OTHERS

Shirish lone Indian to win

MUMBAI, JULY 12. Shirish Patil was the only Indian to post a win in the fifth round of the World Cup chess championship for the blind at Benasque, Spain, as two of his compatriots lost while another drew his game.

Shirish got the better of his Iranian opponent Barghool in 45 moves while Chaurdatta Jadhav drew his game with Denes of Hungary after 39 moves. Madan Bagyatkar and Vilesh Bhat lost to the higher ranked Enjuto and P. Mas, both of Spain, according to information received here.

All four Indians have collected two points from five rounds and, with four more rounds to go, need to win all their remaining matches to figure among the prize winners in the event, which is being held on the sidelines of the Benasque chess tournament.

Charudatta could have swung the game his way but missed giving a check with his queen at D4 on the 26th move, which would have placed him in a strong position.

Madan, playing against the ninth-seeded Enjuto (Elo rating 2168), faultily played Bd3 in the sixth move of a Sicilian defence game. The experienced Enjuto seized the opportunity and launched a focussed attack to capture Madan's knight on the 18th move. Enjuto pressed on with the attack and won in 40 moves.

Vilesh made a mistake in the opening against the 11th- seeded Mas (Elo 2160) and lost the initiative against the latter's French defence. The Spaniard never allowed Vilesh to get back into the game and won in 42 moves.

Cuba's Larduet (Elo 2307) justified his top billing by defeating overnight sole leader Dobierzin of Germany. Larduet is now the sole leader with 4.5 points.

Half a point behind Larduet were 14th seed Dobierzin, fifth seed Suder (Poland), 10th seed Gunajew (Poland), third seed Yatsishin (Ukraine), second seed Tamayo (Cuba), 19th seed Aguilar Spain and unseeded Quadiri (Iran).