Iwasa National Women Premier 08: Two Share lead

(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
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
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
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
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