However, India A faced some difficulties after the loss to Humpy in the first game. However, Tania Sachdev and R Vaishali once again put on a stellar performance by winning the hard fight while Harika Dronavalli also worked hard to split the point.
Vaishali played brilliantly in the event of a draw, exerting precise positive play pressure on her opponent and secured a happy victory in the end.
Vaishali later remarked, “Till the 40th turn, my game was level and I considered getting ready for a draw. After the loss to Hampi, I had to keep the pressure up and interestingly, it was a position Which we worked with in the camp with Boris Gelfand and I followed his suggestions to ‘T’.”
A hallmark of the Women’s A team has been every player’s ability to win when the team needed it most.
India A captain Abhijit Kunte said, “The way Harika, Vaishali and Tania have continued in this pressure situation is very pleasant. The players understand the situation very well and perform well.”
Meanwhile, in the open section, India A hit the accelerator when it mattered, beating fellow countrymen in India C by a score of 3-1.
Arjun Arigasi beat Abhijit Gupta and SL Narayanan beat Abhimanyu Puranik, while Panetala Harikrishna was held to a draw by Surya Shekhar Ganguly and SP Sethuraman forced Vidit to split the point.
After losing to Armenia in the 6th round, India B bounced back against Cuba with a score of 3.5–0.5, with D Gukesh once again leading the way to register a seventh consecutive win in the tournament.
Nihal Sarin and R Pragyanand also rejoiced with two impressive wins while Adhiban B was held to a draw.
Another blow to the star-studded USA team, Armenia held them to a 2-2 draw and continued their only vigil at the top of the points table with 13 points. India A and India B, USA, Uzbekistan are trailing with 12 points each.
In the women’s section, India B lost to Greece 1.5-2.5.
Divya Deshmukh secured the only win for India, while Vantika Agarwal and Soumya Swaminathan lost their matches and Mary Ann Gomes was content with a draw.
India Women’s C team beat Switzerland 3-1.
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