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Women Challengers 2017 Round 7: Lakshmi joins Soumya at the top

by C.K. Muralidharan - 26/07/2017

After seven rounds at the National Women's Challengers 2017 we have one expected leader and one completely unexpected! Top seeded Soumya Swaminathan is on 6.0/7 and she is joined by 30th seed of the event Laskhmi C. The girl from Tamil Nadu is already gaining 117 Elo points! Mind boggling indeed. The experienced players are back at the top. Kiran, Manisha Mohanty, Nisha Mohota, Mary Ann Gomes, Bhakti Kulkarni and Meenakshi.S are all on 5.5/7. Round eight will witness top board fight between the two leaders Soumya and Lakshmi. As of now here's the round seven report from Mysore. 

Two players, WGM Soumya Swaminathan (PSPB) and WFM Lakshmi C (TN) with six points from seven rounds jointly share the lead at the end of the seventh round, in the 44th National women challengers chess championship 2017.

Lakshmi C. from Tamil Nadu has been the surprise package of this tournament
Lakshmi's scorecard. She is already gaining 117 elo points!

Five players, WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (LIC), WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB), WGM Bhakti Kulkarni (AI), IM Nisha Mohota (PSPB) and WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman (AAI) are tied with 5.5 points and are placed from third to seven in the rankings after the seventh round.

Playing with black pieces on the top board, top-seed Soumya Swaminathan was held to a draw by WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty (LIC) in 27 moves.
[Event "44th NATIONAL WOMEN CHALLENGERS CHESS CH"]
[Site "Mysore Sports Club, Mysuru, Ka"]
[Date "2017.07.25"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Kiran, Manisha Mohanty"]
[Black "Soumya, Swaminathan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2170"]
[BlackElo "2349"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[EventDate "2017.07.21"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Qc7 7. O-O d6 8. exd6
Bxd6 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 O-O 12. Nd2 Bc5 13. Qc4 Nb6 14. Qe2 e5
15. Nb3 Bd6 16. f4 Be6 17. fxe5 Bxe5 18. Bf4 Bxf4 19. Rxf4 Bd5 20. Bxd5 Nxd5
21. Rc4 Qb6+ 22. Qf2 Qg6 23. Rd4 Nf6 24. Rf1 Rfe8 25. Qf5 Qxf5 26. Rxf5 Re7 27.
Rf1 1/2-1/2

 

Second seed WGM Mary Ann Gomes (PSPB) was involved in a 39 moves drawn game with WGM Bhakti Kulkarni (Air India) on the second board.
[Event "44th NATIONAL WOMEN CHALLENGERS CHESS CH"]
[Site "Mysore Sports Club, Mysuru, Ka"]
[Date "2017.07.25"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Gomes, Mary Ann"]
[Black "Kulkarni, Bhakti"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2331"]
[BlackElo "2255"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[EventDate "2017.07.21"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Bg4 4. c4 c6 5. Ne5 Be6 6. cxd5 Bxd5 7. Nf3 c5 8.
Nc3 Bc6 9. O-O e6 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Qc2 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 Be7 14. Rd1
O-O 15. h3 Rc8 16. e4 Bb4 17. Be3 Bxc3 18. bxc3 Qa5 19. Ne2 Rc4 20. Rd4 Rfc8
21. Rad1 Rxd4 22. Rxd4 b5 23. Bg5 e5 24. Rd1 h6 25. Bxf6 Nxf6 26. f3 Rc4 27.
Rd3 Ra4 28. Nc1 Kf8 29. Qd2 Ke7 30. g4 Qc7 31. Nb3 Rc4 32. Qb2 Ra4 33. Nd2 a6
34. Nf1 Qc4 35. Rd2 Qc5 36. Rd3 Qc4 37. Rd2 Qc5 38. Rd3 Qc4 39. Rd2 1/2-1/2

 

On the third board, WFM Lakshmi C of Tamil Nadu continued her fine form by registering a well earned win over state-mate WIM Mahalakshmi M in 45 moves.

[Event "44th NATIONAL WOMEN CHALLENGERS CHESS CH"]
[Site "Mysore Sports Club, Mysuru, Ka"]
[Date "2017.07.25"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Lakshmi, C."]
[Black "Mahalakshmi, M."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1952"]
[BlackElo "2154"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2017.07.21"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "IND"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. Qd2 a6 8. f4
c5 9. O-O-O Nc6 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Nf3 b5 12. Bd3 Bd7 13. Kb1 Rb8 14. Ne2 b4 15.
Ned4 Na4 16. Ka1 Na5 17. Qe2 g6 18. Rb1 Qd8 19. g4 Nc5 20. Nd2 b3 21. a3 Nxd3
22. cxd3 Qb6 23. N2f3 Rc8 24. Rbc1 Ke7 25. Qe3 Qb7 26. f5 Rxc1+ 27. Rxc1 Rc8
28. Qg5+ Ke8 29. Rf1 Rc5 30. fxg6 hxg6 31. Qf6 Qc7 32. Ne2 Bb5 33. Ng5 Qe7 34.
Qh8+ Kd7 35. Rxf7 Qxf7 36. Nxf7 Rc8 37. Qg7 Kc6 38. Nd6 Rc7 39. Qxg6 Kb6 40.
Qxe6 Bxd3 41. Nc4+ Kb7 42. Qb6+ Kc8 43. Nd6+ Kd8 44. Qb8+ Kd7 45. Qe8# 1-0

 

Round seven in progress!

WFM G.Lasya (AP) playing with white pieces held Commonwealth champion and third-seed WGM Swati Ghate (LIC) to a creditable draw in 88 moves on the fourth board.

On the fifth board, IM Nisha Mohota- 5.5 points (PSPB) came back strongly by registering a good win over Tamil Nadu's K.Priyanka (4.5 points) in 38 moves.

WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman (AAI) scored a convincing win over Makhija Aashna (Mah) in 79 moves on the sixth board. WIM Nandhidhaa Pv (AAI) playing with black pieces scored a good win over Divya Lakshmi R (TN) in 69 moves in the eighth board.

Round eight will witness the exciting battle between two leaders Soumya Swaminathan and Lakshmi C.

Results of round 7

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg Club/City No.
1 13 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 2170 LIC 5 ½ - ½ WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2349 PSPB 1
2 2 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2331 PSPB 5 ½ - ½ 5 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 2255 AI 5
3 30 WFM Lakshmi C 1952 TN 5 1 - 0 5 WIM Mahalakshmi M 2154 TN 15
4 20 WFM Lasya.G 2097 AP ½ - ½ WGM Swati Ghate 2278 LIC 3
5 4 IM Mohota Nisha 2271 PSPB 1 - 0   Priyanka K 2081 TN 21
6 10 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 2181 AAI 1 - 0   Makhija Aashna 1947 MAH 31
7 27 WCM Jyothsna L 1964 TN ½ - ½   Harshita Guddanti 2180 AP 11
8 29   Divya Lakshmi R 1957 TN 4 0 - 1 4 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv 2221 AAI 7
9 8 WFM Srija Seshadri 2200 DEL 4 1 - 0 4 WCM Isha Sharma 1878 KAR 37
10 12 WIM Michelle Catherina P 2177 TN 4 ½ - ½ 4   Meenu Rajendran 1918 KER 34

Complete results

Rank after round 7:

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 1 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2349 PSPB 6,0 0,0 29,0 33,0
2 30 WFM Lakshmi C IND 1952 TN 6,0 0,0 28,0 31,0
3 13 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty IND 2170 LIC 5,5 0,0 30,0 33,0
4 2 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2331 PSPB 5,5 0,0 29,5 33,0
5 5 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2255 AI 5,5 0,0 26,0 29,0
6 4 IM Mohota Nisha IND 2271 PSPB 5,5 0,0 25,5 28,5
7 10 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman IND 2181 AAI 5,5 0,0 23,5 26,5
8 15 WIM Mahalakshmi M IND 2154 TN 5,0 0,0 30,5 32,5
9 20 WFM Lasya.G IND 2097 AP 5,0 0,0 29,0 32,0
10 16 WIM Parnali S Dharia IND 2140 MAH 5,0 0,0 28,0 30,5

Complete list of ranking

Pairing for round 8

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg Club/City No.
1 1 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2349 PSPB 6   6 WFM Lakshmi C 1952 TN 30
2 10 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 2181 AAI   WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2331 PSPB 2
3 5 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti 2255 AI   IM Mohota Nisha 2271 PSPB 4
4 3 WGM Swati Ghate 2278 LIC 5   WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 2170 LIC 13
5 7 WIM Nandhidhaa Pv 2221 AAI 5   5 WFM Lasya.G 2097 AP 20
6 19 WFM Arpita Mukherjee 2100 WB 5   5 WFM Srija Seshadri 2200 DEL 8
7 11   Harshita Guddanti 2180 AP 5   5 WGM Ramaswamy Aarthie 2072 AI 22
8 15 WIM Mahalakshmi M 2154 TN 5   5   Bala Kannamma P 1977 TN 25
9 16 WIM Parnali S Dharia 2140 MAH 5   5 WCM Jyothsna L 1964 TN 27
10 38   Sandhya G 1873 AP   WIM Michelle Catherina P 2177 TN 12

Complete pairing list 

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About the author

C.K.Muralidharan is a 55-year-old Free-lance Sports Journalist based in Mysore. He has 20 years of experience in sports journalism. He contributes to the Hindu National daily and Daily Star of Mysore on all sports in Mysore for the last 15 years. He has been covering sports in Mysore on his website - www.mysoresport.com. He is the promoter of Mysore Professional Chess Academy. IM M.S.Thejkumar is the Vice-President of the Academy and supervises the coaching programme. He works with the Mysore District Chess Association in order to spread the game of chess through the chess in schools program.