Babiy Olga emerges sole leader at Velammal – AICF Women Grandmaster Round Robin Chess Tournament

Woman Grandmaser Babiy Olga (Ukraine) snatched the sole lead with 3.0 points after the third round of the Velammal AICF Woman Grandmaster Round Robin Chess tournament 2019 held at Hotel Abu Sarovar Portico, Chennai here today. Olga defeated WIM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan of Kazakhstan in a double edged French game where the Kazakh girl missed her way and lost in 42 moves.
Former World Under 12 Champion Divya Deshmukh moved into the sole second spot with 2.5 points scoring a facile win over fellow Indian Sapale Saloni. It was all aggression in the Sicilian game between Divya and Saloni. In the ensuing time scramble, Saloni found herself a rook down as Divya forked her way to win after 33 moves.

Divya Deshmukh with white pieces against Sapale Saloni

Earlier the second round saw WIM Babiy Olga of Ukraine taking 2/2 lead, with Munguntuul, Michelle, Divya right behind at 1.5 points. Babiy accounted for Colombian Franco Valencia Angela in an interesting Sicilian game. Exerting pressure right through, Olga threatened the exchange of double rooks and queen moving into a winning king pawn ending. Angela gave up when she found she’d not be able to prevent Olga’s rook pawn promotion.
Round 3 Results (Indians unless specified) : Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh (Mon) playing Osmak Iulija (Ukr) 1.0, Babiy Olga (Ukr) 3.0 bt Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kaz) 1.0, Aakanksha Hagawane (1.5) bt Franco Valencia Angela (Col) 1.0, Chandreyee Hajra(0.5) drew with  Varshini V (1.5), Michelle Catherina P (2.0) drew with Munguntuul Batkhuyag (Mon) 2.0, Divya Deshmukh (2.5) bt Sapale Saloni (1.0)
Round 2 Results (Indians unless specified) : Osmak Iulija (Ukr) 1.0 lost to Divya Deshmukh (1.5), Sapale Saloni (1.0) lost to Michelle Catherina P (1.5), Munguntuul Batkhuyag (Mon) 1.5 bt Chandreyee Hajra, Varshini V (1.0) bt Aakanksha Hagawane (0.5), Franco Valencia Angela (Col) 1.0 lost to Babiy Olga (Ukr) 2.0, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kaz) 1.0 bt Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh (Mon).
Divya Deshmukh – Sapale Saloni
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8. Bg5 Qa5 9. O-O-O Rc8 10. Kb1 e5 11. Qd2 Be7 12. h4 h6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. g4 Be7 15. Ne1 Qd8 16. Ng2 Bd7 17. Ne3 Be6 18. g5 Rc6 19. Ncd5 Bxd5 20. exd5 Rc7 21. Nf5 hxg5 22. hxg5 Rxh1 23. Rxh1 Kd7 24. g6 Qf8 25. gxf7 Qxf7 26. Qd3 Rc5 27. c4 b5 28. b3 Bf6 29. Ng3 bxc4 30. bxc4 Bd8 31. Ne4 Rc8 32. Qh3+ Kc7 33. Qxc8+ 1-0