S. Sabanayakan

KOLKATA: In one of the stunning upsets, India ‘B’ team shocked India ‘A’ in the women’s section of the fourth round of the Tata Steel Asian team chess championship at the Town Hall here on Friday.

In the men’s section, favourite India ‘A’ continued to lead by overcoming Vietnam by 2.5 to 1.5 to tally eight points. India ‘A’ was closely followed by Iran on seven points. Iran, led by GM Eshan Ghaem Maghami, defeated Indonesia 3-1 to set up a fifth round clash with India ‘A’.

GM P. Harikrishna was surprised by GM Le Quang Liem, the winner of theKolkata Open earlier this year, on the top board. However, India captain GM K. Sasikiran and Surya Sekhar Ganguly won against Nguyen Ngoe Troung Son and GM Dao Thien Hai respectively. GM Parimarjan Negi drew his game against GM Nguyen Anh Dung.

Vietnam in lead

In the ladies section, Vietnam beat Iran 2.5-1.5 to lead with seven points. In the most exciting match of the day, India ‘B’ beat India ‘A’ 2.5-1.5. While all the three boards drew, 17-year-old class 12 student Bhakti Kulkarni played a superb game on the fourth board to beat WGM Kruttika Nadig and help her team come back in to the championship.

“We came back from the grave when everybody had written us off,” said captain Nisha Mohata. On the top board Mary Ann Gomes drew with D. Harika, Nisha drew with Eesha Karavade while Padmini Rout held Tania Sachdev.

The results: Men: Vietnam (5) lost to India (8) (Le Quang Liem bt P. Harikrishna, N. N. Troung Son lost to K. Sasikiran, Dao Thien Hai lost to S. S. Ganguly, Nguyen Anh Dung drew with Parimarjan Negi); Indonesia (4) lost to Iran (7); Sri Lanka (3) lost to Bangladesh (4); Singapore (2) lost to India ‘B’ (4) (Wu Shaobin drew with B. Adhiban, Chua Zheng Yuan Terry lost to R.R. Laxman, Lo Kin Mun Domnic drew with Deep Sengupta, Tan Weiliang drew with Himanshu Sharma); Yemen (2) drew with Nepal (1).

Women: Vietnam (7) bt Iran (4); India `A (5) lost to India ‘B’ (5) (D. Harika drew with Mary Ann Gomes, Eesha Karavade drew with Nisha Mohata, Tania Sachdev drew with Padmini Rout, Kruttika Nadig lost to Bhakti Kulkarni); Bangladesh (2) lost to Singapore (5); Sri Lanka (3) bt Nepal (1).

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