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Harika to lead India in women's team championship

World Junior Girls' champion D Harika will lead the Indian challenge while an in-form Mary Ann Gomes seems to be holding the key in the country's maiden appearance in the World Women's Team chess championship.

other Updated: Sep 01, 2009 20:29 IST

World Junior Girls' champion D Harika will lead the Indian challenge while an in-form Mary Ann Gomes seems to be holding the key in the country's maiden appearance in the World Women's Team chess championship.

The Indian team is sans top star Koneru Humpy but it is in high spirits in the nine-round event, which will see 10 teams in action from Wednesday while the inaugural ceremony is on Tuesday night.

Tania Sachdev, who recently got the Arjuna Award, Asian Zone 3.2 champion in women's section Kruttika Nadig and Eesha Karavade are the other members of the Indian team.

The Chinese women start as the top seed and hot favourite for the crown in the premier team event where teams participate based on the performance in the Chess Olympiad.

With world women's championship finalist Yifan Hao on the top board and former world junior girls' champion Zhao Xue on the second, the Chinese look formidable.

The likely challenge in their quest could come from Georgia that is lead by former women's world champion Maia Chiburdanidze and Russia, which is surely weakened due to the absence of World champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.

United States, Ukraine, Poland, Armenia, China B and Vietnam are the other participating teams in the event which will see competition on four boards in each round.

Harika is back after a decent stint in the Greek chess tour while Tania and Kruttika played in the recently concluded Zonal tournament that was won by the latter.

The Kolkata girl recently qualified to the National 'A' (premier National Championship in open category) and her results in the National 'B' were simply phenomenal.

Mary Ann played the last round on the top board and lost to eventual champion B Adhiban, but her exploits in the event including victory over top seed Deep Sengupta made her everyone's favourite.

If form is anything to go by, Mary Ann is in her best form and her results in the last Chess Olympiad confirmed that she is good in team's events.

While Harika and Tania can be expected to provide the much needed stability on the top boards, the task of winning matches will have to be carried out by the last two boards and that's where Mary Ann, Eesha and Kruttika will have to do well.

Eesha recently completed the formalities of becoming an International Master and her Opening preparation might come in handy. Overall, it's a spirited team India pitted against much fancied rivals.

And the next nine days will decide whether they are good enough against some of the best in business. International Master Lanka Ravi is the trainer of the team.Harika to lead India in women's team championship

Ningbo (China), Sep 1 (PTI)

World Junior Girls' champion D Harika will lead the Indian challenge while an in-form Mary Ann Gomes seems to be holding the key in the country's maiden appearance in the World Women's Team chess championship.

The Indian team is sans top star Koneru Humpy but it is in high spirits in the nine-round event, which will see 10 teams in action from Wednesday while the inaugural ceremony is on Tuesday night.

Tania Sachdev, who recently got the Arjuna Award, Asian Zone 3.2 champion in women's section Kruttika Nadig and Eesha Karavade are the other members of the Indian team.

The Chinese women start as the top seed and hot favourite for the crown in the premier team event where teams participate based on the performance in the Chess Olympiad.

With world women's championship finalist Yifan Hao on the top board and former world junior girls' champion Zhao Xue on the second, the Chinese look formidable.

The likely challenge in their quest could come from Georgia that is lead by former women's world champion Maia Chiburdanidze and Russia, which is surely weakened due to the absence of World champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.

United States, Ukraine, Poland, Armenia, China B and Vietnam are the other participating teams in the event which will see competition on four boards in each round.

Harika is back after a decent stint in the Greek chess tour while Tania and Kruttika played in the recently concluded Zonal tournament that was won by the latter.

The Kolkata girl recently qualified to the National 'A' (premier National Championship in open category) and her results in the National 'B' were simply phenomenal.

Mary Ann played the last round on the top board and lost to eventual champion B Adhiban, but her exploits in the event including victory over top seed Deep Sengupta made her everyone's favourite.

If form is anything to go by, Mary Ann is in her best form and her results in the last Chess Olympiad confirmed that she is good in team's events.

While Harika and Tania can be expected to provide the much needed stability on the top boards, the task of winning matches will have to be carried out by the last two boards and that's where Mary Ann, Eesha and Kruttika will have to do well.

Eesha recently completed the formalities of becoming an International Master and her Opening preparation might come in handy. Overall, it's a spirited team India pitted against much fancied rivals.

And the next nine days will decide whether they are good enough against some of the best in business. International Master Lanka Ravi is the trainer of the team.