National Teams Championship Rd.2-6: PSPB dominates

Odisha: The Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) is dominating in both Open and Women categories in 2018 National Teams Chess Championship, which is being held at KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar. In the open section, PSPB stamped their dominance by amassing 6 match points in a row. One point behind the leader is Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).

GM Surya Shekar Ganguly (PSPB) scored a important victory over GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. (Railways-A) in the sixth match.

In the earlier match, GM Adhiban Baskaran (PSPB) defeated GM Laxman R.R (Railways-B) in a 32 move battle.

Team pairings

Round 7 on 2018/02/12 at 10:00
No. Team Team Res. : Res.
1   Airport Authority of India   Petroleum Sports Promotion Board :
2   Life Insurance Corporation   Railway Sports Promotion Board – B :
3   Railway Sports Promotion Board – A   Bengal Chess-A :
4   Air India   Bengal Chess-B :
5   Odisha-KIIT   Odisha-A :
6   Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited   Defence Accounts Sports Control Board :
7   Assam   Tamilnadu :
8   Services Sports Control Board   Uttar Pradesh :
9   Odisha-MCF-3   Bihar :
10   Andhra Pradesh   Odisha-MCF-2 :
11   Maharashtra-B   Odisha-MCF-1 :
12   Gujarat   Odisha-B :
13   Odisha-MCF-4   Maharashtra-A :
14   Himachal Pradesh   Punjab :
15   Odisha-KCA   Himachal Pradesh-A :
16   Haryana   Reserve Bank of India :
17   Karnataka   UP-Kaushambi Academy :
18   Telangana   spielfrei 2 :

Team Women

Team PSPB is leading in the women’s category with 4.0/4 match points. Notably, in the second match, host team Odisha-KIIT held higher rated Air India to a draw.

WFM Saina Salonika (Odisha-KIIT) defeated IM Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman (Air India).

While untitled Smaraki Mohanty (Odisha-KIIT) scored a victory over WGM Bhakti Kulkarni (Air India).

Reigning National Women’s Champion IM Padmini Rout of PSPB.

Team pairings

Round 5 on 2018/02/12 at 10:00
No. Team Team Res. : Res.
1   Life Insurance Corporation   Petroleum Sports Promotion Board :
2   Airport Authority of India   Odisha-KIIT :
3   Air India   Odisha-MCF-5 :
4   Telangana   Tamilnadu :
5   Karnataka   Uttar Pradesh :
6   Himachal Pradesh   Himachal Pradesh-A :
7   Punjab   spielfrei 2 :

Photos by I.A Gopakumar Sudhakaran