Source: News Bharati English15 Nov 2016 09:58:06

New Delhi, November 15:  International Master Padmini Rout secured her hat trick of title in the 10th round of the 43rd National Women Premier Chess Championship after settling for a draw with PSPB team mate Eesha Karavade, on Monday.

Ending her tally on eight points from eleven games, Padmini put an end to a series of mediocre performances that saw her rating go down by over seventy points. The Odisha girl was at the top of her game right through and did not face any great challenge in her quest to strike for gold.

GM-elect S Vijayalakshmi of Air India ended her campaign on a positive note defeating R Vaishali of PSPB in her final round. Vijayalakshmi with 7.5 points took the silver while Mary Ann Gomes downed Soumya Swaminathan to finish third.

Right from the beginning it was a race between Padmini, Vijayalakshmi, Eesha and Soumya and this is how it ended. The victory ensured that Padmini Rout will be a part of the Indian women team in the next World team’s chess championship. The team will also have GMs Koneru Humpy and D Harika.