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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Indian eves crush Germany; men beaten

Asian champion Tania Sachdev continued her superb form to beat Ketino Kachiani-Gersinka, while Mary Ann Gomes accounted for Sarah Hoolt to help the Indian women's team beat Germany '1' 3-1 in the fourth round of the 32nd Chess Olympiad here.

However, the Indian men lost narrowly to top seed Russia in the open section after P Harikrishna's heroic efforts that netted him a victory over Peter Svidler went in vain.

The 1.5-2.5 loss at the hands of the best team in the Olympiad saw the Indians slip to joint 10th spot on six points out of a possible eight while Russia maintained a clean slate.

The lead is now shared by Russia and Germany '1' on eight points each and there are seven teams following them with 7 points in their kitty. The Indian men will meet Austria in the next round.

In the women's section, China outclassed Armenia by a huge 3.5-0.5 margin to share the lead with Polish ladies who downed Serbia 2.5-1.5.

With two teams on 8 points, the Indian women are now joint third on seven points and share it with Russia, Georgia and Hungary whom they meet in the next outing here.

It all summed up well for the Indian eves as Tania came up with another fine performance on the second board to beat Ketino, a former Georgian who now plays for Germany.

Playing black, Tania employed a setup akin to the Benoni and was duly rewarded when Ketino went for insipid play in the ensuing middle game.

Declaring her intentions to fight for a bloody battle, Tania marched her king side pawns early to gain control and Ketino's counter-play did not materilise. The game lasted 41 moves.

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