With two more rounds to go, Kazakhstan’s Nakhbayeva Guliskhan emerged clear winner with 8.5 points after defeating India’s WIM Mahalakshmi in the ninth round of the AICF International Women Grandmaster Chess Tournament, being organised by Telangana State Chess Association at NITHM, Hyderabad.
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WGM Guliskhan is on a winning streak after winning 5 games in a row. In the seventh round, she defeated WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram. But her wins against WIM Aakanksha Hagawane and WIM Mahalakshmi M in the eight and ninth rounds respectively made her stay strong in contention for title.
Mongolia’s IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag, with six points, is the next best placed player. She defeated India’s WIM Aakansha Hagawane. Ukraine’s WGM Prudnykova Olga drew with Vietnam’s Haong Thi Bao to take five
Earlier in eighth round, WIM Pratyusha Bodda dished out a good show to hold fancied International Master from Mongolia Munguntuul Batkhuyag.
WIM Mahalakshmi M and WIM Aakanksha Hagawane are only Indians with 4.5/9 points.
|Round 9 on 2018/08/14 at 16.00 hrs|
|1||5||2177||WIM||Mahalakshmi M||0 – 1||WGM||Nakhbayeva Guliskhan||2352||12|
|2||6||2272||WIM||Prudnykova Olga||½ – ½||WGM||Hoang Thi Bao Tram||2364||4|
|3||7||2291||WGM||Babiy Olga||1 – 0||WIM||Monnisha G K||2219||3|
|4||8||2377||WGM||Vo Thi Kim Phung||1 – 0||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2266||2|
|5||9||2294||WIM||Pratyusha Bodda||1 – 0||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2144||1|
|6||10||2292||WIM||Aakanksha Hagawane||0 – 1||IM||Munguntuul Batkhuyag||2428||11|
|Round 10 on 2018/08/15 at 15.00 hrs|
|1||12||2352||WGM||Nakhbayeva Guliskhan||IM||Munguntuul Batkhuyag||2428||11|
|2||1||2144||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||WIM||Aakanksha Hagawane||2292||10|
|3||2||2266||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||WIM||Pratyusha Bodda||2294||9|
|4||3||2219||WIM||Monnisha G K||WGM||Vo Thi Kim Phung||2377||8|
|5||4||2364||WGM||Hoang Thi Bao Tram||WGM||Babiy Olga||2291||7|
|6||5||2177||WIM||Mahalakshmi M||WIM||Prudnykova Olga||2272||6|
The tournament is an initiative of the All India Chess Federation to provide norm opportunities to the promising Indian players by inviting 6 elite WGMs from across the world and have provided the entire prize fund of 7.5 Lakhs.