S. Sabanayakan

KOLKATA: With India ‘A’ men having clinched the gold medal by the penultimate round, the interest on the final day was whether India ‘B’ women would pick up the silver medal ahead of India ‘A’ in the Tata Steel Asian team chess at the Town Hall here on Monday.

India ‘B’ women (on nine points), needing a victory, took on Iran (seven) in the final round but crumbled under pressure to lose the contest 3-1. The defeat of the team — comprising Mary Ann Gomes, Nisha Mohata, Padmini Rout and Bhakti Kulkarni — not only allowed India ‘A’ pick up the silver medal but also gave Iran the bronze on better tie-breaking score.

Bhakti, who was instrumental in clinching the tie against the senior team, was the first one to lose on the fourth board. Mary and Nisha also lost on the first and second board but young WIM Padmini Rout got the better of WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh. Vietnam took the gold medal by blanking Nepal 4-0 to take its points tally to 13.

All-win record

India ‘A’, consisting of K. Sasikiran, S.S. Ganguly, P. Negi and D. Chakkravarthy, was the only team with an all-win record in the tournament to take its points to 14.

Like its women’s counterpart, India ‘B’ men too had a fine opportunity to deny Iran the bronze medal but lost 3-1, with both National champion B. Adhiban and Deep Sengupta losing on the first and third board.

S. Satyapragyan and Himanshu Sharma drew their games.

This result meant Iran and Vietnam tied with 11 points and Indonesia and India ‘B’ tied on eight points.

Better tie-breaking score placed Vietnam second, Iran third, Indonesia fourth and India ‘B’ fifth.

Apart from the team medals, K. Sasikiran (second board), S.S. Ganguly (third board) and Parimarjan Negi (fourth board) won the individual board gold medals. The top board gold went to Le Quang Liem of Vietnam and his compatriot Nguyen Anh Dung took the fifth board gold.

D. Harika was the lone gold medal winner in the ladies’ section on the top board. Iran’s Shadi Paridar (second board), Nguyen Thi Thanh An (third board), Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (fourth board) and Hoang Thi Nhu Y (fifth board), last three from Vietnam, took the other gold medals.

The results: Men: Sri Lanka (3 pts.) lost to India ‘A’ (14); Iran (11) bt India ‘B’ (8); Vietnam (11) bt Nepal (1); Bangladesh (8) bt Singapore (4); Yemen (2) lost to Indonesia (8).

Women: Nepal (1) lost to Vietnam (13); Iran (9) bt India `B’ (9); Indonesia (4) lost to Singapore (6); Sri Lanka (1) lost to Bangladesh (6).

Final standing: Men: 1. India ‘A’, 2. Vietnam, 3. Iran, 4. Indonesia, 5. India ‘B’, 6. Bangladesh, 7. Singapore, 8. Sri Lanka, 9. Yemen, 10. Nepal. Women: 1. Vietnam, 2. India `A’, 3. Iran, 4. India `B’, 5. Singapore, 6. Bangladesh, 7. Indonesia, 8. Sri Lanka, 9. Nepal.

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