India Lose To Russia In FIDE World Women’s Team Chess Ch’ship


Barcelona: India lost to Russia in a fourth Pool A match in the FIDE World Women’s Team Chess Championship in Sitges here on Wednesday.

The defeat came after two straight wins in the tournament.

D Harika, the top Indian player, held Aleksandra Goryachkina to a draw as did Mary Ann Gomes against Polina Shuvalova but Tania Sachdev and R Vaishali suffered defeats as the team lot to Russia in the fourth round late on Tuesday.

The Indian women had beaten a strong Armenia 2.5-1.5 in the third round.

However, India has already qualified for the quarterfinals and will face France in the fifth and final preliminary on Wednesday.

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