Asian Continental 2023 R6: Tenacious Mary topples top seed Munguntuul
by Shahid Ahmed - 09/06/2023
WGM Mary Ann Gomes showed her class as she defeated the top seed IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (MGL) in Round 6 of Asian Continental Women 2023. There is a reason she has won lots of accolades and laurels over the years. IM Divya Deshmukh won against WIM Alua Nurmanova (KAZ) with ease. Both Mary and Divya are the coleaders in the Women's event with a 5/6 score. They will face each other in the seventh round. In the Open section, GM Arjun Erigaisi could not find a way to break his opponent IM Madaminov Mukhiddin's (UZB) resistance. The All-Indian battle between GM Pranav V and GM Abhimanyu Puranik ended in a draw. Arjun, Abhimanyu, Pranav, IM Aronyak Ghosh along with eight other players are trailing the leader, GM Shamsiddin Vokhidov (UZB) by a full point at 4.5/6 each. Round 7 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Nursultan Sabdenov
Can Arjun Erigaisi stop Shamsiddin Vokhidov?
WGM Mary Ann Gomes fought tooth and nail to score the victory against the top seed | Photo: Nursultan Sabdenov
Mary - Munguntuul
Position after 56.Kd5
WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2315) found the correct plan of using her king to capture Black's crucial a7 and b6-pawns, while using her queen at d3 to keep her own important pawns guarded. 56...Qxa4 57.f5 Qg4 58.Kc7 Qg4 59.Kb8 Qg5 60.Kxa7 Qe7+ 61.Kxb6 capturing the pawns was not the hardest part, converting her decisive advantage into a win was. Her opponent, IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (MGL, 2397) eventually got an opportunity to get back in the game. However, it was not that easy. Eventually Mary went on to win the game after her relentless attempts.
Divya - Alua
Position after 29...Qd7
IM Divya Deshmukh (2389) made a positional exchange sacrifice which gave her a decisive advantage against WIM Alua Nurmanova (KAZ, 2102). 30.Bxc5!+- Qxa4 31.Bxd6 Rd8 32.e5 Rf5 33.Qd3 Qd7 eventually Black had to give up material for the passed pawns and went on to lose the game.
IM Divya Deshmukh is the coleader with Mary Ann 5/6 | Photo: Nursultan Sabdenov
GM Arjun Erigaisi tried a lot against IM Mukhiddin Madaminov (UZB) | Photo: Kazakhstan Chess Federation
A total of 87 players including 17 GMs and 21 IMs in the Open, 38 players including 5 IMs, 5 WGMs and 9 WIMs in the Women, are taking part from 18 countries across the world including India. The nine-round Swiss League Classical Rating tournament is taking place from 4th to 11th June 2023 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is being organized by Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, the Asian Chess Federation, and the Kazakhstan Chess Federation with the support of the Akimat of Almaty. The time control of the tournament is 90 minutes / 40 moves + 30 mins / end + 30 seconds increment per move starting from move no.1.