MPL 47th National Women R1-2: Mrittika Mallick stuns Bhakti Kulkarni
Mrittika Mallick continues her momentum after winning her maiden West Bengal State title five days ago. She defeated IM Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa) in the first round of MPL 47th National Women Championship 2022. The 13-year-old girl drew with WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (ODI) in the second round. In Round 2, WFM Kotepalli Sai Nirupama (AP), Telangana State Senior champion Sarayu Velpula, WB State Junior champion WCM Bristy Mukherjee defeated WIM Rakshitta Ravi (TN), WIM Savitha Shri B (TN), WIM Priyanka K (TN) each respectively. Madhya Pradesh State Junior Girls and Senior Women champion, Varshita Jain drew with WGM Divya Deshmukh in the first round. Round 3 starts at 9:30 a.m. IST today. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
Lots of decisive chess
The first day of MPL 47th National Women Chess Championship 2022 witnessed a lot of decisive games. In the first round, only one draw took place among top 25 boards and the second round had only decisive games among top 15 boards.
Round 1: Bhakti - Mrittika: 0-1
The newly crowned West Bengal State Sub-Junior Girls champion, Mrittika Mallick (1666) played very precisely against the former Asian champion, IM Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa).
23.g5 did not faze Black. She handled it perfectly 23...hxg5 24.Nxg5 Nf5 25.Qf3 Bxg5 26.Bxg5 f6 27.Bd2 Qd7 28.b3 b5. Now that everything is safeguarded on the kingside, Black created her own play on the queenside 28...b5.
After a lot of back and forth play, White's best opportunity occurred in the above position when 64.Rgxf5 exf5 65.Rd6 was completely winning for her. Instead, 64.Rxh5 was played and after a few inaccuracies, Black gained decisive advantage and went on to win the game.
Divya - Varshita: 0.5-0.5
WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH) got herself a very good opportunity against reigning Madhya Pradesh State Junior Girls and State Senior Women champion Varshita Jain.
30.e5 followed by e6 would have been devastating for Black. The game continued 30.Bf1 g6 31.Rec2 Rxa2 32.Rxa2 and slowly White's advantage evaporated. The game liquidated into a drawn opposite color bishop endgame.
Round 2: Kheerthi - Vaishali: 0-1
Top seed of the tournament, IM Vaishali R (TN) could have finished the game a lot earlier against Telangana State Sub-Junior Girls and State Senior Women champion Kheerthi Ganta (TEL).
Find out the best continuation for Black after 25.Bd2.
Nirupama - Rakshitta: 1-0
WFM Kotepalli Sai Nirupama (AP) could have gained substantial advantage early in the middlegame against WIM Rakshitta Ravi (TN).
11...b5 is not the best move. Find out how White could have taken advantage of the inaccuracy.
At the conclusion of Round 2, 22 players are at 2.0/2. Few of them are:
In Round 2, WFM Kotepalli Sai Nirupama (AP), Telangana State Senior champion Sarayu Velpula, West Bengal State Junior champion WCM Bristy Mukherjee defeated WIM Rakshitta Ravi (TN), WIM Savitha Shri B (TN), WIM Priyanka K (TN) each respectively.
Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice Chancellor, KISS University on podium, Mr. Debabrata Bhatta, Secy, AOCA; Mr. Gobinda Chandra Mohapatra, President, AOCA, Mr. Ranjan Mohanty, Joint Secy, AICF; Mr. Atul Gupta, Joint Secy, AICF
The following dignitaries were present at the Opening Ceremony. Chief Guest Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice Chancellor, KISS University; Guest of Honour Mr. Atul Gupta, Joint Secretary All India Chess Federation; Guest of Honour Mr. Ranjan Mohanty, Joint Secretary, All India Chess Federation; Mr. Gobind Chandra Mohapatra, President All Odisha Chess Association, Mr. Debabrata Bhatta, Hony. Secretary, All Odisha Chess Association and Mr. Bhabesh Mohanty, Treasurer, All Odisha Chess Association. The Chief Guest inaugurated the tournament by moving the pieces on the lawn chess board.
A total of 102 players including 5 IMs, 8 WGMs and 10 WIMs are taking part in this tournament organized by All Odisha Chess Association. The event is taking place at KIIT at Bhubaneswar, Odisha from 25th February to 2nd March 2022. The nine-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1
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Round 2 results
|1||31||WCM||Kheerthi Ganta||2011||TEL||1||0 - 1||1||IM||Vaishali R||2403||TN||1|
|2||3||WGM||Nandhidhaa P V||2380||TN||1||1 - 0||1||Nimmy A.G.||2110||KER||28|
|3||33||WFM||Bhagyashree Patil||1974||MAH||1||0 - 1||1||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2361||PSPB||4|
|4||5||IM||Soumya Swaminathan||2360||PSPB||1||1 - 0||1||WFM||Jyothsna L||2052||TN||30|
|5||35||WFM||Lakshmi C||1968||TN||1||0 - 1||1||IM||Padmini Rout||2350||PSPB||6|
|6||7||WGM||Pratyusha Bodda||2328||AP||1||1 - 0||1||WIM||Chandreyee Hajra||2001||WB||32|
|7||9||WIM||Priyanka Nutakki||2301||AP||1||1 - 0||1||Deodhar Vrushali Umesh||1974||MAH||34|
|8||37||WFM||Kotepalli Sai Nirupama||1914||AP||1||1 - 0||1||WIM||Rakshitta Ravi||2278||TN||10|
|9||11||WIM||Arpita Mukherjee||2260||WB||1||1 - 0||1||Ghosh Samriddhaa||1910||WB||38|
|10||39||Velpula Sarayu||1875||TEL||1||1 - 0||1||WIM||Savitha Shri B||2257||TN||12|
|11||13||WIM||Sharma Isha||2253||KAR||1||1 - 0||1||Jayashree P.K.||1864||TN||40|
|12||41||WCM||Bristy Mukherjee||1856||WB||1||1 - 0||1||WIM||Priyanka K||2227||TN||14|
|13||15||WIM||Parnali S Dharia||2224||MAH||1||1 - 0||1||Ishvi Aggarwal||1833||HAR||42|
|14||45||Tejaswini G||1742||TN||1||0 - 1||1||WGM||Srija Seshadri||2219||TN||16|
|15||17||WGM||Varshini V||2206||TN||1||1 - 0||1||Abhirami Madabushi||1777||TEL||44|
|16||47||Smaraki Mohanty||1725||ORI||1||½ - ½||1||WFM||Salonika Saina||2206||ORI||18|
|17||19||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2205||MAH||1||1 - 0||1||Anupam M Sreekumar||1724||KER||48|
|18||49||Keerti Shree Reddy||1721||TN||1||0 - 1||1||WFM||Pandey Srishti||2177||MAH||20|
|19||21||WIM||Michelle Catherina P||2176||TN||1||1 - 0||1||Meenatchi Rajam V||1692||TN||50|
|20||52||Mrittika Mallick||1666||WB||1||½ - ½||1||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2168||LIC||22|