Tuesday, November 1, 2011

38th Indian Women's National Chess Championship

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Tania Sachdev, Nisha Mohota, Mary Ann Gomes share lead
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 21:51

IM Tania Sachdev, 2011 Indian Women's
National Chess Championship
Chennai: International Masters Tania Sachdev of Delhi and Nisha Mohota of PSPB, along with Women Grandmaster Mary Ann Gomes (AAI) shared the lead with 3.5 points at the end of the fourth round of the 38th National Women Premier Chess Championship on Tuesday.

In second place with three points are two players – WGM Padmini Rout (Orissa) and S Harini of Tamil Nadu.

The top board saw Tania employ the Nimzo Indian Defence against Candidate Master Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa.

Tania accepted an isolated pawn to gain good piece play. In a bid to gain some space on the kingside, Bhakti unwisely moved her pawns on the kingside, enabling the Delhi girl to get some vital entry points.

With both players willing to take that extra risk to gain a valuable point, Tania`s foray with her major pieces proved to be Bhakti`s undoing in 38 moves.

In the second table, Mary Ann Gomes employed an irregular set up with white pieces to confuse Pratyusha Bodda of Andhra Pradesh.

Pratyusha seemed to have equalised comfortably until a hasty pawn move on kingside forced Mary to show her hand on the queenside with a timely pawn break on the 19th move.

The balance shifted in Mary`s favour and she won two pawns and had a flowing kingside attack. A hapless Pratyusha Bodda threw in the towel in 35 moves.

Nisha Mohota had a relatively easy day as Meenakshi Subbaraman (IA) misplayed the opening to lose a pawn in seven moves.

Nisha played some easy moves to consolidate on the advantage and soon won another pawn on the 17th move. She converted the advantage into a full point in 44 moves.

Tamil Nadu`s S Harini scored an upset victory over higher rated IM Esha Karvade of Maharashtra, employing the Four Knights opening with white.

Some unorthodox handling of the position by Esha saw Harini gain a big advantage on the kingside. She then forcibly converted the advantage into a big attack against the Black king to win an exchange on the 25th move and the game in just 29 moves.

With this win Harini has moved into joint second spot with three points. WGM Padmini Rout of Orissa outplayed Pon N Krithika in an Alekhine game in 38 moves.

First Published: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 21:51

Cross-table from chess-results.com

Rank after Round 4

Rk.NameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1IMTania SachdevIND2419Air Ind3.5226500
2IMMohota NishaIND2320PSPB3.5224900
3WGMGomes Mary AnnIND2325AAI3.5210900
4Harini SIND2055TN3.0221300
5WGMPadmini RoutIND2356ORI3.0208400
6Pratyusha BoddaIND2062AP2.5232200
7WFMSaranya JIND2106TN2.5231300
8WGMMeenakshi SubbaramanIND2297Air Ind2.5221900
9CMKulkarni BhaktiIND2289GOA2.5221600
10WIMMeera SaiIND2117IB2.5210600
11WGMSoumya SwaminathanIND2318PSPB2.5206800
12Cholleti SahajasriIND2074AP2.0228500
13WFMPon NkrithikaIND2044AICF2.0224900
14Nimmy A GIND2252KER2.0221100
15WFMBharathi RIND2112TN2.0212200
16IMKaravade EeshaIND2348MAH2.0210600
17Bala Kannamma PIND1978TN2.0209100
18WGMSwathi GhateIND2278LIC2.0208400
19Chandika DivyasreeIND2129AP2.0208000
20WGMRamaswamy AarthieIND2209Air Ind2.0201700
21Shweta GoleIND1999MAH1.5218500
22A AkshayaIND1990TN1.5215800
23WFMSwati MohotaIND2030WB1.5209800
24WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND2213ORI1.5205400
25WFMMahalakshmi MIND1954TN1.0212100
26Nandhidhaa PvIND2105TN1.0206400
27WIMThipsay Bagyashree SatheIND2108AICF1.0205900
28Madhurima ShekharIND1906DEL0.5208000
29Michelle Catherina PIND2088TN0.5206900
30Supriya JoshiIND1904MAH0.5201100
Tie Break1: rating average of the opponents (variabel with parameters)
Tie Break2: rating average of the opponents (variabel with parameters)
Tie Break3: rating average of the opponents (variabel with parameters)

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