MPL 47th National Women R5: Maharashtra's Sakshi and Divya share the lead
Maharashtra's WGM Divya Deshmukh and WIM Sakshi Chitlange have emerged as the co-leaders at MPL 47th National Women Chess Championship 2022. Both Sakshi and Divya seized their advantage in the major piece endgame against WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB) and WIM Priyanka Nutakki (AP) respectively. They will inevitably face each other in the sixth round. Top seed IM Vaishali (TN) was held to another draw. It was WIM Arpita Mukherjee (WB) this time. WIM Mounika Akshaya (AP) also continues great form as she beat WGM Nandhidhaa P V (TN). Round 6 starts today at 9:00 a.m. IST. Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo
Sakshi in a superb form
Vaishali - Arpita: 0.5-0.5
IM Vaishali (TN) made a dubious exchange sacrifice in the endgame against WIM Arpita Mukherjee (WB).
Black had to take it 27...Bxa7 28.Rxa7 Kf8 and the position equalized. Instead, 28...Kf6 would have been interesting for Black. The bishop pair would not have been able to do much even if the king ventured out in the open.
Sakshi - Mary: 1-0
WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB) captured a wrong pawn by declining a rook exchange in the endgame. Her opponent WIM Sakshi Chitlange (MAH) who is in fantastic form, seized her opportunity.
35...Rxd3 36.Qxd3 Qc8 and Black remains fine. However, 35...Rxa2 allows White to exploit Black's back rank weakness 36.Rd8+ Kg7 37.Qa8 and it's all over. Black cannot do much except give a couple of checks in the first two ranks. The king can eventually find a shelter from checks at c3.
Divya - Priyanka Nutakki: 1-0
The solid Petroff's Defence did not work out for WIM Priyanka Nutakki (AP). The latter incorrectly decided to exchange a pawn, which cost her one.
25...g6 to defend f5-pawn would have been ideal. 25...Rd4 led to 26.Rxf5 Rxf4 27.Rxf4 Rxf4 28.Qd3 and Black loses a6-pawn due to the threat of Qd7. The passed pawn at e6 decided the fate of the game.
Mounika - Nandhidhaa: 1-0
Sometimes a tiny inaccuracy can have huge repercussions. WGM Nandhidhaa P V (TN) offered an exchange at the wrong square which worked in WIM Mounika Akshaya's (AP) favor.
24...Na4 would have been fine for Black, however 24...Nc4 is not. Find out the minute difference between them.
Sarayu - Varshini: 1-0
Sarayu Velpula (TEL) scored a clinical victory over WGM Varshini V (TN).
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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 5 results
|1||1||IM||Vaishali R||2403||TN||3½||½ - ½||3½||WIM||Arpita Mukherjee||2260||WB||11|
|2||19||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2205||MAH||3½||1 - 0||3½||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2361||PSPB||4|
|3||16||WGM||Srija Seshadri||2219||TN||3½||½ - ½||3½||IM||Soumya Swaminathan||2360||PSPB||5|
|4||8||WGM||Divya Deshmukh||2301||MAH||3½||1 - 0||3½||WIM||Priyanka Nutakki||2301||AP||9|
|5||20||WFM||Pandey Srishti||2177||MAH||3||0 - 1||3||IM||Kulkarni Bhakti||2388||GOA||2|
|6||24||WFM||Bommini Mounika Akshaya||2145||AP||3||1 - 0||3||WGM||Nandhidhaa P V||2380||TN||3|
|7||6||IM||Padmini Rout||2350||PSPB||3||1 - 0||3||WGM||Swati Ghate||2136||LIC||25|
|8||28||Nimmy A.G.||2110||KER||3||0 - 1||3||WGM||Pratyusha Bodda||2328||AP||7|
|9||12||WIM||Savitha Shri B||2257||TN||3||½ - ½||3||WCM||Bristy Mukherjee||1856||WB||41|
|10||27||Bala Kannamma P||2120||TN||3||0 - 1||3||WIM||Sharma Isha||2253||KAR||13|
|11||14||WIM||Priyanka K||2227||TN||3||1 - 0||3||WIM||Michelle Catherina P||2176||TN||21|
|12||30||WFM||Jyothsna L||2052||TN||3||½ - ½||3||WIM||Parnali S Dharia||2224||MAH||15|
|13||39||Velpula Sarayu||1875||TEL||3||1 - 0||3||WGM||Varshini V||2206||TN||17|
|14||18||WFM||Salonika Saina||2206||ORI||3||1 - 0||3||WFM||Lakshmi C||1968||TN||35|
|15||22||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2168||LIC||2½||½ - ½||2½||Tejaswini G||1742||TN||45|
|16||40||Jayashree P.K.||1864||TN||2½||0 - 1||2½||IM||Mohota Nisha||2147||PSPB||23|
|17||42||Ishvi Aggarwal||1833||HAR||2½||0 - 1||2½||WFM||Harshini A||2131||TN||26|
|18||34||Deodhar Vrushali Umesh||1974||MAH||2½||½ - ½||2½||Smaraki Mohanty||1725||ORI||47|
|19||37||WFM||Kotepalli Sai Nirupama||1914||AP||2½||0 - 1||2½||Sachi Jain||1401||DEL||66|
|20||46||Sheena E.||1730||KER||2½||0 - 1||2||Supriya Maji||2093||WB||29|