Indian men win against Cuba in Chess Olympiad

Chennai, Sep 5 (IANS) The Indian team in the open section continued its winning run defeating Cuba 2.5-1.5 in the fourth round of the World Chess Olympiad held at Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday.

While Indian Grandmaster (GM) and Chess Olympiad debutant Vidit Santosh Gujarathi won against his Cuban opponent, his team mates GM P. Harikrishna, B. Adhiban and S.P. Sethuraman split points with their opponents.

On the other hand, the Indian women’s team drew its outing against Israel 2-2. World No.5 GM Harika Dronavalli and WGM Soumya Swaminathan drew their games against her Israeli opponent on the top and bottom boards respectively.

The in-form International Master (IM) Tania Sachdev continued her winning streak defeating IM Kilinova.

However, India’s IM Padmini Rout suffered a defeat at the hands of lower rated opponent in 48 moves.

The Indian eves, though seeded fifth, seem to be somewhat volatile in their performance even in the initial rounds.–IANS


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