Chess Olympiad 2022: India A wins bronze medal in women’s section after loss against USA
India A was leading the tournament, but a loss against the USA led Ukraine to win the gold medal, while India had to settle for a bronze.
New Delhi: India A team in the women’s section have won the bronze medal in the ongoing Chess Olympiad 2022. Led by GM Koneru Humpy, the team has been on fire throughout the tournament. Although the USA caused an upset in round 11 to deprive India A of a gold medal.
India A was leading the tournament, but a loss against the USA led Ukraine to win the gold medal, while India had to settle for a bronze. On the other hand, Georgia won the silver medal. India A was tied with the USA and Kazakhstan on the standings as the three teams had 17 match points. However, India A’s first tie break points went to 396.5 while the same for the USA was 390. This ensured a podium finish for the Indian women.
The team had GM Koneru Humpy, GM Harika Dronavalli, IM R Vaishali, IM Tania Sachdev and IM Bhakti Kulkarni.
This was India’s second medal in the tournament as India B also won a bronze medal in the open section. Nihal Sarin and Raunak Sadhwani scored victories and ensured a medal for India B.
In round 11, Koneru Humpy and R Vaishali drew their games against Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova and Irina Krush respectively. However, India A’s two in-form players Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni lost their games against Carissa Yip and Tatev Abrahamyan which led to a match loss with a score of 3-1. These defeats also ended Tania and Bhakti’s undefeated run in the tournament. Tania ended up scoring 8/11 and was a key player in the bronze medal victory.
In the women’s section, India B tied their match against Slovakia as Divya Deshmukh scored a victory there. The team ended in the eighth position with 16 match points. For India C, the in-form Pratushya Bodda struck again, but Eshaa Karvade and PV Nandhidhaa lost their games. Eventually, the team lost 2.15-1.5 to Kazakhstan.