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Ganesh Tajne 9.0/9 at Maharashtra State

by Vinod Bhagwat - 02 July 2016

How many of us can boast of winning a tournament with 9.0/9 perfect score? Not many! Ganesh Tajne from Nashik, recently won the Maharashtra State 2016 by winning all his games. His trainer Vinod Bhagwat, naturally proud of his protege's achievement, has written the below article. He explains why Ganesh who started playing chess at the not-so-young age of 20 years, was still able to make rapid progress at the game. Instructive annotations from an experienced coach.

Ganesh Tajne wins Maharashtra state with 9.0/9

– Report by his trainer Vinod Bhagwat

Every amateur nurtures a dream of becoming a good player and winning the tournament with cent percent score. Ganesh Tajne is no exception to it. The 22-year-old from Nashik, who recently completed engineering, won the Maharashtra State Open Chess Championship held at Kolhapur from 25th to 29th of May, 2016, in style, with 9 out of 9 points and pocketed cash award of Rs.15,000/- and a glittering trophy.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 8   Tajane Ganesh IND 1747 Nashik 9,0 0,0 9,0 52,5
2 3   Dixit Nikhil IND 1884 Pune 7,5 0,0 7,0 53,0
3 6   Lekh Mithawala IND 1808 Aurangabad 7,5 0,0 6,0 45,5
4 5   Mahindrakar Indrajeet IND 1860 Aurangabad 7,0 0,0 7,0 53,5
5 49   Chavan Atharva IND 1345 Kolhapur 7,0 0,0 7,0 44,5
6 7   Gajanan Jayde IND 1803 Thane 7,0 0,0 6,0 53,5
7 9   Anchal Rastogi IND 1718 Kolhapur 7,0 0,0 6,0 49,5
8 35   Krishna Malay IND 1460 Mumbai 7,0 0,0 6,0 41,0
9 4   Nikam Ravindra IND 1881 Ichalkaranji 6,5 0,0 6,0 50,0
10 23   Pawar Rahul IND 1582 Thane 6,5 0,0 6,0 49,0

Ganesh Tajne with the winner's trophy after winning Maharashtra State 2016 with 9.0/9 score
Ganesh's performance sheet

Chess in India is becoming more competitive due to the availability of chess material at ease and good and systematic training. Competition is very tough above the level of 2000 Elo. Even at amateur level things are getting tougher by the day and there is no guarantee that one can score full points in any given tournament.

When Tushar Gosavi (chess coach of Nashik) introduced Ganesh to me in around 2012-13, he was an unrated player but having immense zeal to learn the intricacies of the game. Prima facie, I thought that being 20 years old and in addition studying Engineering, Ganesh may not be able adequate time for practicing chess. But his dedication towards chess persuaded me to teach him and we our training sessions. I told him to remain positive. One very important quality which distinguished Ganesh from others was his true zeal and readiness to work hard.

Left to right - Shri Tushar Gosavi, Chess Coach, Shri Vinod Bhagwat his coach, Maharashtra State chess champion Ganesh Tajne, Shri Sudhir Pagar, Vice president, Maharashtra State Employee Cooperative Banks Association, Shri Vijay Pagar, Deputy Commissioner, Nashik Municipal Corporation, Pravin Pagar, Executive Member, Maharashtra State Architects Association.

Ganesh is now planning to participate in National Challengers Chess Championship to be held in Uttar Pradesg next month and eyeing for the title in South Asian Amateur Chess Championship (below 2000) to be held at Srinagar in the month of September 2016.

Basically, he is not afraid of playing aggressive chess against even very strong opponents which can be witnessed by going through his following games. Even though, he lost both of these games one can appreciate the fighting spirit shown by him.

Games analysed by Mr Vinod Bhagwat

Ganesh vs Vikramaditya Kulkarni

[Event "Nashik Fide Rating, 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.13"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tajne, Ganesh"]
[Black "Kulkarni, Vikramaditya"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "1800"]
[BlackElo "2266"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.10.17"]
1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. d4 Be7 (5... c5 {this is a regular
move here.}) 6. Bd3 c5 7. dxc5 Nc6 8. Bf4 g5 (8... Nxc5) 9. Be3 Nxc5 10. Bb5
Nd7 11. Qe2 $6 a6 12. Ba4 b5 13. Bb3 g4 14. Nd4 Ncxe5 15. O-O-O Bb7 16. f4 gxf3
17. gxf3 Rc8 (17... Qc7 $5 {making some preparation for king's safety.}) 18. f4
Nc4 (18... Rxc3 $5 {With this positional exchange sacrifice black can keep
good equalising chances} 19. bxc3 Nc4 20. Bxc4 bxc4) 19. Nxe6 {This move would
be more dangerous after exchanging on c4.} (19. Bxc4 $5 Rxc4 20. Nxe6) 19...
Qa5 $4 (19... fxe6) 20. Bd4 (20. Ng7+ Kf8 21. Bxc4 bxc4 22. Nf5 {Black's king
is in great danger. Particularly, dark squares around the king are looking
very weak.}) 20... fxe6 21. Bxh8 Nc5 22. Rhe1 (22. f5 $1 {Uncovering the
black's king is more in the order.}) 22... Qc7 23. Bd4 Qxf4+ 24. Kb1 Ne4 25.
Qh5+ Qf7 26. Qxf7+ Kxf7 27. Nxe4 dxe4 28. Bc3 $6 (28. Bxc4 {followed by b3,
Rg1 is better option.}) 28... Bd5 29. Rg1 Ne3 30. Rde1 Nf5 31. Rg5 $4 {White
lost very good position with this blunder. Had he won this game he would have
finished at 3rd position in the Open Rating Chess Championship held at Nashik
in the month of May, 2016 ahead of Grandmaster.} 0-1


Vinay Kumar Matta vs Ganesh Tajne

[Event "Nashik Fide Rating 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.06.13"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Vinaykumar Matta, 2191."]
[Black "Ganesh Tajne, 1750."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.10.17"]
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 {Centre Counter leading to the Portugese Variation is
having great surprising value if the opponent is off-guarded.} 3. d4 $5 (3. c4
e6 4. dxe6 Bxe6 5. d4 {White's pawn center may be a subject of worry later if
handled less carefully and there are many ways to go astray for white which
has created many miniatures (victories for black) in black's favour.}) 3... Bg4
4. f3 {Now the game is heading towards complicated battle.} (4. Be2 {is
another option or white can even play Nf3.}) 4... Bf5 5. c4 e6 6. dxe6 {
This move offers more practical chances to black.} (6. Nc3) (6. Qb3) 6... Nc6
7. Be3 Qe7 8. Kf2 O-O-O 9. Nc3 Qb4 (9... fxe6 {this is a simple path and both
sides will keep equal chances. But the move Black played in the game leading
to the wild complications.}) 10. Nge2 Qxb2 $6 (10... Qxc4 $11) 11. exf7 {
Now white is keeping good chances.} Nb4 12. Na4 Qa3 13. Nec3 Nc2 14. Bd3 Bxd3
15. Qxd3 Nxa1 16. Rxa1 Qe7 17. Qf5+ (17. d5 $1 {is a better move which will
coordinate white's pieces and white can hope for some attacking chances
towards black king.}) 17... Qd7 18. Qa5 $6 Qxf7 19. Qxa7 Ng4+ 20. Kg1 Nxe3 21.
Re1 (21. Rb1 {it is better than Re1}) 21... Qf4 $2 {Now black's advantage has
been evaporated and on the contrary he has to be very careful. Black was also
suffering from heavy time trouble which resulted in some weak moves on his
part in the last phase of the game.} (21... Qxc4 {black can play for advantage.
Still the moves are not simple to calculate.} 22. Qa8+ Kd7 23. Qxb7 Qc6 24. Qb1
Re8 25. Qd3 Nc4 26. Qf5+ Kd8) 22. Ne4 Bd6 23. Nxd6+ Rxd6 24. Nc5 Kd8 25. Qb8+
Ke7 26. Qxc7+ Kf8 27. Ne6+ 1-0


About the Author

Vinod Bhagwat is a well known player in the Indian chess circuit with a career high Elo of 2276. He has crossed swords with many IMs and GMs in his heyday and won against them. In the past few years he has trained many students who have won awards at National/International level. His best achievement in an individual game has been a draw against the strong Armenian grandmaster Gabriel Sargissian in Dubai Open 2005.

[Event "Dubai op 12th"]
[Site "Dubai"]
[Date "2010.04.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Bhagwat, Vinod"]
[Black "Sargissian, Gabriel"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E32"]
[WhiteElo "2214"]
[BlackElo "2675"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2010.04.05"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "UAE"]
[SourceTitle "CBM 135 Extra"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2010.05.04"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. e5 dxe5 7. dxe5 Ng4 8. Nf3
Nc6 9. Bf4 Nd4 10. Qe4 Bc5 11. Bg3 f5 12. exf6 Nxf6 13. Qd3 e5 14. Nxd4 exd4
15. O-O-O c6 16. Na4 b6 17. Be2 Be6 18. Bf3 Bg4 19. Nxc5 bxc5 20. Bxc6 Bxd1 21.
Rxd1 Rc8 22. Bb7 Rc7 23. Bxc7 Qxc7 24. Bf3 Qxh2 25. Qf5 Qc7 26. Re1 Qa5 27. Re7
Qxa2 28. Qxc5 Qa1+ 29. Kc2 d3+ 30. Kc3 Qc1+ 31. Kb3 a5 32. Bd5+ Nxd5 33. Qxd5+
Kh8 34. Qe5 Qd1+ 35. Ka3 Qa1+ 36. Kb3 Qd1+ 37. Ka3 Rg8 38. Rxg7 Qa1+ 39. Kb3
Qd1+ 40. Ka3 Qa1+ 41. Kb3 Qd1+ 42. Ka3 Qa1+ 43. Kb3 1/2-1/2

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