Indian men beat Vietnam

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

The Indian men's team rose to the occasion and snatched the lead from Vietnam with a 3-1 drubbing in the ninth round of the Asian Team Chess Championship.

Indian men beat Vietnam

Isfahan:

The Indian men's team rose to the occasion and snatched the lead from Vietnam with a 3-1 drubbing in the important ninth and penultimate round of Asian Team Chess Championship on Tuesday. After some mixed results throughout the championship, the Indian players performed when it mattered the most, thanks to the efforts of national champion and Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly and GM Sandipan Chanda on the second and fourth board respectively. While Ganguly scored a fine victory over GM Nguyen Anh Dung, Sandipan Chanda proved much stronger than in-form teenager Le Quang Liem. On the top board for India, GM Krishnan Sasikiran drew easily as black against Dao Thein Hai while on the third International Master S Kidambi held GM Nguyen Ngoc Truongson to get the team the much-needed victory. Sights on title With just one round remaining, the top-seeded Indians emerged as sole leaders on 27.5 points and are now virtually assured of the title in the six-team double round robin event. Vietnam is placed second on 26 points while Iran A is a distant fourth on 24.5 points. The fourth places are held by Iran B on 15, Turkmenistan is next in line on 11 while Afghanistan is firmly in the cellar on 4 points. In the next round, Indians will take on Iran B and even a 2-2 draw should be enough for them to win the championship for the first time. (PTI)

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