Marginal victory for Indians, men move up to third

Updated: 20 November 2008 15:41 IST

Indian men and women teams carved out 2.5-1.5 victories over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy in the sixth round of the 32nd chess Olympiad now underway.

Dresden:

Indian men and women teams carved out identical 2.5-1.5 victories over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy, respectively, in the sixth round of the 32nd chess Olympiad now underway.

The Indian men moved to joint third spot with 10 points out of a possible 12 in the open section and are now behind Russia and Armenia, who share the lead on 11 points each.

The women took their tally to nine points to share the sixth place.

China (12 points) continue to lead the women's section and have opened up a two-point lead over nearest rivals United States after beating Hungary 2.5-1.5 in the sixth round.

Playing the top board, Krishnan Sasikiran defeated Predrag Nikolic of Bosnia-Herzegovina to open India's account. That was the lone victory for the men with the remaining three games ending in draws.

P Harikrishna signed peace with Borki Predojevic while Ibro Saric and Dalibor Stojanovic held higher ranked Indians Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda.

Among the women, Tania Sachdev succumbed to her first defeat in the tournament when she went down to Olga Zimina of Italy.

World junior girls' champion D Harika's hunt for an elusive victory on the top board continued after she was held by Elena Sedina.

With India trailing, it needed the in-form Swati Ghate and Mary Ann Gomes to ensure victory.

Topics : Chess India
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