Indian Woman International Master Srija Seshadri defeated compatriot Divya Deshmukh in The AICF Women Grandmaster Chess Championship at the Acres Club, Mumbai. Srija beat Deshmukh in what was her third consecutive win, at the end of the sixth round of the tournament in just 27 moves.
Seshadri has been one of the young Indian players to watch out for in recent months. Srija was also the Asian Youth U12 Girls Chess Champ back in 2009 when she just began her career as a pro. Seshadri was in fine form at the ongoing AICF Women Grandmaster Chess Championship at the Acres Club in Mumbai as she outplayed compatriot Divya Deshmukh to register her third consecutive win in the tournament.
Seshadri, who played with black pieces on the third board, crafted some clever maneuvers from a two knight opening and defeated Divya in just 27 moves in the sixth round of the competition. Amongst her competitors, Belgium’s IM Anna Zozulia recorded the second win of round six when she outwitted bottom placed Rakshitta Ravi of India on the sixth board to steal another point. However, the matches on the other four boards finished in draws.
Results – Round 6:
WIM Elena Tomilova (RUS, 2334) 3 pts drew with WIM Vantika Agrawal (IND, 2279) 3 pts
WIM Aakanksha Hagawane (IND, 2297) 3 pts drew with WIM Monnisha G.K. (IND, 2295) 1.5 pts
WFM Divya Deshmukh (IND, 2138) 1.5 pts lost to WIM Srija Seshadri (IND, 2207) 3.5 pts
WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (UZB, 2379) 4 pts drew with IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (MGL, ELO 2410) 3.5 pts
WGM Thi Kim Phung Vo (VIE, 2376) 4.5 pts drew with WGM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva (KAZ, 2323) 4.5 pts
IM Anna Zozulia (BEL, 2314) 4 pts beat Rakshitta Ravi (IND, 2067) 0 pts
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