NEW DELHI: Indian men completed an expected 3-1 victory over Austria but the ladies slipped to their first loss in the fifth round of the Chess Olympiad at Dresden, Germany, on Monday.

On a day when top seed Russia was held in both sections, India was eighth in the open section and 14th among the ladies.

The formidable Chinese ladies maintained their all-win record to head the table while six countries — Russia, Armenia, Germany 1, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and England, shared the top spot in the open category.

For India, P. Hari Krishna and Surya Shekhar Ganguly played their parts to perfection against their low-rated rivals before K. Sasikiran and G.N. Gopal settled for draws.

Engrossing contest

The ladies encounter between 11th seeded India and eighth seeded Hungary was far more engrossing.

Tania Sachdev, Swati Ghate and Mary Ann Gomes did well to hold higher rated opponents before Nisha Mohota missed a clear opportunity to draw and lost.

Nisha, playing with black pieces on the second board against Szidonia Vajda, was down two pawns but fought back well.

She was just one move away from starting a forced sequence of perpetual checks leading to a draw. However, she missed the trick and resigned two moves later.

Meanwhile, Russia endured a tough day when its men drew all four games with 11th seed Germany 1 and the ladies reached a 2-2 verdict against fourth seed Georgia.

Chiburdanidze wins

Former World champion Maia Chiburdanidze of Georgia defeated the reigning World champion Alexandra Kosteniuk on the top board.

The next two boards were drawn but Russia’s Natalia Pogonina claimed a crucial point for Russia at the expense of Sopiko Khukhashvili.

The results:

Open: India (13.5) bt Austria (11.5) 3-1 (K. Sasikiran drew with Markus Ragger; P. Hari Krishna bt Stefan Kindermann; Surya Shekhar Ganguly bt Valery Atlas; G.N. Gopal drew with Martin Neubauer); Armenia (15.5) bt Netherlands (12.5) 2.5-1.5; Germany 1 (14.5) drew with Russia (13) 2-2; Hungary (13) lost to Ukraine (12) 1.5-2.5; Norway (14) lost to Azerbaijan (15) 1-3; England (14) bt Italy (10.5) 2.5-1.5; Poland (15.5) bt Costa Rica (11.5) 3.5-0.5; China (13.5) bt Scotland (12) 2.5-1.5; Vietnam (14.5) drew with Cuba (12) 2-2; Denmark (10.5) lost to Israel (13.5) 0.5-3.5.

Ladies: India (12) lost to Hungary (15.5) 1.5-2.5 (Tania Sachdev drew with Hoang Thanh Trang; Nisha Mohota lost to Szidonia Vajda; Swati Ghate drew with Ildiko Madl; Mary Ann Gomes drew with Veronika Schneider); Poland (13) lost to China (16) 0.5-3.5; Russia (15) drew with Georgia (12) 2-2; Spain (12) lost to Romania (15) 1.5-2.5; Azerbaijan (11.5) drew with Serbia (12.5) 2-2; Ecuador (12) lost to Netherlands (13) 1-3; Cuba (14.5) lost to Uzbekistan (13.5) 1.5-2.5; Czech Republic (12.5) lost to Austria (13.5) 1-3; Ukraine (13.5) bt Slovakia (12) 3-1.

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