Mixed luck for India; Women win, men lose

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Dresden, Germany, Nov 17 (UNI) It was a day of mixed fortune for India as their women trounced Germany 3-1 but men lost to top seed Russia 1.5-2.5 in the 4th round of the 32nd Chess Olympiad here.

Spearheaded by Asian champion Tania Sachdev Indian women team recorded their win in four matches and were placed joint third on seven points with Russia, Georgia and Hungary.

Tania had no problem in beating Ketino Kachiani-Gersinka, while Mary Ann Gomes accounted for Sarah Hoolt in team's 3-1 win over Germany.

However, the Indian men went down to fancied Russia in the open section despite P Harikrishna's dramatic victory over Peter Svidler in just 27 moves.

Krishnan Sasikiran played well to split points with Vladimir Kramnik but other Indians Surya Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda failed to hold on against Alexander Grischuk and Alexander Morozevich respectively and that cost India the match.

This was India men team's first defeat in four outings and it pushed them to joint 10th spot with six points out of a possible eight while Russia have won all their matches so far.

In the men section the lead is now shared by Russia and Germany '1' on eight points each and there are seven teams following them with 7 points each. The Indians face Austria in the next round.

In the women's section, China outclassed Armenia 3.5-0.5 margin to share the lead with Poland who beat Serbia 2.5-1.5. The two winners are joint leaders with eight points each.


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