Divya Deshmukh emerges Champion

13-year-old Woman International Master Divya Deshmukh with 8.0 points emerged the Champion after the final round of the Velammal – AICF Women International Grandmaster Round Robin Chess tournament 2019 at Hotel Abu Sarovar Portico, Chennai here today. Divya takes home a handsome trophy and the winner’s cheque of Rs. 150000 (Rupees One lakhs fifty thousand only).

The second place was shared by Osmak Iulija (Ukraine) and Michelle Catherina (India) at 7.5 points. Osmak and Michelle were awarded cash prizes for Rs 1.25 lakhs and Re. 1 lakh respectively.

In the final round, overnight leader Michelle Catherina went down to Osmak Iulija (Ukraine). Michelle loss, saw her being overtaken by Divya Deshmukh who sailed to 8.0 points scoring over fellow Indian Chandreyee Hajra.  The tournament saw Divya Deshmukh achieveing an International Master Norm and a Woman Grandmaster Norm, while Michelle Catherina P made her maiden Woman Grandmaster Norm.

Cash Prizes to the tune of Rs. 750000 (Rupees Seven Lakhs fifty thousand only) were distributed by Chief Guest Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE with other dignitaries in the dais were International Master Manuel Aaron,      R Anantharam, Chairman Arbiter’s Commission, AICF, Shri Stephen Balasamy P, Gen. Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association.

Photo: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India

In this unique round robin chess tournament, six Woman International Masters from India took up the challenge against six foreign titled players. The tournament was a novel initiative by the All India Chess Federation to bring out the talents and also give opportunities to our young Women International Masters to obtain Woman Grandmaster Norms under home conditions.

Round 11 on 2019/02/04 at 09.30 am
Bo. No. FED Rtg Name Result Name FED Rtg No.
1 6 IND 2175 WIM Michelle Catherina P 0 – 1 IM Osmak Iulija UKR 2394 12
2 7 IND 2168 WIM Divya Deshmukh 1 – 0 WIM Chandreyee Hajra IND 1925 5
3 8 IND 2198 WIM Sapale Saloni ½ – ½ WIM Aakanksha Hagawane IND 2259 4
4 9 MGL 2428 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 1 – 0 WGM Babiy Olga UKR 2275 3
5 10 IND 2171 WIM Varshini V 0 – 1 WGM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh MGL 2314 2
6 11 COL 2107 WIM Franco Valencia Angela ½ – ½ IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2336 1

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name sex FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4
1 7 WIM Divya Deshmukh w IND 2168 8,0 0,0 38,25 7 3
2 12 IM Osmak Iulija w UKR 2394 7,5 1,0 38,00 6 3
3 6 WIM Michelle Catherina P w IND 2175 7,5 0,0 35,25 6 4
4 9 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag w MGL 2428 7,0 0,0 34,25 5 1
5 4 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane w IND 2259 6,5 0,0 36,50 3 1
6 3 WGM Babiy Olga w UKR 2275 6,0 0,0 25,00 5 2
7 2 WGM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh w MGL 2314 5,5 0,0 27,25 4 1
8 1 IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan w KAZ 2336 5,0 0,0 25,75 3 1
9 8 WIM Sapale Saloni w IND 2198 4,5 0,0 19,75 2 2
10 11 WIM Franco Valencia Angela w COL 2107 3,5 0,0 19,25 2 2
11 10 WIM Varshini V w IND 2171 3,0 0,0 14,00 1 0
12 5 WIM Chandreyee Hajra w IND 1925 2,0 0,0 8,25 1 1