Indian men beat Austria, women lose to Hungary

Indian men bounced back with an easy 3-1 victory over Austria in the fifth round of the 32nd Chess Olympiad now in progress.

updated: November 18, 2008 16:54 IST
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Indian men bounced back with an easy 3-1 victory over Austria in the fifth round of the 32nd Chess Olympiad now in progress.

Aided by fine victories by former World Junior champion P Harikrishna and National Champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly, the Indians took their points tally to eight points out of a possible 10 to be placed joint seventh.

As many as six teams emerged as joint leaders on nine points in the 11-rounds event after the summit clash between Germany and Russia ended in a 2-2 draw with peace being the order of the day on all four boards.

This result enabled England, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Armenia to catch the two overnight leaders atop the tables after all these four teams scored victories over Italy, Norway, Hungary and the Netherlands respectively.

In the women's section, World Junior Girls' champion D Harika proved expensive as the 11th seed team succumbed to a 1.5-2.5 loss against eighth seeded Hungarians.

The loss against Hungary proved expensive to the eves as they slumped to joint 14th spot on seven points.

Nisha Mohota was on the receiving end against Vajda Szidonia on the second board while Tania Sachdev, Swati Ghate and Mary Ann Gomes played out draws against Hoang Thanh Trang, Eldiko Madl and Veronica Schneider respectively.

China emerged as the sole leader in this section after scoring a thumping 3.5-0.5 victory over Poland on the top board. Hungary solely occupies the second spot on nine points while 11 teams including top seed Russia now have eight points and share the third spot jointly.

Amongst the Indian men P Harikrishna continued with his winning ways and downed Stefan Kindermann of Austria with his black pieces. The Indian played with black pieces and faced the Italian opening.

Equalising early with a recently popular variation, Harikrishna did not have many troubles in outplaying his opponent in 43 moves.

Ganguly gave the Indian team an early lead at the expense of Valery Atlas who employed the Sicilian Scheveningen as black. The Kolkata-based went for the Keres attack and cruised home in just 34 moves.

The top board duel between Krishnan Sasikiran and Markus Ragger ended in a draw while G N Gopal got the same result on the fourth board against Martin Neubauer.

The sixth round will resume after the rest day today.

The English team had some tense moments as their spearhead Michael Admas went down to teenager Caruana Fabiano but Nigel Short and David Howell ensured an easy victory for the team in the end.

Important Results round 5 open (Match points in brackets):

Men: Armenia (9) beat Netherlands (7) 2.5-1.5; Germany '1' (9) drew with Russia (9) 2-2; Hungary (7) lost to Ukraine (9) 1.5-2.5; Norway (7) lost to Azerbaijan (9) 1-3; England (9) beat Italy (6) 2.5-1.5; India (8) beat Austria (6) 3-1 (Krishnan Sasikiran drew with Markus Ragger, Stefan Kindermann lost to P Harikrishna, Surya Shekhar Ganguly beat Valeri Atlas, Martin Neubauer drew with G N Gopal); Poland (8) beat Costa Rica (6) 3.5-0.5; China (8) beat Scotland (6) 2.5-1.5; Vietnam (7) drew with Cuba (7) 2-2; Denmark (6) lost to Israel (8) 0.5-3.5.

Women: Poland (8) lost to China (10) 0.5-3.5; Russia (8) drew with Georgia (8) 2-2; India (7) lost to Hungary (9) 1.5-2.5 (Tania Sachdev drew with Hoang Thanh Trang, Vajda Szidonia beat Nisha Mohota,, Swati Ghate drew with Eldiko Madl, Veronica Schneider drew with Mary Ann

Gomes); Spain (6) lost to Romania (8) 1.5-2.5; Azerbaijan (7) drew with Serbia (7) 2-2; Ecuador (6) lost to Netherlands (8) 1-3; Cuba (6) lost to Uzbekistan (8) 1.5-2.5; Czech Republic (6) lost to Austria (8) 1-3; Ukraine (8) beat (6) Slovakia (6) 3-1; Lithuania (6) lost to England (8) 0-4.