Pune: A thrilling tie-break, masterful demonstration by super GM B Adhiban in the Armageddon had debutants Pune Sangli Navigators defeating Sunilduth Narayanan of Jalgaon Battlers in the Finals of the fourth edition of the Persistent 4th Maharashtra Chess League at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana. The tournament hall immediately reverberated with their slogan “Hu Ha, Hu Ha” as all the teammates rushed to congratulate Adhiban.
A colourful traditional welcome true to Maharashtrian style preceded the final
The two teams Jalgaon Battlers and Pune Sangli Navigators were evenly matched and just like their encounter in the Qualifier 1 yesterday, the Rapid encounter ended in a 3-3 deadlock forcing once again an Armageddon (Five minutes for White and four minutes for Black where in Black wins in case of a draw).
For the Armageddon, Pune Sangli Navigators once again opted for their highest rated player B Adhiban while Jalgaon Battlers changed strategy and fielded Sunilduth Narayanan instead of Narayanan Srinath who had scripted a lucky technical victory yesterday when Adhiban dropped his piece and pressed his clock
Sunilduth opted for the Caro-Kann defence against Adhiban’s King pawn Opening. Adhiban brought his queen early into the game and soon forced the exchange of queens. Sunilduth’s King could not castle while Adhiban castled late on the queen-side. Black had a passed pawn in the centre while Adhiban had two passed pawns on the queen-side which he advanced at every possibility and one of pawns reached the seventh rank. Adhiban then sacrificed his rook to aid the promotion of the pawn and had his opponent resigning immediately.
Interestingly the board order changed from the one fielded yesterday in the Qualifier 1 where the two teams had met. For every round there is a fresh board order which makes this event highly exciting as well as unpredictable Koneru Humpy versus Varshini was only the same pairing but the former World number 2 Humpy avenged yesterday’s defeat in the last game to end today to force the tie. Earlier Swapnil Dhopade, Sunilduth Lyna had brought home the point for Jalgaon Battlers but Mary Ann Gomes who has had a great run in this tournament produced a major upset, defeating Narayanan Srinath, the only player in the tournament who had won all his encounters till now. B Adhiban was also bang on target for Pune Sangli Navigators as was Aditya Udeshi.
If it can be recalled the event started with six teams in a Round Robin format with Thane Combatants and Ahmednagar Checkers being eliminated. Pune TruMasters and Mumbai Movers were knocked-out yesterday.
(1) Adhiban,B (2644) – Narayanan,SL (2413)
Final-Arg (1.1), 15.06.2016
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 e6 10.Qxb7 Nxd4 11.Bb5+ Nxb5 12.Qc6+ Ke7 13.Qxb5 Qd7 14.Nxd5+ Qxd5 15.Qxd5 exd5 16.Be3 Ke6 17.0–0–0 Bb4 18.Kb1 Rhd8 19.a3 Ba5 20.Rhg1 g6 21.Bd4 f6 22.Rd3 Kf7 23.Rb3 Rd7 24.Rb5 Bd2 25.Rd1 Bf4 26.h3 Rad8 27.Ra5 Bb8 28.b4 Re8 29.Be3 Red8 30.Kc2 d4 31.Bd2 d3+ 32.Kb3 Be5 33.Be3 h5 34.Rxa7 Ke6 35.Rxd7 Rxd7 36.b5 Rd5 37.Kc4 Rd8 38.Rxd3 Ra8 39.b6 Bd6 40.b7 Rb8 41.Rxd6+ Ke5
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