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National Challengers Round 1: 14-year-old holds GM Sriram Jha

by Gopakumar Sudhakaran - 14 August 2017

The Open National Challengers 2017 has got underway in Ahmedabad from 13th of August. All the grandmasters had a smooth outing in the first round except for one - GM Sriram Jha. The grandmaster from Delhi was held to a draw by 14-year-old Mounika Akshaya. Few more higher rated players faced the heat and were made to split the points. The battles are heating up and ChessBase India brings you the action from Karnavati club.

Guntur based fourteen year old Bommini Mounika Akshaya held former champion and Grandmaster Sriram Jha of LIC in the opening round of the National Challengers Chess Championship which got off to a rousing start at Karnavati Club, Ahmedabad on Sunday.

 

Playing white side of Slav defence game, Jha tried hard to take full point from the first round outing, but found Mounika’s defence a tough nut to crack. He was forced to split the point after a marathon game that lasted more than five hours and 100 moves.

White has the space, but no breakthrough!

In other surprising result of the day, Kartavya Anadkat brought cheers to the local crowd on Sunday afternoon as he beat seasoned International Master Dinesh Kumar Sharma in 37 moves. Air India’s Satyapragyan and Tamilnadu’s Niranjan Navalgund split points against lower rated Chaitanya Sairam Mogili of Telangana and Khalid Amin of Jammu and Kashmir respectively. Apart from these surprising results, all seeded players started their tournament campaign with expected victories in the opening round.

Results of round 1

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 130   Mohith R 1832 0 0 - 1 0 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579 1
2 2 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan 2564 0 1 - 0 0   Neelabh Jyoti Borthakur 1827 131
3 132   Trivedi Karan R 1827 0 0 - 1 0 GM Lalith Babu M R 2529 3
4 4 GM Narayanan Srinath 2524 0 1 - 0 0   Panda Sambit 1825 133
5 134   Dave Sneh 1823 0 0 - 1 0 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2516 5
6 6 GM Himanshu Sharma 2514 0 1 - 0 0   Rahul Kumar 1817 135
7 136   Aryan 1816 0 0 - 1 0 GM Kunte Abhijit 2505 7
8 8 GM Debashis Das 2493 0 1 - 0 0   Harsh Himanshu 1811 137
9 138   Vikee Vishal 1806 0 0 - 1 0 IM Thejkumar M. S. 2481 9
10 10 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2466 0 1 - 0 0   Lalzawmliana 1801 139

Rank after Round 1

Rk. SNo   Name sex FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3   TB4   TB5 
1 1 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.   IND 2579 TN 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  2 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan   IND 2564 KER 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  3 GM Lalith Babu M R   IND 2529 PSPB 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  4 GM Narayanan Srinath   IND 2524 AI 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  5 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade   IND 2516 RSPB 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  6 GM Himanshu Sharma   IND 2514 RSPB 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  7 GM Kunte Abhijit   IND 2505 PSPB 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  8 GM Debashis Das   IND 2493 ODI 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  9 IM Thejkumar M. S.   IND 2481 RSPB 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0
  10 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J.   IND 2466 RSPB 1,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,00 1,0

Round 2 on 2017/08/14 at 0930 hrs

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 1 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 2579 1   1   Baivab Mishra 2074 72
2 74   Bhatt Jalpan 2069 1   1 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan 2564 2
3 3 GM Lalith Babu M R 2529 1   1   Neelash Saha 2062 75
4 76   Manush Shah 2060 1   1 GM Narayanan Srinath 2524 4
5 5 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2516 1   1   Bhambure Shantanu 2052 77
6 78   Deepthamsh Reddy. M 2052 1   1 GM Himanshu Sharma 2514 6
7 7 GM Kunte Abhijit 2505 1   1 WFM Tarini Goyal 2034 79
8 80   Sinha Santosh Kumar 2034 1   1 GM Debashis Das 2493 8
9 9 IM Thejkumar M. S. 2481 1   1   Tarun V Kanth 2031 81
10 82   Samant Aditya S 2030 1   1 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2466 10

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