Patel (Maharashtra), Renganayaki V (Karnataka), Tejaswini G ( Tamil Nadu), Panda Miracle and Barik Bijayalaxmi (both Orissa) are one point behind the leader on the second spot.

Pranesh overpowered Jubin Jimmy’s caro kann defense by choosing the advance variation. His thoughtful moves in the middle game totally paralyzed the black side that black has to give up the pawns to wriggle out of the pressure. In the ensuing rook ending, Pranesh proved his sound end game knowledge to strike a crucial victory in 60 moves. In a game involving two Tamil Nadu lads Nikhil Magizhnan and V.Pranav the former employed scotch opening. As both played a well prepared opening moves, the game reached an even position and the players signed a peace treaty.

In a scintillating mach on the top table between two Telangana’s girls Kheerthi Ganta and Velpula Sarayu, the former was enjoying space advantage in Averbekh system against Black’s King’s Indian defense. However, Kheerthi Ganga failed to convert it into a win and allowed the top seed to equalize the game in the early middle game. Therefore the players decided to split the point in 32 moves. Tejaswini G (Tamil Nadu) scored a fluent victory over Tanisha (Maharashtra) in a miniature game from scotch opening. When Tejaswani trapped her opponent queen, black conceded her defeat on her 23rd move.

Results

Round 9

Bo. No. Name Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg Club/City No.
1 1 FM Pranesh M 2333 TN 7 1 – 0 7 FM Jubin Jimmy 2214 KER 3
2 4 CM Nikhil Magizhnan 2175 TN 7 ½ – ½ 7 Pranav V 2315 TN 2
3 5 Ilamparthi A R 2074 TN ½ – ½ Aditya Varun Gampa 1826 TEL 12
4 6 Manish Kumar (2006) 1953 Orissa ½ – ½ Koustuv Dash 1591 Orissa 34
5 11 Aaditya Dhingra 1867 HAR 0 – 1 Krishnan Ritvik 1685 MAH 24
6 30 Sai Raj Gopal K 1613 AP 6 0 – 1 6 Harshad S 1917 TN 7
7 32 Jain Adi 1593 GUJ 6 1 – 0 6 Vinay R Jumani 1765 TN 16
8 18 Adireddy Tarun 1738 TEL 6 0 – 1 6 Prithvvi Singh 1593 UP 33
9 19 Shaik Sumer Arsh 1737 TEL 6 1 – 0 6 Shrey Nilkant 1414 MAH 70
10 85 Pranay Garg 1355 HAR 6 ½ – ½ 6 Dhanvij Ansh 1677 MAH 26

Results

Round 9

Bo. No. Name Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg Club/City No.
1 11 Kheerthi Ganta 1545 TEL ½ – ½ Velpula Sarayu 1768 TEL 1
2 17 WCM Kriti Mayur Patel 1449 MAH ½ – ½ 6 Meenatchi Rajam V 1714 TN 2
3 24 Tejaswini G 1374 TN 6 1 – 0 6 Boramanikar Tanisha S 1694 MAH 3
4 4 WCM Wankhade Sanskruti 1630 MAH 6 ½ – ½ 6 Yashavishree N 1422 TN 20
5 6 AIM Renganayaki V 1610 KAR 6 1 – 0 6 Cera Dagaria 1433 MP 19
6 13 Yash Jyoti Bir 1507 WB 6 ½ – ½ 6 Swara Lakshmi S Nair 1390 KAR 21
7 16 Anushka Gupta 1456 WB 6 0 – 1 6 Panda Miracle 1379 Orissa 23
8 18 Rout Yashita 1440 Orissa 6 0 – 1 6 Barik Bijayalaxmi 1344 Orissa 31
9 5 Akshaya Rajaraman 1617 TN 1 – 0 Sri Anjana Sarvani M 1146 AP 71
10 35 Prasiddhi Bhat 1316 KAR ½ – ½ WCM Patel Riddhi R 1461 GUJ 15