Indian Women’s Team Extends Unbeaten Run At 44th Chess Olympiad

Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu), Aug 5 : Indian Women's A Team Notched Up Their Seventh Successive Victory Against Sixth Seed Azerbaijan With A 2.

5-1.5 Score To Maintain Their Sole Lead In The Women's Section With 14 Points At The 44th Chess Olympiad In Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu On Friday.

India A, Though, Suffered A Few Hiccups After Humpy Ended On The Losing Side In The First Game.However, Tania Sachdev And R Vaishali Once Again Rose To The Occasion Magnificently By Scoring Hard Fought Victories While Harika Dronavalli Also Battled Hard To Split The Point.

Vaishali Played Splendidly In A Drawn Position, Pressurising Her Opponent With Precise Positive Play And Finally Scoring A Delightful Victory.

Vaishali Later Commented, "Till The 40th Turn, My Game Was Dead Equal And I Considered Settling For A Draw.After Humpy's Loss, I Had To Keep Pressing And Interestingly, This Was One Position Which We Had Worked In The Camp With Boris Gelfand And I Followed His Suggestions To The 'T'.

"A Hall Mark Of The Women's A Team Has Been The Ability Of Every Player To Score A Win When The Team Needed It Most.

"The Way Harika, Vaishali And Tania Continued In This Pressure Situation Is Very Heartening.The Players Understand The Situation Perfectly And Deliver," India A Captain Abhijit Kunte Said.

Meanwhile In The Open Section, India A Hit The Accelerator When It Mattered, Defeating Fellow Countrymen In India C With A 3-1 Score.

Arjun Erigaisi Defeated Abhijit Gupta And S L Narayanan Outplayed Abhimany Puranik Even While Pnetala HariKrishna Was Held To A Draw By Surya Shekhar Ganguly And SP Sethuraman Forced Vidit To Split The Point.

India B, After A Loss To Armenia In The 6th Round, Bounced Back With A 3.5-0.

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5 Score Against Cuba With D Gukesh Leading From The Front Once Again To Notch His Seventh Successive Victory In The Tournament.

Nihal Sarin And R Praggnanandhaa Too Made Merry With Two Fine Victories While Adhiban B Was Held To A Draw.

In Another Setback For The Star-studded USA Team, Armenia Held Them To A 2-2 Draw And Continued Their Sole Vigil At The Top Of The Points Tally With 13 Points.

India A And India B, USA , Uzbekistan Are Trailing Behind With 12 Points Each.India B In The Women Section Lost To Greece 1.

5-2.5.

Divya Deshmukh Scored The Lone Victory For India While Vantika Agrawal And Soumya Swaminathan Lost Their Encounters And Mary Ann Gomes Had To Stay Content With A Draw.

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