It was cheers for host Maharashtra as 10-year old, Candidate Master Raahil Mullick created the biggest upset by defeating 2nd seeded V S Raahul of Tamil Nadu in round 2 of SBI Life 5th National Amateur Chess Championship in progress here at Thakur College of Science & Commerce.

In a scintillating display of attacking chess, Raahil sacrificed two pawns in the opening to initiate an attack on Raahul's King and culminated it with a beautiful Rook sacrifice on move 25 to catch the King in mating net. With no counter-play, Raahul resigned on move 31. You can re-play this beautiful game here:

 

The youngsters in this round continued to hold sway as 13-year old Rohnit Amin from Maharashtra defeated 8th seeded Rupesh Ranjan of Bihar in 70 moves from a closed Sicilian opening.

Meanwhile, the top-seeded Ameya Audi of Goa was in his elements today as he defeated Vishal Gaikwad of Maharashtra quickly in just moves from white side of Pirc opening. 

The culmination of round 2 witnessed a big group of 58 players sailing into round three with as many points. A total of 11 rounds are scheduled in this event in the remaining 6-days to decide the National Amateur Chess Champion of India.

Key Results of Round 2:

Bo.   White Rtg Pts. Result  Pts.   Black Rtg
1   Audi Ameya  2089 2 1 - 0 1   Gaikwad Vishal  1560
2 CM Mullick Raahil  1568 2 1 - 0 1   Raahul V S  2062
3   Chakravarthy Y V K  2055 2 1 - 0 1   Patil Rohit R  1542
4   Majumder Shrayan  1544 1 0 - 1 2 CM Aditya Mittal  2040
5   Mahindrakar Indrajeet  2009 2 1 - 0 1 AFM Abhinav Chandra Kodali  1534
6   Thomre Abhishek  1540 1 0 - 1 2   Upadhyay R  1949
7   Smaraki Mohanty  1936 2 1 - 0 1   Mhatre Rahat Rahul  1523
8   Rohnit G Amin  1533 2 1 - 0 1   Rupesh Ranjan  1934
9   Nair Sanjeev  1931 2 1 - 0 1   Kamble Nitin  1517
10   Shintre Neel  1518 1 0 - 1 2   Niklesh Kumar Jain  1908
11   Panesar Vedant  1882 2 1 - 0 1   Giri Abhishek  1509
12   Pranav Ram Hariharan  1517 1 0 - 1 2   Sharma Pankaj  1875
13   Om Vinay Vitalkar  1871 2 1 - 0 1   Shetty Abhinav Harish  1504
14   Solanki Harsh  1508 2 1 - 0 1   Hrishikesh Chavan  1868
15   Kadav Omkar  1865 2 1 - 0 1   Bhuta Hriday  1494