The winners of the 44th Chess Olympiad (Women's Tournament)

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8/10/2022 – With Russia and China, two top teams were missing from the Women's Tournament at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai. So India was the top favourite and led the field for a long time. But in the last round, the Indians lost to the USA and Ukraine won gold ahead of Georgia while India had to be content with bronze. Oliwia Kiolbasa, who played on board three for Poland, had the best individual performance at the Olympiad, the two best players on board one were chess legend Pia Cramling from Sweden and young Eline Roebers from the Netherlands. | Photos: FIDE (Lennart Ootes, Stev Bonhage)

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The winners of the 44th Chess Olympiad (Women's Tournament)

Team result

Rk. Team Team
1 Ukraine UKR
2 Georgia GEO
3 India IND

Board prizes

Board 1
Rg.     Name Elo Team Rp
1
 
GM Cramling, Pia 2459 Sweden 2532
2
 
  Roebers, Eline 2344 Netherlands 2532
3
 
GM Abdumalik, Zhansaya 2495 Kazakhstan 2529
Board 2
Rg.     Name Elo Team Rp
1
 
GM Batsiashvili, Nino 2466 Georgia 2504
2
 
GM Muzychuk, Anna 2529 Ukraine 2472
3
 
WGM Balajayeva, Khanim 2344 Azerbaijan 2454
Board 3
Rg.     Name Elo Team Rp
1
 
WIM Kiolbasa, Oliwia 2376 Poland 2565
2
 
GM Ushenina, Anna 2423 Ukraine 2528
3
 
IM Vaishali, R 2442 India 2452
Board 4
Rg.     Name Elo Team Rp
1
 
WCM Mungunzul, Bat-Erdene 2163 Mongolia 2460
2
 
FM Malicka, Maria 2393 Poland 2453
3
 
IM Tania, Sachdev 2399 India 2441
Board 5
Rg.     Name Elo Team Rp
1
 
WGM Schneider, Jana 2342 Germany 2414
2
 
WGM Fataliyeva, Ulviyya 2372 Azerbaijan 2312
3
 
WGM Divya, Deshmukh 2319 India 2 2298

Chess-results...

FIDE press release, 9. August 2022

Ukraine victorious at the Women's Chess Olympiad

Georgia claims silver, leader India A only bronze following loss in the last round 

As many as five teams had realistic chances for gold going into the last round of the Women's section in the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai. India A reclaimed its sole lead in the penultimate round and was ahead of the field with 17 points, followed by as many as four teams, all on 16 points: Poland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Georgia. In the absence of Russia and China, these teams formed the initial pool of favourites, making the last round wildly unpredictable. India A faced the USA, while the pursuers were paired against each other: Ukraine vs Poland, Azerbaijan vs Georgia. 

The top Indian team looked invincible throughout the event, but the #1 seed ran out of fuel towards the end. After seven successive wins and a draw with Ukraine came a first blow - a loss against Poland in Round 9. The hero of the Women's section, WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa delivered her 9th consecutive win defeating Vaishali R and bringing back the suspense.

Nevertheless, in the next round, Koneru and colleagues pulled themselves together and returned to the lead with a convincing 3½:½ victory over Kazakhstan. But the last round proved that any fan euphoria was untimely - India suffered a painful defeat 1-3 to the 7th seed, Team USA. Carissa Yip beat Tania Sachdev, who had a fantastic 8 out of 10 undefeated before this game, and Tatev Abrahamyan bested Bhakti Kulkarni, also inflicting her first loss. As a result, India A had to settle only for the bronze, and the gold medals were up for grabs.

The land of legendary female champions, Georgia maintains the status of one of the world's leaders in women's chess. In Chennai, they were rated #3 in the starting list, just a couple of rating points behind Ukraine, and lived up to the expectations. In Round 6, Georgian ladies lost to India A, which seemed like a possible match for gold at the time.

However, long tournament distance and intense competition proved any conclusion premature. Georgia went on winning over weaker opponents and made draws with Poland and Ukraine. In the last round, the experienced team had no mercy against the young Azerbaijan squad (who played a great event nevertheless). Nino Batsiashvili and Meri Arabidze won their games, securing at least silver medals.

Ukraine is one of the initial favourites in any women's competition. No other team could boast two former women's world champions on the roster, Anna Ushenina and Mariya Muzychuk. Yet the team started somewhat slow. Draws with Azerbaijan and Romania in Rounds 5 and 6 seemingly indicated that the team was not in its best form, but Ukraine always stayed in the race for medals. In Rounds 8 and 9, the squad led by the Muzychuk sisters drew with direct rivals India A and Georgia.

They did not lose a single match, which usually helps with possible tiebreaks, and confidently won in the last two, including the most important one in the final round, against Poland. Mariya Muzychuk set the tone by winning against Alina Kashlinskaya on board 1, and Anna Ushenina defeated the revelation of the tournament, Oliwia Kiolbasa.

Ukraine and Georgia leapfrogged India A at the last moment, and all that was left was to calculate the complicated tiebreak by which Ukraine came out on top. 

Ukraine won gold in the women's section for the second time after Turin 2006; this is the seventh time the Ukrainian women have won medals in the last eight Olympiads. But the 2022 victory, arriving at such a difficult time, is particularly valuable.

"I am happy but very tired," said team captain GM Michail Brodsky at the press conference right after the last round. "I can't believe that we have won the Olympiad!" 

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