World Women's Chess Championship: India beats Spain in round 2
The Indian team secured its first win in the FIDE World Womens Team Chess Championship by beating Spain 2.5-1.5 in the second pool match here.After drawing 2-2 against Azerbaijan in the first round, the Indian women rode on R Vaishalis win over Sabrina Vega Gutierrez to post a victory in the second Pool A match on Monday night.The teams No.1 player D Harika drew against Ana Matnadze as did Bhakti Kulkarni and Mary Ann Gomes against their respective opponents.
The team's No.1 player D Harika drew against Ana Matnadze as did Bhakti Kulkarni and Mary Ann Gomes against their respective opponents. Vaishali pulled off a 47-move win over Gutierrez in a Sicilian Four Knights Variation game to provide the crucial point for India.
India will take on Armenia in the third round later on Tuesday.
Earlier in the first round against Azerbaijan, Harika, the top player in the absence of Koneru Humpy, expectedly won her game, beating Gunay Mammadzada on board one. The promising Vaishali, sister of teen prodigy R Praggnanandhaa, defeated Gulnar Mammadova on the fourth board.
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