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FIDE World Women's Team 2023 R3-4: Indian women on the brink of elimination

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/09/2023

It was an extremely tough day for the Indian at FIDE World Women's Team Chess Championship 2023. In the third round, they lost to Ukraine and in the fourth against Georgia. Against Georgia, IM Vantika Agrawal's loss against 44th Olympiad Gold medalist, IM Nataliya Buksa cost them the match. In Round 4, GM Harika Dronavalli and IM Divya Deshmukh suffered losses against GM Bella Khotenashvili and GM Nino Batsiashvili respectively. In both rounds, Indian women did not manage to register a single game win, although Vantika and Padmini had their fare share of chances to win in Round 3 and 4 respectively. India will have to Egypt in Round 5 by the biggest margin and hope everything else works out in their favor. Round 5 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photos: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Almost a miracle needed for India to advance to the Knockout stage

India beating Egypt 4-0 might not be enough to advance to the next stage. If Ukraine and France draw their match against each other, then they both are through to the next stage. Only if India wins against Egypt and Ukraine-France has a decisive result, then tie-break will come into question and India might get a sliver of hope.

Despite Ukraine being slightly weaker on paper, managed to beat India in Round 3

FIDE Women's World Team Championship 2023 Official logo | Photo: Official site

Round 3: Ukraine - India: 2-0

GM Harika Dronavalli, IM Divya Deshmukh and WGM Savitha Shri B drew against GM Anna Ushenina, IM Inna Gaponenko and WIM Yelyzaveta Hrebenshchykova respectively. IM Nataliya Buksa scored the decisive win over IM Vantika Agrawal.

Round 3: Ukraine - India: 2-0

Replay Ukraine-India games

Round 4: India - Georgia: 0-2

GM Harika Dronavalli and IM Divya Deshmukh lost to GM Bella Khotenashvili and GM Nino Batsiashvili, IM Vantika Agrawal and IM Padmini Rout drew against IM Meri Arabidze and IM Lela Javakhishvili respectively. Although, Padmini had winning chances, it would not have changed the outcome of the match result.

Georgia proved to be a formidable foe for India

Round 4: India - Georgia: 0-2

Replay India-Georgia games

Pool A

Round 5: Egypt - India

FIDE World Women's Team Chess Championship 2023 - Round 1 and 2 Live Commentary by GM Alojzije Janković and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili | Video: FIDE

Pool A standings after Round 4

Pool A: Kazakhstan and Georgia are through to the Quarterfinals


Pool B standings after Round 4

Pool B: USA and Poland have advanced to the Knockout stage



FIDE World Women's Team Championship 2023 schedule

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The time control is 45 minutes + 10 seconds increment for the entire game, for tie-breaks - 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.


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