Divya Deshmukh in sole lead

Woman International Master Divya Deshmukh snatched the sole lead with 4.5 points after the sixth round of the Velammal-AICF Woman Grandmaster round robin chess tournament held at Hotel Abu Sarovar Portico, Chennai  on Thursday.

Two wins on a double-round day against V. Varshini and Franco Valencia Angela propelled the Nagpur girl to sole lead. Following Divya behind at four points were Osmak Iulija and Babiy Olga (both from Ukraine) and Michelle Catherina (India).

Former World U-12 champion Divya Deshmukh consolidated her WGM Norm prospects with a fine win over Woman International Master Franco Valencia Angela of Columbia. Giving up her queen for two rooks, Divya swung her pieces with elan, catching the back-rank with a vice-like grip. Facing mate and multiple piece loss, Angela resigned on the 37th move.

In another interesting game, overnight leader P. Michelle Catherina went down to Kazakh girl Nakhbayeva Guliskhan.

Round 4 on 2019/01/30 at 10.00 am
Bo. No. FED Rtg Name Result Name FED Rtg No.
1 12 UKR 2394 IM Osmak Iulija 1 – 0 WIM Sapale Saloni IND 2198 8
2 9 MGL 2428 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 1 – 0 WIM Divya Deshmukh IND 2168 7
3 10 IND 2171 WIM Varshini V 0 – 1 WIM Michelle Catherina P IND 2175 6
4 11 COL 2107 WIM Franco Valencia Angela 0 – 1 WIM Chandreyee Hajra IND 1925 5
5 1 KAZ 2336 IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 0 – 1 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane IND 2259 4
6 2 MGL 2314 WGM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh 1 – 0 WGM Babiy Olga UKR 2275 3
Round 5 on 2019/01/31 at 09.30 am
Bo. No. FED Rtg Name Result Name FED Rtg No.
1 3 UKR 2275 WGM Babiy Olga ½ – ½ IM Osmak Iulija UKR 2394 12
2 4 IND 2259 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane ½ – ½ WGM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh MGL 2314 2
3 5 IND 1925 WIM Chandreyee Hajra 0 – 1 IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2336 1
4 6 IND 2175 WIM Michelle Catherina P 1 – 0 WIM Franco Valencia Angela COL 2107 11
5 7 IND 2168 WIM Divya Deshmukh 1 – 0 WIM Varshini V IND 2171 10
6 8 IND 2198 WIM Sapale Saloni ½ – ½ IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2428 9
Round 6 on 2019/01/31 at 04.00 pm
Bo. No. FED Rtg Name Result Name FED Rtg No.
1 12 UKR 2394 IM Osmak Iulija 1 – 0 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2428 9
2 10 IND 2171 WIM Varshini V ½ – ½ WIM Sapale Saloni IND 2198 8
3 11 COL 2107 WIM Franco Valencia Angela 0 – 1 WIM Divya Deshmukh IND 2168 7
4 1 KAZ 2336 IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 1 – 0 WIM Michelle Catherina P IND 2175 6
5 2 MGL 2314 WGM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh 1 – 0 WIM Chandreyee Hajra IND 1925 5
6 3 UKR 2275 WGM Babiy Olga ½ – ½ WIM Aakanksha Hagawane IND 2259 4