World Teams Chess Championship | Indian men’s team stays second after beating Kazakhstan, women lose to China

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World Teams Chess Championship | Indian men’s team stays second after beating Kazakhstan, women lose to China

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SportsCafe Desk

03/12/2019

The Indian men’s chess team thrashed hosts Kazakhstan 3.5-0.5 to stay at the second position with a total of nine points in six rounds at the World Teams Chess Championship. On the other hand, the Indian women’s team lost to China by 1.5-2.5 points in the prestigious event being played in Astana.

The Indian men had an excellent outing on all boards against the hosts as Krishnan Sasikiran, Surya Ganguly, and S P Sethuraman won their ties after B Adhiban was held to a draw by Rinat Jumabayev on the top board. Sasikaran defeated Anuar Ismagambetov while Ganguly got the better of Murtas Kazhgaleyev.

Sethuraman maintained his dominance on the last board to register an easy win against Denis Makhnev to ensure a positive finish for the Indians in the men’s category. Russia is at the topmost position on the points table with 10 points while India and England are at the joint second with nine points each.

Meanwhile, in the women’s category, India had to suffer a defeat against China. After three draws in the tie Bhakti Kulkarni lost the last board against her Chinese opponent to Lei Tingjie as the Indian women lost their second tie of the ongoing event in Astana. Earlier in the tie, Eeash Karavade had drawn with Tan Zhongyi while Soumya Swminathan and Padmini Rout managed to ensure draws against their higher-ranked opponents Shen Yang and Huang Qian respectively.

After the loss against table-toppers China, the Indian women are at a joint fifth place with hosts Kazakhstan. Russia and Ukraine are at the second and third positions respectively with 10 and nine points.

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