Women’s World Chess Championships: With Chess being one of the emerging sports in the country and more and more youngsters getting into the game by the day, Indian representatives have also made quite some significant progress in the field of the game at the international level. The most recent conquests of them all belong toIndian Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli who survived a breathtaking matchup againstNana Dzagnidze of Georgia to go into the semi-finals of theWomen’s World Chess Championship for the third time in her career after getting past with scores of1-1, 0.5-1.5.
The Indian chess player was part of the most exciting matchup of the lot last day with her fixture the only one to get stretched to a tiebreaker.The Grandmaster triumphed in the first match against Bangladeshi Shamima Akter Liza in thetiebreak, before defeating Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan in thetiebreak before getting past Sopiko Guramishvili of Georgia also in the tiebreak.
The quarter-finaltie in the Georgian also went to the tiebreak after the Indian put up an incredibly brilliant strategic performance to clinch the first game which took her a full point lead against the Georgian. She drew the second game but still managed to go through via the tiebreaker.
Harika is expected to take on ninth seed Tan Zhongyi of China in the semi-finals of the tournament. Should she succeed in beating her fellow Asian opponent, Harika will become the first Indian ever to make it to the finals of a knockout women’s World Championship. Irrespective of the outcome, though, the 26year old has definitely made history this time at a time in India where women’s sports are on the rise.