Women's Premier 2017 Round 5: Meenakshi and Nandhidhaa join Padmini at the top
It was a round of unusual results. Overnight leader Padmini Rout, who was playing the second last seed, was supposed to be a heavy favourite. And she did get a winning position. However, she wasn't able to convert it into a full point and had to settle for a draw. Nandhidhaa P.V. managed to win her game against Soumya Swaminathan. But the battle also saw the Pune girl showing great sportsman spirit. Meenakshi was completely lost against Swati Ghate, but managed to win! We have the complete round five report from Surat along with pictures, game analysis and video analysis by Nandhidhaa Venkatachalam.
From the leaders point of view, the tournament just got much better for Meenakshi Subbaraman and Nandhidhaa P.V. who joined Padmini Rout at the top. Here's how the results panned out for the day:
Results of round 5:
|1||3||2311||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||½ - ½||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||12|
|2||4||2248||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||0 - 1||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||2|
|3||5||2058||Bala Kannamma P||½ - ½||Pandey Srishti||1885||1|
|4||6||2277||WGM||Swati Ghate||0 - 1||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||2165||11|
|5||7||2320||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||0 - 1||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2190||10|
|6||8||2324||IM||Padmini Rout||½ - ½||Ghosh Samriddhaa||1988||9|
The game between Soumya Swaminathan and Nandhidhaa P.V. was a great example of sportsman's spirit being shown by Soumya. The players reached the time pressure zone and had very little time to complete the last few moves to reach the 40th move. In this scenario Nandhidhaa made her move, but her clock showed 00.00. The arbiter standing next to the board as well as a spectator were of the opinion that Nandhidhaa had two seconds left when she pressed the clock. However, her time did not increase. Soumya immediately agreed to what the eye witnesses had to say and continued the game. This was a great gesture by the Pune girl and in spite of losing the game, she managed to win a lot of hearts.
The game of chess teaches us to forget about what happened in your previous round and focus just on the present. It is all about mini-battles. Playing your best in the current game. It doesn't really matter that you were on 0.0/4. For Srishti Pandey getting off the mark in the tournament with a draw against Bala Kannamma was a great result. Similarly, Samriddhaa Ghosh would have a pleasant feeling of holding the Padmini Rout to a draw. These two girls who have been having a very tough event were finally able get some good results.
Rank after round 5
|5||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||IND||½||0||*||1||½||1||3,0||0,0||6,00||2,0|
|8||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||IND||0||½||½||0||*||1||2,0||0,0||3,50||1,0|
|9||Bala Kannamma P||2058||IND||½||0||0||*||½||½||1,5||0,0||2,75||0,0|