India B's D Gukesh shaking hands with reigning World Rapid Chess Champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan before Round 10 of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on Monday.
India B's D Gukesh shaking hands with reigning World Rapid Chess Champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan before Round 10 of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on Monday. Stev Bonhage/FIDE

Chess Olympiad: India A in sole lead in women's section, India B hold table-toppers Uzbekistan to 2-2 draw in open section

Mamallapuram, August 8, 2022

Koneru Humpy, Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni scored victories as India A beat Kazakhstan 3.5-0.5 to emerge sole leader in the women’s section after the tenth round of the 44th Chess Olympiad here on Monday.

Top-seed India A were provided a winning start in the penultimate round by Humpy when she outperformed Zhansaya Abdumalik. R Vaishali had to share a point against Bibisara Assaubayeva before Sachdev and Kulkarni tilted the result of the match in favour of the hosts after beating Xeniya Balabayeva and Guliskhan Nakhbayeva in their respective games.

With just one more round remaining, India A have taken the leading spot with 17 points while Poland, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine are jointly holding second position with 16 points each.

India B and India C also notched up identical 3-1 wins in their respective Round 10 matches.

While India B defeated Netherlands with Padmini Rout, Mary Ann Gomes and Divya Deshmukh scoring victories, India C thrashed Sweden. P V Nandhidhaa and Pratyusha Bodda scored victories for India C whereas Eesha Karavade and M Varshini Sahiti settled for draws.

In other women’s section matches, Georgia held Poland to a 2-2 draw while Ukraine edged past Germany with a 2.5-1.5 score. Azerbaijan thrashed Armenia 4-0 in the most one-sided match on the top board.

Meanwhile in the open section, India A secured a 2.5-1.5 victory against Iran. Vidit Gujrathi and S L Narayanan scored the victories for India while Arjun Erigaisi drew his encounter. Pentala Harikrishna ended on the losing side.

Two other Indian teams in the open section, India B and India C, settled for 2-2 draws against Uzbekistan and Slovakia, respectively.

D Gukesh, who had been going great guns with a fantastic 8.5/9, suffered his first defeat of the event when he lost to Nodirbek Abdusattorov in an intense game.

Armenia scored a thumping 3-1 victory against Azerbaijan. USA, having a comparatively easier draw, thrashed Turkey 3-1 while Serbia drew against Netherlands 2-2.

Armenia and Uzbekistan have emerged joint leaders in the open section with 17 points each while India A, India B and USA are in second place with 16 points each.

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