Indians experience mixed day

Updated: Sep 13, 2009, 23:21 PM IST

New Delhi: World Under-12 champion Sayantan Das started his campaign on a winning note as Indians put up a mixed performance on the opening day of Ravana International Open Chess Tournament in Colombo today.

FM Das beat local contender Shanaka Munasinghe, while
compatriot IM Saptarshi Roy overcame another local S D
Ranasinghe and woman GM Soumya Swaminathan defeated Egodage
Keshan, also of Sri Lanka, in their respective matches.

The tournament, which began today, is the first-ever
international open chess tournament in the island country, a
release said.

Besides, IM D K Sharma and FM P Maheswaran were the other
Indians who won their opening matches.

Meanwhile, Kushagra Sharma lost to local competitor G C
Anuruddha, while woman CM Ivana Maria Furtado failed to
overcome GM Murshed Niaz of Bangladesh.

M Vivek went down to German Koch Markus in his opening

Bureau Report