MPL 47th National Women R6-7: Divya Deshmukh emerges sole leader 6.5/7
WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH) defeated her co-leader WIM Sakshi Chitlange in Round 6. The double IM-norm holder defeated IM Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa) in Round 7 to become clear sole leader at MPL 47th National Women Chess Championship 2022. Divya is now a full point ahead of the field. Six women are at 5.5/7. They are - IM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB), WIM Priyanka Nutakki (AP), IM Vaishali R (TN), WGM Pratyusha Bodda (AP), IM Padmini Rout (PSPB) and WIM Arpita Mukherjee (WB). Divya will face the top seed Vaishali in the penultimate round. Round 8 starts today at 10:00 a.m. IST. Photo: IA Suresh Chandra Sahoo
Six women in the chase
The sixth round witnessed six decisive games among top ten boards. White won in all of them. The seventh round had seven decisive games and Black won in four of them.
Round 6: Divya - Sakshi: 1-0
The All-Maharashtra battle between WGM Divya Deshmukh and WIM Sakshi Chitlange was convincingly won by the former.
23.Nd6 allows the knight to be firmly placed as it is tactically defended.
Black had to play 28...a4 to continue the fight. She did it after 28...Ke6 29.Nd3 a4. It was too little too late by then.
Vaishali - Priyanka K: 0.5-0.5
WIM Priyanka K (TN) had a very small window of opportunity in the endgame against IM Vaishali R (TN). The bishop vs knight endgame lasted for 45 moves which is more than 50% of the game.
Try to find out what Black could have done after 49.Bd1 to keep her chances.
Round 7: Bhakti - Divya: 1-0
IM Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa) did not respond correctly to WGM Divya Deshmukh's (MAH) attack.
The obvious response is to play 23.Kh2. However, that only allows Black to disintegrate White's position faster, 23...f4. Instead, active defense 23.Nc3 followed by 24.d5 would have not only saved the game but also kept White's chances.
Mounika - Priyanka Nutakki: 0-1
WIM Priyanka Nutakki (AP) quite possibly won the most creative battle of the day against her state mate WIM Mounika Akshaya (AP).
White went 8.g4, 13.Rg1. Black did not want to be left behind either. She played imaginatively, 13...Rh4 14.Be5 Ne4 15.Nxe4 Rxe4+ 16.Be2 f6 17.f3 Rxe2+ 18.Kxe2 fxe5 and it's all over for White.
Priyanka K - Arpita: 0-1
The wildest game of the day was between WIM Priyanka K (TN) and WIM Arpita Mukherjee (WB). The former was ont the brink of victory before she missed it and went on to lose the game.
Find out the winning continuation for White after 27...e4. The game continued 28.Bf5 Ne5 29.Bxe4 and soon things turned completely into Black's favor.
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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 7 results
|1||2||IM||Kulkarni Bhakti||2388||GOA||5||0 - 1||5½||WGM||Divya Deshmukh||2301||MAH||8|
|2||7||WGM||Pratyusha Bodda||2328||AP||5||½ - ½||5||IM||Soumya Swaminathan||2360||PSPB||5|
|3||15||WIM||Parnali S Dharia||2224||MAH||4½||0 - 1||4½||IM||Vaishali R||2403||TN||1|
|4||6||IM||Padmini Rout||2350||PSPB||4½||1 - 0||4½||WFM||Harshini A||2131||TN||26|
|5||24||WFM||Bommini Mounika Akshaya||2145||AP||4½||0 - 1||4½||WIM||Priyanka Nutakki||2301||AP||9|
|6||14||WIM||Priyanka K||2227||TN||4½||0 - 1||4½||WIM||Arpita Mukherjee||2260||WB||11|
|7||19||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2205||MAH||4½||½ - ½||4½||WIM||Sharma Isha||2253||KAR||13|
|8||4||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2361||PSPB||4||1 - 0||4||WGM||Swati Ghate||2136||LIC||25|
|9||10||WIM||Rakshitta Ravi||2278||TN||4||½ - ½||4||IM||Mohota Nisha||2147||PSPB||23|
|10||16||WGM||Srija Seshadri||2219||TN||4||1 - 0||4||Nimmy A.G.||2110||KER||28|
|11||32||WIM||Chandreyee Hajra||2001||WB||4||½ - ½||4||WGM||Varshini V||2206||TN||17|
|12||18||WFM||Salonika Saina||2206||ORI||4||1 - 0||4||Supriya Maji||2093||WB||29|
|13||20||WFM||Pandey Srishti||2177||MAH||4||½ - ½||4||WFM||Bhagyashree Patil||1974||MAH||33|
|14||22||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2168||LIC||4||0 - 1||4||Deodhar Vrushali Umesh||1974||MAH||34|
|15||39||Velpula Sarayu||1875||TEL||4||0 - 1||3½||WIM||Michelle Catherina P||2176||TN||21|
|16||44||Abhirami Madabushi||1777||TEL||3½||½ - ½||3½||WIM||Savitha Shri B||2257||TN||12|
|17||27||Bala Kannamma P||2120||TN||3½||1 - 0||3½||Azal Nasir||1459||DEL||59|
|18||30||WFM||Jyothsna L||2052||TN||3½||1 - 0||3½||Tejaswini G||1742||TN||45|
|19||67||Dakshita Kumawat||1395||RAJ||3½||½ - ½||3½||WFM||Kotepalli Sai Nirupama||1914||AP||37|
|20||41||WCM||Bristy Mukherjee||1856||WB||3½||1 - 0||3½||Swara Lakshmi S Nair||1383||KAR||69|