The first round saw two individual upsets among the women.
First India A only edged a dangerous Indonesian team 2.5-1.5 on the back of a captain's performance by IM/WGM Dronavalli Harika who timed a vicious attack to perfection against WGM Irene Sukandar on top board. Then with great maturity, current World Junior Champion Swaminathan Soumya made a draw against Anastasia Citra Dewi to ensure the victory.
Earlier untitled Baiq Vina Lestari (see top photo) on board two had levelled the score at 1-1 with a fine win over WGM Eesha Karavade who was rated some 241 points more!
Then Bangladesh took a point off the heavily favoured Vietnam when Nazrana Khan (see photo above), also untitled and rated a whooping 359 points less, very surprisingly and rather quickly beat WGM on Le Thanh Thu in a top board encounter.
But it was a real disaster for Indian B against a solid Singapore side who surprised them with a 2-2 draw, a result that only Singapore would have been unhappy with!
Singapore's Victoria Chan (in photo above) was the last to finish, fighting for many hours, but just could not bring home the winning point after reaching a Rook and Knight versus Rook ending.