Michelle wins national women chess
New Delhi: Tenth seed Michelle Catherina of Tamil Nadu ensured a thrilling end to the Amity 39th National Women Challengers Chess Championship by defeating third seed Nimmy AG of Kerala in the eleventh and final round at Naurang House here Sunday.
This victory enabled Catherina to take her tally to nine points to secure the winner`s trophy.
Tamil Nadu girls P Priya and J Saranya defeated R Bharthi and Ramya Krishna respectively and were tied for the second spot with eight points but a better tie break score helped Priya to lift the runners-up trophy.
Top twenty players from this event qualified for the National Premier Chess Championship scheduled to start in Oct in Maharashtra.
Important Results: Round 11 : Michelle Catherina of Tamilnadu (9) beat Nimmy AG of Kerala (7.5); Priya P of Tamil Nadu (8) beat R Bharthi of Tamil Nadu (7.5); Cholleti Sahajasri of Andhra Pradesh (7.5) drew with Chandika Divyasree of Andhra Pradesh (7.5); Saranya J of Tamil Nadu (8) beat Ramya Krishna of Andhra Pradesh (7); Swati Mohota of West Bengal (7.5) drew with Mahalakshmi M of Tamil Nadu (7.5); Rucha Pujari of Maharashtra (7.5) beat Hinduja Reddy of Andhra Pradesh (6.5); Bagyashree Thipsay of Maharashtra (7.5) beat Mitali Madhukar Patil of Maharashtra (6.5); Pallabi Roy of West Bengal (7) drew with Amruta Mokal of Maharashtra (7); Harini S of Tamil Nadu (7.5) beat Savant Riya of Goa (6.5); Rajasurya J of Tamilnadu (7.5) beat Sandhya G of Andhra Pradesh (6.5); Raghavi N of Tamil Nadu (7) lost to Anjana Krishna of Kerala (6); Meenu Rajendran of Kerala (6) lost to A Akshaya of Tamil Nadu (7); Madhuri M Patil of Maharashtra (6) lost to Salini R of Andhra Pradesh (7); Lasya G of Andhra Pradesh (7) beat Anigani Kavya of Andhra Pradesh (6); Kotepalli Sai Nirupama of Andhra Pradesh (7) beat Madhurima Shekhar of Delhi (5.5).