India secured a silver medal after going down 0-2 to Russia. In the final of the FIDE World Women’s Team Chess Championship here on Saturday. After losing the primary match 1.5.-2-5 despite a brilliant win for D Harika on the board.
The Indians were outmatched 3-1 in the second as the Russian team stormed to a title triumph. As a result, India’s first ever medal in the world team chess championship.
In the second tournament, Harika held Goryachkina to a draw as did R Vaishali (Elo 2149) against the higher rated Alexandra Kosteniuk (Elo 2517).
Tania Sachdev and Mary Ann Gomes dropped to higher rated Katernya Lagno and Polina Shuvalova to bestow Russia a victory and the gold.
Sacheva fought well before losing to Lagno in 53 moves. Gomes, who was in good form throughout the tournament, surrendered to defeat in 48 moves against Shuvalova in a Sicilian Kan Variation game.
Previously, India lost the first match despite Harika (Elo 2450) achieving a win over Goryachkina (Elo 2520). Gomes drew against Alina Kashlinskaya on the fourth board.
For Russia, previous world champion Kosteniuk beat young Vaishali on the second board. Bhakti Kulkarni lost to Lagno.
India finished second in the preliminary Pool A by winning three matches. Drawing one while losing to Russia, came into the final after a success over a strong Georgian team.
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