Divya secures maiden IM norm

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India’s Divya Deshmukh posted two wins on Saturday to top the standings with seven points after the ninth round in the Velammal-AICF Women International Grand Master round-robin chess tournament.

The Nagpur girl also achieved her maiden International Master norm and WGM norm. Chennai’s P Michelle Catherina (6.5) secured a nine-game WGM norm.

Michelle Catherina and Osmak Iuilja (Ukraine) share the second spot at 6.5 points.

Deshmukh posted wins over WGM Olga Babiy of Ukraine and Mongolia’s Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh, while Catherina achieved her WGM norm with a draw against compatriot Aakanksha Hagawane.

Deshmukh, who needed a draw to achieve her norm, beat Olga Babiy in a hard fought game that lasted four hours and twenty minutes after 92 moves.

Round 7 on 2019/02/01 at 10.00 am
Bo. No. FED Rtg Name Result Name FED Rtg No.
1 4 IND 2259 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane ½ – ½ IM Osmak Iulija UKR 2394 12
2 5 IND 1925 WIM Chandreyee Hajra 0 – 1 WGM Babiy Olga UKR 2275 3
3 6 IND 2175 WIM Michelle Catherina P 1 – 0 WGM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh MGL 2314 2
4 7 IND 2168 WIM Divya Deshmukh ½ – ½ IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2336 1
5 8 IND 2198 WIM Sapale Saloni ½ – ½ WIM Franco Valencia Angela COL 2107 11
6 9 MGL 2428 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 1 – 0 WIM Varshini V IND 2171 10
Round 8 on 2019/02/02 at 09.30 am
Bo. No. FED Rtg Name Result Name FED Rtg No.
1 12 UKR 2394 IM Osmak Iulija 1 – 0 WIM Varshini V IND 2171 10
2 11 COL 2107 WIM Franco Valencia Angela 0 – 1 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2428 9
3 1 KAZ 2336 IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 0 – 1 WIM Sapale Saloni IND 2198 8
4 2 MGL 2314 WGM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh 0 – 1 WIM Divya Deshmukh IND 2168 7
5 3 UKR 2275 WGM Babiy Olga 0 – 1 WIM Michelle Catherina P IND 2175 6
6 4 IND 2259 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane ½ – ½ WIM Chandreyee Hajra IND 1925 5
Round 9 on 2019/02/02 at 04.00 pm
Bo. No. FED Rtg Name Result Name FED Rtg No.
1 5 IND 1925 WIM Chandreyee Hajra 0 – 1 IM Osmak Iulija UKR 2394 12
2 6 IND 2175 WIM Michelle Catherina P ½ – ½ WIM Aakanksha Hagawane IND 2259 4
3 7 IND 2168 WIM Divya Deshmukh 1 – 0 WGM Babiy Olga UKR 2275 3
4 8 IND 2198 WIM Sapale Saloni ½ – ½ WGM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh MGL 2314 2
5 9 MGL 2428 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag ½ – ½ IM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2336 1
6 10 IND 2171 WIM Varshini V ½ – ½ WIM Franco Valencia Angela COL 2107 11