Nationwide Chess Championship: Abhijeet Gupta in sole lead after 32-move win over Koustav Chatterjee

Published:Mar 9, 202412:56
Nationwide Chess Championship: Abhijeet Gupta in sole lead after 32-move win over Koustav Chatterjee

Abhijeet Gupta punished an excessively passive Koustav Chatterjee in 32 strikes to emerge because the chief after 5 rounds of the MPL Nationwide Chess Championship right here on Monday.

On a day when seven of the highest eight boards witnessed decisive battles, Abhijeet’s sustained stress noticed Koustav resign after dealing with the lack of a knight on this battle of two in a single day leaders.

High seed S. P. Sethuraman stayed half a degree behind Abhijeet (5 factors) after nailing Deep Sengupta in 51 strikes, in a rook-and-pawn endgame. N. R. Visakh, Aronyak Ghosh and Mitrabha Guha have been additionally at 4.5 factors.

Fifth seed Visakh ended the unbeaten run and the valiant resistance of Vedant Panesar in 83 strikes. Equally, Aronyak performed to his large ranking superiority over Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh to win in 54 strikes.

Seasoned campaigner Neeloptal Das resigned in 49 strikes towards fellow-Grandmaster Mitrabha after failing to discover a method to cease the teen’s queening pawn.

Younger Kushagra Mohan was not intimidated by GM P. Iniyan and walked away with a creditable attract 79 strikes. Actually, it was Kushagra who looked for an unlikely victory for the final 27 strikes after the final pawn seize, though his rook didn't show superior to Iniyan’s dark-squared bishop.

Main outcomes:

Fifth spherical:

Abhijeet Gupta (5) bt Koustav Chatterjee (4); S. P. Sethuraman (4.5) bt Deep Sengupta (3.5); N. R. Visakh (4.5) bt Vedant Panesar (3.5); Aronyak Ghosh (4.5) bt Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh (3.5); Kushagra Mohan (4) drew with P. Iniyan (4); Neelotpal Das (3.5) misplaced to Mitrabha Guha (4.5); Sriram Jha (3) misplaced to Leon Mendonca (4); Utkal Ranjan Sahoo (4) bt M. Shyam Sundar (3); Soham Kamotra (3.5) drew with Karthik Venkataraman (3.5); P. Shyaamnikhil (3.5) drew with P. Karthikeyan (3.5).

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Publish date: 2022-12-26 22:48:40
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