Chess Olympiad: India defeats US

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> P Harikrishna and Abhijit Kunte came up with spirited show and guided India to a 2.5-1.5 victory over US at 36th Chess Olympiad.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Grandmasters P Harikrishna and Abhijit Kunte came up with spirited show and guided India to a 2.5-1.5 victory over United States at 36th Chess Olympiad here at Gran Casino. Viswanathan Anand settled for an easy draw with Alexander Onischuk in the fourth round of the Olympiad. The big victory for Indian team came on the second board when young gun P Harikrishna crashed through the defences of higher rated Alexander Shabalov. On the third board Abhijit Kunte grounded the experience of Alexander Goldin while on the fourth board Sandipan Chanda went down fighting against Igor Novikov. Balanced endgame World Rapid Champion Anand played simple and effective chess enroute to a 24-moves draw with Onischuk. Playing the whiteside of a Queen's Indian Onischuk went for a complex set-up that promises white a miniscule advantage but Anand's deeper understanding gave little chance to him. "I just played my normal chess, equalised and drew comfortably. Onischuk is a strong player with high rating and is well versed in theory etc and I have no reasons to be unhappy about this result," said Anand after the game. The game took shape in a tactical middle game with both sides going for play on the queenside before a few quick exchanges led to a balanced endgame. "We both had to play a few precise moves towards the end as the position had some tactics", said Anand. Speaking about his earlier game in the event against Alejandro Ramirez the Speedy Gonzalo as he is referred to in Spain said that the young player had a very attacking chess but missed a my plan in the middle game. "I think I just caught him off guard". "It was an excellent day but for that big faux pas", said a lucky-feeling Harikrishna after the game adding "it was such a nice position and completely winning that I got a bit complacent probably, anyways the end was good". Brilliant triumph Abhijit Kunte masterminded a brilliant triumph over Goldin who played a side line of the Capablanca variation against the Nimzo Indian defence. Things appeared a bit sordid for Abhhjit in the middle game and after finishing his game Anand was the first to point out that Abhijit was in some sorts of troubles. However as the battle entered a wild middle game, Abhijit was simply more focussed and continued working on his counter play with precise moves after losing a piece. "Goldin's King was in the center and that gave me enough play, his 24th move was a blunder and thereafter it was easy for me", Abhijit said after registering the 52-move victory. (PTI)

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