Calcutta: Bodda Pratyusha of Andhra Pradesh emerged as the surprise leader with 2 points after the 2nd round of the UBI 40th National Women’s Chess Championship, at the Spring Club here, on Tuesday.
Playing white against Bhakti Kulkarni of Tamil Nadu, the 16-year-old from Visakhapatnam won the exchange of rook for bishop after which she exploited a pin on her opponent’s bishop to get the full point. “It was a complicated game. I am happy to record my second win in as many games,” she said.
Pratyusha, for the record, has completed her WIM norms and waiting for the ratings. She is coached by NVS Ramaraju who is also the mentor of Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika.
Top seed Tania Sachdev squandered a winning endgame against former national champion Nisha Mohota with the black pieces in a Catalan Opening. Tania had an extra pawn and a better position, but she let Nisha obtain counter play on the opposite wing and was forced to agree to a draw in 62 moves.
Defending champion and local challenger Mary Ann Gomes drew her second game on the trot after her surprise opening move against former world junior champion Soumya Swaminathan failed to give any opening advantage.
Mary Ann had a slightly inferior position from the opening, but she sacrificed a pawn to obtain counter-play in the middlegame. She won the pawn back and had an active knight in the ending, but, despite all her attempts, she failed to squeeze out a win.