Women's Premier Express report: Padmini takes it all
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.
|3||2||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||IND||2333||7,0||0,5||35,25||5,0|
|9||5||Bala Kannamma P||IND||2058||4,5||0,0||23,25||1,0|
|11||12||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||IND||2159||3,5||0,0||19,50||2,0|
Final rounds results:
|1||6||2277||WGM||Swati Ghate||½ - ½||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||12|
|2||7||2320||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||½ - ½||Bala Kannamma P||2058||5|
|3||8||2324||IM||Padmini Rout||1 - 0||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2248||4|
|4||9||1988||Ghosh Samriddhaa||½ - ½||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||2311||3|
|5||10||2190||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||0 - 1||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||2|
|6||11||2165||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||0 - 1||Pandey Srishti||1885||1|
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.
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