Russia emerges champion, Kishan gets individual gold

August 19th, 2012 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) Top seeds Russia emerged clear winners after the ninth and final round of the Tata IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind at Hotel Le Royal Meridien here Sunday.

Russia finished their engagements with 15 match points, clinching the team gold. Taking the silver and bronze medals were Ukraine and Spain, respectively. Germany with 14 match points, tied for second spot with Ukraine and Spain, but finished fourth on tie-breaks.

India ‘A’ went down 1.5 - 2.5 to Germany in a close match, losing their medal chances. But the silver lining was the performance of Kishan Gangolli who took the individual gold in the third board.

Undefeated Kishan came up with an impressive show, scoring 7.5 points from 9 rounds. With six wins and three draws, Kishan stood like a rock in the middle boards, and dictated India ‘A’ team’s fortunes.

Support from Swapanil Shah, Darpan Inani and Makwana Ashvin helped India ‘A’ to the fifth spot. This is India’s best ever performance at the Chess Olympiad for the blind.

Top seeds Russia came up with a powerful performance scoring a 3-1 victory over United Kingdom. Victories in boards two, three and four clinched the issue in favour of Russia.

International Master Colin Crouch reduced the margin for United Kingdom defeating International Master Meshkov Yuri in a hard fought game. The win helped Crouch clinch the top board silver medal.

India ‘B’ finished the last outing holding Turkey to a 2-2 draw, sharing the 18th place.

Final positions: 1. Russia (15), 2-4. Ukraine, Spain, Germany (14), 5. India (11), 6-9. Poland, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Croatia (10), 10-15. Kazakhstan, Serbia, Bulgaria, Columbia, Romania, Slovenia (9), 16-19. Sweden, Iran, India ‘B’, Turkey (8), 20-21. Slovakia, Italy (7), 22. South Africa (6), 23. France (5), 24. Denmark (4), 25. The Netherlands (1).

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