Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Times of India

Indian men and women out of race for gold

GUANGZHOU: India's men and women chess teams' gold medal hopes went up in smoke after suffering defeats on Thursday but their bronze medal chances are still alive. 

Second seed men's team suffered a shock 1.5-2.5 defeat at the hands of Philippines in the eighth round while the women lost by the same margin to Uzbekistan at the International Chess Centre. 

Some of the Filipinos had left the auditorium after having finished their games and when they returned to get an update on the tie, they were stunned after learning about the upset win over India. 

India actually took the upper hand when P Harikrishna shocked Wesley So in 20 moves after a two hour, 20-minute battle. 

But So's other teammates stood up to be counted and his country won a stunner. 

A defensive K Sasikiran, down to his single bishop and one pawn after a relentless attack down the middle by Filipino opponent Antonio Rogelio Jr, resigned while Surya Sekhar Ganguly drew his encounter against John Paul Gomez before G N Gopal was decisively beaten by Eugene Torre. 

Read more: Indian men and women out of race for gold - The Times of India

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