The twists and turns dont come to an end at the National Premier Championship held in Jalgaon. As the 12th and penultimate round began today, Sasikiran was leading at 8.5/11 along with Lalith Babu. Adhiban trailed the leaders with 8/11. But Adhiban had the chance to take one of them down as he faced Lalith Babu in Rd.12. And just as he had beaten Sasikiran a few rounds ago, Adhiban didnt return empty handed after the hunt! He beat Lalith Babu with the white pieces in a long endgame battle in the classical Nimzo Indian. On the other hand, Sasikiran made short work on Rathnakaran from the White side of Benoni Defense. This means that Sasikiran is now in sole lead with 9.5/12. It seems like Sasikiran will be the hero of the Movie called National Premier 2013, But dont jump your guns too soon. Adhiban is just half a point behind and in case of a tie on points, Adhiban will be the champion as he has beaten Sasikiran in their direct encounter.
Tomorrow the last and the nerve wracking round 13 will begin 10 AM IST. As Sasikiran takes on Shyam Nikhil, we can say that he is the favourite to win the title. On the other hand Adhiban has his work cut out as he faces the in form MS Thejkumar with the black pieces!
Yet when the clock is ticking and the stakes are high, our mind starts to lose control. Things start to get blurry and blunders do occur from even the best. Tomorrow is really a huge round. The winner not only becomes the National Champion, gets an assured seat in the Olympiad as well as next National Premier but also a direct entry to the next World Cup! Add to that the sum of 2,50,000 rs and you know that both Adhiban and Sasikiran will give all that they have to win!
Who do you think will win? Your guess is as good as mine! Stay tuned for live action from Jalgaon tomorrow!
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PICTURES FROM RD. 12
SASIKIRAN vs RATNAKARAN 1-0
Ratnakaran in pensive mood before the round.
ASHWIN vs SHYAM 0.5-0.5
DEBASHIS vs AKASH 0.5-0.5
ADHIBAN vs LALITH BABU 0.5-0.5
STANY vs NEGI 1-0
DEEPAN vs THEJKUMAR 0.5-0.5
AKSHAT vs VISHNU 0.5-0.5