Tania Sachdev fought long and hard to earn a valuable point as India A registered a thrilling 2.5-1.5 win over Hungary in the fourth round match of the women’s section at the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Chennai on Monday. of After Konero Hampi, Dronavali Harika and R Vaishali finished with draws in their respective matches, Sachdev rose to the occasion brilliantly. She defeated Zsoka Gaal to earn the deciding point and also win the match for the team.
“It was a tough position and I knew that both our boards ended in a draw. We had a strong opponent and now it’s time for us to play with strong teams. So, I think we are ready for the competition. Need to stay. We are looking forward to the next game,” Sachdev said after the match.
The teams are balanced and taking it one round at a time is crucial. India Women’s A team coach Abhijit Kante said that all the games today were well fought. The 11th-seeded Indian Women’s B team also defeated Estonia by a similar score of 2.5-1.5. Vantika Agarwal extended her winning streak to get the winning point for the team while the other three games ended in draws.
Meanwhile, in a major upset on Day 4, former world championship challenger Fabiano Caruana of the USA was defeated by Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Abdustataarov. Aided by the efforts of 17-year-old prodigy Abdul Satarov, Uzbekistan held the top-seeded star-studded USA to a 2-2 draw. Gokesh and Nihal Sarin won while R Praganandha and Ronak Sidhwani settled for a draw.
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Gkesh had a brilliant performance against Daniel Vocaturo who held Magnus Carlsen to a draw on Sunday. In the Queen’s Gambit Declined game, Gokesh strategically ventured to capture a pawn with strokes and pocketed the point after 34 moves when his queen, rook and bishop cornered his opponent’s king. On the other hand, second seed India A drew 2-2 with France with all four points separating the board while India C lost to Spain by a scoreline of 1.5-2.5.
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