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Aakansha holds fancied rival Anna

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

India's WIM Aakanksha Hagawane (ELO 2297) made a promising start by holding fancied IM Anna Zozulia (ELO 2314) of to a draw in the opening round of the SBI Life-AICF Women Championship today.

Playing on the third board, the Indian put up a creditable performance against the higher ranked Belgian and forced a division of points in 40 moves at the in suburban Chembur.

On the top board, WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (ELO 2379) of and Russias WIM (ELO 2334) also shared the honours after a tame draw.

Vietnam's WGM Thi (ELO 2376), WGM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva (ELO 2323) of and favourite IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (ELO 2410) of all had a successful first round, defeating their Indian opponents.

Thi defeated Divya Deshmukh (ELO 2138), Guliskhan tamed WIM Monnisha G K (ELO 2295) and Batkhuyag outwitted WIM Srija Seshadri (ELO 2207).

The tournament is being jointly organised by the Indian School and South Mumbai Academy under the auspices of All Chess Federation (AICF).

Results (1st round): WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (UZB, 2379) 0.5 point drew with WIM (RUS, 2334) 0.5 point; WGM Thi (VIE, 2376) 1 point beat Divya Deshmukh (IND, 2138) 0; IM (BEL, 2314) 0.5 point drew with WIM Aakanksha Hagawane (IND, 2297) 0.5 point; Rakshitta Ravi (IND, 2067) 0 lost to Vantika Agarwal (IND, 2279) 1 point; WGM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva (KAZ, 2323) 1 point beat WIM Monnisha G.K. (IND, 2295) 0; IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (MGL, ELO 2410) 1 point beat WIM Srija Seshadri (IND, 2207) 0.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 19:10 IST