AICF WGM R.d 2-4: Kazakhstan’s Guliskhan is early leader

WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan [Photos Courtesy: Praful Zaveri]

An early leader emerges

SBI Life AICF International Women Grandmasters Chess Tournament, jointly organised by the Indian Chess School and South Mumbai Chess Academy under the auspices of All India Chess Federation with a prize fund of Rs 7.50 lakh, is taking place at the Acres Club in suburban Chembur, Mumbai.

After four rounds, Kazakhstan’s WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan is the only player with a tally of  4.0/4 points. Closely trailing behind the leader with 3 points is WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung of Vietnam and IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia at 2.5 points.

WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung

Round 2

WIM Vantika Agrawal

The only Indian to score on day one, Vantika Agrawal faltered against Nakhbayeva Guliskhan in round 2. In Reti opening, Vantika opted for unusual 3.Na3. Guliskhan maintained a d5-c6-b5 pawn wedge and timely gave a pawn break in the center. She quickly occupied the e-file with her rook and built a strong pressure on White’s King.

WIM Aakanksha Hagawane

Aakanksha Hagawane emerged victorious against compatriot Rakshitta Ravi. While Srija Seshadri managed to hold Tomilova Elena to a draw, other Indian players had disappointing result against their counterparts.

WIM Divya Deshmukh
Round 2 on 2018/06/13 at 09.30 am
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
1 12 2334 WIM Tomilova Elena ½ – ½ WIM Srija Seshadri 2207 7
2 8 2295 WIM Monnisha G K 0 – 1 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 6
3 9 2279 WIM Vantika Agrawal 0 – 1 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2323 5
4 10 2297 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 1 – 0 Rakshitta Ravi 2067 4
5 11 2138 WFM Divya Deshmukh 0 – 1 IM Zozulia Anna 2314 3
6 1 2379 WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim ½ – ½ WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung 2376 2

Round 3

Indians continued to struggle against their foreign counterparts in round 3. Nakhbayeva Guliskhan emerged as an early leader after defeating  Aakanksha Hagawane. Guliskhan exchange sacrificed her rook for knight in Grunfeld opening. Black struggled to find a foothold in the middlegame but white’s c-pawn proved to be a deadly passer. Black soon resigned.

GK Monnisha caught Srija Seshadri off guard in the Ruy Lopez. After 11..b3, White was pushed into an uneasy pawn exchange. Monnisha capitalized on the better pawn structure and piece activity to take home the point. Srija resigned on move 36.

Round 3 on 2018/06/13 at 04.00 pm
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
1 2 2376 WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung 1 – 0 WIM Tomilova Elena 2334 12
2 3 2314 IM Zozulia Anna ½ – ½ WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim 2379 1
3 4 2067 Rakshitta Ravi 0 – 1 WFM Divya Deshmukh 2138 11
4 5 2323 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 1 – 0 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 2297 10
5 6 2410 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag ½ – ½ WIM Vantika Agrawal 2279 9
6 7 2207 WIM Srija Seshadri 0 – 1 WIM Monnisha G K 2295 8

Round 4

Aakanksha Hagawane defeated top seeded Munguntuul Batkhuyag in Sicilian Taimanov opening. In the 56-move battle, Akanksha’s attack on the queenside rewarded her with a outside passed pawn. She comfortably won the game.

Round 4 on 2018/06/14 at 04.00 pm
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
1 12 2334 WIM Tomilova Elena 1 – 0 WIM Monnisha G K 2295 8
2 9 2279 WIM Vantika Agrawal 0 – 1 WIM Srija Seshadri 2207 7
3 10 2297 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 1 – 0 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 6
4 11 2138 WFM Divya Deshmukh 0 – 1 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2323 5
5 1 2379 WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim 1 – 0 Rakshitta Ravi 2067 4
6 2 2376 WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung ½ – ½ IM Zozulia Anna 2314 3

Simul by WGM Gulrukhbegim  Tokhirjonova

Students of The Green Acres Academy actively took part in the simultaneous exhibition hosted by the organizers. Uzbekistan’s Women Grandmaster  Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova played against all the enthusiastic students.

Round 5 on 2018/06/15 at 09.30 am
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
1 3 2314 IM Zozulia Anna WIM Tomilova Elena 2334 12
2 4 2067 Rakshitta Ravi WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung 2376 2
3 5 2323 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim 2379 1
4 6 2410 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag WFM Divya Deshmukh 2138 11
5 7 2207 WIM Srija Seshadri WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 2297 10
6 8 2295 WIM Monnisha G K WIM Vantika Agrawal 2279 9