India start Olympiad campaign with victory

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

The Indian men were off to an average start with a 2.5-1.5 victory over unfancied Uruguay in the opening round of the 36th Chess Olympiad.

India start Olympiad campaign with victory

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The Indian men were off to an average start with a 2.5-1.5 victory over unfancied Uruguay in the opening round of the 36th Chess Olympiad at Gran Casino. Playing without the services of World Rapid champion Viswanathan Anand and national champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly, both of whom were rested in the opening round, the all-Grandmaster Indian team saw only Sandipan Chanda winning his board with white pieces. Krishnan Sasikiran and Abhijit Kunte were held to draws with black pieces, while P Harikrishna had to split points with the favourable colour. Sasikiran signed peace in just 23 moves against GM Andres Rodriguez while Kunte got into some opening problems against Curi Gabriel and decided against going for risky ventures in his 21-move draw. Harikrishna was held to a draw by Bernardo Mailhe Roselli in a marathon 68-move game. Sandipan Chanda defeated Alejandro Bauza in a finely crafted game to gain full points. Some of the other boards also witnessed a few customary first round upset results, typical of team competitions. Former World Champion Alexander Khalifman of Russia was denied much pleasure by unheralded FM Marc Simonet of Andorra with the latter drawing in an apprantly superior position. On the other boards for top seed Russia, Alexander Grischuk, Alexey Dreev and Vadim Zvjaginsev scored victories to complete a 3.5-0.5 victory. Second seed Ukraine and third seed Israel however had little trouble and blanked Indonesia and South Africa 4-0 respectively. (PTI)

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