Aravindh Chithambaram wins stage two of the MPL Indian Tour

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Nihal Sarin equalizes for first


The $100,000 MPL Indian Chess Tour is a series of four 16-player all-play-all tournaments in which the winners and top four of the tour rankings qualify for an 8-player KO final. The winner of each tournament also earns a spot on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Players have 15 minutes for all their moves plus 10 seconds extra from move one. There are 3 points for a win and 1 for a tie. Official site.


After an incredibly strong performance on Day 3 of the competition – winning all four of his matches – Aravindh Chithambaram took the lead in the second leg of the online tour. Two more wins and a draw on Sunday saw the 22-year-old win the tournament as he had a better tiebreak than Nihal Sarin, who also finished with 32/42 points.

While Nihal went unbeaten, it was Aravindh who recorded ten wins, one more than his younger compatriot. Aravindh actually managed 11 wins, but Gukesh’s withdrawal – due to internet connection problems – wiped out that win. GM Harsha Bharathakoti and FM Aradhya Garg were the only two players to manage to beat the eventual winner.

This win earned Aravindh a seat in the next event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. He also qualified for the eight-man tour finals, which will be held in November.

Leon Luke Mendonca and Raunak Sadhwani each scored 26/45 to finish third and fourth.

MPL Indian Chess Tour 2022

In Round 13, Aravindh scored his fifth straight win (of six!) by defeating Leon Mondanca with the white pieces.

There are always two approaches to any position: you either let your opponent do the things he/she wants, or you take charge and do the things you want. In short, take control. Aravindh did just that 28.Nexf3!a noble move.

The game went on 28…exf3 29.Rxe7 Bxe7 30.Ne6 Qd6 31.Nxf8 Nxf8 32.Bf5 Qf6 33.Qxf3

White gave up two minor pieces for a rook, but also got three extra pawns. In addition, the black bishops cannot develop their true potential in this position. Aravindh won the game comfortably.


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