Tania Sachdev helps India win; Adhiban’s loss ends in second defeat for men

Tania’s triumph tilted the scales in India’s favour since D. Harika, Padmini Rout and S. Vijayalakshmi drew their games.

Tania Sachdev’s 51-move victory was instrumental in India’s win over the United States of America in the second round of the ladies’ World team chess championship.   -  Shanker Chakravarty

Tania Sachdev’s 51-move victory over Sabina-Francesca Foisor proved decisive as India defeated United States of America 2.5-1.5 in the second round of the ladies’ World team chess championship here on Sunday. India has three match-points while Russia leads the 10-nation field with four match-points.

Tania’s triumph tilted the scales in India’s favour since D. Harika, Padmini Rout and S. Vijayalakshmi drew their games; however, in the open section, India suffered a second straight loss. A day after surrendering to Poland, India lost to formidable China 1.5-2.5.

B. Adhiban lost again while Vidit Gujarathi and seasoned K. Sasikiran drew against higher-rated rivals. Parimarjan Negi kept alive his chances of forcing a victory but a gritty Li Chao defended accurately. The resultant draw earned China a hard-fought victory.

Second round results:

Open: China (4) beat India (0) 2.5-1.5 (Ding Liren drew with Vidit Gujrathi; Yu Yangyi bt B. Adhiban; Wie Yi drew with K. Sasikiran; Li Chao drew with Parimarjan Negi); Russia (3) drew with Turkey (2) 2-2; Belarus (1) drew with Ukraine (2) 2-2; Norway (2) bt Egypt (0) 2.5-1.5; Poland (4) bt USA (2) 2.5-1.5.

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