Report by IA Prof. R. Anantharam
Tamil Nadu grandmaster and 2016 Asian Junior champion Aravindh Chithamabaram defeated IM P. Shyaamnikhil of Railways to join the PSPB grandmaster MR Lalith Babu on cloud nine, at the end of the eleventh round of the Khadi India National Premier Chess Championship, organised by All Bihar Chess Association at Lemon Tree Hotel, Patna today.
Both have scored 7.5 points each and three players – defending champion Karthikeyan Murali of Tamil Nadu, SL Narayanan of Kerala and Arghyadip Das of Railways have scored one point behind. The overnight leader Lalith Babu had a draw against Deepan Chakkravarthy of Railways.
The Reti opening handled by P. Shyaamnikhil against the title aspirant GM Aravindh Chithamabaram was flowing like calm river until move 36. Capitalising the White’s idle and dormant queen on h- file for 13 moves, Aravindh slowly targeted the kingside. Under severe time pressure, Shyaam committed a harakiri, allowing Aravindh to nail his queen to the wall, blocking all its escape routes. Shyaam’s collapse happened in just four moves, out of the total 40 moves of the game. The story might have been different, had Shyaam used his queen’s full potential properly; he might have secured at least a draw.
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Railways GM RR Laxman was determined to get away with a draw from his game against Odisha’s GM Debashis Das. It was transparent, when he repeated his knight to the same square thrice, in the middle game of a Ragozin defence Queens Gambit Declined game. But, Debashis who was not prepared for it, did not move his bishop to the same square for the third time, a basic condition for a draw claim. In the end game, Debashis had two isolated pawns, one of them supported by the advanced king and another by his rook and had no difficulty in beating Laxman.
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Former national champion Abhijit Kunte of PSPB came out of the drought by registering his first win in the tournament over the winless GM Himanshu Sharma of Railways in a Scheveningen variation of Sicilian defence. Exchange of queens on the 23rd move provided a slight advantage to Abhijit. He held on to it for a facile win in 38 moves, when his e- pawn inched towards the promotion square with support from his knight and bishop. Himanshu languishes at the bottom with 2 points.
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Both Lalith Babu and Deepan Chakkravarthy judiciously mixed attack and defence to gain momentum in the Catalan opening by the former. At one stage, Deepan had a slight edge. Once the players moved into the second time control, Deepan could not continue his rhythm and Lalith had an obstinate defence to extract half a point in well fought 56 moves.
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Sammed Shete heaved a sigh of relief, when he scored half a point in the game with Railways player S Nitin, to stop his string of five continuous losses. In the Spanish variation of the four knights game, Sammed readily gave up his rook for a knight and pawn to break open the safety of Nitin’s king. He also relinquished his queen for two rooks and a pawn. But Nitin was able to draw the game in a queen vs rook and bishop ending, though Sammed had three more pawns than Nitin.
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GM SL Narayanan tried in vain to extricate full point against GM Swapnil Dhopade in a Cao Kann defence, by sacrificing his bishop and then his rook for a knight. But his tactics failed to bear any fruit. He had to force a draw by repeated checks with his queen to the Dhopade’s king on the edge of the board, in a rook down position.
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Defending champion Karthikeyan Murali of Tamil Nadu never held any advantage in his game with Railways international master Arghyadip das, who started with the Keres variation of the Ruy Lopez opening. They had to settle for a draw in a knight and bishop ending.
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|Round 11 on 2017/11/08 at 10:00 AM|
|1||6||2568||GM||Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan||½ – ½||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||2516||14|
|2||7||2525||GM||Lalith Babu M R||½ – ½||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||2477||5|
|3||8||2415||IM||Nitin S.||½ – ½||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||2310||4|
|4||9||2422||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||0 – 1||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2573||3|
|5||10||2510||GM||Himanshu Sharma||0 – 1||GM||Kunte Abhijit||2503||2|
|6||11||2494||GM||Debashis Das||1 – 0||GM||Laxman R.R.||2392||1|
|7||12||2434||IM||Das Arghyadip||½ – ½||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2578||13|
|Round 12 on 2017/11/09 at 10:00 AM|
|1||14||2516||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2578||13|
|2||1||2392||GM||Laxman R.R.||IM||Das Arghyadip||2434||12|
|3||2||2503||GM||Kunte Abhijit||GM||Debashis Das||2494||11|
|4||3||2573||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2510||10|
|5||4||2310||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||2422||9|
|6||5||2477||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IM||Nitin S.||2415||8|
|7||6||2568||GM||Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2525||7|