WGM Mary Ann Gomes of Airport Authority of India defeated International Master Nisha Mohota of PSPB, moving into sole lead after the ninth round of the Velammal 38th National Women Premier Chess Championship 2011 being held at Media Centre, Nehru Stadium, Periamet, Chennai here today.
Mary Ann leads the table with 7.0 points, followed by WGMs Padmini Rout (Orissa) and Eesha Karavade (Maharashtra) at 6.5 points each. Tania’s defeat in the top board, pushed her to the fourth spot with 6.0 points.
Eesha Karavade is coming back to form, as she recorded her fourth win in succession. Facing Tania Sachdev in the top board with black pieces, Eesha’s bold tactics paid quick dividend. The Nimzo Indian game saw Eesha achieving equality, and surprise Tania with an early pawn sacrifice.
Picking up the extra pawn didn’t help Tania as she found herself in further middle game complication. With just under seven minutes to complete her last twenty moves, Tania erred, helping Eesha gain advantage and the game in 26 moves.
Tania defeat, along with Mary’s win, propelled the Calcutta girl into sole lead. Consistency is the middle name of Mary, as she put behind her lone loss to Tania. The queen pawn game, saw Mary keep Nisha guessing, throwing her out of theory early in the game. Nisha missed a critical pin in the centre, that saw her going a piece down. Resistance ebbed down with less material on hand to defend and Nisha gave up on the 37th turn.
Talented Andhra girl Pratyusha Bodda drew a hard fought exchange down game against veteran Sai Meera of Indian Bank. In the process, Pratyusha completed her second Woman International Master Norm. Her first WIM Norm also came in the National Women Premier, at Orissa last year. Pratyusha trains under N Rama Raju, who is the coach of Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika.
Earlier the ninth round games were inaugurated by Shri Bharat Singh Chauhan, Honorary Secretary, All India Chess Federation in the presence of Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE.
Key tenth and penultimate round pairings are: Eesha – Mary Ann, Padmini – Kiran Manisha, Divyasree – Tania, Sai Meera – Nisha, Sowmya – Michelle.
IM Tania Sachdev – IM Eesha Karavade
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 c5 5.d5 O-O 6.e4 Re8 7.Nge2 d6 8.Nf4 b5 9.cxb5 exd5 10.Nfxd5 Bb7 11.Kf2 Nbd7 12.Be2 Nb6 13.a3 Nbxd5 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Ba5 16.g3 c4 17.Kg2 Bxd5 18.Bd2 Bb6 19.Rc1 Rc8 20.Bb4 Qg5 21.Rc2 Be6 22.Rd2 Qe3 23.Rf1 d5 24.Bc3 Bf5 25.f4 d4 26.Bb4 c3 0-1
WGM Mary Ann Gomes – IM Nisha Mohota
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6 3.d4 Bg4 4.Bg2 Qd7 5.c4 e6 6.O-O dxc4 7.Nc3 Nge7 8.Qa4 a6 9.Rd1 Rd8 10.Qxc4 b5 11.Qd3 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Nxd4 13.Bb7 c6 14.Bxa6 f6 15.Be3 Nef5 16.Qe4 Bb4 17.Bxd4 Nxd4 18.a3 Bc5 19.e3 f5 20.Qg2 e5 21.exd4 exd4 22.a4 O-O 23.axb5 cxb5 24.Bxb5 Qf7 25.Nd5 Kh8 26.Nf4 Rb8 27.Qc6 Rfc8 28.Qd7 Qf6 29.Bd3 Rf8 30.Ra6 Rfd8 31.Rxf6 Rxd7 32.Rxf5 Bd6 33.Rd5 Rb6 34.Bf5 Rf7 35.R1xd4 Bf8 36.Ne6 Rxb2 37.Nxf8 1-0
Results Round 9:
Tania Sachdev (AI) 6 lost to Eesha Karavade (Mah) 6.5, Mary Ann Gomes (AAI) 7 bt Nisha Mohota (PSPB) 5.5, Chandika Divyasree (AP) 5.5 lost to Padmini Rout (Ori) 6.5, P Michelle Catherina (TN) 5 drew with Kiran Manisha Mohanty (Ori) 5.5, Pratyusha Bodda (AP) 5 drew with Sai Meera (IB) 5.5, Swathi Ghate (LIC) 4.5 drew with Meenakshi Subbaraman (AI) 5, M Mahalakshmi (TN) 4 lost to Sowmya Swaminathan (PSPB) 5 , S Harini (TN) 4 lost to Bhakti Kulkarni (Goa) 5, J Saranya (TN) 4 lost to R Bharathi (TN) 5, P Bala Kannamma (TN) 4 drew with A G Nimmy (Ker) 4.5, Swati Mohota (WB) 3.5 lost to Aarthie Ramaswamy (AI) 4.5, Madhurima Shekhar (Del) 2 lost to Pon N Krithika (TN) 4.5, A Akshaya (TN) 4 bt P V Nandhidhaa (TN) 3, Cholleti Sahajasri (AP) 4 bt Supriya Joshi (Mah) 2, Shweta Gole (Mah) 2.5 – Bye.
R R Vasudevan
Velammal 38th National Women Premier Chess Championship 2011