#iiflw Juniors 06-09: So Near yet so Far

Maharashtra's Sankarsha Shelke had taken the early lead and was sitting pretty at the top. But to win the crown is one thing, to maintain it on your head is another.


Young Pranav V. of Tamil Nadu defeated Sankarsha in a crucial game on the top table in the eighth round. This made Pranav the leader with 7.5/8. Meanwhile, Manish Anto Cristiano, also of Tamil Nadu, was on a streak and was just half a point behind Pranav.


The final round clash between Manish with the white pieces and Pranav with black would decide the title.

National Under-13 Champion Manish Anto Cristiano (1750) of Tamil Nadu.
Pranav V. (2040), also of Tamil Nadu, needed just a draw to become the champion.
White to play

Manish, who was white, needed to win this position to become the champion of the richest tournament in the world for juniors. The first move he played here was correct.


51.c7 is indeed is winning, and Black found the only move to keep going, which was 51...Bxc7+. Now, how will you continue as white?

Play over the game here.

There are many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.

Full report to follow.


Text and Pictures by Priyadarshan Banjan