Indian women held to a 2-2 draw by Georgia in World Team Chess

Vastavam web: Indian women, the fourth-seeds, were held to a 2-2 draw by Georgia in the opening round of the World Team Chess Championship at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, today.The men’s squad, seeded sixth, went down 1.5-2.5 to Poland with Grandmaster Vidit S Gujarathi posting the only win. Comeback man Parimarjan Negi registered a draw while GMs B Adhiban and Karthikeyan Murali suffered defeats.In the women’s event, Harika scored a win on the top board against GM N Dzagnidze while Esha Karvade and Padmini Rout settled for draws.
However, the experienced S Vijayalakshmi, lost to I Batsiashvili, which denied India a winning start.Meanwhile, in other games in the women’s event, Vietnam crushed Egypt 4-0 and Poland swept past Azerbaijan 3.5-0.5.Host Russia got off their campaign on a confident note by subduing mighty China 3-1.