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MPL 48th National Women R10: Can Divya repeat history?

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/01/2023

WGM Divya Deshmukh drew with WIM Isha Sharma to stay half point ahead of the competition heading into the final round. Unlike the previous edition, Divya does not have a huge lead. If she draws her final round game against IM Bhakti Kulkarni and WGM Mary Ann Gomes beats WIM Rucha Pujari then, it will all come down to tie-breaks to decide the winner of MPL 48th National Women Chess Championship 2022. Since 2011, all new champion have won it at least twice in-a-row. Mary (2011-2013), IM Padmini Rout (2014-17) and Bhakti (2018-19). Divya has to overcome the previous two-time winner to become a two-time winner of this prestigious championship. Final Round 11 starts today at 9:30 a.m. Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

Mary keeps things interesting

WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB) defeated WGM Srija Seshadri (TN) to ensure the tournament stays interesting till the very last round. She is the only player who can catch up or overtake WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH). WGM Vantika Agrawal (DEL) and IM Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa) are at 7.5/10 each, followed by eight players at 7/10.

WGM Divya Deshmukh can win it for the second consecutive edition 8.5/10 | Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

Official logo of MPL 48th National Women Chess Championship 2022 | Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

Isha - Divya: 0.5-0.5

WGM Divya Deshmukh (MAH, 2347) could have won her game against WIM Isha Sharma (KAR, 2212) and maintained her full point lead heading into the final round.

Position after 27.Rc1

White had to save her knight 27.Ne5 Qd5 28.Nxf7. However, 27.Rc1 could have resulted in a loss of material after Bd4. Now, there is no safe way to save the knight. Once it is moved, Rh8 skewer drops the bishop at h6.

WIM Isha Sharma (KAR) 7/10 | Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

Srija - Mary: 0-1

WGM Srija Seshadri (TN, 2204) did not take pawn wedge at f3 at the right time. Later on, it played a key role in WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB, 2320) earning her a full point.

Position after 24...Bf5

The best time to take the f3-pawn was now. White probably didn't take 25.Qxf3 is due to discover attack Bc2. However, after 26.Qe3 Bxd1 27.Rxd1 White is doing fine as she would have had enough compensation in the form of two pawns for the lost exchange. The game continued 25.Qe1 e4 26.Bf1 h5 27.Nc4 h4 28.Ne3 hxg33 29.hxg3 Be5 30.Rd5 Qg7 31.Nxf5 gxf5 32.Bh3 Rbe8 and White's position fell apart in a hurry.

WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB) continues her pursuit 8/10 | Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

Vantika - Soumya

IM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB, 2322) perhaps will question her choice of going with Modern Benoni against WGM Vantika Agrawal (DEL, 2352). The former just could not get out of the gate and Vantika had no trouble outplaying her.

Position after 39...Nh5

Find out the winning combination for White after 39...Nh5.

WGM Vantika Agrawal (DEL) 7.5/10 | Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

A total of 102 players including 3 IMs, 7 WGMs and 12 WIMs are taking part in this tournament organized by Chess Association Kolhapur. The event is taking place at Sanjay Ghodawat University, Kolhapur, Maharasahtra from 26th December 2022 to 5th January 2023. The 11-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds from move no.1

Replay Round 10 games

Round 10 results

19WIMSharma Isha2212Karnataka½ - ½8WGMDivya DeshmukhF172347Maharashtra2PGN
211WGMSrija Seshadri2204Tamil Nadu0 - 17WGMGomes Mary Ann2320PSPB4PGN
31WGMVantika Agrawal2352Delhi1 - 0IMSoumya Swaminathan2322PSPB3PGN
415WGMVarshini V2141Tamil Nadu½ - ½WIMChitlange Sakshi2213Maharashtra8PGN
55IMKulkarni Bhakti2319Goa1 - 06WIMMahalakshmi M2257RSPB6PGN
67WIMPujari Rucha2229Maharashtra61 - 06WFMDeodhar Vrushali Umesh2108Maharashtra22PGN
733WFMBhagyashree PatilF171920Maharashtra60 - 16WIMArpita Mukherjee2211West Bengal10PGN
847Tejaswini GF151773Tamil Nadu60 - 16IMMohota Nisha2197PSPB14PGN
917WFMShah Vishwa2128Maharashtra61 - 06Sunyuktha C M N1820Tamil Nadu40PGN
1021WFMNimmy A.G.2110Kerala61 - 06Ghosh Samriddhaa1778West Bengal45PGN


Standings after Round 10

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12WGMDivya DeshmukhwIND2347Maharashtra8,560,56655,2507
24WGMGomes Mary AnnwIND2320PSPB86065,549,7507
31WGMVantika AgrawalwIND2352Delhi7,55963,545,5005
45IMKulkarni BhaktiwIND2319Goa7,55559,543,5006
58WIMChitlange SakshiwIND2213Maharashtra758,563,544,0005
610WIMArpita MukherjeewIND2211West Bengal7566142,5006
717WFMShah VishwawIND2128Maharashtra7566037,7506
89WIMSharma IshawIND2212Karnataka755,560,541,0005
921WFMNimmy A.G.wIND2110Kerala753,557,536,5005
1015WGMVarshini VwIND2141Tamil Nadu752,557,539,7505
117WIMPujari RuchawIND2229Maharashtra752,556,539,7506
1214IMMohota NishawIND2197PSPB751,556,539,2505
133IMSoumya SwaminathanwIND2322PSPB6,55862,537,7505
1411WGMSrija SeshadriwIND2204Tamil Nadu6,556,560,534,5006
1555Dakshita KumawatwIND1656Rajasthan6,5515533,0005
1636Mrittika MallickwIND1867West Bengal6,5505430,7506
1738Femil ChelladuraiwIND1824Tamil Nadu6,548,552,532,2505
1840Sunyuktha C M NwIND1820Tamil Nadu659,563,536,0005
1945Ghosh SamriddhaawIND1778West Bengal6565932,7504
2062Saniya Rafique TadaviwIND1569Maharashtra655,55932,5005


Round 11 pairings

12WGMDivya DeshmukhF172347MaharashtraIMKulkarni Bhakti2319Goa5
24WGMGomes Mary Ann2320PSPB87WIMPujari Rucha2229Maharashtra7
314IMMohota Nisha2197PSPB7WGMVantika Agrawal2352Delhi1
48WIMChitlange Sakshi2213Maharashtra77WFMNimmy A.G.2110Kerala21
517WFMShah Vishwa2128Maharashtra77WIMSharma Isha2212Karnataka9
610WIMArpita Mukherjee2211West Bengal77WGMVarshini V2141Tamil Nadu15
73IMSoumya Swaminathan2322PSPBMrittika MallickF151867West Bengal36
855Dakshita KumawatF151656RajasthanWGMSrija Seshadri2204Tamil Nadu11
938Femil ChelladuraiF171824Tamil Nadu6WFMDeodhar Vrushali Umesh2108Maharashtra22
106WIMMahalakshmi M2257RSPB66Vakcheri MohithaF151525Andhra Pradesh67



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