National Chess Championship | Divya Deshmukh and Mrudul Dehankar impress in Tamil Nadu

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National Chess Championship | Divya Deshmukh and Mrudul Dehankar impress in Tamil Nadu

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SportsCafe Desk

07/24/2019

Nagpur-based Divya Deshmukh and Mrudul Dehankar fought back as they claimed important victories at the ongoing National Women’s Chess Championship being at the Chettinad Public School, in Tamil Nadu. Deshmukh and Dehankar had to battle hard as they defeated local girls Saranya J and Rindhiya V.

On Tuesday, the Nagpur-based duo of Divya Deshmukh and Mrudul Dehankar have managed to pull off a win while making a comeback in their respective matches at the ongoing 46th National Women Chess Championship at the Chettinad Public School in Tamil Nadu. Third-seeded Women International Master (WIM) Deshmukh, who played on the seventh board, defeated Saranya J of Tamil Nadu in a complicated game of 38 moves. 

“I chose the Sicilian Najdorf defense which usually is a complicated opening. We both then got into a tense middle game where any mistake would have cost us the game. Fortunately for me, she was the one who made a mistake. I won her rook which finally made her resign in the very next move,” Deshmukh told TOI.

On the 16th board, Dehankar fought back hard against local girl Rindhiya V in a marathon contest of 77 moves. On Mrudul’s King Pawn opening, Rindhiya went for the Ruy Lopez defence but the former eventually fought back to a deserved win. 

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