Indian men defeat England in Chess Olympiad

Chennai, Sep 10 (IANS) India on Saturday came back to their winning ways defeating England 2.5-1.5 in the eighth round at the World Chess Olympiad currently underway at Baku in Azerbaijan.

It was Chennai lad Grandmaster S.P. Sethuraman who defeated GM Nigel D. Short and gave the team the much needed victory to win the match as the other three games ended in a draw.

Playing white, Sethuraman went in for the Scotch opening (e4, e5; Nf3, Nc6; d4) and by the sixth move both the players brought their queens into play.

A couple of moves later Sethuraman’s board position improved and on move 19 he castled on his queen side and opened his attack from the King side while Short brought his attack on black’s King in the queen side.

However the Indian maintained his superior board position to force Short to resign in 41 moves.

The remaining three games ended in a draw.

On the top board, World No.15 and Indian GM P.Harikrishna pitted against GM Michael Adams drew in 58 moves.

The other lad from Chennai GM B. Adhiban signed a peace treaty with his English rival GM David W L Howell in 35 moves.

Similarly the third board also saw a draw between India’s Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and GM Gawain C B Jones.

–IANS

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