Women's Premier 2017 Round 2: Meenakshi wins the Air India tussle!
The 44th Iwasa Women's National Premier 2017 is turning into a bloodbath as five out of the six games ended decisively in the second round. Meenakshi scored the biggest upset of the day as she downed Challengers champion Bhakti Kulkarni. In the other news of the day Padmini Rout beat her experienced opponent Swati Ghate, while Soumya managed to overcome Kiran Manish Mohanty's resistance. Mary Ann Gomes won against Samriddhaa Ghosh and Sakshi Chitlange was unlucky to lose to Nandhidhaa after the Maharashtra girl lost her change to win a piece.
They both work for the same company Air India and are very good friends. However, over the board it was a brutal fight. Meenakshi opened the game with 1.d4 and Bhakti played the Dutch Defence.
Meenakshi came to the tournament in not such a good condition health wise. In fact she was even planning to cancel her trip to the tournament. However, once she sat on the board she forgot everything about her health and played a perfect game to beat the National Challengers Champion. Here's her account of the game:
One only needs to remember how Bhakti made a comeback after losing her first round at the National Challengers 2017. It will be interesting to see if she can stage a similar comeback at the National Premiers.
In this position Mary finished off the game with a flourish. It's Black to play. What would you do?
Results of Round 2
|1||12||2159||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||0 - 1||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||2320||7|
|2||8||2324||IM||Padmini Rout||1 - 0||WGM||Swati Ghate||2277||6|
|3||9||1988||Ghosh Samriddhaa||½ - ½||Bala Kannamma P||2058||5|
|4||10||2190||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||1 - 0||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2248||4|
|5||11||2165||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||1 - 0||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||2311||3|
|6||1||1885||Pandey Srishti||0 - 1||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||2|
Ranking crosstable after Round 2
|5||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||IND||½||*||1||1,5||0,0||0,75||1,0|
|7||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||IND||0||*||1||1,0||0,0||0,00||1,0|
|10||Bala Kannamma P||2058||IND||0||*||½||0,5||0,0||0,25||0,0|
Pairings of round 3
|1||2||2333||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||12|
|2||3||2311||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||Pandey Srishti||1885||1|
|3||4||2248||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||2165||11|
|4||5||2058||Bala Kannamma P||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2190||10|
|5||6||2277||WGM||Swati Ghate||Ghosh Samriddhaa||1988||9|
|6||7||2320||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||IM||Padmini Rout||2324||8|