Chess Olympiad: India beat Spain A

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Grandmaster P Harikrishna led India to a 2.5-1.5 victory over Spain 'A' in the eighth round of the 36th Chess Olympiad at Gran Casino.

Chess Olympiad: India beat Spain A

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Grandmaster P Harikrishna led India to a 2.5-1.5 victory over Spain 'A' in the eighth round of the 36th Chess Olympiad at Gran Casino here. In other results involving Indians, World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand got another easy draw as black with top Spanish Grandmaster Alexei Shirov. Also, Sasikrian signed peace with Francisco Vallejo Pons while Surya Shekhar Ganguly was forced to take only half point against Roberto Cifuentes Parada who salvaged a lost position. On the top Meanwhile, Ukraine consolidated its position at the top of the tables with a brilliant 3.5-0.5 victory over Bulgaria. With this victory, the second seeds took their tally to 25 points out of a possible 32. They have now emerged as the clear favourites for the title with a three-point lead over nearest rivals Russia who beat Armenia with a minimal margin of 2.5-1.5. Indian men again jumped to joint third spot following their excellent triumph and now share it with Armenia on 21 points. Other standings Half a point adrift of India are Spain 'A', United States and Poland on 20.5 points apiece while France, Georgia, Slovenia, Germany, China, Bulgaria and Switzerland are next in line with 20 points each in their kitty. Six more rounds still remain to be played in this Olympiad. Harikrishna was very impressive against Miguel Illescas Cordoba, the third board player for Spain 'A'. Playing the Semi Slav defence the Indian was never in any serious troubles during the course of the game and when opportunity arose, he struck with vengeance. (PTI)

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