India men bounce back to beat Bolivia

The Indian men's team bounces back scoring a 3-1 win over Bolivia in the 6th round of 35th Chess Olympiad.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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The Indian men's team bounced back scoring a 3-1 win over Bolivia in the 6th round of 35th Chess Olympiad. The Indian eves also played solidly to hold Cuba 1.5-1.5 in the women's event being organised simultaneously. The Indian men have 14.5 points while the women are on 11.5 points. Meanwhile, Georgian women continued their excellent run and scored an emphatic 3-0 victory over Netherlands to maintain their sole lead with 15 points. In the men's section, defending champions Russia overpowered overnight leaders Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.5-0.5 to shoot into lead with 18.5 points. Grandmaster K Sasikiran finally got his rhythm back and scored a convincing victory over Osvaldo Zambrana of Bolivia with black pieces. Playing his pet Caro Kann, Sasikiran won a pawn amidst a complex pattern and made the technicalities look easy in the resulting endgame. IM Surya Shekhar Ganguly defeated Sustach Marcos Anton with black on the third board and IM R B Ramesh had little troubles in vanquishing Boris Ferrufino with white pieces. The only loser on the Indian side was GM P Harikrishna who squandered away a few chances to force a draw. It turned out to be an even contest for Indian women's team which rested WGM S Vijayalakshmi. Swati Ghate beat Pita Vivian Ramon with white pieces quite easily but S Meenakshi went down to Arribas Robain Maritza. Another Indian Aarthie Ramaswamy was lucky to salvage a draw against Pina Vega Sulennis. (PTI)