(L) Bala Kannamma against Sakshi Chitlange (R)
Report by I.A Vijayaraghavan V
The turbulence of previous day has calm down and the leaders were finding it hard to overcome their opponents except for Padmini Rout & Nandhidhaa. Padmini was back to her elements in outplaying Srishti Pandey from the black side of Larsen opening. Srishti overlooked a tactical sequence and lost an exchange on 32nd move and the game in 47 moves.
WGM Kiran Manisha of LIC slumped to her 3rd consecutive defeat after an ambitious approach in the opening didn’t help her. Opting for the Morra gambit against Nandhidhaa of TN, Kiran got her pawn on the 29th move. The World Junior Silver medallist Pv Nandhidhaa of Tamil Nadu was able to cut the white king and combined her rook and bishop well to score in 52 moves. Nandhidhaa continues to stay on the top with Padmini at 6 points.
Samriddha Ghosh was impressive in her 42 move draw against WGM Meenakshi of Air India. In the Semi Slav, Meenakshi allowed some activity on the queen file which the younger accepted happily. With clocks ticking around the 40 move control Samriddhaa was unable to find the right plan, though the silicon monsters point at 36…Nc3 as better for black.
Sakshi was gifted with a knight by Bala Kannamma on the 39th move when she forgot her bishop was on king file. Until then Bala was coasting well, despite her 24th move exchange sacrifice.
Bhakti’s blundered with 29.e4 in a winning position which Swati unnoticed. Well into time trouble both players have arrayed the major pieces against each other kings, things happened and Bhakti repeated with Queen checks to draw the game in 35 moves.
Soumya had to find the right moves in defending her pawn deficit game of Sicilian Rossolimo. An early pawn sacrifice against her PSPB teammate Mary Ann Gomes, seem to offer nothing and made a hard-fought draw in 60 moves.
|Round 8 on 2017/12/03 at 10.00 AM|
|1||12||2159||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||0 – 1||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2190||10|
|2||11||2165||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||½ – ½||Ghosh Samriddhaa||1988||9|
|3||1||1885||Pandey Srishti||0 – 1||IM||Padmini Rout||2324||8|
|4||2||2333||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||½ – ½||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||2320||7|
|5||3||2311||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||½ – ½||WGM||Swati Ghate||2277||6|
|6||4||2248||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||1 – 0||Bala Kannamma P||2058||5|
|Round 9 on 2017/12/04 at 10.00 AM|
|1||5||2058||Bala Kannamma P||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||12|
|2||6||2277||WGM||Swati Ghate||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2248||4|
|3||7||2320||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||2311||3|
|4||8||2324||IM||Padmini Rout||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||2|
|5||9||1988||Ghosh Samriddhaa||Pandey Srishti||1885||1|
|6||10||2190||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||2165||11|