Tania Sachdev struggled hard as India A recorded a 2.5-1.5 win over Hungary in the fourth round of the women’s group at the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Chennai on Monday (1 August).
After veteran fighters Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika and R Vaishali all ended in draws in their respective clashes, Tania Sachdev improved with flying colors. 35-year-old Tania outwitted Zsoka Gaal to score crucial points for the team in the game as well.
“It was a difficult position and I was aware that both our boards had ended in a draw. We had a strong opponent and now it’s time for us to play against stronger teams. I think we have to be ready for the competition. We’re looking forward to the next game,” said Tania after the game.
India women’s senior team coach Abhijit Kunte stressed the need to play round after round after winning. He said:
“The teams are well balanced and it is very important to do one lap after the other. All the games today were well fought.”
The 11th seeded Indian Women’s B Team also defeated Estonia by a similar 2.5-1.5 score. Teenage sensation Vantika Agrawal built on their excellent run, earning the team’s crucial point while the other three games ended in a draw.
Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek stuns former World Chess Championship challenger Caruana in the open section
Meanwhile, in a major upset on Day 4, former World Cup challenger Fabiano Caruana of the USA was beaten by Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Abdusattaarov. Thanks to the efforts of 17-year-old prodigy Abdusattaarov, Uzbekistan held off the USA with a 2-2 draw against top-seeded, star-studded USA.
In another open match in the fourth round, India B defeated Italy 3-1. Gukesh and Nihal Sarin recorded wins while R Pragnanandhaa and Raunak Sadhwani drew.
Gukesh played a fantastic game against Daniele Vocaturo who gave Magnus Carlsen a draw on Sunday. In a game with the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Gukesh went pawn-hunting with tactical shots and pocketed the point after move 34 when his queen, rook and bishop surrounded his opponent’s king.
Meanwhile, second-seeded India A drew 2-2 with France, with all four boards sharing the points. It was a surprising result as India A is considered one of the hot favorites to win a medal for the country.
In another disappointing result, India C lost to Spain by 1.5-2.5 points.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/chess/news-tania-sachdev-guides-indian-women-s-team-victory-chess-olympiad?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda Tania Sachdev guides Indian women’s team to victory at Chess Olympiad