Indian men thrash Turkmenistan in Chess Olympiad

Khanty Mansiysk: On a day of mixed
fortunes, Indian men thrashed Turkmenistan 3-1 but the women`s
team suffered a 0.5-0.5 defeat to Russia One, in the 8th Round
of the 39th Chess Olympiad here on Thursday.

Krishnan Sasikiran scored a fine victory over Amanov
Mesgen on the top board to pave the way for India`s victory,
before P Harikrishna proved too strong for Meylis Annaberdiev
on the second board. G N Gopal and B Adhiban drew on the last
two boards.

For the Indian women team it was the second loss in the
event, the first coming against Bulgaria.

D Harika was outdone by Natalia Kosintseva on the top
board, Tania Sachdev was outplayed by Nadezhda on the second,
while S Meenakshi, on the fourth board, proved no match for an
in-form Alisa Galliamova. Eesha Karavade played out a draw
with world women champion Alexendra Kosteniuk on the third

With just three rounds left, Ukraine retained its top
position following a draw with Russia One. Russia One shared
the second spot with six teams, while India, with 11 points,
share the 12th spot.

In the women`s section, India slipped from overnight
joint second spot to joint fourth after losing to Russia One
by a huge margin.