Indian chess player Divya Deshmukh emerged as the winner of the women’s classical event at the Asian Women’s Continental Chess Championship, with Mary Ann Gomes securing the second position.
To win with 7.5 points, the 17-year-old Divya was paired in the ninth and final round with Kazakhstan’s Xenia Balabayeva. Divya Deshmukh took the lead with seven points after outplaying overnight leader Mary Ann Gomes.
Mary (6.5 points) dropped to second place, ahead of Vantika Agrawal, the top seed, Isha Sharma, Sakshi Chitlange, Soumya Swaminathan, C. M. N. Sunyuktha, and Sreeja Seshadri by a half-point.
Divya, who was seeded two, won after the opening exchanges against Mary. As the game progressed, Divya had a definite advantage thanks to her extra kingside pawn. Mary’s chances are significantly hurt by her proactive attitude.
When faced with the possibility of losing a bishop right away or the game in 59 moves, Mary eventually gave up. Sakshi Chitlange of India finished seventh with 5.5 points. P V Nandhidhaa (5 points) and Aashna Makhija (5 points) placed 13th and 14th among other Indians, respectively.
In the Open competition, GM Abhimanyu Puranik has a final score of 6.5 which puts him in fourth place. Top-seeded Indian GM Arjun Erigaisi finished sixth with 6.5 points, following S P Sethuraman in seventh. Shamsiddin Vokhidov of Uzbekistan won first place.