Chess Olympiad: Tania Sachdev shines in Indian women’s team victory

After Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika and R Vaishali finished with draws in their respective matches, Sachdev made a stellar performance on the occasion. He defeated Zsoka Gal to earn the deciding points as well as win the match for the team.

“It was a tough situation and I knew that our two boards ended in draws. We had a strong opponent and now the time has come for us to play with stronger teams. So, I think we need to prepare for the competition. We are looking forward to the next match,” Sachdev said after the match.

India women’s A team coach Abhijit Kunte said, “The teams are well balanced and it is very important to take one round at a time. All the games today were well fought.”

The 11th seeded Indian women’s B team also beat Estonia with a similar 2.5-1.5 score. Vantika Agarwal extended her winning run to score the winning points for the team while the other three games ended in draws.

Meanwhile, in a major upset on the fourth day, former World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana of the United States was defeated by Nodirbek Abdusattarov of Uzbekistan. Aided by the efforts of 17-year-old prodigy Abdustarov, Uzbekistan held top seed America to a 2-2 draw.

In the fourth round matches of the other open section, India B registered a 3–1 win against Italy. Gukesh and Nihal Sarin registered the win, while R Pragyanand and Raunak Sadhwani won the draw.

Gukesh played a brilliant game against Daniil Vokaturo, who held Magnus Carlsen to a draw on Sunday. In the Queen’s Gambit Declined Game, Gukesh went on to grab a pawn with a tactical stroke and pocketed the point after 34 moves when his queen, rook and bishop surrounded his opponent’s king.

Second-seeded India A was drawn to a 2-2 draw by France with all four board split points, while India C lost to Spain by a 1.5-2.5 score.

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