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CUP OF JOY: Kruttika Nadig, who won the Parsvnath 35th National ‘A’ women’s chess championship on Sunday.
CUP OF JOY: Kruttika Nadig, who won the Parsvnath 35th National ‘A’ women’s chess championship on Sunday.

Kamesh Srinivasan

NEW DELHI: Kruttika Nadig drew with Eesha Karavade in the 11th and final round, but had to wait until Mary Ann Gomes plotted the defeat of defending champion Tania Sachdev, to emerge the new champion in the Parsvnath 35th National ‘A’ women’s chess championship which concluded at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture here on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Kruttika agreed to a draw in 20 moves after her opponent repeated moves in a complicated middle game, to wind up with 8 points from 11 rounds.

Asian junior champion Mary Ann Gomes nailed Asian champion Tania in a rook and pawn ending in 68 moves.

Once Kruttika drew her game, Tania, a half point behind the leader, needed a victory to defend the title, as she had won the match between the two, the first criteria for the tie-break. In the event, Tania meandered into an end game in which she was a pawn down, and Mary with the advantage of plenty of time on her clock handled the climax with competence.

“I am quite happy winning the title. I knew that I would get my final WGM norm, but the title is very sweet. I had worked for six months for this with good support from coach T. Purushottaman,” said Kruttika, who had won the National junior championship in 2004, and the Naitonal sub-junior title in 2003.

Unexpected blow

It was an unexpected blow for the 22-year-old Tania, as she had looked pretty strong in winning her ninth round against Kruttika. However, she could muster only a half point in the last two rounds, that put paid to her hopes of a hat-trick.

While Kruttika and Tania collected Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 60,000 respectively, WGM Nisha Mohota pipped Swati Ghate and Eesha Karavade on the tie-break after the three finished with six points each, to take the third place and a purse of Rs. 40,000.

WIM norm for Mokal

Amrutha Mokal made a WIM norm by beating Bhakti Kulkarni, who had incidentally become the first from Goa to win a WIM norm earlier.

Dr. N.K. Jit of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation presented the prizes.

The results (11th round): Bhakti Kulkarni 5 lost to Amrutha Mokal 5; Swati Ghate 6 bt Pon N. Krithika 4; Padmini Rout 4 drew with Kiran Manisha Mohanty 4; Kruttika Nadig 8 drew with Eesha Karavade 6; Nisha Mohota 6 bt Soumya Swaminathan 5; Mary Ann Gomes 5.5 bt Tania Sachdev 7.

Final placings: 1. Kruttika Nadig (8), 2. Tania Sachdev (7), 3. Nisha Mohota (6), 4. Swati Ghate (6), 5. Eesha Karavade (6), 6. Mary Ann Gomes (5.5), 7. Amrutha Mokal (5), 8. Bhakti Kulkarni (5), 9. Soumya Swaminathan (5), 10. Pon N. Krithika (4.5), 11. Padmini Rout (4), 12. Kiran Manisha Mohanty (4).

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