China takes lead as India falls behind

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Second seed China dictated terms in their match against India 'B' to emerge sole leader ahead of the defending champion Hungary.

China takes lead as India falls behind

Kozhikode:

Second seed China dictated terms in their match against India 'B' to emerge sole leader ahead of the defending champion Hungary after six rounds in the World Youth Chess Olympiad. China (18 points), Hungary (17), Iran (15.5) and Uzbekistan (15) are occupying the first four places while India struggled to take strides to be in contention. Tournament's surprise pack, Iran, seeded seventh, caused an upset of sorts opposite top seed Hungary by pulling out a 2-2 draw that enabled China, which beat India `B' 3-1, to go to the top of the table. However, 11-year-old Parimarjan Negi from Delhi denied China a clean sweep when he shocked Xiu Desun on the third board. India's most formidable `A' team, seeded third, continued to disappoint after they lost to sixth seed Kazakhstan 1.5-2.5 to tally 13.5 points and take the joint eighth place along with India `D'. India `B', now with 14 points, alone promises to ensure a medal for the hosts as they take on low-placed India `D' in the seventh round. (PTI)



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