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49th National Women 2023 R2: Kalyani Sirin stuns Pratyusha Bodda

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/07/2023

12-year-old Kalyani Sirin (KER) scored a big upset against WGM Pratyusha Bodda (AP). The former launched a successful attack on her opponent's kingside and ended up delivering a checkmate. Kanishka S (TN), Sannidhi Ramakrishna Bhat (MAH) and Saniya Rafique Tadavi (MAH) held WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB), WIM Salonika Saina (ODI) and WIM Vishwa Vasnawala (GUJ) to a draw each. Dakshita Kumawat (RAJ) had a great opportunity to draw her game against WGM Srija Seshadri (TN). However, she misplayed it and lost. 31 players are currently at 2/2. Round 3 starts today at 10 a.m. IST Photos: Parth Shah

1600s stir up trouble for WIM and WGMs

12-year-old Kalyani Sirin (KER) scored a big win over WGM Pratyusha Bodda (AP)

Kanishka S (TN) held Asian Continental Women 2023 Silver medalist WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB) to a draw

Sachi - Soumya

Position after 23.Rf3

IM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB, 2293) made a nice sacrifice 23...Qxf3 24.Nxf3 dxc4 25.g5 cxd3 26.gxf6 Bxf6 27.cxd3 b5 28.e5 Be7. At a first glance it might seem like Black's queen is trapped in the above position. Well, Soumya obviously saw it when she went 21...d5 22.g4 Qxh3 23.Rf3 and the above position was reached. 

IM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB) scored a win in her signature style against Sachi Jain (DEL)

Kalyani - Pratyusha

Position after 20...Red8?

WGM Pratyusha Bodda (AP, 2250) made a positional error 20...Red8? She needed to go 20...f5 right away. It allowed White to regroup her pieces and get ready to launch an on Black's kingside. 21.Re3 f5 22.Ng5 Bc8 23.Bc2 Qb2 24.Qe2 Bd7 25.Bc1 Qxa2 munching pawns while the king is vulnerable certainly not a great idea 26.Rd1 Qa1 27.Re7 h6 28.Be3 Qc3 29.Bxb6 cxb6 30.Nf7 Rf8 31.Rdxd7 b5 32.Ne5 Bf6 33.Nxg6 Rfd8 34.Qe6#

Dakshita - Srija

Position after 29...Kc7

WGM Srija Seshadri's (TN, 2226) practical decision of quick exchange of pieces and then winning in the endgame against Dakshita Kumawat (RAJ, 1649) might have worked out. However, it could have ended up in a draw if White had spotted the correct way to deal with the kingside pawns. Black's idea in the above position is simple - create an outside passed pawn on the kingside, use it to her advantage and win the game. Thus, White needed to go for 30.f4 instead of 30.e4? which allowed Black to get the desired passed pawn after fxe4 31.fxe4

Dakshit Kumawat (RAJ) could have drawn her game against WGM Srija Seshadri (TN)

Round 2 in progress

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Round 2 results

11WGMDivya, Deshmukh2389MAH11 - 01Marium, Fatima1703BIH44PGN
243WCMArushi, Kotwal1704JK10 - 11IMPadmini, Rout2353PSPB2PGN
33IMKulkarni, Bhakti2315GOA11 - 01Swara, Lakshmi S Nair1680KAR46PGN
447Kanishka, S1676TN1½ - ½1WGMGomes, Mary Ann2315PSPB4PGN
55IMKaravade, Eesha2293PSPB11 - 01Anishka, Vikram1675DEL48PGN
649Sachi, Jain1675DEL10 - 11IMSoumya, Swaminathan2293PSPB6PGN
751Kalyani, Sirin1660KER11 - 01WGMPratyusha, Bodda2250AP8PGN
89WIMMahalakshmi, M2242RSPB11 - 01AFMShubhi, Gupta1667UP50PGN
953Dakshita, Kumawat1649RAJ10 - 11WGMSrija, Seshadri2226TN10PGN
1011WIMChitlange, Sakshi2225MAH11 - 01Rout, Yashita1655ODI52PGN


Standings after Round 2

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11WGMDivya, DeshmukhU18wNIND2389MAH2122,0002
2IMPadmini, RoutwNIND2353PSPB2122,0002
3IMKulkarni, BhaktiwNIND2315GOA2122,0002
6IMSoumya, SwaminathanwNIND2293PSPB2122,0002
10WGMSrija, SeshadriwNIND2226TN2122,0002
11WIMChitlange, SakshiwNIND2225MAH2122,0002
13IMMohota, NishawNIND2185PSPB2122,0002
15WIMArpita, MukherjeewNIND2160WB2122,0002
19WIMBommini, Mounika AkshayaU20wNIND2094AP2122,0002
20WFMSaranya, JwNIND2050TN2122,0002
23WIMMrudul, DehankarU20wNIND2030MAH2122,0002
27Mrittika, MallickU16wSIND1948WB2122,0002
30WFMKotepalli, Sai NirupamawNIND1899AP2122,0002
31WCMBristy, MukherjeeU20wNIND1885WB2122,0002
33WIMChandreyee, HajrawNIND1845WB2122,0002
34Velpula, SarayuU18wSIND1845TEL2122,0002
38Janani, JwNIND1764TN2122,0002
70Yashvi, JainU14wNIND1504TEL2122,0002
1935Manasa, K.wNIND1827KAR211,51,5002
51Kalyani, SirinU14wNIND1660KER211,51,5002


Round 3 pairings

127Mrittika, Mallick1948WB22WGMDivya, Deshmukh2389MAH1
22IMPadmini, Rout2353PSPB22Potluri, Saye Srreezza1919TEL29
328WIMTejaswini, Sagar1931GUJ22IMKulkarni, Bhakti2315GOA3
430WFMKotepalli, Sai Nirupama1899AP22IMKaravade, Eesha2293PSPB5
56IMSoumya, Swaminathan2293PSPB22WCMBristy, Mukherjee1885WB31
633WIMChandreyee, Hajra1845WB22WIMMahalakshmi, M2242RSPB9
710WGMSrija, Seshadri2226TN22Manasa, K.1827KAR35
834Velpula, Sarayu1845TEL22WIMChitlange, Sakshi2225MAH11
938Janani, J1764TN22IMMohota, Nisha2185PSPB13
1040Rebecca, Jesumarian1750TN22WIMArpita, Mukherjee2160WB15



Tournament Details

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