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Women's Premier Express report: Padmini takes it all

by Sagar Shah - 06/12/2017

Four players started the eleventh round with 6.5/10. Only one of them was able to win the game and become the national champion! That was IM Padmini Rout. And she did it in style! This is her fourth consecutive national premier title. In this article we give you the express updates with a full report coming up soon. Second place went to Bhakti and third place was secured by Mary Ann Gomes.

Latest update: Padmini Rout becomes the National Champion ... fourth time in a row!

In an exciting turn of events Padmini Rout not only became the National Champion, but she did it with a half point advantage! "It's completely unbelievable," said the girl from Odisha. "At the halfway mark I thought I would win with a round to spare, but after I lost to Mary I had given up all the hopes!" This is the fourth national title for Padmini and that too in four years! She is truly the golden girl of Indian chess.


Soumya drew a completely winning game against Bala Kannamma, Bhakti drew a clearly better position against Samruddhaa Ghosh and Meenakshi slumped to a defeat against Srishti Pandey.

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
18IMPadmini RoutIND23247,50,036,256,0
23WGMKulkarni BhaktiIND23117,02,037,004,0
32WGMGomes Mary AnnIND23337,00,535,255,0
47WGMSoumya SwaminathanIND23207,00,533,505,0
511WGMMeenakshi SubbaramanIND21656,50,038,505,0
610WIMNandhidhaa PvIND21906,01,030,255,0
76WGMSwati GhateIND22776,00,029,004,0
84WIMChitlange SakshiIND22484,51,017,754,0
95Bala Kannamma PIND20584,50,023,251,0
109Ghosh SamriddhaaIND19883,51,017,751,0
1112WGMKiran Manisha MohantyIND21593,50,019,502,0
121Pandey SrishtiIND18853,00,016,502,0

Final rounds results:


162277WGMSwati Ghate½ - ½WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty215912
272320WGMSoumya Swaminathan½ - ½Bala Kannamma P20585
382324IMPadmini Rout1 - 0WIMChitlange Sakshi22484
491988Ghosh Samriddhaa½ - ½WGMKulkarni Bhakti23113
5102190WIMNandhidhaa Pv0 - 1WGMGomes Mary Ann23332
6112165WGMMeenakshi Subbaraman0 - 1Pandey Srishti18851

Exciting last day at the Women's National Premier 2017

This is the final round pairing:

Meenakshi, Soumya, Padmini and Bhakti are all on 6.5/10.

These are the results in their head to head encounters:

1. Meenakshi has wins against Bhakti and Padmini but loss against Soumya (2.0/3)

2. Soumya has beaten Meenakshi and drawn with Padmini but lost to Bhakti (1.5/3)

3. Bhakti has beaten Soumya, lost to Meenakshi and drawn against Padmini (1.5/3)

4. Padmini has lost to Meenakshi and drawn against Soumya and Bhakti (1.0/3)


If all four of them win their games then Meenakshi becomes the national Champion. If only Soumya and Meenakshi win their games then Soumya becomes the champion. In case Padmini and Bhakti alone win their games, then we have to check the second tiebreak which is Sonneborn-Berger and this is how it looks right now:

After Meenakshi it's Bhakti who has the best SB, followed by Padmini and Soumya.

Live Updates:

IM Sagar Shah explains the possibilities of who will become the National Champion along with a tour of the playing venue:

Update at 10.30 a.m.

Live Update 2 at 11.15 a.m.

Soumya vs Bala Kannama

Samriddhaa vs Bhakti Kulkarni

Meenakshi vs Srishti Pandey

Padmini Rout vs Sakshi Chitlange


Mary speaks about marrying the right person!
Bhakti on the most picturesque mate of her chess career
Padmini Rout on the conflict of being objective and winning her fourth national title


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