The Indian women suffered amarginal 1.5-2.5 defeat at the hands of Russia as Koneru Humpylet a winning position slip out of hands in the fourth roundof World Women’s Team Chess Championship underway in Chengdu, China.Humpy outplayed top rated Russian Valentina Gunina butit was sheer bad luck when the Indian blundered afterattaining a completely winning position.
Gunina pounced on herchance and turned the tables in a span of a few seconds and itwas curtains to the aspirations of the team too in this match.On the second board, Harika, unruffled by Humpys loss,put it across former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk whoplayed white. In the French defense game Harika sensed herchances in the endgame after winning a pawn and returned itback just in time to stop any active counter play. Kosteniukwas outdone when Harika marched her pawns to glory.Padmini Rout put up a spirited show from a bad positionto hold world junior champion Alexandra Goryachkina to a draw.
Up against a Caro Kann Rout was under huge pressure right fromthe beginning and it was a tactical stroke that saved the dayfor the Indian.The fourth board remained a problem for India as SoumyaSwaminathan suffered her second defeat in the championship.Landing in to a lost position after the opening, Soumya foughtwell but her position with a pawn less could change the resultor Indian fortunes here.With just two points from four matches, the Indian womencontinue to reel at the ninth spot. Georgia leads the tableson seven points while the Russians are now clear second apoint behind China.
Ukraine and Armenia share the third spoton five points apiece. Four more rounds remain in theten-teams round-robin championship.Results round 4: India (2) lost to Russia (6) 1.5-2.5(Koneru Humpy lost to Valentina Gunina; Alexandra Kosteniuklost to D Harika; Padmini Rout drew with AlexandraGoryachkina; Olga Girya beat Soumya Swaminatha); Georgia (7)beat Kazakhstan 3-1; Ukraine (5) beat USA (3) 3-1; Egypt (0)lost to China (5) 0-4; Poland (3) lost to Armenia (5)1.5-2.5.PTI