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Indian eves dump Estonia in Chess Olympiad; men held by Argentina

PTI Istanbul | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 05, 2012

International Master Tania Sachdev recorded her sixth victory in seven games as the Indian women’s team cruised to a 3-1 victory over lower-ranked Estonia to take the joint fourth spot after the seventh round of the 40th Chess Olympiad here.

After a setback against her Chinese counterpart in round five, the Delhi-based player has now scored two back-to-back victories and looks good for more.

The victory came as a boon for Indian girls even as the margin could have been better. Up against a lower-ranked team, the Indians conceded a full point on the fourth board as Soumya Swaminathan continued with her rollercoaster ride here.

D. Harika defeated Monika Tsiganova on the top board while Mary Ann Gomes had it easy against Triin Narva on the third board. Tania won it against Tatjana Fomina but Regina Narva saved some honour for her team at the expense of Soumya.

China joined overnight leaders Russia and Poland in lead after the latter two could not break the ice and settled for a 2-2 draw sharing one victory each. China won against Armenia by a minimal margin making it a three-way tie at the top with just four rounds to come.

Indian eves elevated themselves to joint fourth spot on 11 points that they now share with Spain, France, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Hungary and Vietnam. In the next round India meets Vietnam.

The Indian men could not find a winning combination for the third day running even as they again fielded the top four against Argentina.

It was, in fact, luck that saved the day as Abhijeet Gupta came back from the jaws of defeat and turned the tables on Sandro Mareco on the fourth board.

Earlier in the day, Krishnan Sasikiran played out a draw with Fernando Peralta on the top board while Harikrishna attained the same result as black against Diego Flores.

Disaster struck the team on board three as Parimarjan Negi lost and Gupta in the end turned lucky to salvage a half point for his team.

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Published on September 05, 2012
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