After a 2-2 draw against Kazakhstan in the first set of the quarter-finals on Thursday in Sitges, Spain, India’s scratchy performance at the FIDE Women’s World Team Chess Championship continued.
India once threatened to lose the game as Mary Ann Gomes was in serious trouble after R. Vaishali drew her game on the second board. The loss of Bhakti Kulkarni on the third board was a major setback for India.
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Thereafter, Mary won through her rival’s unimaginative game to achieve a winning position. Harika also awakened visions of a comfortable win after her opponent made a mistake.
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But Harika’s late oversight resulted in the game ending in a draw. Mary went on to take a hard-fought win to make it 2-2.
Quarterfinals: Set 1: India draw against Kazakhstan 2-2 (D. Harika draw against Zhansaya Abdumalik; R. Vaishali draw against Dinara Saduakassova; Bhakti Kulkarni lost against Meruert Kamilidenova; Mary Ann Gomes bt
Georgia bt Azerbaijan 3.5-0.5; Ukraine lost to Armenia 1-3; Russia bt FIDE Americas 4-0.