At the end of the fifth round of the AICF International Women Grandmaster Chess Tournament being organised by Telangana State Chess Associaton held at NITHM, Gochibowli, Hyderabad, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan of Kazakstan defeated G.K. Monnisha of India and stretches the lead by one point with 4.5 points. She is followed by Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia with 3.5 points.
Five rounds have been completed in this 11-games round-robin closed WGM tournament. Nakhbayeva Guliskhan of Khazakstan emerged as sole leader with 4.0/5 points and enjoys full point margin to nearest rivals. After signing peace treat in the 4th round against WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung, Guliskhan defeated WIM Monnisha in a 74-move battle.
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Indian players occupy the bottom place on the scoreboard as they continue to struggle against their foreign counterparts. In the 4th round, WIM Mahalakshmi M lost to IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag but defeated compatriot WIM Chitlange Sakshi to stay afloat with 3.0/5 points.
Maharastra’s WIM Akansksha Hagawane, who defeated WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram 2364 in the second round, went down against WGM Babiy Olga in 41 moves.
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|Round 4 on 2018/08/11|
|1||12||2352||WGM||Nakhbayeva Guliskhan||½ – ½||WGM||Vo Thi Kim Phung||2377||8|
|2||9||2294||WIM||Pratyusha Bodda||0 – 1||WGM||Babiy Olga||2291||7|
|3||10||2292||WIM||Aakanksha Hagawane||½ – ½||WIM||Prudnykova Olga||2272||6|
|4||11||2428||IM||Munguntuul Batkhuyag||1 – 0||WIM||Mahalakshmi M||2177||5|
|5||1||2144||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||½ – ½||WGM||Hoang Thi Bao Tram||2364||4|
|6||2||2266||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||½ – ½||WIM||Monnisha G K||2219||3|
|Round 5 on 2018/08/12|
|1||3||2219||WIM||Monnisha G K||0 – 1||WGM||Nakhbayeva Guliskhan||2352||12|
|2||4||2364||WGM||Hoang Thi Bao Tram||1 – 0||WIM||Nandhidhaa Pv||2266||2|
|3||5||2177||WIM||Mahalakshmi M||1 – 0||WIM||Chitlange Sakshi||2144||1|
|4||6||2272||WIM||Prudnykova Olga||0 – 1||IM||Munguntuul Batkhuyag||2428||11|
|5||7||2291||WGM||Babiy Olga||1 – 0||WIM||Aakanksha Hagawane||2292||10|
|6||8||2377||WGM||Vo Thi Kim Phung||½ – ½||WIM||Pratyusha Bodda||2294||9|
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.