World teams chess: Indian men beat Egypt, Women beat Armenia

Indian men cruised to a 3.5-0.5 victory over Egypt, while the Indian eves beat Armenia 2.5-1.5.

Published : Mar 07, 2019 23:26 IST , Astana (Kazakhstan)

B. Adhiban beat a higher-rated Amin Bassem on the top board. (file photo)
B. Adhiban beat a higher-rated Amin Bassem on the top board. (file photo)

B. Adhiban beat a higher-rated Amin Bassem on the top board. (file photo)

Grandmaster B. Adhiban crushed higher-rated Amin Bassem on the top board as Indian men cruised to a 3.5-0.5 victory over Egypt in the third round of World teams chess championship here.

Continuing their third outing without Tania Sachdev, the Indian eves also had a fine day as they defeated Armenia 2.5-1.5 to remain in contention for a medal.

Backed by an excellent result, the Indian men jumped to joint-second spot in rankings on five points out of a possible six match points and they now only trail top seeds Russia that beat defending champion China by a minimal 2.5-1.5 margin.

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With Russia on six points, England, United States and India now share the second spot on five match points apiece.

Iran and Kazkhstan come next in line on three points each, while China is currently seventh with just two points from three matches.

Azerbaijan is the other high-profile team on just one point on the eighth spot while the local hopefuls Kazakhstan and Egypt complete the cellar.

The Indian victory was expected but not the way it came. National champion Aravindh Chithambaram got his first game and did not disappoint in carving out a victory while Adhiban gave an early lead to the team, upscaling the African top player along with Surya Ganguly, who was clinical in his approach in downing Fawzy Adham.

Krishnan Sasikiran was held to a draw by former world junior champion Ahmed Adly, a result the seasoned campaigner will not mind.

The Russian men upstaged China with Ian Nepomniachtchi coming good against Yu Yangyi on the second board. The remaining three draws suited the Russians, which now has a strong claim to the title.

In the women’s section, Russia and China continued to lead, disposing Egypt and Kazakhstan respectively. While the Russian women won with a 4-0 margin, the Chinese eves came up with a minimal 2.5-1.5 victory over the local girls.

Ukrainia holds the third spot here currently with a 3-1 victory over Hungary on five points and the Indian women hold fourth position with four points.

For India, Padmini Rout found her form as she scored her first victory, while Bhakti Kulkarni also continued her good work on the last board. The team will be bolstered by Tania Sachdev joining it from next round. Tania had reported sick for the first three matches.

Earlier, Adhiban had downed world junior champion Parham Maghsoodloo as India settled for a 2-2 draw with Iran.

Idani Pouya turned out to be the saviour for Iran as he defeated the experienced Krishnan Sasikiran on the second board while Surya Shekhar Ganguly and S. P. Sethuraman drew with Amin Tabatabae and Firouza Alireza on the third and fourth board.

In the women’s section, India was held 2-2 by the local stars from Kazakhstan.

Bhakti Kulkarni kept things under control against Gulmira Dauletova to secure an important full point in a close encounter. Eesha Karavade played out a draw on the top board with Zhansaya Abdumalik while on the second, Soumya Swaminathan did her bit, drawing with Dinara Saduakassova.

On the third board, however, Padmini failed to find her form for the second day running, as she was beaten by Bibisa Assaubayeva.

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