Indian women disappoint at Mallorca

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

The Indian eves suffered a disappointing 0.5-2.5 loss against Georgia after the 11th round of women's section of the 36th chess Olympiad at Gran Casino.

Indian women disappoint at Mallorca

Mallorca:

The Indian eves suffered a disappointing 0.5-2.5 loss against Georgia and were thrown almost out of medal contention after the 11th round of women's section of the 36th chess Olympiad at Gran Casino. The Indian women were hit badly by enterprising Georgians as former World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze capitalised on a rare blunder by Koneru Humpy and won along drawn encounter on the top board. Nana Dznidze outplayed S Vijayalakshmi on the second after Dronavalli Harika had done her bit on the last board by holding higher rated Lela Javakhishvili. Signing peace The Chinese women inched closer to the title with an easy 1.5-1.5 draw with Hungary with all boards signing peace. Taking their tally to 26, China is still maintaining a clear 4 points lead over nearest rivals Georgia and looks set to retain the title. The US and Hungary are next in line on 21.5 while France and England are now half a point adrift of them after smashing victories in round 11. The next spot is shared by Russiand Slovenia while the Indian women, who were joint third before this round, slipped to joint 9th after the debacle. Bad day It was just a bad day. Having done so well thus far, the Indian girls probably lost team that is all the more required towards the end. On the top board Koneru Humpy lost to Chiburdanidze but only after a blunder in an at least drawn position. Playing the Reti opening as white, Humpy could not quite manage to break Phe defences of Chiburdanidze and exchange of pawns at regular intervals led to a rook and minor piece endgame that Humpy could have drawn without much ado. Time pressure However, under time pressure, disaster struck Humpy as she failed to spot a simple rook retreat leading to a double attack and lost a piece to never recover in the 64-move encounter. Vijayalakshmi was not in her element against Dzagnidze who played the white side of a Nimzo Indian defence. Not reading the finer points of the middle game well, Vijayalakshmi conceded some advantage to Dzagnidze that the latter nurtured wall. The game lasted 41 moves. Earlier in the day Dronavalli Harika had secured a half point quite quickly against Javakhishvili and on hindsight it appears as though things might not have been much worse had she also tried harder. In other important matches of the day the US defeated Armenia 2-1 while Russia brushed aside the challenge of Armenia with the same margin. (PTI)

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