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Women's Premier 07: Bala Kannamma shocks Viji; Padmini leads by a point

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 11/11/2016

The most notable upset of the day was Bala Kannamma's shock defeat of Vijayalakshmi. This puts Viji's pursuit of the Women's Champion title in question as she is now tied on the second spot with two others on 4.5/7. Padmini Rout settled for another draw to extend her lead on her rivals by a full point. We have an illustrated report with analysis by Nihal Sarin.

Pictures by Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Women's Premier 07: Bala Kannamma shocks Viji; Padmini leads by a point

Round 7 on 2016/11/10 at 10:00 am
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 4 2117 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty ½ - ½ WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2306 12
2 5 2260 WGM Swati Ghate 1 - 0 WIM Vaishali R 2300 3
3 6 2386 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 1 - 0 WIM Pratyusha Bodda 2289 2
4 7 2262 IM Mohota Nisha ½ - ½ IM Karavade Eesha 2425 1
5 8 2185 WIM Mahalakshmi M ½ - ½ IM Padmini Rout 2374 11
6 9 2390 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 0 - 1   Bala Kannamma P 2073 10

The playing arena 

Game of the day: Swati Ghate has been winning some, losing some, consistently at the Women's Premier. She hit young Vaishali hard to win the game.

Swati Ghate-Vaishali R. (Analysis by Nihal Sarin)

[Event "National Women Premier 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.11.10"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Swati Ghate"]
[Black "Vaishali R"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C54"]
[WhiteElo "2260"]
[BlackElo "2300"]
[Annotator "Nihal Sarin"]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]
[WhiteClock "0:02:11"]
[BlackClock "0:00:33"]
1. e4 {60} e5 {0} 2. Nf3 {12} Nc6 {4} (2... Nf6 {is another very popular
option, The Petroff defense.}) 3. Bc4 {7 is gaining popularity at the top
level ever since the big guns realized that the Ruy is not the only way to
milk an advantage with 1. e4.} (3. Bb5 {is, of course, the Ruy Lopez.}) 3...
Nf6 {11 The four knights defense, a very interesting opening.} 4. d3 {5 This
transposes to normal Guico-Piano.} (4. Ng5 {This leads to some thrilling lines!
} d5 (4... Bc5 $5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6. Kf1 Qe7 7. Nxh8 d5 8. exd5 Nd4 {is a very
old and complicated line! Known as Wilkis-Barry Attack and also the Traxler
Gambit.}) 5. exd5 Na5 (5... b5 $5 {Naiditsch,A (2664)-Carlsen,M (2646) Turin
ol (Men) 37th 2006 (12) 0-1 Is another interesting line. I shall give 1 game(
just to see!)}) (5... Nxd5 {second popular move in Mega 2016!!} 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7.
Qf3+ Ke6 8. Nc3 {Shirov,A (2709)-Sulskis,S (2544) Tromso ol (Men) 41st 2014 (2.
1) 1-0 An interesting game.....}) 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Be2 {Is a very
long line with many sidelines.}) 4... Bc5 {5} 5. O-O {10} O-O {5} 6. a4 {94} d6
{121} (6... h6 7. c3 {With the idea of d4. And if...} d6 $2 8. b4 {Wins a
piece.}) 7. c3 {258} (7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3 Bg4 $11) 7... a6 {100} (7...
a5 {also looks interesting, preventing white from playing b4. But, the
drawback is that it leaves the b5 square a little weak, but it is OK.}) 8. Re1
{129} Re8 {314} (8... h6 $5 9. d4 (9. b4 Ba7 10. h3 (10. b5 $6 axb5 11. axb5 $2
Bxf2+ $1 $19) 10... Re8) 9... Ba7 10. h3 Re8) 9. Bg5 {488} h6 {314} (9... Bg4
10. h3 Bh5 11. g4 Bg6 12. Bh4) 10. Bh4 {30 The pin looks unpleasant.} g5 {30}
11. Bg3 {30} (11. Nxg5 $6 hxg5 12. Bxg5 Bxf2+ $1 13. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 14. Rxe4 Qxg5
15. Qf3 Bf5 $15) 11... Bg4 {441 Immediately pinning the knight.} 12. b4 {
409 This could be a drawback of not playing a5.} Ba7 {329} 13. h3 {128} Bh5 {96
} 14. Nbd2 {21} Kh7 {1371 Black wants to play g4 immediately.} (14... d5 15.
exd5 (15. Bb3 d4 {And the b4 pawn is very weak.}) 15... Nxd5 16. b5 Na5 17.
Bxe5 $16) (14... Ne7 $5 {intending Ng6-Nf4.} 15. Qb3 (15. Bh2 g4 16. hxg4 Nxg4
17. Bg3 Ng6 {With an interesting unbalanced position.}) 15... c6 $1 16. d4 d5
17. Bf1 exd4 18. e5 Ne4 19. Nxe4 dxe4 20. Rxe4 Bxf3 21. gxf3 dxc3 22. Bc4 Nd5
23. Rd1 Qe7 24. Bxd5 cxd5 25. Rxd5 Rac8 26. Rc4 Qe6 27. Qxc3 Qxh3 $19 (27...
Rxc4 $1 28. Qxc4 Rc8 $19)) 15. b5 {329 A good move, pushing the knight away
from the centre. Now the Ne7-g6 plan will be much more difficult, as the king
is no longer protecting the f7 pawn.} Na5 {451} 16. Ba2 {193} axb5 {308} 17.
axb5 {57 Black is worse.} Qd7 {35} 18. d4 $6 {1067} (18. Qb1 $5) 18... g4 $6 {
621 An attempt to create counterplay on the kingside.} (18... Qxb5 $1 19. Rb1
Qc6 (19... Qa6 20. Qc2 {is equal.}) (19... Qd3 $1) 20. dxe5 $2 (20. Qc1 {
is the best move for white.}) 20... dxe5 21. Bxe5 $19 {due to...} Rxe5 22. Nxe5
Bxf2+ $1 {I had missed this move.}) 19. hxg4 {46} Nxg4 {111} (19... Bxg4 20.
dxe5 dxe5 21. Bxe5 Bxf3 22. Nxf3 Qxd1 23. Raxd1 Bxf2+ 24. Kxf2 Ng4+ 25. Kg1
Nxe5 26. Nxe5 Rxe5 27. Rd7 $16) 20. Qc2 {196 Black has not very good chances
for counterplay.} Rg8 {177} 21. Nf1 {249} Rg6 {375} (21... Bb6 22. dxe5 (22.
Red1 Qe7 23. dxe5 (23. Bh4 Qf8 24. dxe5 Nxe5 25. Nxe5 Qg7 26. Bg3 Bxd1 27. Rxd1
dxe5 28. Rd7 {White has excellent compensation.}) 23... Nxe5) (22. Qd3 {
Mysterious Engine move!} Qe7 23. Nh4 {White is much better.}) 22... dxe5 (22...
Nxf2 $1) 23. Nxe5 Nxe5 24. Bxe5 Qh3) 22. Bxf7 {438} Qxf7 {8} 23. Rxa5 {3 White
wins a pawn.} exd4 {75} (23... Nxf2 $1 {A resource found by the engine.
Nevertheless,} 24. Nh4 Rf6 25. Ne3 $18) 24. b6 $1 {279} d3 {104} (24... Bxb6
25. Rxa8) (24... cxb6 25. Rxh5) 25. Qd2 {656} Bxb6 {582} 26. Rxa8 $18 {46} Nxf2
{9} 27. Nd4 {281} Ng4 {53} 28. e5 {443} dxe5 {109} 29. Bxe5 {7} Nxe5 {40} 30.
Rxe5 {2} Bf3 {26} 31. Ne3 {80} Be2 {70} 32. Rae8 {82} Rg7 {31} 33. Nef5 {124}
c5 {31 Black resigned without waiting for Qxh6#. A good game, where black
faced some difficulties after Bg5, but maybe it was better to play h6 a move
earlier inorder to prevent Bg5, and Ne7-g6-f4 was an interesting plan. White
played very energetically and kept a good advantage.} 1-0

 

 

Padmini calmly settled for a draw with Mahalakshmi M. This is enough for her to gain a one-point lead after seven rounds.

But the biggest upset was Bala Kannamma's shock defeat of the experienced Vijayalakshmi who was pursuing Padmini. This means that Viji is now stuck at 4.5/7 with two others.
[Event "National Women Premier 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.11.10"]
[Round "7.6"]
[White "Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman"]
[Black "Bala Kannamma P"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E46"]
[WhiteElo "2390"]
[BlackElo "2073"]
[PlyCount "158"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]
[WhiteClock "0:02:07"]
[BlackClock "0:05:52"]
1. d4 {106} Nf6 {0} 2. c4 {10} e6 {0} 3. Nc3 {13} Bb4 {0} 4. e3 {37} O-O {0} 5.
Nge2 {16} d5 {11} 6. a3 {50} Be7 {7} 7. cxd5 {30} exd5 {28} 8. Nf4 {27} c6 {76}
9. Bd3 {27} Bd6 {310} 10. O-O {131} Re8 {239} 11. f3 {97} Bxf4 {381} 12. exf4 {
7} Nbd7 {3} 13. f5 {334} Qb6 {494} 14. Bc2 {34} c5 {62} 15. dxc5 {369} Qxc5+ {
76} 16. Kh1 {10} b6 {30} 17. Bd2 {726} Ba6 {360} 18. b4 {73} Qc4 {207} 19. Rg1
{691} d4 {619} 20. Bb3 {107} Qd3 {124} 21. Nd5 {370} Rac8 {520} 22. Rc1 {378}
Nxd5 {1204} 23. Bxd5 {52} Qxf5 {9} 24. Bc6 {531} Rc7 {1152} 25. Qa4 {522} Bc8 {
19} 26. Be4 {478} Qe5 {10} 27. Rxc7 {85} Qxc7 {5} 28. Rc1 {16} Qb8 {103} 29. g3
{335} b5 {24} 30. Qc2 {24} Nf8 {84} 31. Bf4 {102} Qb6 {4} 32. Qc7 {358} Qxc7 {
51} 33. Rxc7 {23} a6 {67} 34. Ra7 {74} Ne6 {57} 35. Bd2 {81} h6 {29} 36. Bc6 {
46} Rd8 {14} 37. Kg2 {24} Kf8 {38} 38. Kf2 {30} Rd6 {65} 39. Be4 {28} Rd8 {38}
40. h4 {0} Ke8 {0} 41. Ke1 {0} Kf8 {0} 42. Kd1 {0} g5 {0} 43. hxg5 {0} Nxg5 {0}
44. Bxg5 {0} hxg5 {0} 45. Ra8 {0} Ke7 {0} 46. g4 {0} Be6 {0} 47. Rxa6 {0} Rh8 {
0} 48. a4 {0} bxa4 {0} 49. b5 {0} Bc4 {0} 50. Ra7+ {0} Kd6 {0} 51. b6 {0} Bd5 {
0} 52. Bxd5 {0} Kxd5 {0} 53. Rxa4 {0} Rb8 {0} 54. Ra5+ {0} Kc4 {0} 55. Rxg5 {0}
Rxb6 {0} 56. Ra5 {0} Rb3 {34} 57. Ke2 {21} Re3+ {60} 58. Kf2 {6} Re7 {5} 59.
Ra4+ {32} Kc3 {2} 60. Ra8 {51} d3 {10} 61. Rc8+ {23} Kb3 {36} 62. Rb8+ {5} Kc2
{5} 63. Rc8+ {8} Kd1 {26} 64. Rc6 {135} Re2+ {116} 65. Kf1 {11} Rc2 {36} 66.
Ra6 {59} d2 {85} 67. Kf2 {108} Rc3 {89} 68. Ra1+ {142} Rc1 {9} 69. Ra2 {32} Rc7
{36} 70. g5 {307} Kc1 {87} 71. f4 {61} d1=Q {188} 72. Ra1+ {4} Kd2 {6} 73.
Rxd1+ {4} Kxd1 {3} 74. Kf3 {22} Rc4 {6} 75. f5 {77} Kd2 {19} 76. f6 {53} Kd3 {
22} 77. g6 {22} fxg6 {8} 78. f7 {4} Rc8 {5} 79. Kf4 {4} Rf8 {5} 0-1

 

Tied with Viji for the second spot is Eesha Karavade, who settled for a draw with Nisha Mohota. 

 Soumya is also tied with Viji and Eesha at 4.5/6 after defeating Bodda Pratuyusha.

Kiran Manisha Mohanty and Mary Ann Gomes settled for a draw.

Round 8 on 2016/11/11 at 10:00 am
Bo. No. Rtg   Name Result   Name Rtg No.
1 12 2306 WGM Gomes Mary Ann     Bala Kannamma P 2073 10
2 11 2374 IM Padmini Rout   IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2390 9
3 1 2425 IM Karavade Eesha   WIM Mahalakshmi M 2185 8
4 2 2289 WIM Pratyusha Bodda   IM Mohota Nisha 2262 7
5 3 2300 WIM Vaishali R   WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2386 6
6 4 2117 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty   WGM Swati Ghate 2260 5

Related:

  1. Women's Premier 01: Dark tragicomedies
  2. Women's Premier 02: Favourites have a ball
  3. Women's Premier 03: Nisha wins on a draw day
  4. Women's Premier 04: Viji and Padmini lead
  5. Women's Premier 05: Padmini leads as Viji loses
  6. Women's Premier 06: Padmini continues to lead but Viji on the heels

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