India won the silver medal at the World Women’s Chess Championship.
India won the silver medal after dropping 0-2 to Russia in the final of the FIDE World Women’s Team Chess Championship on Saturday. Despite D Harika’s stunning victory on the board, the Indians outclassed second 3-1 as a strong Russian team won the title after losing the first match 1.5.-2-5. became. This was India’s first medal in the World Team Chess Championship. In the second match, Harika drew Golia Chikina and R Vaishari (Elo 2149) faced the more acclaimed Alexandra Costeniuk (Elo 2517).
However, Tania Sachidef and Mary Ann Gomez went down to the more acclaimed Caternia Laguno and Polina Chevalois to give Russia an overall victory and gold medal.
Sacheva fought well before losing to Laguno in 53 moves, and Gomes, who was in good shape throughout the tournament, lost to Shuvalova in 48 moves in the Sicilian Kann variation game.
Earlier, India lost the first match, despite Harika (Elo 2450) having a great victory over Goliath Chikina (Elo 2520) on the first board, despite the difference in Elo ratings. Gomez played against Alina Kashrinskaya on the fourth board.
In Russia, former world champion Costeniuk defeated a young Vaishari on the second board, but Bhakti Kurkarni’s poor form hurt India, who lost to Laguno.
India, who won three games in qualifying pool A and lost one game to second place after losing to Russia, advanced to the final after defeating a strong Georgia team.
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