Monday, December 14, 2009

Dronavalli Harika wins National Women chess title

Chennai: Dec 12 Top Seed International Master Dronavalli Harika of Andhra Pradesh proved her supremacy when she won her maiden title in the 36th National Women Premier Chess Championship here today.

Harika drew her game against WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy to take the top honours with 8.5 points.

In the 11th and final round today, WGM Meenakshi, who was in the sole lead till the penultimate round, was facing WGM Mary Ann Gomes with the white pieces. As her tiebreak score was low, Meenakshi had to win to have a sniff of the championship title.

From an English opening, she threw caution to the winds and went for an allout attack against Mary's king, weakening her own king in the process. Mary was quick to get her own counterattack going and Meenakshi lost her way to lose the game in 35 moves facing inevitable mate.
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