National Women’s Chess C’ships: Four share lead after reputed names fail to winDecember 29, 2022, Kolhapur
Sakshi Chitlange, Aashna Makhija, Vrushali Deodhar and Bristy Mukherjee emerged as the surprise leaders with three points after the top four seeds dropped half a point to far lesser-rated players during the sensational third round of the MPL National women’s chess championship at Kolhapur on Wednesday.
The day proved a tough one for the reputed names as top seed Vantika Agrawal, second-seeded defending champion Divya Deshmukh, former champions Mary Ann Gomes and Bhakti Kulkarni seeded three and four, were held to draws.
The four-player leaders’ group was formed after Aashna surprised seventh seed, Rucha Pujari, Sakshi overpowered veteran Swati Ghate, Vrushali got the better of 11th seed Srija Seshadri, and Bristy shocked seasoned campaigner, 14th seed Nisha Mohota.
B. Mounika Akshaya (2.5) drew with Vantika Agrawal (2.5); Divya Deshmukh (2.5) drew with Vishwa Shah (2.5); Mary Ann Gomes (2.5) drew with A. G. Nimmy (2.5); Rutuja Bakshi (2.5) drew with Bhakti Kulkarni (2.5); Aashna Makhija (3) bt Rucha Pujari (2); Sakshi Chitlange (3) bt Swati Ghate (2); Vrushali Deodhar (3) bt Srija Seshadri (2); Aakanksha Hagawane (2.5) drew with Tejaswini Sagar (2.5); Kiran Manisha Mohanty (2.5) drew with Srishti Pandey (2.5); Nisha Mohota (2) lost to Bristy Mukherjee (3); C. M. N. Sanyuktha (2.5) drew with V. Varshini (2.5)