India survive scare, draw with China

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Indian men's team survived a scare before settling for a 2-2 draw with China in the fifth round of the 37th edition of the Chess Olympiad.

India survive scare, draw with China

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Indian men's team survived a scare before settling for a 2-2 draw with China in the fifth round of the 37th edition of the Chess Olympiad. Viswanathan Anand and National champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly survived a few anxious moments before settling for draws with Bu Xiangzhi and Ni Hua respectively. On the second a third boards, Krishnan Sasikiran and P Harikrishna also signed peace with Zhang Zhong and Wang Yue respectively. In the next round, the Indians are slated to play a strong German team. On a day that witnessed top five matches ending in draws, Russia and Armenia retained joint lead after a truce between them. Both the teams took their tally to 15.5 points each and are followed by a rejuvenated Holland on 15 points. Uzbekistan is at fourth on 14.5 points while a pack of seven teams, including United States, are next in line having 14 points each. The draw proved costly for the second-seeded Indian men who were pushed to joint 11th spot. Eight rounds still remain in the biggest biennial chess spectacle. (PTI)



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