SAHELI BARUA RETAINS NATIONAL WOMEN `B' TITLE

WFM Saheli Barua, 25, of South Eastern Railway, Calcutta retained her title in the 26th Godrej National Women `B' Championship at Patwardan School in Sangli on November 21. She scored 7/9 and remained unbeaten to win by a
superior progressive score than world under 18 champion IWM Aarthie Ramaswamy of Tamil Nadu.

There are 3 first time qualifiers. The tall S.Sujatha, Y.Prathiba (TN) and 13-year old Baisakhai Das (WB).

The ten qualifiers from the 68-player event organised by the Nutan Buddhibal Mandal: 1-2 Saheli Barua (Rly), R.Aarthie (TN) 7/9 each, 3-7 Pallavi Shah (LIC), S.Meenakshi (TN), S.Sujatha (ECC), Y.Prathiba (TN), Neha Singh (Bih) 6.5 each, 8-10 Mrunalini Kunte (IDBI), Anupama Gokhale (PSCB), Baisakhai Das (WB) 6 each.

The changes in the `A': The players who went out from the previous `A' are Koneru Humpy (did not play in  the `B'), Swati Mohota (WB), Bindu K.Saritha (LIC), Dolan Champa Bose (Bih) and E.Sheena (Ker). The entrants are: S.Sujatha, Y.Prathiba, Neha Singh,  Mrunalini Kunte and Baisakhai Das.