Bhakti has second scalp

Woman Grandmaster Bhakti Kulkarni registered her second win in as many matches at Bhavarlal and Kantabai Jain Foundation’s 39th Premier National Women Chess Championship on Thursday.

The Goa Carbon Limited Brand Ambassador beat R Salini (1858) of Andhra Pradesh to take her tally to two points after two rounds in the tournament being held in Jalgao, Maharashtra. The Goan wizard had defeated WFM M Mahalakshmi (2041) of Tamil Nadu in the opening round. Meanwhile, Goa’s Woman International Master Ivana Furtado drew with WGM Soumya Swaminathan (2251) of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board to go on one point after two rounds. This was Ivana’s second draw after she had drawn her opening round match with IM Nisha Mohata (2323). [NT]