Women Premier 2017: Odisha girls off to a winning start
The Iwasa National Women's Premier 2017 kicked off on Saturday with twelve women players to decide the National Champion of the country. It was a keenly fought round with three decisive results. Padmini Rout, the defending champion, managed to outwit Bala Kannamma, debutant Sakshi Chitlange began with a win over Samriddhaa Ghosh and Kiran Manisha Mohanty was able to defeat Srishti Pandey. We have pictures from the venue and Kiran Manisha Mohanty explaining her win in a video. Report from Surat by Ankit Dalal.
As mentioned in our introductory report, this tournament is going to be a race between top four seeds - Mary Ann Gomes, Padmini Rout, Soumya Swaminathan and Bhakti Kulkarni. It will be interesting to see if some of the other players, especially the experienced Swati Ghate and young Sakshi Chitlange give these four top rated players a run for their money.
Results of round one
|1||1||1885||Pandey Srishti||0 - 1||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||12|
|2||2||2333||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||½ - ½||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||2165||11|
|3||3||2311||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||½ - ½||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2190||10|
|4||4||2248||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||1 - 0||Ghosh Samriddhaa||1988||9|
|5||5||2058||Bala Kannamma P||0 - 1||IM||Padmini Rout||2324||8|
|6||6||2277||WGM||Swati Ghate||½ - ½||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||2320||7|
Padmini's game was a model one where you can learn the art of playing for win when your opponent simply wants to exchange everything and play for a draw.
Ranking crosstable after round one:
|WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||IND||*||1||1,0||0,0||0,00||1,0|
|4||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||IND||*||½||0,5||0,0||0,25||0,0|
|Bala Kannamma P||2058||IND||0||*||0,0||0,0||0,00||0,0|
Pairing of round two:
|1||12||2159||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||2320||7|
|2||8||2324||IM||Padmini Rout||WGM||Swati Ghate||2277||6|
|3||9||1988||Ghosh Samriddhaa||Bala Kannamma P||2058||5|
|4||10||2190||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2248||4|
|5||11||2165||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||2311||3|
|6||1||1885||Pandey Srishti||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||2|
SMCA online blitz contest for National Premier 2017:
Your chance to win ChessBase products worth Rs.5,000.
Step 1: Register yourself for the SMCA online blitz. You can do it from here.
Step 2: Choose your favourite to win out of the 12 participants. (The top 6 seeds are displayed in the picture above)
Step 3: You have to tell us what is so special about the favourite that you have chosen in step 2: For eg. if you favourite to win is Padmini Rout, you can write a few words about her what makes her so special.
You can leave your answer in the comments section below.
Last date for entries is 28th of November 2017. The right answer will receive a gift coupon worth Rs. 5,000 of ChessBase products which has to be used by 31st of December 2017.