Chess Federation of Russia wins the Women’s World Team Championship

by Klaus Besenthal
10/4/2021 – At the Women’s World Team Championships in Sitges, Spain, the Russian team won the gold medal on Saturday by defeating India in the final match. The Russian players in the photo from left to right: Alina Kashlinskaya, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Polina Shuvalova, Kateryna Lagno and Alexandra Kosteniuk. | Photos: Niki Riga

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Russia beats India

Kateryna Lagno played a big role for the Russian team, as she won both games in the final against India and finished the event with a 9/10 score.

Lagno’s win against Kulkarni Bhakti in the first leg against the Indians was particularly important, as “Team CFR” won that set by the smallest of margins. The game had a whole series of instructive moments regarding the correct handling of pawn moves.


Kateryna Lagno facing Kulkarni Bhakti, while behind them Aleksandra Goryachkina plays Harika Dronavalli

The return match was then clearly won by the Russians by 3-1. In their second confrontation, Aleksandra Goryachkina did not lose to Harika but contributed with a draw, while Lagno and Polina Shuvalova scored full points. Shuvalova alternated with Alina Kashlinskaya on board 4.

Women's World Team Championship 2021

The knockout bracket


The Indians returned home with silver medals

All games - Knockout



Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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