(L to R) The four Leaders after 7th round Padmini, Soumya, Nandhidhaa and Meenakshi.
Report by I.A Vijayaraghavan V
After an entertaining rest day, few players seem to have found some rejuvenation in their game approach. The first surprise was the flawless win by Air India’s Meenakshi over the defending champion IM Padmini Rout of PSPB. In a slav setup Meenakshi posted her two rooks and knight so well in the middle game. The transition to endgame was so smooth, tying her opponent totally and catch up the leader at the top. Meenakshi joins Padmini at 5 points.
The second surprise was a good game by Swati Ghate who beat Mary Ann Gomes in 48 moves of Sicilian Rossolimo. Swati playing steady chess and room for black to play with. Down by 30 seconds, Mary lost an exchange on 26th move and was unable to make a come back despite giving a few checks with her queen. Swati catches Mary on having 3.5 points.
Former World Junior Champion WGM Soumya garnered her major pieces towards the king of Srishti Pandey and won the game in 50 moves. Opting for the queen pawn move Soumya faced Grunfeld defense by her opponent. She won a pawn on the 33rd move, converted into a point and joins Padmini & Meenakshi on 5 points.
Commonwealth U20 bronze medallist Sakshi Chitlange capitalized on a pawn blunder by LIC’s Kiran on the 24th move and won another pawn in 31st move. Kiran was forced to resign in the 50th move when she was about to lose an exchange.
Balakannamma and Bhakti were involved in minor piece endgames from the Spanish Ruy Lopez. The pawn chains were intact, making difficult for both to try any complication and a draw agreed in 70 moves. Meanwhile, Nandhidhaa outplayed debutant Samriddhaa Ghosh in a pawn up minor piece ending in 62 moves and catching up with leaders.
|Round 7 on 2017/12/02 at 10.00 AM|
|1||4||2248||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||1 – 0||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2159||12|
|2||5||2058||Bala Kannamma P||½ – ½||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||2311||3|
|3||6||2277||WGM||Swati Ghate||1 – 0||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2333||2|
|4||7||2320||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||1 – 0||Pandey Srishti||1885||1|
|5||8||2324||IM||Padmini Rout||0 – 1||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||2165||11|
|6||9||1988||Ghosh Samriddhaa||0 – 1||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2190||10|
|Round 8 on 2017/12/03 at 10.00 AM|
|1||12||2159||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2190||10|
|2||11||2165||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||Ghosh Samriddhaa||1988||9|
|3||1||1885||Pandey Srishti||IM||Padmini Rout||2324||8|
|4||2||2333||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||2320||7|
|5||3||2311||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||WGM||Swati Ghate||2277||6|
|6||4||2248||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||Bala Kannamma P||2058||5|