Russian chess queens beat India to win the women’s team championship

Russia competed under the banner of the Russian Chess Federation (CFR) at the tournament in Sitges, Catalonia, winning 2.5-1.5 in the first game and 3-1 in the second.

The CFR team was represented by the stars Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno, Alina Kashlinskaya and Polina Shuvalova.

Russia had already made it through the group stage of the competition before beating FIDE Americas in the quarter-finals and then beating Ukraine in the semi-finals.

India reached the final by defeating Kazakhstan and Georgia in the round of 16, but faced an insurmountable challenge with the dreaded Russian stars.

The Indian players were nevertheless celebrated for a first-ever female medal at this level.

The other participants in the tournament were Azerbaijan, Armenia, Germany, Spain, Poland and France.

After their home win in Khanty-Mansisk in 2017, the Russians become team world champions for the second time.

This year’s win also makes up for the heartache of losing to China in the 2019 final.

China, which won the title four times, was not among the contenders for Spain this time.

Among the well-wishers was Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation and head coach of the Russian national men’s chess team.

“My congratulations to our extraordinary chess players and coaches on this sovereign victory at the Women’s Team World Championship and to all Russian chess fans and enthusiasts on this great achievement! “ dit Filatow.

“The Russian athletes who recently won the second FIDE Online Olympiad as members of the national team have once again confirmed their highest class and professional level from the country’s chess school by winning gold medals so convincingly. Well done! “