India on course for team chess gold

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

India outclassed Uzbekistan 3-0 in the sixth round to close in relentlessly on the gold medal in the team chess event at the Doha Asiad.

India on course for team chess gold

Doha:

Top seeded India stamped their authority by outclassing Uzbekistan 3-0 in the sixth round to close in relentlessly on the gold medal in the team chess event at the Doha Asian Games. The Indian trio of Grandmasters Krishnan Sasikiran, P Harikrishna and Koneru Humpy took a thumping 4.5-point lead with three rounds to spare in the classical event being played in the Swiss League format at the Al Dana hall. The Indians, who have already routed second seeds and potential gold medal threats China in the previous round, have 16 points out of a possible 18 at the end of Monday's competitions. They are being followed by Qatar and Iran in second position, with 11.5 points each in their kitty, while China are the lone team in third spot, a further half a point adrift of leaders India. Sasikiran (with an ELO of 2633), who has not dropped a single point so far, was at his impressive best in defeating higher-rated GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov (ELO 2670). Harikrishna beat Grandmaster Alekxei Barsov in the second match while Humpy had a cakewalk in her duel against Olga Sabirova in the third. India, with individual gold medal winner in women's rapid event - Humpy - in their ranks, take on Iran next in the sport that's making its debut at the Games. (PTI)

Topics : Chess
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