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Women Premier 2017: Odisha girls off to a winning start

by Ankit Dalal - 26/11/2017

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.

The tournament was inaugurated on the giant chess set

Results of round one

111885Pandey Srishti0 - 1WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty215912
222333WGMGomes Mary Ann½ - ½WGMMeenakshi Subbaraman216511
332311WGMKulkarni Bhakti½ - ½WIMNandhidhaa Pv219010
442248WIMChitlange Sakshi1 - 0Ghosh Samriddhaa19889
552058Bala Kannamma P0 - 1IMPadmini Rout23248
662277WGMSwati Ghate½ - ½WGMSoumya Swaminathan23207

Defending champion Padmini Rout got off to a winning start against Bala Kannamma | Photo: Ankit Dalal

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.

Srishti Pandey played the opening well, but later lost the thread and the game to Kiran Manisha Mohanty | Photo: Ankit Dalal
Kiran shows her win over Srishti Pandey

This is Sakshi Chitlange's first National Premier and she has already made a winning start | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Bhakti Kulkarni had the white pieces but couldn't make it count against Nandhidhaa P.V. | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Two Pune girls Soumya Swaminathan (above) and Swati Ghate split the point | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Ranking crosstable after round one:

Rk.NameRtgFED123456789101112Pts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1IMPadmini Rout2324IND*11,00,00,001,0
WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty2159IND*11,00,00,001,0
3WIMChitlange Sakshi2248IND*11,00,00,001,0
4WGMGomes Mary Ann2333IND*½0,50,00,250,0
WGMKulkarni Bhakti2311IND*½0,50,00,250,0
WGMSwati Ghate2277IND*½0,50,00,250,0
WGMSoumya Swaminathan2320IND½*0,50,00,250,0
WIMNandhidhaa Pv2190IND½*0,50,00,250,0
WGMMeenakshi Subbaraman2165IND½*0,50,00,250,0
10Pandey Srishti1885IND0*0,00,00,000,0
Bala Kannamma P2058IND0*0,00,00,000,0
Ghosh Samriddhaa1988IND0*0,00,00,000,0


Pairing of round two:

1122159WGMKiran Manisha MohantyWGMSoumya Swaminathan23207
282324IMPadmini RoutWGMSwati Ghate22776
391988Ghosh SamriddhaaBala Kannamma P20585
4102190WIMNandhidhaa PvWIMChitlange Sakshi22484
5112165WGMMeenakshi SubbaramanWGMKulkarni Bhakti23113
611885Pandey SrishtiWGMGomes Mary Ann23332


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)


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