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MPL 47th National Women R1-2: Mrittika Mallick stuns Bhakti Kulkarni

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/02/2022

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.

Mrittika Mallick scored the biggest upset of the day as she beat two-time National Women's champion IM Bhakti Kulkarni | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

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).

Position after 23.g5

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.

Position after 63...Nf5

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.

Bhakti Kulkarni did not have the perfect start | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

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.

Position after 29...Red8

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.

Varshita Jain held WGM Divya Deshmukh to a draw | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

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).

Position after 25.Bd2

Find out the best continuation for Black after 25.Bd2.

Top seed IM Vaishali R is definitely one of the favorite to win the tournament | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

Nirupama - Rakshitta: 1-0

WFM Kotepalli Sai Nirupama (AP) could have gained substantial advantage early in the middlegame against WIM Rakshitta Ravi (TN).

Position after 11...b5

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:

WGM Nandhidhaa P V | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

WGM Mary Ann Gomes | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

IM Soumya Swaminathan | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

IM Padmini Rout | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

WGM Pratyusha Bodda | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

WIM Priyanka Nutakki | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

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.

Inauguration Ceremony | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

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

Inaugural moves are being made | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

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.

Players and accompanying persons at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

Mary Ann Gomes, Nisha Mohota, Kiran Manisha Mohanty and Bhakti Kulkarni are delighted to meet their friends after a long time | Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo

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

Bo.No.NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/CityNo.
131WCMKheerthi Ganta2011TEL10 - 11IMVaishali R2403TN1
23WGMNandhidhaa P V2380TN11 - 01Nimmy A.G.2110KER28
333WFMBhagyashree Patil1974MAH10 - 11WGMGomes Mary Ann2361PSPB4
45IMSoumya Swaminathan2360PSPB11 - 01WFMJyothsna L2052TN30
535WFMLakshmi C1968TN10 - 11IMPadmini Rout2350PSPB6
67WGMPratyusha Bodda2328AP11 - 01WIMChandreyee Hajra2001WB32
79WIMPriyanka Nutakki2301AP11 - 01Deodhar Vrushali Umesh1974MAH34
837WFMKotepalli Sai Nirupama1914AP11 - 01WIMRakshitta Ravi2278TN10
911WIMArpita Mukherjee2260WB11 - 01Ghosh Samriddhaa1910WB38
1039Velpula Sarayu1875TEL11 - 01WIMSavitha Shri B2257TN12
1113WIMSharma Isha2253KAR11 - 01Jayashree P.K.1864TN40
1241WCMBristy Mukherjee1856WB11 - 01WIMPriyanka K2227TN14
1315WIMParnali S Dharia2224MAH11 - 01Ishvi Aggarwal1833HAR42
1445Tejaswini G1742TN10 - 11WGMSrija Seshadri2219TN16
1517WGMVarshini V2206TN11 - 01Abhirami Madabushi1777TEL44
1647Smaraki Mohanty1725ORI1½ - ½1WFMSalonika Saina2206ORI18
1719WIMChitlange Sakshi2205MAH11 - 01Anupam M Sreekumar1724KER48
1849Keerti Shree Reddy1721TN10 - 11WFMPandey Srishti2177MAH20
1921WIMMichelle Catherina P2176TN11 - 01Meenatchi Rajam V1692TN50
2052Mrittika Mallick1666WB1½ - ½1WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty2168LIC22

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Round 3 pairings

Bo.No.NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/CityNo.
11IMVaishali R2403TN22WGMVarshini V2206TN17
219WIMChitlange Sakshi2205MAH22WGMNandhidhaa P V2380TN3
34WGMGomes Mary Ann2361PSPB22WIMMichelle Catherina P2176TN21
420WFMPandey Srishti2177MAH22IMSoumya Swaminathan2360PSPB5
56IMPadmini Rout2350PSPB22IMMohota Nisha2147PSPB23
624WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2145AP22WGMPratyusha Bodda2328AP7
725WGMSwati Ghate2136LIC22WIMPriyanka Nutakki2301AP9
827Bala Kannamma P2120TN22WIMArpita Mukherjee2260WB11
937WFMKotepalli Sai Nirupama1914AP22WIMSharma Isha2253KAR13
1039Velpula Sarayu1875TEL22WIMParnali S Dharia2224MAH15
1116WGMSrija Seshadri2219TN22WCMBristy Mukherjee1856WB41
128WGMDivya Deshmukh2301MAHWFMHarshini A2131TN26
1318WFMSalonika Saina2206ORIMrittika Mallick1666WB52
1422WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty2168LICSmaraki Mohanty1725ORI47
1536Meenal Gupta1941JK1IMKulkarni Bhakti2388GOA2
1610WIMRakshitta Ravi2278TN11Nisha N. Patkar1584KAR55
1712WIMSavitha Shri B2257TN11WFMBindu Saritha K.1580LIC56
1814WIMPriyanka K2227TN11Mudaliar Nandini1512GUJ57
1928Nimmy A.G.2110KER11Azal Nasir1459DEL59
2030WFMJyothsna L2052TN11Vakcheri Mohitha1459AP60

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