Apart from Humpy, R Vaishali also defeated a high-class player in Laila Jawakhishvili, while Tania Sachdev and Harika Dronavalli secured a draw to help India win the match.
Humpy, by mid-game, was in full command, a passed pawn was pushed to sixth and his queen, bishop and rookie threatened to grab more material. Playing cautiously, he forced an exchange of pieces from time to time and Dzhagnidze resigned on the 42nd turn when the Indian bishop and queen threatened to win a piece.
“I am not thinking of medals at this stage of the tournament as we still have to play many more difficult teams like Ukraine. Our team spirit is high and whenever a win is required, there is always one from the team. The player will continue to shine,” Humpy said.
Humpy, who was to run the Whites, later admitted that she was completely surprised by Nana’s choice of the Benoni defense and made some questionable moves in the opening. Dzagnidze found an idyllic position but it soon turned ugly with some precise situational play by Humpy, which fused her acting together.
“I am playing after two and a half years and really struggled in the first few. Even today my game was as long as ever,” she said.
Vaishali and Javakhishvili, on the other hand, fought east with the offensive side in the Spanish Opening. Play for the most part centered on the queen-side and Vaishali sacrificed a rook to a bishop on the 17th turn and made two pieces for it. He scored a point after 36 moves.
India A women’s team coach Abhijeet Kunte said, “It is a very important win against Georgia especially as we are heading towards rest day on Thursday. There was some pressure in the beginning as we had less time but in between. The game was fine.” Commented after victory.
The team has taken the only lead with a total of 12 points with six wins.
Overnight joint leaders Romania, with India and Georgia, were held to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine, while Azerbaijan beat Kazakhstan 3-1, while Poland beat Serbia 4-0.
Meanwhile, D Gukesh once again produced a sensational performance as they registered their sixth consecutive win, but their efforts went in vain as India lost 1.5-2.5 to Armenia in the B Open section.
Nihal Sarin drew in the second board while Adhiban B and Raunak Sadhwani conceded defeat.
India C, on the other hand, registered a 3.5-1.5 win over Lithuania, while second seed India A was held to a 2-2 draw by Uzbekistan.
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