44th Chess Olympiad: Indian Women Extend Winning Runs; Favorite thunder on day 2

Apart from these individual upheavals, the top-20 seeds remained intact. All three Indian women’s teams won their matches and extended their winning runs in the prestigious event.

Azerbaijan, Armenia and Romania were the teams in the top-20 rankings that defeated their opponents 4–0. The event is an 11-round Swiss league in which four players are fielded for each round.

Wins from R Vaishali, Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni helped the India A team win 3.5–0.5 against Argentina.

Argentine Zurial opted for the volatile Benko Gambit against Hampi, leaving the popular continuation without accepting the gamble. In a blocked position with little progress, Hampi settled for a draw after 44 moves, each with a queen, a rook and a bishop of the opposite color with the same number of pawns.

Sachdev, who was drawn for more than 100 moves on Friday, pulled off a quick win against Anapola in a Grunfeld game that lasted 36 moves after his queen, rook and knight set up a checkmating net.

The India B team defeated Latvia 3.5–0.5, with Vantika Agarwal, Soumya Swaminathan and Mary Ann Gomes emerging victorious and Padmini Raut winning the draw over Nelija Maklakova.

On the other hand, India C team along with Isha Karawade and PV Nandidha beat Singapore 3-1 while Pratyusha Bodda and Vasnawala Viswas drew.

Nandidha was involved in a PRC defense game against Emmanuel Mei-en and scored a clean victory with strongly placed pieces and an extra bishop. The game lasted 34 moves.

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