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By Rakesh Rao
The one to make most merry on this double-round day was the Asian junior bronze-medallist Mary Ann Gomes. She stunned her fellow Kolkata-mate Nisha and then accounted for 14th seed N. Vinuthna to be part of the 10-player leader-group after three rounds. By sheer coincidence, both her victories today came in 33 moves following the English Opening.
With three points each, the leaders as per their ratings are, D. Harika, M. Kasturi, Anupama Gokhale, Eesha Karavade, M. Saimeera, Anuprita Patil, M. Safira Shanaz, Mary Ann Gomes, C. V. Rajalakshmi and Madhuri Patil.
Mary, who will turn 13 later this month, forced Nisha to resign by threatening to win a rook for bishop. Nisha surprisingly played too many dubious moves to deserve a better treatment in her first encounter with Mary.
It may be recalled that last year, too, Nisha had lost early. Eventually, that defeat had made the decisive difference in the eventual analysis as Nisha failed to be among the 10 qualifiers for National `A' due to inferior progressive score.
After leaving a baffled Nisha to indulge in some serious introspection, Mary returned to the Manohar Mangal Karyalaya hall in the afternoon to destroy N. Vinuthna, seeded 14, with a savage attack and become the first player to reach three points.
Third seed Saheli Dhar-Barua, fortunate to win her first round match on Monday, pressed her luck too hard today and got punished by the vastly-experienced S. R. Radha in the second round. Strangely, Saheli lifted her `pinned' knight to make a move in order to win back a rook. Radha, with an amused look, indicated to Saheli that she had made in illegal move. Realising her folly, an exasperated Saheli shook her head and then Radha's hand before walking away.
Though, in the afternoon, Saheli had little problem in scoring over a much-younger N. Pragna Patvi. Similarly, Nisha dismissed Swati Sengupta with ease, just as fifth seed M. Priyadarshini did against Priyanka Vora. Earlier in the day, Priyadarshini had surrendered to C. V. Rajalakshmi.
In the other surprises, again involving odd-numbered seeds, Asian junior champion and 11th seed Tania Sachdev was held by I. Ishwarya Shobana and N. Raghavi. Seventh seed Y. Pratibha, who took the silver behind Tania in Colombo, had to split the point with Punjab's Purabi Singh in the third round while Mahima Raj Mohan drew with former National champion and ninth seed Mrunalini Kunte-Aurangabadkar.
Second seed Harika played a perfect rook-and-pawn ending against Krutika Nadig to win their marathan battle after fourth seed Kasturi had stopped K. Ramya on the second board. Anupama, extremely lucky to win on time over the experienced Pushapalatha Mangal after being down a minor piece in the second round, won convincingly against Anuradha Biswal.
The results: Third round: Krutika Nadig (2) lost to D. Harika (3); K. Ramya (2) lost to M. Kasturi (3); Anupama Gokhale (3) bt Anuradha Biswal (2); Y. Pratibha (2.5) drew with Purabi Singh (2.5); J. E. Kavitha (2) lost to Eesha Karavade (3); Mrunalini Kunte-Aurangabadkar (2.5) drew with Mahima Raj Mohan (2.5); M. Rajdarshini (2) lost to M. Saimeera (3); Mary Ann Gomes (3) bt N. Vinuthna (2); M. Safira Shanaz (3) bt S. R. Radha (2); C. V. Rajalakshmi (3) bt P. Priya (2); H. Nilavoli (2) lost to Madhuri Patil (3); Soumya Swaminathan (2.5) drew with K. Chandra Hawsa (2.5); R. Hemalatha (2) lost to Anuprita Patil (3); Tania Sachdeva (2) drew with N. Raghavi (2); Saba Aziz Mhate (2.5) bt E. Sheena (1.5); Alka Das (2.5) bt L. Ishwarya Shobhana (1.5); Nisha Mohota (2) bt Swati Sengupta (1); Saheli Dhar-Barua (2) bt N. Pragna Patvi (1); M. Priyadarshini (2) bt Priyanka Vora (1); Aparna Dhatrak (1) lost to Shreeparna Chakraborty (2); M. R. Sangeetha (2) bt Mitali Patil (1); Dolan Champa Bose (2) bt Mohita Agarwal (1); Swati Mohota (2) bt B. K. Srivani (1); Ashwini Kulkarni (2) bt Pampa Dasgupta (1); Baisakhi Das (2) bt G. Lalitha (1).
Second round : Mary bt Nisha; Harika bt Ashwini; Radha bt Saheli; Kasturi bt Baisakhi; Rajalakshmi bt M. Priyadarshini; Anupama bt Pushpalatha Mangal; Snehal Mahajan lost to Pratibha; Eesha bt Jayashree Sankpal; Amruta Mokal lost to Mrunalini; Saimeera bt Pooja Rathod; Shobana drew with Tania; Madhuri bt Sangeetha; Vinuthna bt S. Banupriya; V. K. Sindhu lost to Safira; Priya bt S. Aneeqha Tahseen; Sneha Ghatpande lost to Nilavoli; Soumya bt Kiran Monisha Mohanty; Chandra Hawsa bt Dolan Champa Bose; Anuprita bt Ketki Kulkarni; Devangi Patankar lost to Krutika Nadig; Ramya bt P. Laxmi Sahiti; Anuradha bt Bhakti Kulkarni; Purabi Singh bt Dhara Gupta; K. Jennitha Anto lost to Kavitha; R. Hemalatha bt Swati Mohota.
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