Indians back to winning ways in Chess Olympiad

Indian men humbled Bulgaria 3-1 while their woman counterparts also overcame Iran with a identical margin to keep medal hopes alive in the 29th Chess Olympiad here.

Khanty Mansiysk (Russia): Indian men humbled
Bulgaria 3-1 while their woman counterparts also overcame Iran
with a identical margin to keep medal hopes alive in the 29th
Chess Olympiad here.

Surya Shekhar Ganguly, also known as second Viswanathan
Anand, scored a sparkling victory over Alexander Delchev while
G N Gopal proved too good for Kiprian Berbatov to pave the way
for a much needed win after a loss against Russia in the
previous round.

Mainstay Krishnan Sasikiran earlier played out a draw
with former world champion Veselin Topalov while P Harikrishna
also achieved the same result against Ivan Cheparinov on the
second board.

In women`s section being held simultaneously, Dronavalli
Harika beat Atousa Pourkashiyan on the top board.

Eesha Karavade was the other Indian winner on the third
board at the expense of Mitra Hejazapour. Tania Sachdev was
held to a draw by Shadi Paridar and Nisha Mohota remained
win-less after signing another peace deal with Ghazal
Hakimifard.

Meanwhile, at the top of the tables in the open section,
hosts Russia suffered major setback when both Russia one and
two lost by an identical 1.5-2.5 margin against Hungary and
Armenia respectively.

Arman Pashikian scored for Armenia on the fourth board
against Artyom Timofeev while Peter Leko starred in Hungarian
victory by defeating Alexander Grischuk on the top board.

Hungary, Armenia and Georgia emerged as the new leaders
with 10 points apiece while the Netherlands and Ukraine follow
them a full point behind.

India is currently joint sixth in the open section with
six rounds still remaining in the biggest spectacle of the
chess world.

In the women`s section Russia one and Ukraine continued
with their fine form to emerge as joint leaders on 10 points
each.

Hungary and USA are close behind on nine points while the
Indian eves share the fifth spot on eight points now.

PTI

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