India won a silver medal after losing 0-2 to Russia in the final of the FIDE World Women's Team Chess Championship on Saturday. It was India's first medal at the World Team Chess Championship.
After losing the first match 1.5.-2-5 despite a spectacular win for D Harika, the Indians were beaten 3-1 in the second as a powerful Russian team raced to victory.
Earlier in the first set, Alexandra Kosteniuk beat youngster R. Vaishali on the second board, but Harika shocked Aleksandra Goryachkina to draw even. Bhakti lost her third straight match in the quarterfinal round. Mary drew after failing to convert her dominance into a game-tying win.
Congratulations to India, the runners-up of the 2021 FIDE World Women's Team Championship! 🥈— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) October 2, 2021
A historical achievement in Sitges marks India's first medals at the World Women's Team Championships. pic.twitter.com/KxSXwQrY3W
India, who finished second in the race after winning three matches, drawing one, and losing to Russia, advanced to the final after defeating a tough Georgian team.