Indian men out of medal contention

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Indian men bowed out of medal contention after suffering a humiliating 1-3 defeat at the hands of Israel in the 11th round of the Chess Olympiad.

Indian men out of medal contention

Turin:

Second seeded Indian men bowed out of medal contention after suffering a humiliating 1-3 defeat at the hands of sixth seed Israel in the 11th round of the Chess Olympiad. Following the disaster, big victories in the remaining two rounds would also not be adequate to help them reach podium and the players, seeded so high for the first time ever, wore a dejected look on their faces. In fact, it was the third consecutive round where the team failed to score a victory and in team events like this a good performance in the second half is a must for the teams running for a medal. On a day when Armenia almost made sure of winning the gold with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Czech Republic, the top seeded Russian men suffered a setback at the hands of United States going down by a minimal 1.5-2.5 score. In the last two rounds, Armenia needs to avoid a complete white wash as even a worse 3 points out of remaining eight games should be enough for the gold. With Armenia on 32 points, France and China are staring at the leaders 3.5 points behind. In the 11th round, the Frenchmen peaked at the right time to beat China by a minimal 2.5-1.5 margin. Russia were fourth on 28 points where they now have the company of a rejuvenated United States and, barring a miracle by any other team, the medal race is now going to be confined between these six top sides. Indian men slipped to the 26th place and they appear set to finish poorer than the last time when they settled for a creditable sixth place. (PTI)



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