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Tania Sachdev guides India to win over USA

Press Trust of India  |  Khanty Mansiysk (Russia) 

International Master Tania Sachdev crashed through the defences of US champion Sabina Foisor to guide the Indian women team to a 2.5-1.5 victory in the second round of world women's team chess championship, here today.

On what turned out to be a successful day after a draw with higher-ranked in the opener, the other three boards ended in a draw. D Harika signed the peace treaty very early against Anna Zatonskih, salvaged what was a worse endgame against Katrina Nemcova while S Vijayalakshmi got lucky and survived against Akshita Gorti.

The victory took Indian ladies to joint second spot on three points, coming from one draw and a victory. After beating arch rivals in the first round, the Russian women continued with their impressive run and handed a 3-1 defeat to Vietnam.

emerged as the sole leader on four points and they are now followed by Poland, and Ukraine on three points apiece. Vietnam, Azerbaijan and have two points each for a shared fifth spot and shockingly enough, just has one point for the sole eighth spot in the ten players event. Expectedly, and Egypt are at the bottom of the tables, yet to open their account.

In the open section, the Indian men missed out their chances and lost to 1.5-2.5. Vidit Gujarathi drew with Ding Liren on the top board and Parimarjan Negi drew with Li Chao on the fourth.

It was on the second board that B Adhiban slipped and lost to Yu Yangyi while Krishnan Sasikiran missed on a tactical trick that would have yielded a much superior position against Wei Yi and drew.

With second loss in as many matches, the Indian men are currently at the back of the pack but surely bouncing back is much on cards and might happen in the next round itself when they meet Belarus.

Poland and China share the lead in the open section with four points while follow them a point behind. Ukraine, Turkey, and Norway share the fourth spot on two points each while Belarus is on eight spot with one point. and Egypt are on the joint ninth spot.

Results round 2 open: China (4) beat (0) 2.5-1.5; (Ding Liren drew with Vidit Gujarathi; B Adhiban lost to Yu Yangyi; Wei Yi drew with Krishnan Sasikiran; Parimarjan Negi drew with Li Chao); Belarus (1) drew with Ukraine (2) 2-2; (3) drew with Turkey (2) 2-2; Poland (4) beat (2) 2.5-1.5; Norway (2) beat Egypt (0) 2.5-1.5;

(Women): USA (0) lost to India (3) 1.5-2.5; (Anna Zatonskih drew with D Harika; Tania Sachdev beat Sabina Foisor; Katrina Nemcova drew with Padmini Rout; S Vijayalakshmi drew with Akshita Gorti); Vietnam (2) lost to Russia (4); Ukraine (3) drew with China (1); Azerbaijan (2) beat Egypt (0); (2) drew with Poland (3).

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 15:42 IST