The Indian team reached the final of the FIDE World Women’s Team Chess Championship on Friday, October 1, after convincingly defeating Georgia. The Indian team of Tania Sachdev, Bhakti Kulkarni, D Harika and Many Ann Gomes will take on the top-class Russians, who defeated Ukraine in the semifinals.
The Indian team reached the final of the FIDE World Women’s Team Chess Championship on Friday, after beating Georgia’s Tania Sachdev Meri Arabidze. India is now taking on Russia after the former defeated Ukraine 3-1, according to a report in PTI. Mary Ann Gomes defeated Salome Melia on the fourth board to help India win the first match of the semifinals.
Earlier, Lela had beaten Javakshivili Bhakti Kulkarni to give Georgia the lead. But India’s top player, D Harika (Elo 2511), tied with Nina Dzagnidze (Elo 2525) in a short game of 14 moves. On the other hand, R Vaishali, who played on second board, split the point with Nino Batsiahvili in 61 moves.
Gomes defeated Melia in a 55-move encounter as India tied the first game 2-2.
Before that, the Indian team had defeated Kazakhstan by 1.5-0.5.
In the other semi-final of the day, the best-seeded Russians won both the first and second match to advance to the final.
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