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49th National Women 2023 R3: Divya Deshmukh averts a disaster against Mrittika Mallick

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/07/2023

Top seed IM Divya Deshmukh averted disaster against Mrittika Mallick (WB) in the third round of 49th National Women 2023. The reigning National Under-17 Girls champion correctly launched an attack when the opportunity was presented. However, she was unable to follow through. Thus, the defending two-time National Women and reigning Asian Women 2023 Gold medalist managed to escape with a win. WFM Sai Nirupama Kotepalli (AP), WCM Bristy Mukherjee (WB) and Sarayu Velpula (TEL) held IM Eesha Karavade (PSPB), IM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB) and WIM Sakshi Chitlange (MAH) to a solid draw each respectively. Round 4 starts today at 10 a.m. IST. All photos are by Ankit Dalal unless stated otherwise.

Missed opportunities

WIM Tejaswini Sagar (GUJ) missed a great opportunity to draw against the former Asian and National Women champion, IM Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa). 12-year-old Sherali Pattnaik (UTT) showed great tenacity against WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (LIC). Despite being lost for the better part of the game, she waited for her opportunity. Once she got it at the very end, she took it and scored the full point. 

Mrtikka Mallick (WB) had a great opportunity to score a huge win against IM Divya Deshmukh (MAH)

Mrittika - Divya

Position after 18.Ng5!

The reigning National Under-17 Girls champion, Mrittika Mallick (WB, 1948) seized her opportunity when her opponent made a mistake 17...Re8? The position demanded her to play 18.Ng5! and she made it. Black is forced to take it to prevent checkmate 18...fxg5 19.hxg5 Bxc5?? another mistake. Now White needed to play 20.Bxd5 first before going dxc5 then she could have scored the biggest victory of the tournament so far. Instead, she went 20.dxc5 Rxe4 Black got some life back into the position. 21.Bc3 Ne8. White has enough compensation for the lost piece. 22.Bf6? lost all advantage for White Nxf6 23.gxf6 Qxf6 Black has managed to equalize.

Position after 34...Qb3+

White needed to keep the rook on the board to have some chances to draw the game. Thus, 35.Kd2 was a necessity. 35.Kxe4?? Qxd1-+ and the resultant queen ending is completely winning for Black as she has a lot of extra pawns and there is no perpetual check opportunity for White.

Tejaswini - Bhakti

Position after 60...f3+

This endgame is a draw. However, White needs to play precisely. There is only one thing White should avoid - moving the king to the back rank. That is exactly what WIM Tejaswini Sagar (GUJ, 1931) did 61.Kg1?? Ke2 62.Rf5 Rxh5! and it's over for White. What White needed to do was 61.Kh3! f2 62.Kg2 Ke2 63.Rf5 Rg8+ 64.Kh3 Rg5 65.Rxf2+ Kxf2 66.Kh4 and it ends up in a draw.

WIM Tejaswini Sagar (GUJ) could have drawn her game against IM Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa)

WFM Sai Nirupama Kotepalli (AP) - IM Eesha Karavade (PSPB): 0.5-0.5

IM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB) - WCM Bristy Mukherjee (WB, pictured): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Maharashtra Chess Association

Sarayu Velpula (TEL, pictured) - WIM Sakshi Chitlange (MAH): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Maharashtra Chess Association

Sherali - Kiran

Position after 47.Bc4+

Black can still save the game. Find out how.

Sherali Pattnaik (UTT, pictured) - WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty: 1-0 | Photo: CFSL

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Round 3 in progress

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Round 3 results

127Mrittika, Mallick1948WB20 - 12WGMDivya, Deshmukh2389MAH1
22IMPadmini, Rout2353PSPB21 - 02Potluri, Saye Srreezza1919TEL29
328WIMTejaswini, Sagar1931GUJ20 - 12IMKulkarni, Bhakti2315GOA3
430WFMKotepalli, Sai Nirupama1899AP2½ - ½2IMKaravade, Eesha2293PSPB5
56IMSoumya, Swaminathan2293PSPB2½ - ½2WCMBristy, Mukherjee1885WB31
633WIMChandreyee, Hajra1845WB20 - 12WIMMahalakshmi, M2242RSPB9
710WGMSrija, Seshadri2226TN21 - 02Manasa, K.1827KAR35
834Velpula, Sarayu1845TEL2½ - ½2WIMChitlange, Sakshi2225MAH11
938Janani, J1764TN20 - 12IMMohota, Nisha2185PSPB13
1040Rebecca, Jesumarian1750TN20 - 12WIMArpita, Mukherjee2160WB15


Standings after Round 3

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11WGMDivya, DeshmukhU18wNIND2389MAH3466,0003
2IMPadmini, RoutwNIND2353PSPB3466,0003
33IMKulkarni, BhaktiwNIND2315GOA345,55,5003
13IMMohota, NishawNIND2185PSPB345,55,5003
20WFMSaranya, JwNIND2050TN345,55,5003
610WGMSrija, SeshadriwNIND2226TN3455,0003
18WGMVarshini, VwNIND2120TN3455,0003
19WIMBommini, Mounika AkshayaU20wNIND2094AP3455,0003
99WIMMahalakshmi, MwNIND2242RSPB3444,0003
67Sherali, PattnaikU14wNIND1565UTT3444,0003
1115WIMArpita, MukherjeewNIND2160WB33,54,54,5003
1223WIMMrudul, DehankarU20wNIND2030MAH3344,0003
1334Velpula, SarayuU18wSIND1845TEL2,54,56,55,2502
1430WFMKotepalli, Sai NirupamawNIND1899AP2,54,564,7502
154WGMGomes, Mary AnnwNIND2315PSPB2,54,55,54,2502
5IMKaravade, EeshawNIND2293PSPB2,54,55,54,2502
6IMSoumya, SwaminathanwNIND2293PSPB2,54,55,54,2502
11WIMChitlange, SakshiwNIND2225MAH2,54,55,54,2502
31WCMBristy, MukherjeeU20wNIND1885WB2,54,55,54,2502
2047Kanishka, SU16wSIND1676TN2,5453,7502


Round 4 pairings

11WGMDivya, Deshmukh2389MAH33WIMArpita, Mukherjee2160WB15
219WIMBommini, Mounika Akshaya2094AP33IMPadmini, Rout2353PSPB2
33IMKulkarni, Bhakti2315GOA33WGMVarshini, V2120TN18
49WIMMahalakshmi, M2242RSPB33WFMSaranya, J2050TN20
523WIMMrudul, Dehankar2030MAH33WGMSrija, Seshadri2226TN10
613IMMohota, Nisha2185PSPB33Sherali, Pattnaik1565UTT67
714WIMVishwa, Vasnawala2181GUJWGMGomes, Mary Ann2315PSPB4
85IMKaravade, Eesha2293PSPBWCMAnkitha, Goud Palle1977TEL26
947Kanishka, S1676TNIMSoumya, Swaminathan2293PSPB6
107WIMSharma, Isha2267KARVelpula, Sarayu1845TEL34



Tournament Details

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