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Vantika Agrawal is the top seed at MPL 48th National Women Chess Championship 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/12/2022

MPL 48th National Women Chess Championship starts today at Sanjay Ghodawat University in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. For the first time since 2019, it will be a full-fledged event, which means there will be 11 rounds instead of 9 like the previous edition held earlier this year. The time control is also back to 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1. The total prize fund has been increased by ₹500000, each prize got increased by ₹50000. WGM Vantika Agrawal is the top seed of the tournament, The defending champion, WGM Divya Deshmukh is the second seed and former National Women's champion, IM Soumya Swaminathan will be third seed. Round 1 starts today at 11:30 a.m. Who do you think will win this event? Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

Divya set to defend her crown

The total prize fund is ₹3000000. Top three prizes are ₹600000, ₹500000 and ₹400000.

Press Conference and logo reveal of MPL 48th National Women Chess Championship 2022 | Photo: Chess Association Kolhapur

The Press Conference and official logo launch Ceremony happened on 22nd December 2022 at Sanjay Ghodawat University for the MPL 48th National Women Chess Championship 2022. Girish Chitale, Vice President, MCA, Niranjan Godbole, Hon. Secretary, MCA, Dr. Arun Patil, Sanjay Ghodawat University, Vice Chancellor, Vinayak Bhosle, Trustee – SGU, Virat Giri, Principal – SGU Polytechnic, IA Bharat Chougule, Manish Marulkar, Aarti Modi and Dheeraj Vaidya from Chess Association Kolhapur, Sandeep Patil from SGU and WIM Rucha Pujari were present at the Press Conference.

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

Top seed - WGM Vantika Agrawal (2352) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Second seed - WGM Divya Deshmukh (2347) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Third seed - IM Soumya Swaminathan (2322) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

MPL 48th National Women Chess Championship 2022 will take place from 26th December 2022 to 5th January 2023. All round starts at 11:30 a.m. except final round on 5th January which starts at 9:30 a.m. The tournament is being organized by Chess Association Kolhapur.

Players list

1WGMVantika Agrawal25050389IND2352wDelhi
2WGMDivya Deshmukh35006916IND2347wMaharashtra
3IMSoumya Swaminathan5016193IND2322wPSPB
4WGMGomes Mary Ann5013623IND2320wPSPB
5IMKulkarni Bhakti5019516IND2319wGoa
6WIMMahalakshmi M5001080IND2257wRSPB
7WIMPujari Rucha5024528IND2229wMaharashtra
8WIMChitlange Sakshi35002899IND2213wMaharashtra
9WIMSharma Isha35006665IND2212wKarnataka
10WIMArpita Mukherjee5056403IND2211wWest Bengal
11WGMSrija Seshadri5055903IND2204wTamil Nadu
12WIMAakanksha Hagawane25014510IND2202wMaharashtra
13WFMPandey Srishti35093290IND2198wMaharashtra
14IMMohota Nisha5004330IND2197wPSPB
15WGMVarshini V5091241IND2141wTamil Nadu
16WIMBommini Mounika Akshaya25019872IND2135wAndhra Pradesh
17WFMShah Vishwa25000594IND2128wMaharashtra
18Bakshi Rutuja5016509IND2127wMaharashtra
19WIMMrudul Dehankar25096990IND2126wMaharashtra
20WIMMakhija Aashna25011944IND2123wMaharashtra


Round 1 pairings

153WCMKheerthi Ganta1675Telangana00WGMVantika Agrawal2352Delhi1
22WGMDivya Deshmukh2347Maharashtra00Aditi Yogesh Kayal1667Maharashtra54
355Dakshita Kumawat1656Rajasthan00IMSoumya Swaminathan2322PSPB3
44WGMGomes Mary Ann2320PSPB00Marium Fatima1646Bihar56
557Swara Lakshmi S Nair1632Karnataka00IMKulkarni Bhakti2319Goa5
66WIMMahalakshmi M2257RSPB00Rajanya Datta1627West Bengal58
759Sagar Siya1611Gujarat00WIMPujari Rucha2229Maharashtra7
88WIMChitlange Sakshi2213Maharashtra00Cera Dagariya1586Madhya Pradesh60
961Kalyani Sirin1578Kerala00WIMSharma Isha2212Karnataka9
1010WIMArpita Mukherjee2211West Bengal00Saniya Rafique Tadavi1569Maharashtra62



Tournament Regulations

Chess Association Kolhapur: Official site, and facebook

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