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Belt and Road Women Open Round 4-6: Pratyusha maintains her impressive run

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/07/2019

Former Women's World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria maintained her half-point lead going into the rest day with a score of 5.0/6. Among the Indians, Harika continues to struggle as she made her fifth consecutive draw to reach 3.5/6. Soumya Swaminathan is also at 3.5/6, she drew with Georgia no.1 woman GM Nana Dzagnidze in round 4 and suffered her first loss in the next round against WGM Olga Girya. WIM Pratyusha Bodda continues her stellar performance by holding Harika and WGM Ni Shiqun to a draw in round 4 and 5 respectively. WIM Rucha Pujari suffered two consecutive losses and she is now at 1.5/6. Photo: Misty Pine/China Intelligence Sports Network

Stefanova in sole lead

Former Women's World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova in the sole lead 5.0/6 | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

Round 4

WIM Pratyusha Bodda drew with India no.2 GM Harika Dronavalli in round 4 | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

In Nimzo-Indian Defence, Pratyusha managed to exchange pieces at regular interval to arise at an Opposite Color Bishop ending which was easy enough for her to make a draw against Harika.

IM Soumya Swaminathan held Georgia no.1 GM Nana Dzagnidze to a draw | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

Soumya held Georgia no.1 Nana with Black pieces in Sicilian Moscow variation. The former India no.3 managed to thwart Nana's all attempts to stir up trouble, however Nana could have opted for something else than what she played.

Nana - Soumya, Round 4

Nana played 24.e5 which top engine also thinks to be okay. But what else could she have done here?

Round 5

Pratyusha managed to make a quick draw with WGM Shiqun Ni in Sicilian Moscow Variation. However a move before the draw agreement, Shiqun could have taken some chance.

Shiqun - Pratyusha, Round 5

Here Shiqun played 21.Bc1. What else could she have played to keep chances alive?

Round 6

In round 6, Soumya was the only one to score a victory among the Indian women.

Round 7 will resume on 15th July 2019 at 2 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. IST). 14th July is a rest day.

Round 6 results

Bo.No.NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtgNo.
113IMMunguntuul BatkhuyagMGL24124½ - ½GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL24747
217IMGuo QiCHN2375½ - ½GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS25171
38WGMGirya OlgaRUS2457½ - ½GMTan ZhongyiCHN25113
44GMLei TingjieCHN250530 - 13Zhang LanlinCHN219526
59WIMZhu JinerCHN24543½ - ½3GMHarika DronavalliIND24925
66IMKhademalsharieh SarasadatIRI248130 - 13GMUshenina AnnaUKR244810
718Li XueyiCHN233031 - 03WIMPratyusha BoddaIND226521
82GMDzagnidze NanaGEO25111 - 0WIMGu TianluCHN220525
912WGMTokhirjonova GulrukhbegimUZB24221 - 0WFMLi YunshanCHN225423
1016WFMMunkhzul TurmunkhMGL23860 - 1WGMNi ShiqunCHN240714
1130Bai XueCHN20290 - 1WGMSoumya SwaminathanIND240215
1231Du YuxinCHN201521 - 02WIMSong YuxinCHN227719
1328Xu YuzeCHN20832½ - ½2Hu Yu A.CHN209527
1420WIMPujari RuchaIND22680 - 12GMBatsiashvili NinoGEO243311
1534Zhou YafeiCHN1720½ - ½WGMFominykh MariaRUS224324
1632Zhang YuxuanCHN198710 - 1Zhang XiaoCHN225922
1733Peng TianluCHN190101 - 0Yan TianqiCHN203429

 

Round 7 pairings

Bo.No.NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtgNo.
17GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL247454WGMGirya OlgaRUS24578
21GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS25174IMMunguntuul BatkhuyagMGL241213
33GMTan ZhongyiCHN251144IMGuo QiCHN237517
410GMUshenina AnnaUKR244844Li XueyiCHN233018
526Zhang LanlinCHN21954GMDzagnidze NanaGEO25112
65GMHarika DronavalliIND2492WGMTokhirjonova GulrukhbegimUZB242212
714WGMNi ShiqunCHN2407WIMZhu JinerCHN24549
815WGMSoumya SwaminathanIND24023GMLei TingjieCHN25054
911GMBatsiashvili NinoGEO243333IMKhademalsharieh SarasadatIRI24816
1021WIMPratyusha BoddaIND226533Du YuxinCHN201531
1127Hu Yu A.CHN2095WFMMunkhzul TurmunkhMGL238616
1222Zhang XiaoCHN2259Xu YuzeCHN208328
1323WFMLi YunshanCHN2254Bai XueCHN202930
1425WIMGu TianluCHN22052Zhou YafeiCHN172034
1529Yan TianqiCHN20342WGMFominykh MariaRUS224324
1619WIMSong YuxinCHN227721Zhang YuxuanCHN198732
1733Peng TianluCHN19011WIMPujari RuchaIND226820

 

 


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