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Nakhbayeva and Munguntuul set up a mouth watering clash!

by Supriya Bhat - 18/06/2018

Things are shaping up like a Bollywood thriller at the SBI Life AICF Women Grandmaster's Round Robin tournament in Mumbai. After nine rounds we have a sole leader - Guliskhan Nakhbayeva of Kazakhstan, who had a great day on the 17th of June as she scored 2.0/2 and took her tally to 7.0/9. But she cannot yet breathe easy as Mongolian top seed Batkhuyag Munguntuul is right on her heels with 6.5/9 and the duo meet each other in the tenth round. It is going to be a mouth watering clash!

Nakhbayeva, Munguntuul and Hagawane score 2.0/2 in rounds 8 and 9

Guliskhan Nakhbayeva was in the jount lead with 5.0/7. In rounds 8 and 9 she scored two wins. First one against Rakshitta Ravi and the second against Elena Tomilova | Photo: Supriya Bhat
Guliskhan Nakhbayeva speaks about her win over Rakshitta Ravi and the Mumbai weather! Interview by Avathanshu Bhat.

Batkhuyag Munguntuul is the only player who can catch Nakhbayeva. The Mongolian is on 6.5/9, half a point behind Nakhbayeva. In rounds 8 and 9 she beat Anna Zozulia and Rakshitta Ravi respectively | Photo: Facebook page of Munguntuul

Aakanksha Hagawane was in blistering form and managed to win both her games against Elena Tomilova and Divya Deshmukh | Photo: Supriya Bhat
Trisha Kanyamarala sends us her video analysis of the game between Elena and Aakanksha
ChessBase India Juniors editor-in-chief Avathanshu Bhat interviews Aakanksha after her game!

Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova had a forgettable day. First she lost her game against Monnish GK and then against Vantika Agrawal | Photo: Supriya Bhat

Vantika Agrawal was suffering from very bad health. She was unable to play her morning round, but she came back in the evening and even in great pain managed to win her game against Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova. What a fighter! | Photo: Supriya Bhat

For Rakshitta Ravi this has been a tough tournament. She hasn't been able to score yet in nine rounds. But one thing is for sure, she is the one who has learnt the most! | Photo: Supriya Bhat

Tournament director Praful Zaveri with chief arbiter Nitin Shenvi and the parents of Indian players | Photo: Supriya Bhat

Results of round 8

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
WIMTomilova Elena0 - 1WIMAakanksha Hagawane
WFMDivya Deshmukh+ - -WIMVantika Agrawal
WGMTokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim0 - 1WIMMonnisha G K
WGMVo Thi Kim Phung½ - ½WIMSrija Seshadri
IMZozulia Anna0 - 1IMMunguntuul Batkhuyag
Rakshitta Ravi0 - 1WGMNakhbayeva Guliskhan

Results of round 9

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
152323WGMNakhbayeva Guliskhan1 - 0WIMTomilova Elena233412
262410IMMunguntuul Batkhuyag1 - 0Rakshitta Ravi20674
372207WIMSrija Seshadri1 - 0IMZozulia Anna23143
482295WIMMonnisha G K½ - ½WGMVo Thi Kim Phung23762
592279WIMVantika Agrawal1 - 0WGMTokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim23791
6102297WIMAakanksha Hagawane1 - 0WFMDivya Deshmukh213811

Crosstable after round 9

Rk. NameRtgFED123456789101112Pts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
1WGMNakhbayeva Guliskhan2323KAZ*1½01½11117,00,025,5063
2IMMunguntuul Batkhuyag2410MGL*01½1½11½16,50,025,0052
3WIMAakanksha Hagawane2297IND01*0½½1½115,50,019,5041
4WGMVo Thi Kim Phung2376VIE½0*½½½1½115,50,019,2531
5WGMTokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim2379UZB1½½*10½½015,01,022,2532
6WIMSrija Seshadri2207IND01½0*11½015,00,021,7542
7WIMVantika Agrawal2279IND0½½10*½1-14,50,017,0032
8IMZozulia Anna2314BEL½0½½½0*½114,50,016,0021
9WIMTomilova Elena2334RUS000½½½½*114,01,013,5021
10WIMMonnisha G K2295IND00½½1100*14,00,018,0032
11WFMDivya Deshmukh2138IND0½000+00*12,50,07,7511
12Rakshitta Ravi2067IND000000000*0,00,00,0000

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