The Indian women’s team scripted history at the 44th Chess Olympiad by winning the country’s first-ever medal in the women’s section while men claimed their second bronze medal of the prestigious event in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
The India A team, comprising Koneru Humpy, R Vaishali, Tania Sachdev, Harika Dronavalli and Bhakti Kulkarni, secured bronze medal in the women’s section after a 1-3 loss to USA in the final round match.
1️⃣st Indian women’s team to finish on podium at the #ChessOlympiad 😎🔥
Congratulations to Ukraine and Georgia for winning 🥇 & 🥈 respectively 👏
— All India Chess Federation (@aicfchess) August 9, 2022
In the final round, Humpy and Vaishali drew their games while Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni ended up losing their games.
Abhijit Kunte, the India A coach, was all praise for the team saying: “The team has worked really hard in the last three or four months and this is India’s first-ever medal in the history of the Olympics, this should be the beginning of much better days for women’s chess in India.”
The first women’s Olympiad was held in 1957. Since 1976, women and open sections have been held together.
In the open section, on the other hand, the young India B team, which impressed everyone with their…