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Women's Premier 2017 Round 03+04: Padmini Rout takes sole lead

by Ankit Dalal - 29/11/2017

Four rounds of the event have come to an end. Padmini Rout has taken a small lead of a half point over three of her nearest rivals - Nandhidhaa, Meenakshi and Soumya. Can the Odisha girl make it to her fourth national title in a row? The third round saw two decisive results where Srishti Pandey and Samirddhaa Ghosh slumped to defeats. The two youngsters have to get their act together, the field shows no mercy. In the fourth round we witnessed six decisive games! A fantastic show of fighting chess. Report from Surat by Ankit Dalal with pictures, games, videos and more. 

Srishti Pandey and Samriddhaa Ghosh finding it difficult against top guns

Results of round 3

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
122333WGMGomes Mary Ann½ - ½WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty215912
232311WGMKulkarni Bhakti1 - 0Pandey Srishti18851
342248WIMChitlange Sakshi½ - ½WGMMeenakshi Subbaraman216511
452058Bala Kannamma P½ - ½WIMNandhidhaa Pv219010
562277WGMSwati Ghate1 - 0Ghosh Samriddhaa19889
672320WGMSoumya Swaminathan½ - ½IMPadmini Rout23248

Tournaments like National Premier are quite difficult to handle. We saw in the Men's National Premier how Himanshu Sharma struggled to score points. In the end he managed to score 3.0/13 with four draws, one win and eight losses! Once you are identified as a target, no opponent gives you an easy life. In the 44th Iwasa Women's National Premier 2017, two players are facing something similar - Samriddhaa Ghosh and Srishti Pandey. Both of them are debutants and are currently unable to hold their higher rated opponents. While this can be a harrowing experience, it is surely something that will help them become stronger.

In the third round Srishti Pandey lost to Bhakti Kulkarni | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Swati Ghate played an offbeat line in the French to outplay Samriddhaa Ghosh | Photo: Ankit Dalal

The game between two of the favourites of the tournament IM Padmini Rout and WGM Soumya Swaminathan ended in a draw | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Round 4 - Seven decisive results!

The fourth round of the women's premier was by far the most exciting round.

Bo.No.RtgNameResultNameRtgNo.
1122159WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty0 - 1IMPadmini Rout23248
291988Ghosh Samriddhaa0 - 1WGMSoumya Swaminathan23207
3102190WIMNandhidhaa Pv1 - 0WGMSwati Ghate22776
4112165WGMMeenakshi Subbaraman1 - 0Bala Kannamma P20585
511885Pandey Srishti0 - 1WIMChitlange Sakshi22484
622333WGMGomes Mary Ann0 - 1WGMKulkarni Bhakti23113

The big result of round four was Bhakti toppling the top seed WGM Mary Ann Gomes | Photo: Ankit Dalal

The hero of the round was Nandhidhaa who beat Swati Ghate with the white pieces | Photo: Ankit Dalal
Nandhidhaa shows her win over Swati Ghate (please try and use ear phones, for the best sound quality)

Padmini Rout beat her state mate Kiran Manisha Mohanty with black | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Soumya Swaminathan managed to beat Samriddhaa Ghosh | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Sakshi Chitlange managed to put it across Srishti Pandey | Photo: Ankit Dalal

In spite of bad health S. Meenakshi is showing some excellent chess at this event and is on 3.0/4. She beat Bala Kannamma | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Ranking crosstable after Round 4

Rk.NameRtgFED123456789101112Pts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1IMPadmini Rout2324IND*½1113,50,05,503,0
2WIMNandhidhaa Pv2190IND*½11½3,00,05,752,0
WGMMeenakshi Subbaraman2165IND*1½½13,00,05,752,0
4WGMSoumya Swaminathan2320IND½*½113,00,04,502,0
5WGMKulkarni Bhakti2311IND½0*112,50,03,502,0
6WIMChitlange Sakshi2248IND0½*112,50,02,002,0
7WGMGomes Mary Ann2333IND½0*½12,00,02,251,0
8WGMSwati Ghate2277IND00½*11,50,02,001,0
9WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty2159IND00½*11,50,01,001,0
10Bala Kannamma P2058IND0½0*½1,00,01,750,0
11Ghosh Samriddhaa1988IND000½*0,50,00,500,0
12Pandey Srishti1885IND0000*0,00,00,000,0