Sasikiran holds Gelfand,India draw with Israel

With five rounds still to go,Russia,Armenia,Azerbaijan and China occupy the top four spots of the rankings.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Istanbul | Published: September 5, 2012 12:22 am

Up against higher-ranked Israelis,Krishnan Sasikiran played out a chanceless draw against Boris Gelfand,who was the challenger to Viswanathan Anand earlier this year for the world crown at Moscow. The result helped India earn a spirited 2-2 draw in the 6th round of the 40th Chess Olympiad. The men,seeded 13th in the tournament currently occupy the eleventh spot after the current round. With five rounds still to go,Russia,Armenia,Azerbaijan and China occupy the top four spots of the rankings.

World’s second youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi defeated Maxim Rodshtein while P Harikrishna continued to live up to expectations and did not give any chance to Emil Sutovsky on the second board before signing peace. However,Abhijeet Gupta’s loss,his first in the tournament,meant that India could not benefit from Negi’s win. In the next round Krishnan Sasikiran and team will take on Argentina.

Negi proved his mettle against Rodshtein with a fine performance on the third board. The Caro Kann defense by the Israeli did not come good in the advance variation and the Indian seized the initiative to forcibly win a pawn in the middle game. For once Gupta fumbled after attaining a good position as black against Avrukh who is a known theoretician. The Israeli pounced on his chances in the middle game to launch a king side attack and Gupta had no answers.

The Indian eves bounced back from two dismal results to beat Germany 3-1 with Tania Sachdev and former world junior girls’ champion Soumya Swaminathan coming good on the last two boards. Sachdev is in fine form for the tournament,registering five wins in six games. The women,with nine points out out of 12 points,occupy the seventh spot. Post a draw with lower ranked Serbia and a thrashing at the hands of fancied China,this was a good comeback by the Indian girls,and they will meet Estonia in the next round.

Important results (men),Round 6: Russia (11) drew with Armenia (11) 2-2; Azerbaijan (11) beat Croatia (9) 3-1; Germany (9) drew with USA (9) 2-2; Bosnia & Herzegovina (8) lost to China (10) 0.5-3.5; England (9) drew with Italy (9) 2-2; India (9) drew with Israel (9) 2-2

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