Srishti Pandey becomes India’s latest female international master

The last two WIM standards in 13 days

Srishti Pandey was first trained by Dk and Nisha Shrivastava and later claims to have had the chance to train with Gurpreet Singh Maras who helped her build a strong foundation. Currently, she is coached by Georgian #4 Mikheil Mchedlishvili, GM Swapnil Dhopade and GM FT Swayams Mishra.

Srishti Pandey becomes India’s latest WIM | Photo: Niklesh Jain

First WIM standard: World Junior 2019

Srishti scored her first WIM standard at the World Junior Women’s Under-20 in October 2019. She beat WIM Roxangel Obregon Garcia (CUB), then WIM Vantika Agrawal, drew with WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa (POL), then WIM Dinara Dordzhieva (RUS) and WIM Narva Mai (EST). Despite starting the tournament with a loss, Srishti scored 6/11, gained 142 Elo rating points to score his first WIM norm. She also finished in 26th place after starting the tournament as the 63rd seed.

Roxangel – Srishti, Round 6

post after 16.f5

White seems to be launching a devastating attack on the kingside. However, it’s not strong as White’s center is quite weak 16…dxe5 17.dxe5 gxf5 18.h6 Bf8 19.e6 Qd6 20.exf7+ Kxf7 21.Nf3 f4 22.Ng5+ Kg6 23.Qf3 Kxg5

post after 23…Rxg5

Black took every opportunity she had. The job required him to play 23…Rxg5 and that’s exactly what she did. 24.Qxa8 Qe5+ 25.Kd1 Bxh6 and black won the game in six more moves.

Srishti scored 6/9, played at 2231 and gained 142 Elo rating points en route to his first WIM standard

Srishti Pandey became National Junior (Under 20) Girls Champion within 15 days | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Second WIM Standard: IM Third Saturday Mix 223

The second WIM standard was rated at IM Third Saturday Mix 223 in Novi Sad, Serbia in November 2021. Srishti scored 6/9, finished second overall, played at 2347 and earned 65 Elo rating points. She beat IM Milan Bozic (SRB), IM Dejan Leskur (SRB), drew with GM Milko Popchev (BUL).

Srishti – Bozic, Round 5

post after 25…Rxa2

25…Rxa2 is an error. This allowed White to fetch his rook for his two minor pieces 26.Nxc7 Qxc7 27.Bxd6 Qa5 28.Bxf8+ Kxf8 29.Qd6+ Kg8. The position eventually liquidated into a rook against the knight and bishop, with white having a few extra pawns. White won the game with another 47 moves.

Srishti scored his second WIM norm performing at 2347 and earned a whopping 65 Elo rating points

Third WIM Standard: Third Saturday Mix 225 Open

Srishti scored his final WIM standard at IM Mix Third Saturday 225 in Novi Sad, Serbia. She beat GM Sinisa Drazic (SRB), GM Alex Yermolinsky (USA), drew with WIM Isha Sharma, WIM Rakshitta Ravi and WIM Harshita Guddanti. She scored 4.5/9, performed at 2276 and gained 45.6 Elo points.

Sinisa – Srishti, Round 1

post after 20.Be3

Once again we see Srishti’s tactical vigilance. When her opponent, GM Sinisa Drazic (SRB) made a mistake 20.Be3she did not hesitate to exchange her queen for a rook and two minor pieces 20…Nxe3 21.Rxd8+ Rxd8 22.Nf3 Nxg2 23.Kxg2 Rd4. Black won with 20 more moves.

Srishti scored 4.5/9, played at 2276 to score his last WIM norm

Srishti Pandey at Chessmood Open 2019 | Photo: Chessmood

Live Ranking 2200: 24th Citta di Trieste Open

Srishti crossed 2200 in the live ratings after the second round of the 24th Città di Trieste Open in Italy. She started the event with a draw against GM Lalit Rohit. She also drew with MI Federico Manca (ITA).

Srishti scored 4/9 and gained 17.2 Elo rating points, having crossed 2200 in the live rating at the end of round 2

GM Swapnil Dhopade is one of the coaches Srishti Pandey is currently working with

Srishti is very talented in chess. She is also ambitious enough to achieve great results in her chess career. We started working about a year ago. We have set future goals that we must achieve and we have done our best to achieve them. I also appreciate his curiosity to look for ways to improve different areas of his game. I was impressed with his dynamic style of play. I’m really proud that she crossed 2200 and earned her WIM title. But this is only the beginning. I’m sure she will continue to take more steps 🙂

Games Annotated by Srishti

Check out Srishti’s best games from recent events, annotated by herself.

Best Achievements of Srishti

Srishti Pandey has won many accolades in his chess career so far. Here are the best:

• Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Women’s Under-18 2019

• Gold at the 2019 National Junior (Under 19) Girls Championship

• Gold medal for girls under 17 from the national school 2016

• Silver medal at the 63rd SGFI National Under-19 Girls 2017

• Maharashtra Junior State Champion (U19) Girls 2016, 2017, 2018

• Maharashtra State Champion for Girls Under 17 2015, 2016

• 3rd at Maharashtra State Under-19 Girls 2015

• Champion of the 2nd Indiana All India Rating Open in Nagpur 2015

• Finalist of the GH Raisoni Memorial Rapid Rating Open in Nagpur 2019

• Third in the Mirandela Woman Blitz 2022

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