Indian eves finish 7th at World Team Chess Championships


Favourites China One topped a three-way tie on 12 match points and took the title with a better tie-break score than Russia and Ukraine.
China One was held by Vietnam in the final round on all four boards despite the former enjoying better positions on at least two of the four boards.
Russia and Ukraine won their matches to catch up with China One at 12 match points. The tie was broken on the basis of game points. China One (21.5) finished ahead of Russia (21.0) and Ukraine (20.5).
The fourth place was taken by Georgian that beat erstwhile leaders Poland 3-1. The Armenian eves finished fifth along side Poland on 10 points while the Indians were placed next having nine match points in all.
For India, the last round victory over USA did not help its standing too much. Tania Sachdev displayed her true potential by defeating Anna Zatonskykh in 47 moves on the second board while Eesha Karavade downed Rusudan Goletiani in 42 moves on the third board.

Earlier, D Harika and Irina Krush drew in just 17 moves on the first board and Kruttika Nadig signed peace with Alisa Melekhina on the fourth to give India a 3-1 victory.
It could have been much better had the team not suffered three successive defeats and the marginal loss against Ukraine in the penultimate round did not help their cause either.
International Master Eesha Karavade was the pick among the Indians scoring an excellent six points out of a possible nine on the third board. D Harika was the only Indian who played all nine games and garnered 4.5 points in all on the first board.
Tania Sachdev ended her campaign on a high but her results in the first four games that she lost would mean that she will end up losing some rating points in the next FIDE rating list.
The other two Indians in the fray -– Mary Ann Gomes and Kruttika Nadig -- will also lose rating points. Mary Ann scored three points out of her seven games while Kruttika ended up with 1.5 points out of her four games.

Results round 9:
India (9) beat America (6) 3-1 Dronavalli Harika drew with Irina Krush; Tania Sachdev beat Anna Zatonskykh; Eesha Karavade beat Rasudan Goletiani; Kruttika Nadig drew with Alisa Melekhina
Armenia (10) lost to Ukrain (12) 1.5-2.5 Elina Danielian beat Anna Ushenina; Lilit Mkrtchian drew with Zhukova Nataliya; Lilit Galojan lost to Inna Gaponenko; Aginian Nelli lost to Natalia Zdebska
Russia (12) beat China Two (6) 3-1 Tatiana Kosintseva drew with Tan Zhongyi; Nadezhda Kosintseva beat Zhang Xiaowen; Ekaterina Kovalevskaya drew with Ding Yixin; Gunina Valentina beat Wang Xiaohui
China One drew with Vietnam 2-2 Hou Yifan drew with Hoang Thi Bao Tram; Zhao Xue drew with Pham Le Thao Nguyen; Ju Wenjun drew with Hoang Thi Nhu; Huang Qian drew with Pham Bich Ngoc
Georgia (11) beat Poland (10) 3-1 Maia Chiburdanidze beat Iweta Rajlich; Nana Dzagnidze beat Jolanta Zawadzka; Lela Javakhishvili drew with Joanna Dworakowska; Maia Lomineishvili drew with Joanna Majdan
Final standings: 1-3. China One, Russia, Ukraine (12 match points each), 4. Georgia (11), 5-6. Armenia, Poland (10 each), 7. India (9), 8-9. USA, China Two (8 each), 10. Vietnam (2).

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