Second seed and former Asian champion Bhakti Kulkarni of Air India along with Delhi teenager Vantika Agrawal are now leading the table with perfect score after beating five-time national champion Bhagyashree Thipsay of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Women International Master Nandhidhaa PV respectively in the fourth round matches of the ongoing 46th National Women Chess Championship-2019 sponsored by.....
Playing black side of Giuoco Piano opening, Bhakti tactically didn’t allow space for her seasoned campaigner opponent to develop the pieces and gained double pawn advantage towards the end to seal the match in 44 moves while playing with dark pieces in a Rossolimo variation of Sicilian defense game, Vantika used her pair of Bishops to good effect against Nandhidhaa’s pair of Knights in the middle game to garner full point after 41 moves.
Surprising results of the day, three-time national champion Women Grandmaster Mary Ann Gomes of PSPB suffered a shock defeat by the hands of Srishti Pandey of Maharashtra and Mrudul Dehankar of Maharashtra outwitted higher ranked Mahalakshmi M of Railways. Continuing her fine run, Nandhini Saripalli of Goa held Women International Master Michelle Catherina of Tamil Nadu.
Round 4: WIM Bagyashree Thipsay of Maharashtra (3) lost to WGM Bhakti Kulkarni of Air India (4); WIM Nandhidhaa PV of TN (2) lost to WIM Vantika Agrawal of Delhi (4); WGM Soumya Swaminathan of PSPB (3.5) bt WFM Nityata Jain of Madhya Pradesh (3)