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Women's Premier 2017 Round 2: Meenakshi wins the Air India tussle!

by Ankit Dalal - 27/11/2017

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.

Bhakti played the Dutch Defence, but Meenakshi kept making one strong logical move after another to bring home the full point | Photo: Ankit Dalal

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:

Meenakshi shows her win over Bhakti Kulkarni

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.

Padmini outmanoeuvred her experienced opponent Swati Ghate with the white pieces | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Kiran Manisha Mohanty got an excellent position out of the opening, but then she went into some dubious complications to give the full point to her opponent Soumya Swaminathan | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Sakshi Chitlange with the black pieces had a winning position against Nandhidhaa, but did not find the right move order and slumped to a defeat | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Mary Ann Gomes had little difficulty in overcoming the resistance of debutant Samriddhaa Ghosh | Photo: Ankit Dalal

In this position Mary finished off the game with a flourish. It's Black to play. What would you do?

Results of Round 2

1122159WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty0 - 1WGMSoumya Swaminathan23207
282324IMPadmini Rout1 - 0WGMSwati Ghate22776
391988Ghosh Samriddhaa½ - ½Bala Kannamma P20585
4102190WIMNandhidhaa Pv1 - 0WIMChitlange Sakshi22484
5112165WGMMeenakshi Subbaraman1 - 0WGMKulkarni Bhakti23113
611885Pandey Srishti0 - 1WGMGomes Mary Ann23332

Ranking crosstable after Round 2

Rk.NameRtgFED123456789101112Pts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1IMPadmini Rout2324IND*112,00,01,002,0
2WGMSoumya Swaminathan2320IND*1½1,50,01,251,0
3WIMNandhidhaa Pv2190IND*1½1,50,01,251,0
WGMMeenakshi Subbaraman2165IND*½11,50,01,251,0
5WGMGomes Mary Ann2333IND½*11,50,00,751,0
6WIMChitlange Sakshi2248IND0*11,00,00,501,0
7WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty2159IND0*11,00,00,001,0
8WGMKulkarni Bhakti2311IND½0*0,50,00,750,0
WGMSwati Ghate2277IND0½*0,50,00,750,0
10Bala Kannamma P2058IND0*½0,50,00,250,0
Ghosh Samriddhaa1988IND0½*0,50,00,250,0
12Pandey Srishti1885IND00*0,00,00,000,0

Pairings of round 3

122333WGMGomes Mary AnnWGMKiran Manisha Mohanty215912
232311WGMKulkarni BhaktiPandey Srishti18851
342248WIMChitlange SakshiWGMMeenakshi Subbaraman216511
452058Bala Kannamma PWIMNandhidhaa Pv219010
562277WGMSwati GhateGhosh Samriddhaa19889
672320WGMSoumya SwaminathanIMPadmini Rout23248

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