India's First Category 13 Chess Event for Women Begins
WGM Mary Ann Games managed to draw despite defending a passive position from as early in the middle game. Mary allowed her Chinese opponent Guo Qi to have a commanding position through control over the b and e files. In time pressure the Chinese overlooked a capture leading to a mating attack on her king, hence defensive moves were repeated and the game ended in 39 move draw.
The game between IM Nisha Mohota and WGM Padmini Rout was a Hungarian treatment of the Grunfeld, with black looking better in the middle game. Frequent exchanges of pieces allowed less chances for a win, resulting in a draw in 48 moves.
The first game to finish was between the Armenians IM Mkrtchian Lilit and GM Elina Danielian which ended in a 24 moves draw after black decided to repeat the moves to overcome a pawn deficit from a French defense game.
WGM Swathi Ghate posed problems to IM Eesha Karavade from the black side of Bogo-Indian game. A pawn sacrifice along the theoretical lines misfired for Eesha allowing Swathi to pressurize on the d-file with the extra material. The 40 move in 90 minutes deadline put Swathi on the backfoot preventing her to find a winning way and the much expected repetition of moves came from the opposite color bishop ending.
Top seeded IM Elizabeth Paehtz was involved in a long game of 116 moves from the black side of the closed Italian game. The IM won a piece in the opening with early onslaught , but lost some pawns in the process. Paehtz couldn’t break the defense in the Rook Bishop vs Rook endgame and players signed a truce. A worthy half a point for Kiran to start the tournament.
Round 1 results:
2440 WGM Girya Olga 1 – 0 IM Foisor Cristina-Adela 2401
2387 WGM Gomes Mary Ann ½ – ½ WGM Guo Qi 2435
2325 IM Mohota Nisha ½ – ½ WGM Padmini Rout 2316
2458 IM Mkrtchian Lilit ½ – ½ GM Danielian Elina 2466
2205 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty ½ – ½ IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2487
2387 IM Karavade Eesha ½ – ½ WGM Swathi Ghate 2246
Round 2 results:
2401 IM Foisor Cristina-Adela ½ – ½ WGM Swathi Ghate 2246
2487 IM Paehtz Elisabeth ½ – ½ IM Karavade Eesha 2387
2466 GM Danielian Elina 1 – 0 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 2205
2316 WGM Padmini Rout ½ – ½ IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2458
2435 WGM Guo Qi ½ – ½ IM Mohota Nisha 2325
2440 WGM Girya Olga 1 – 0 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2387
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