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Indian teams post wins

NEW DELHI: Indians did just enough to emerge victorious in both sections in the sixth round of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, on Wednesday.

On a day when India was up against far lower seeds, the men defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 2.5-1.5, a score-line the ladies matched after overpowering Italy.

Men’s spearhead K. Sasikiran scored a comprehensive victory with black pieces over Nikolic Predrag to make the decisive difference in this match.

Before Sasikiran won, National champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly had drawn on the third board. P. Hari Krishna and Sandipan Chanda held a one-pawn advantage against their rivals but the eventual endgame positions led to theoretical draws.

In the ladies event, Mary Ann Gomes drew first blood on the fourth board before D. Harika settled for a draw on the top board.

Tania loses

Tania Sachdev’s first loss of the competition restored parity but Swati Ghate enlarged the advantage she held against Elenora Ambrosi to bring victory to India.



The results (sixth round):

Open: Bosnia & Herzegovina (15) lost to India (16) 1.5-2.5 (NikolicPredrag lost to K. Sasikiran; Borki Predojevic drew with P. Hari Krishna; Ibro Saric drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly; Dalibor Stojanovic drew with Sandipan Chanda); Russia (16) bt England (15)3-1; Ukraine (14) drew with Germany 1 (16.5) 2-2; Azerbaijan (16.5) lost to Armenia (18) 1.5-2.5; France (16.5) bt Poland (16.5) 3-1; Sweden (15) lost to Israel (16) 1.5-.2.5; Georgia (14) lost to China (16) 1.5-2.5; Romania (16) bt Bulgaria (17) 2.5-1.5; Colombia (14.5) lost to Hungary (15.5) 1.5-2.5; Netherlands (15.5) bt Moldova (13)3-1.

Ladies: Italy (15) lost to India (14.5) 1.5-2.5 (Elena Sedina drew with D. Harika; Olga Zimina bt Tania Sachdev; Eleonora Ambrosi lost to Swati Ghate; Marina Brunello lost to Mary Ann Gomes); Hungary (17) lost to China (18.5) 1.5-2.5; Austria (14.5) lost to Russia (18) 1-3.

Romania (15) lost to USA (18.5) 0-4; Georgia (13.5) lost to Poland (15.5) 1.5-2.5; Uzbekistan (14) lost to Netherlands (16) 1-3; Armenia (13.5) lost to Ukraine (17) 0.5-3.5; England (15) lost to Bulgaria (16.5) 1-3; Mongolia (14) bt Israel (13) 3-1; Slovenia (16) drew with Azerbaijan (13.5) 2-2.

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