WIM Kruttika Nadig wins India National A women chess championship

IM Tania Sachdev takes the silver, WGM Nisha Mohota is bronze


WIM Kruttika Nadig

WIM Kruttika Nadig is the new National A champion of India. She won the competition with a full point ahead of opposition, scoring 7 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses.

Nadig’s play in the beginning of the tournament did not hint she is going after the title. She started with a win against WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty, but lost with white against WFM Krithika N. Pon in the net round. From then on however, Nadig stabilized her play and used the fact her opponents were exchanging wins to get ahead in the standings. Kruttika Nadig outplayed Asian Junior Champion Mary Ann Gomes in round 8 to open up a full one point lead over Tania Sachdev. Top seed Tania Sachdev fought back strongly to defend her National Women’s title with a resounding victory with black against leader in round 9. However, IM Sachdev scored only half a point in the remaining 2 games, while Nadig got 1,5/2 to secure the first place.

With that victory Kruttika achieved 11 round Women Grandmaster norm from this championship and also pocketed Rs. 1,00,000/- as prize money.

WIM Kruttika Nadig, a top chess talent of India

Kruttika Nadig is born February 17, 1988. She completed her first 11-game round robin WIM norm in the strong National Women A held in Kozhikode 2003. Her second norm was a 13-game Swiss norm from the World Junior Girls Championship at Kochi in November 2004. Requiring a third norm to complete her mission, she scored 4/9 for a final WIM norm and title in the Pardubice Open. With this Kruttika Nadig became the first Woman International Master from Karnataka.

In the October rating list Kruttika Nadig is the 10th top girl in the world (number 70 in the top 100 women list). This list is where she makes her highest ELO jump gaining over 140 points in the period. With this rating she started the National A chess championship as second seeded and with 7 victories and 2 draws secured the first place.

Final standings

1 WIM Nadig Kruttika IND 2387 8

2 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2425 7

3 WGM Mohota Nisha IND 2312 6

4 WGM Swathi Ghate IND 2320 6

5 WGM Karavade Eesha IND 2386 6

6 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2298 5,5

7 Amrutha Mokal IND 2163 5

8 WFM Bhakti Kulkarni IND 2163 5

9 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2326 5

10 WFM Pon N Krithika IND 2191 4,5

11 WIM Padmini Rout IND 2235 4

12 WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty IND 2198 4

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WIM Kruttika Nadig receives her title from the National A championship

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WIM Kruttika Nadig in action in the first rounds


Second place for IM Tania Sachdev

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Third place for WGM Nisha Mohota

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