Indian eves blank Mongolia

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Indian eves have made a strong comeback by scoring a huge 3-0 win against Mongolia in the 10th round of the Women's Chess Olympiad.

Indian eves blank Mongolia

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Indian eves have made a strong comeback by scoring a huge 3-0 win against Mongolia in the 10th round of the Women's Chess Olympiad. It turned out to be good day for the ninth seed Indian women's team as it surged to joint fifth spot in the standings after their fine victory. Grandmaster Koneru Humpy had the toughest challenge to meet amongst the Indian girls and she did not disappoint on the top board. Women Grandmasters D Harika and Swati Ghate also came up with inspired performances on the remaining two boards to keep alive India's medal hopes. Ukraine maintained their half point lead over nearest rivals Russia with a fine 2-1 victory over former champions Georgia. The Russian women defeated Bulgaria with a similar margin but it was not enough to catch up with Ukraine that started the day with a half point cushion. With Ukraine on 23 points and Russia on its toes, the top two medals are virtually decided with just three rounds remaining in the biggest team event in the world. What remains to be seen is who will finish third and China and Georgia appear firm contenders for that as of now, occupying the next two spots on 20.5 and 20 points respectively. The Indian women's team was in shambles before the start of the 10th round but now they look much better on 19.5 points, the same as Bulgaria and Greece who share the fifth place with the Indians. (PTI)



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