National Women's 2019 Round 4: A bedazzling Bhakti performance!
The round 4 of the 46th National Women's Championship 2019 was steeped in action. To begin with, upsets were caused by WCM Mrudul Dehankar and Srishti Pandey who beat WIM Mahalakshmi M and WGM Mary Ann Gomes respectively. Take note, Srishti Pandey from Maharashtra is more than 400 points lower rated than Mary! Next, on the top boards WIM Vantika Agrawal won her fourth consecutive game by beating WIM Nandhidhaa P V; IM Soumya Swaminathan also registered an impressive victory over WFM Nityata Jain, but it was Bhakti's performance against WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay on board 1 that stole the show. In this report we bring you photos, analyses, and much more.
Vantika and Bhakti on the lead with 100% after four rounds
IM Bhakti Kulkarni played a scintillating game in the fourth round of 46th National Women's Championship 2019 to beat WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay with the black pieces. It was the Italian opening where on move 16 an exchange of knights on g4 led to doubled pawn on the g-file, Bhakti found an ingenious way to make use of it. White did have a way to defend but WIM Thipsay wasn't quite able to find it. Let's have a look at what happened.
Bhagyashree Thipsay - Bhakti Kulkarni, Round 4
Black didn't have anything better other than taking on g4, 16...Nxg4 17.hxg4 was played and now White's h-file was open and the g4 pawn was weak but how to capitalize on this? A move like 17...Qh4, for instance, is easily refuted by 18.Nf5. Well, it was here that Bhakti found an interesting way ahead, she made the move 17...g6!? provoking Bxh6.
For starters, 18.Bxh6 isn't possible here because then comes 18...Qh4 followed by Kg7 and Rh8 with an unstoppable attack along the h-file, and next if White chooses to do nothing then 18...Qh4 comes very strongly as White doesn't have Nf5 anymore. The game followed 18.Re1 Qh4 19.Be3 Bxg4 and Black came in with force.
However, Bhagyashree had one way to solve all these problems in the position. The move that she missed was 18.Nf5!! and this was the only move to save the game.
The point is now Qh4 is prevented and if Black takes 18...gxf5 then after 19.gxf5 White either regains the bishop for her knight or after something like 19...Bc8 20.Qh5 Qf6 21.Bxh6 gets sufficient compensation. One can only wonder what would have happened had Bhagyashree played the move Nf5!?
From the above position the game went 36.Rb1 Rd2 37.Bd1 Bxb5 thanks to the double rook on d-file Black could simply snap off the b5 pawn. It wasn't long after that White resigned in the following position on move 44.
A fine performance by defending champion Bhakti. Is there anyone who can stop her? Replay the full game below:
Vantika finished off the game with a nice tactical motif.
Nandhidhaa PV vs Vantika Agrawal
We have a little quiz for you from Soumya's game!
Soumya Swaminathan - Nityata Jain, Round 4
White played 11.0-0 and only after 11...Re8 she went 12.Bxc4 Nxc4 13.Qc5 to reach the following position:
Notice, Black can't play 13...Nxb2 because of 14.Qb5 trapping the knight! Our question to you is, what would have happened if White went 11.Bxc4 Nxc4 12.Qc5 right away without getting the king castled first? Think about it and then check the answer in the annotation below:
Mahalakshmi M. - Mrudul Dehankar, Round 4
In the above position 28...Qg4 followed and after 29.Qxg4 fxg4 the h4 knight was trapped! Black played g5 soon!
Srishti Pandey vs Mary Ann Gomes, round 4
...f5 by Mary is one of those moves which looks great on the surface, but in reality does more damage than good. White took on f5 and got a beautiful square on e4 for her knight. Later Srishti played her knight to e3 and the slowly pushed Black back. It was a nice game for the girl from Nagpur.
Results of round 4
|1||21||WIM||Thipsay Bagyashree Sathe||2093||MAH||3||0 - 1||3||WGM||Kulkarni Bhakti||2388||AI||2|
|2||9||WIM||Nandhidhaa P V||2259||TN||3||0 - 1||3||WIM||Vantika Agrawal||2243||DEL||10|
|3||1||WGM||Soumya Swaminathan||2402||PSPB||2½||1 - 0||3||WFM||Jain Nityata||2135||MP||20|
|4||3||WIM||Divya Deshmukh||2373||MAH||2½||½ - ½||2½||WGM||Meenakshi Subbaraman||2163||AI||18|
|5||4||IM||Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman||2357||AI||2½||1 - 0||2½||WIM||Harshita Guddanti||2078||AP||23|
|6||11||WIM||Mahalakshmi M||2227||RSPB||2½||0 - 1||2½||WCM||Mrudul Dehankar||2074||MAH||24|
|7||36||Nandhini Saripalli||1933||GOA||2½||½ - ½||2½||WIM||Michelle Catherina P||2226||TN||12|
|8||13||IM||Mohota Nisha||2221||PSPB||2½||½ - ½||2½||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||2054||LIC||26|
|9||28||WGM||Ramaswamy Aarthie||2020||AI||2½||1 - 0||2½||Priyanka K||2217||TN||14|
|10||15||WGM||Swati Ghate||2192||LIC||2||1 - 0||2½||WCM||Jyothsna L||1939||TN||35|
|11||5||WIM||Srija Seshadri||2306||TN||2||1 - 0||2||WFM||Dhyana Patel||1900||GUJ||39|
|12||40||Pandey Srishti||1882||MAH||2||1 - 0||2||WGM||Gomes Mary Ann||2303||PSPB||6|
|13||7||WIM||Priyanka Nutakki||2293||AP||2||1 - 0||2||WFM||Potluri Supreetha||1873||AP||41|
|14||44||Singh Neha||1809||BIH||2||0 - 1||2||WIM||Pratyusha Bodda||2265||AP||8|
|15||46||Smaraki Mohanty||1773||ODI||2||0 - 1||2||WCM||Sharma Isha||2188||KAR||16|
|16||19||WIM||Parnali S Dharia||2145||MAH||2||0 - 1||2||Sunyuktha C M N||1815||TN||43|
|17||50||Divyabharathi Masanam||1730||TN||2||0 - 1||2||WIM||Varshini V||2087||TN||22|
|18||25||WFM||Saranya J||2067||TN||2||0 - 1||2||Sunyasakta Satpathy||1801||ODI||45|
|19||27||Bala Kannamma P||2051||TN||2||1 - 0||2||Sheena E.||1763||KER||47|
|20||56||WCM||Chinnam Vyshnavi||1664||AP||2||0 - 1||2||Meenal Gupta||2004||J&K||29|
Standings after round 4
|7||12||WIM||Michelle Catherina P||IND||2226||TN||3,0||0,0||9,5||11,5||8,25||2||-0,41|
|8||9||WIM||Nandhidhaa P V||IND||2259||TN||3,0||0,0||9,5||11,0||7,00||3||-0,13|
|9||21||WIM||Thipsay Bagyashree Sathe||IND||2093||MAH||3,0||0,0||9,0||11,0||7,00||3||0,20|
|14||26||WGM||Kiran Manisha Mohanty||IND||2054||LIC||3,0||0,0||8,0||9,5||6,50||2||0,80|
|15||43||Sunyuktha C M N||IND||1815||TN||3,0||0,0||8,0||9,0||6,00||3||1,73|
|16||38||WFM||Meghna C H||IND||1903||RSPB||3,0||0,0||8,0||9,0||5,00||3||0,18|
|19||30||Potluri Saye Srreezza||IND||1999||TEL||3,0||0,0||7,5||9,0||5,00||3||0,23|
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