Anand, Harika show the way as India keeps winning

B. Adhiban settled for a draw against lower-rated Peter Schreiner.

Viswanathan Anand beat Markus Ragger in 47 moves. (file photo)

For the successive day, fifth seed India posted comfortable victories in both sections to stay among the leaders with four match-points in the Chess Olympiad here on Tuesday.

Facing 35th seed Austria in the open section, India was well served by Viswanathan Anand, P. Hari Krishna and Vidit Gujrathi on the first three boards.

Anand played against Markus Ragger, rated 2686, and went on to win in 47 moves, in an endgame involving a knight and four pawns each.

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However, like in the first round against El Salvador, the fourth board again saw India drop half a point. Like K. Sasikiran on Monday, B. Adhiban settled for a draw against a lower-rated rival on this day.

The ladies team, with D. Harika replacing K. Humpy on the top board, again won 4-0 against Venezuela, seeded 55th.

The results (second round)

Open: India (4) beat Austria (2) 3.5-0.5 (Viswanathan Anand bt Markus Ragger; P. Hari Krishna bt Valentin Dragnev; Vidit Gujarati bt Andreas Diermair; B. Adhiban drew with Peter Schreiner).

Women: India (4) beat Venezuela (2) 4-0 (D. Harika bt Sarai Carolina Sachez Castillo; Tania Sachdev bt Amelia Hernandez Bonilla; Eesha Karavade bt Tairu Manuela Rovira Contreras; Padmini Rout bt Corals Patino Garcia).

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