Fun and Frolic at the Finals!

VIDEO ALERT!! The players and spectators were greeted with an unusual scene at the Maharashtra Chess League before the games started, as the arena was strewn with the Saffron colour Turbans of the Pune-Sangli Navigators team, as well as trumpets and drums which electrified the atmosphere! A Video:

 

Pune-Sangli Nok-99 Navigators wins title!

The 4th Maharashtra Chess League 2016 was decided in the Armageddon Match when GM Adhiban for Pune-Sangli defeated GM SL Narayanan of Jalgaon battlers to give his team the title, after the regular matches ended in a tie with 3 – 3 score.

Navigators

The individual results of the Finals were:

1.1 1 Pune Sangli NOK-99 Navigators 3 – 3 2 Jalgaon Battlers
1 FM Thakur Akash 2215 0 : 1 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2458
2 GM Kunte Abhijit 2467 0 : 1 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan 2413
3 IM Udeshi Aditya 2418 1 : 0 Aakanksha Hagawane 1711
4 GM Adhiban B. 2644 1 : 0 Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2371
5 WFM Varshini V 1845 0 : 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2500
6 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2337 1 : 0 IM Narayanan Srinath 2521

 

The toss was won by Captain of Pune Sangli NOK-99 Navigators and to play White in the Armageddon match. While Navigators decided to once again put their faith in Adhiban, Jalgaon battlers chose GM S.L.Narayanan to play the crucial encounter. At the end of the tense Armageddon, Adhiban prevailed.

 

Armageddons Galore! Jalgaon and Pune-Sangli in Finals!

In highly engrossing and entertaining encounters, Jalgaon Battlers and Pune Sangli Navigators stormed into the finals of the Persistent 4th Maharashtra Chess League which is in the concluding stages at PYC Hindu Gymkhana. In the Qualifier1 Jalgaon took the easier and faster route by defeating Pune Sangli Navigators while the latter, after losing had to fight it against Pune TruMasters in Qualifier 2 to stake a place in the final. Pune TruMasters had earlier knocked out Mumbai Movers in the Eliminator round.

However earlier there was plenty of drama in the knock-out stage today with the clock ticking ominously, crowd converging, pressure of expectation and even those with nerves of steel failed to stayed calm in such a crunch situation in the Qualifier 1 and Eliminator round. Both the rounds interestingly ended in a deadlock with the scores levelled at 3-3 and forced the Armageddon (Five minutes for White and four minutes for Black where a draw also means victory for Black.)

Armageddons

In the Qualifier 1 Armageddon, Adhiban represented  Pune Sangli Navigators played White against Narayanan Srinath who took the board for Jalgaon Battlers. trembling hands and shaking fingers , made it obvious that both players were under immense pressure and the game ended with Adhiban dropping his piece and pressing his clock to lose out on a technicality. Former Champions Jalgaon Battlers thus advanced to the finals and for them Srinath has been in stupendous form,  the only player in the event to win all his six games and also the Armageddon.

SrinathAdhib

The Qualifier 2 in contrast was a one sided affair with debutants Pune Sangli Navigators defeating Pune TruMasters 4.5-1.5. Abhijit Kunte, B Adhiban, Mary Ann Gomes and Aditya Udeshi emerged victories while S PSethuraman scored the lone victory for Pune TruMasters.

Earlier in the Armageddon face off for Eliminator, GM S P Sethuraman playing for Pune TruMasters was a trifle lucky to win in an identical manner, his opponent GM Abhijeet Gupta representing Mumbai Movers dropping his piece and also winning on technicality. “I was just lucky and cannot add anything to that” said a beaming Sethuraman even as his delighted team-mates cheered him on.

SethuAbhi

In the Qualifier1, V Varshini representing Pune Sangli Navigators played the stellar role by defeating the highly rated Koneru Humpy in a tense time pressure game where Humpy overstepped the time limit. Abhijit Kunte too scored while Narayanan Srinath and Nubairshah Shaikh roped in the point for Jalgaon battlers. Two of the battles ended in draws. An elated Varshini explained “ It was a complex game where, first I was in time pressure and later Humpy too thought too long in an equal looking position”

Mumbai Movers once again got a big lift from Vikramaditya Kulkarni as he defeated Eesha Karavade of Pune TruMasters in the dying stages of the game in an equal ending which appeared to head for a draw. Time pressure ahd Eesha cracking as she committed a few mistakes to end on the losing side. If it can be recalled, Kulkarni was also instrumental in propelling Mumbai into the first four yesterday. Abhijeet Gupta quickly pocketed a point for Mumbai Movers by defeating an erratic Vishnu Prasanna.

If it can be recalled, the Round Robin stage where six players battled it out, defending Champions Thane Combatants and Ahmednagar Checkers were eliminated.

 

RESULT of QUALIFIER 1

Jalgaon Battlers  drew  Pune Sangli Navigators -3-3

Armageddon- Jalgaon Battlers bt Pune Sangli Navigators

RESULT OF QUALIFIER 2

Pune Sangli Navigators  bt Pune TruMasters- 4.5-1.5

RESULT OF ELIMINATOR

Pune TruMasters  drew Mumbai Movers -3-3

Armageddon- Pune Trumasters bt Mumbai Movers.

Scintillating day at MCL!

Fourth Round

For Jalgaon Battlers, Koneru Humpy, Sunilduth Narayanan and Narayanan Srinath notched expected victories while Swapnil Dhopade, the first GM from Vidarbha did a good job to hold seasoned Abhijit Kunte to a draw. Mohammad Nubairshah continued to impress with another consistent performance holding super GM B Adhiban to a draw as did Aakanksha Hagawane holding a higher rated Akash Thakur, which was like a bonus point for Jalgaon Battlers.

 For Mumbai Movers, it was an inspired effort against Ahmednagar Checkers with Abhijeet Gupta and Diptayan Ghosh cruising to expected victories but it was Swati Ghate and Rakesh Kulkarni who brought about upsets to propel their team into the first four and suddenly have qualifying chances.

For Pune TruMasters Rucha Pujari held higher rated WGM Soumya Swaminathan to adraw and debutant Harshit Raja defeated higher rated Aniruddha Deshpande. Vishnu Prasanna defeated Padmini Rout and Sethram’s experience was enough for his to sight victory against teen talent Aravindh Chithambaram.

The event started as a six team All play all one- with each team fielding  six players, a GM, two woman players, an unrated players with mandatory three Maharashtra players to be fielded in each round.

RESULTS OF ROUND 5

Jalgaon Battlers(18) drew Pune TruMasters (16.5)- 3-3

Ahmednagar Checkers (12.5) lost to Pune Sangli Navigators (17)- 2.5-3.5

Thane Combatants (12.5) drew Mumbai Movers (13.5)- 3-3

RESULTS OF ROUND 4-

Pune TruMasters (13.5) bt  Thane Combatants (9.5)-  4-2

Mumbai Movers (10.5) bt Ahmednagar Checkers (10) – 1-5

Pune Sangli Navigators(13.5) lost to Jalgaon Battlers (15)- 1.5-4.5

 

Vikram

(Hero for Mumbai Movers! IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni gets a hug from owner Rishi Gupta, as IM Vishal Sareen and GM Diptayan Ghosh watch on delighted)

Fifth Round

The players perhaps had warmed up after three rounds or the threat of elimination had them glued to their boards for a long time with most of the team owners hovering anxiously at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana where the fourth and fifth round of the Persistent Maharashtra Chess League 2016 was played. Jalgaon Battlers topped the points tally with 18 points after the completion of the Round Robin League. Pune Sangli Navigators finished second with 17 points, Pune TruMasters figured third with 16.5 points and Mumbai Movers who were languishing way down at the bottom rose to the occasion and with some heavy scoring finished fourth with 13.5 points. All these four teams made it to the next stage, that is the knock-out stage of the event. Ahmednagar Checkers and Thane Combatants both tallied 12.5 points and are eliminated from the event.

Tomorrow in the first Qualifier 1,  Jalgaon Battlers will match wits against  Pune Sangli Navigators and the winner will directly advance to the finals. The loser then in Qualifier 2 will play against the winner of the Eliminator clash between Pune TruMasters and Mumbai Movers with the winner entering the finals.

In the fifth round Pune TruMasters drew Jalgaon Battlers 3-3 while Pune Sangli Navigators managed to edge out Ahmednagar Checkers 3.5-2.5. Mumbai Movers then held Thane Combatants to a 3-3 draw. Interestingly the fifth round did not produce any big upset.

The fourth round highlight was maximum decisive results, prominent being Mumbai Movers moving magnificiently to defeat Ahmednagar Checkers with a whopping 5-1 score. Overnight sole leader Pune Sangli Navigators who had been zooming at a good pace were stunned 1.5-4.5 by Jalgaon Battlers. Pune TruMasters, not to be left behind also handed a 4-2 defeat to defending Champions Thane Combatants.

Nrayanan Srinath notched his fifth victory on the trot while the highest rated player in fray Krishnan Sasikiran crashed to defeat against Vikramaditya Kulkarni after blundering in a winning position in the fourth round, this incidentally being his second one in this event.

 

 

 

Final ranking (After 5th Round)  
 

Rank

Team

Gam.

+

=

Pts.

 

1

Jalgaon Battlers

5

3

2

0

18

 

2

Pune Sangli Navigators

5

3

1

1

17

 

3

Pune TruMasters

5

2

3

0

16½

 

4

Mumbai Movers

5

1

1

3

13½

 

5

Ahmednagar Checkers

5

1

1

3

12½

 

6

Thane Combatants

5

0

2

3

12½

 
 
Ranking Crosstable after Round 4

Rank

Team

Gam.

+

=

Pts.

1

Jalgaon Battlers

4

3

1

0

15

2

Pune Sangli Navigators

4

2

1

1

13½

 

Pune TruMasters

4

2

2

0

13½

4

Mumbai Movers

4

1

0

3

10½

5

Ahmednagar Checkers

4

1

1

2

10

6

Thane Combatants

4

0

1

3

Game of the Round Awards 1 & 2!

WGM Mary Ann Gomes and GM Shardul Gagare win the Best Game of the Round awards for 1st and 2nd respectively!

Game of the Round 1&2

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Pune Sangli Nok-99 Navigators Take Lead!

PRESS RELEASE OF DAY ONE OF PERSISTENT 4TH MAHARASHTRA CHESS LEAGUE 2016

Debutants Pune Sangli Navigators hit the accelerator hard in the very first day of the Persistent 4th Maharashtra Chess League 2016 to zoom into sole lead with 9 points at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana. Jalgaon Battlers and PuneTrueMasters scored 6.5 each to trail behind the leaders followed by Ahmednagar Checkers with 5.5 points, defending Champion Thane Combatants with 5 points and Mumbai Movers with 3.5 points.

In the two rounds played today Pune Sangli Navigators warmed up with an upsetting  4-2 score against Thane Combatants and with their morale boosted wrapped up the day by defeating Mumbai Movers with a whopping 5-1 score in the second round. Pune TruMasters edged past Mumbai Movers 3.5-2.5 score against Mumbai Movers and were held to a 3-3 draw by Ahmednagar Checkerrs in the second round. Jalgaon Battlers also started with a 3.5-2.5 score against RBS Ahmednagar Checkers but also conceded a 2-2 draw to Thane Combatants in the second round.

For Pune Sangli Navigators promising player Akash Thakur and IM Aditya Udeshi played pivotal roles, scoring wins in both rounds. The encounters between super GMs Krishnan Sasikiran and S P Sethuraman ended with the honours shared. Youngster Aakanksha Hagawana playing for Jalgaon Battlers brought about another upset by defeating higher ratedAniruddha Deshpande.

The first round witnessed plenty of upsets, the prominent one being the highest rated player in fray, Krishnan Sasikiran playing for the first time in the league, overstepped the time limit to end on the losing side to Sunilduth Narayanan. The highest rated woman player in fray Koneru Humpy representing Jalgaon also fell prey to the clock against brand new GM Shardul Gagare. Newcomer and youngster Harshit Raja playing for Pune TruMasters shocked WGM Swati Ghate in a miniature while Akash Thakur stunned WGM Soumya Swaminathan.

The Grandmaster encounters were equally enthralling , especially the one between the youngest GM in fray, the highly talented Aravindh Chithambaram and the oldest and most experienced GM Abhijeet Kunte. A fluid and dynamic middle-game promised some exciting play but Abhijit blundered and ended on the losing side. The high profile super GM encounter between B Adhiban and Lalit Babu ended in a deadlock.

An extremely excited Gagare gushed ‘Humpy spent too much time in the opening and early middle-game and was severely short of time and I could cash in on it’. The game was a Queen’s Gambit Declined one, filtering into a Queen, knight and bishop each ending. Both players managed to invade their opponent’s territory but Humpy ended on the losing side on the 47th turn even as Gagare had started weaving a checkmating net.

For Pune TruMasters Harshit Raja brought in the unexpected point, after he managed to trap Swati’s queen in a Scotch game. ‘She made a mistake on the 18th turn and there was no way out’, explained Harshit.

The six player event is a Round Robin one with all the six teams playing each other once and will be followed by Qualifier and Eliminator and the final scheduled on Wednesday, June 15th. The event is co-sponsored by IIFL, de Asra and Amanora.

Owners

There is a Chess quiz for spectators after every round with the prize being a subscription to premium account of playchess.com which is sponsored by ChessBase India.

Results of Round 2

Pune TruMasters (3) Drew  Ahmednagar Checkers (3)

Thane Combatants (3) Drew Jalgaon Battlers (3)

Mumbai Movers (1) Lost to Pune Sangli Navigators (5)

 

Results of Round 1:

Mumbai Movers (2.5) lost to  Pune TruMasters (3.5)

Pune Sangli Navigators (4) bt Thane Combatants (2)

Jalgaon Battlers (3.5) bt Ahmednagar Checkers (2.5)