India Crush Poland in Women's Chess

Updated: 28 April 2015 08:11 IST

D Harika drew on the second board while Koneru Humpy scored a remarkable victory over Monica Socko to stamp India's authority over a strong team that has found the going tough.

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The Indian women's team came up with a superlative performance to win 3.5-0.5 against a strong Polish team in the 8th and penultimate round of World Women team chess championship here on Monday.

D Harika drew on the second board while Koneru Humpy scored a remarkable victory over Monica Socko to stamp India's authority over a strong team that has found the going tough.

What mattered most from the Indian perspective was the performance of Soumya Swaminathan on the third board and Mary Ann Gomes' on the on the fourth.

With the victory the Indian eves jumped to fourth place, a place they are likely to keep unless something dramatic happens against Armenia in the last round.

Koenru Humpy and Harika have given it all to the team. Harika even stepped out of the game against Egypt to risk her personal gold medal.

Georgia meanwhile continued their stint at the top taming Armenia 3-1. The Georgian women took their tally up to 15 match points and only a loss in the last round can produce some permutations and combinations for a fight for the gold for them.

In second place, Russian women came up with an inspired performance to beat arch-rivals Ukraine by 2.5-1.5 margin. For Russian eves, Valentina Gunina and Natalija Pogonina came up with inspired performances on the first and third board to get the desired results against the top seeded team in the championship.

The Russians are in second place on 1e3 points followed by China on 11 points. The Georgians and China clash in the final round which means that there is no chance that the Indians' can catch up with the medal hopefuls.

Results round 8: (Indian (10) beat Poland (5) 3.5-0.5 (Koneru Humpy beat Monica Socko; Jolanta Zawadzka drew with D Harika; Soumya Swaminathan beat Karina Horowska; Marta Bartel lost to Mary Ann Gomes; Georgia (15) beat Armenia (7) 3-1; Kazakhstan (8) beat Egypt (0) 3.5-0.5; USA (5) lost to China (11) 0.5-3.5; Ukraine (8) lost to Russia (13) 1.5-2.5.

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