After two consecutive wins, India fell 3-1 to a formidable Russian team in a fourth-round game of Pool A of the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship. India, which have reached the quarter-finals, will face France in the fifth and final preliminary round match on Wednesday.
India’s top player D Harika tied Aleksandra Goryachkina, as did Mary Ann Gomes against Polina Shuvalova, but Tania Sachdev and R. Vaishali suffered losses when the team lost their fourth round to Russia on Tuesday night. On the previous Tuesday, the Indian women had beaten a strong Armenia with 2.5-1.5 in the third round.
Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni achieved important victories in preparation for victory over Armenia. Harika was happy with a draw with Elina Danielian while the young and talented Vaishali lost to Lilit Mkrtchian. After four rounds, India and Armenia are now 5 points behind Russia (8). A team receives two points for a win and one for a draw.
In the India-Russia match, the leaders Katernya Lagno and Alexandra Kosteniuk met Tania Sachdev and Vaishali to prove the superiority of the Russian team. After a 2-2 draw against Azerbaijan in the first game, India beat Spain 2.5-1.5 in the second round.
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