Chess: Russia outwit India to take lead

August 18th, 2012 - 2:40 am ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 18 (IANS) Top seeds Russia came up with a determined show as they downed India ‘A’ in the seventh round of the TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind 2012 here Friday to lead the table with 12 match points.

Ukraine, with 11 match points, inched to second spot defeating tournament leaders Spain narrowly. With its second successive defeat, Spain slid to third position along with Germany at 10 match points. India ‘A’ and Venezuela remained a further point adrift at 9.

In the top table, Darpan Inani helped India ‘A’ get off the mark with a quick draw in the third board against Russian Sergei Smirnov.

Makwana, the hero of Thursday’s win over Spain, found himself in a minus position in a minor piece ending after three hours of play.

International Master Krylov Sergey rolled his king-side pawns to clinch the issue in favour of Russia.

In the top board, Swapnil Shah was a pawn down in opposite coloured bishop ending. Russian International Master Meshkov Yuri converted the end with skill and gave Russia the crucial point that took them to the top of the table.

In the third table, Germany overcame Britain 2.5 - 1.5, taking the last board through Pohlers Juergen’s efforts. Earlier, the first three boards ended in hard fought draws.

India ‘B’ went down to Bulgaria as Darshan Patel suffered an early loss to Todorov Alexander. Further losses by Atul Kakade and Shirish Patel sealed the match in favour of Bulgaria.

The results (Round 7): India ‘A’ (9) lost to Russia (12), Spain (10) lost to Ukraine (11), Britain (8) lost to Germany (10), Serbia (9) drew Slovenia (8), Sweden (7) lost to Venezuela (9), Poland (8) bt Columbia (6), Croatia (6) lost to Kazakhastan (8), Romania (6) drew Iran (6), India ‘B’ (5) lost to Bulgaria (7), Slovakia (6) bt Denmark (4), The Netherlands (1) lost to South Africa (5).

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