Abhijeet Gupta of PSPB with 8.5 points enjoys a half point lead over J. Deepan Chakkaravarthy of Tamil Nadu, after eleven rounds of the 49th National Premier Chess Championship, organised by Marathwada Chess Association at MIT today.

GN Gopal of PSPB and SP Sethuraman of TN were pushed to third spot with 7.5 points each, as their games were drawn today. Five players are on 7 points.

Abhijeet (Gupta) faced Abhijit (Kunte) in a Grunfeld defence, wherein Kunte forced a draw by repetition of moves to claim a draw in 30 moves.

On the third board, J. Deepan Chakkaravarthy kept his chances alive for a top placing with a resounding victory over his state mate P. Shyam Nikhil. Though Shyam had same number of pieces, Deepan outplayed him position-wise in 42 moves. Shyam’s pieces were completely blocked and remained passive, whereas, Deepan had a total command over the key squares.

GM Deep Sengupta of West Bengal dashed the hopes of GM Tejas Bakre of Indian Airlines, following a neo Grunfeld defence. Deep’s pseudo sacrifice of knight on 20th move forced Tejas to lose his rook on the next move. The better exchange helped Deep to move from 6 points into the higher score bracket of 7.

In the longest match of the day, defending champion Parimarjan Negi, playing his favourite Sicilian defence, tried in vain for a win against GN Gopal. In the end game, he had two connected pawns, to a single pawn of Gopal, in addition to a rook and minor piece. Gopal stoutly defended the position to ensure half a point for him.

IM norm chances of G Akash (who needed half a point) from Tamil Nadu were shattered by Vidit Santosh Gujrathi of Maharashtra in a Kings Indian game. Vidit’s connected f- and g- pawns marched relentlessly towards the promoting square, when Akash gave up the fight.

In an opposite colour bishop and rook ending, SP Sethuraman agreed to split the point with S. Arun Prasad of PSPB in a Grunfeld defence.

In the Gligoric-Taimanov system of Kings Indian game by Shashikant Kutwal, Sundararajan Kidambi of Railways had two connected outside passers, enabling him to win comfortably. In a similar fashion, the three connected pawns of Neelotpal Das of PSPB brooked no answer from his team mate MR Lalith Babu, resulting in a win for Neelotpal.

On the distaff side, Padmini Rout of Orissa was back to winning ways against Aditya Udeshi of Maharashtra, while the other two women WGM Swati Ghate and Soumya Swaminathan both from Maharashtra drew their game between them.

R. Anantharam, International Arbiter

**Round 11 standings:**

1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2625 – 8.5

2 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 2470 – 8

3 GM Sethuraman S P 2529 – 7.5

4 GM Gopal G N 2572 – 7.5

5 IM Venkatesh M R 2479 – 7

6 GM Arun Prasad S 2522 – 7

7 GM Kunte Abhijit 2528 – 7

8 GM Sengupta Deep 2572 – 7

9 IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2508 – 7

10 IM Shyam Nikil P 2418 – 6.5

11 IM Ashwin Jayaram 2473 – 6.5

12 GM Neelotpal Das 2458 – 6.5

13 GM Negi Parimarjan 2631 – 6.5

14 GM Adhiban B 2551 – 6.5

15 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2474 – 6.5

16 WGM Padmini Rout 2356 – 6

17 GM Bakre Tejas 2507 – 6

18 GM Sriram Jha 2410 – 6

19 IM Shyam Sundar M 2457 – 6

20 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu 2415 – 6

21 IM Murali Krishnan B T 2366 – 6

22 G Akash 2239 – 6

23 GM Thipsay Praveen M 2433 – 6

24 IM Saptarshi Roy 2385 – 5.5

25 FM Girish A Koushik 2379 – 5.5

26 IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya 2449 – 5.5

27 Shashikant Kutwal 2300 – 5.5

28 IM Karthikeyan P 2408 – 5

29 IM Lalith Babu M R 2495 – 5

30 GM Laxman R R 2451 – 5

31 IM Rathnakaran K 2386 – 5

32 FM Ghosh Diptayan 2288 – 5

33 Udeshi Aditya 2379 – 5

34 IM Himanshu Sharma 2421 – 5

35 IM Babu N Sudhakar 2319 – 5

36 IM Swapnil S Dhopade 2411 – 4.5

37 IM Narayanan Srinath 2336 – 4.5

38 IM Deshmukh Anup 2312 – 4.5

39 IM Suvrajit Saha 2384 – 4.5

40 Krishna C R G 2317 – 4.5

41 IM Sharma Dinesh K 2361 – 4.5

42 IM Koshy Varugeese 2279 – 4

43 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2384 – 3.5

44 Ravi Teja S 2300 – 3.5

45 IM Sangma Rahul 2385 – 3.5

46 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2318 – 3.5

47 Tiwari Arjun 2324 – 3.5

48 WGM Swathi Ghate 2278 – 3

49 IM Lahiri Atanu 2361 – 1

**Round 12 pairings:**

GM Sengupta Deep 2572 – GM Gupta Abhijeet 2625

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 2470 – GM Arun Prasad S 2522

GM Gopal G N 2572 – IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2508

GM Sethuraman S P 2529 – GM Kunte Abhijit 2528

IM Venkatesh M R 2479 – GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2474

GM Negi Parimarjan 2631 – GM Adhiban B 2551

GM Neelotpal Das 2458 – IM Shyam Nikil P 2418

GM Thipsay Praveen M 2433 – IM Ashwin Jayaram 2473

G Akash 2239 – IM Shyam Sundar M 2457

GM Sriram Jha 2410 – IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu 2415

WGM Padmini Rout 2356 – IM Murali Krishnan B T 2366

GM Bakre Tejas 2507 – FM Girish A Koushik 2379

IM Saptarshi Roy 2385 – IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya 2449

Shashikant Kutwal 2300 – IM Karthikeyan P 2408

IM Rathnakaran K 2386 – IM Lalith Babu M R 2495

GM Laxman R R 2451 – FM Ghosh Diptayan 2288

IM Babu N Sudhakar 2319 – IM Himanshu Sharma 2421

IM Swapnil S Dhopade 2411 – Udeshi Aditya 2379

IM Suvrajit Saha 2384 – IM Deshmukh Anup 2312

IM Sharma Dinesh K 2361 – IM Narayanan Srinath 2336

Krishna C R G 2317 – IM Sangma Rahul 2385

IM Koshy Varugeese 2279 – WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2318

IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy 2384 – Tiwari Arjun 2324

WGM Swathi Ghate 2278 – Ravi Teja S 2300

IM Lahiri Atanu 2361 – not paired