Calcutta: Top seed Tania Sachdev crashed to her second successive defeat as she went down to 14-year-old Ivana Furtado of Goa in the fourth round of the UBI National Women’s Premier Chess Championship, at the Spring Club, here, on Thursday.
After her dismal performance against Mary Ann Gomes on Wednesday, Tania, once again, was off colour against the reigning national junior champion.
In a Nimzo Indian Defence, Tania, playing black, soon got into an inferior position and by move 25 was clearly losing and resigned on the 30th move.
“Tania made a weak opening and I capitalised on that. On the 16th move, I offered a draw but she refused and then after the 25th she offered me for a truce. Obviously I refused since I was in a winning position. This is a great boost for me,” she said.
Three players — Mary Ann, Soumya Swaminathan and Swathi Ghate — share the lead with three points apiece after the fourth round.
Local favourite and defending champion Mary Ann, playing white against G.K. Monnisha of Tamil Nadu, went into an ending with a couple of extra pawns and then went on to convert her material advantage with clinical precision.