Day of mixed luck for India

The losses came on boards one and three wherein, playing black, Krishnan Sasikiran and Surya Shekhar Ganguly did not prove a good match for Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Rauf Mamedov respectively.

The white games handled by P Harikrishna and B Adhiban ended in draws. Past the half way stage, things don’t look very bright for the men given the fact that they have lost second time in as many outings when pitted against a higher opposition.

The Indian eves, on the other hand, comfortably defeated lower ranked Italy 3-1.

D Harika and Tania Sachdev came good on the top two boards while Eesha Karavade and S Meenakshi drew on the last two to ensure an expected victory.

So far, the Indian girls have lost only one match in the event against Bulgaria but tougher games await them in the rounds to come. In the next match they will face third seed Ukraine.

Meanwhile, in the men’s section World number one Magnus Carlsen lost again, bowing to Michal Adams of England in a nearly one-sided encounter which helped England win by a minimal 2.5-1.5 margin against Norway.

Two overnight leaders -- Georgia and Armenia drew amongst themselves to reach 11 points out of a possible 12 while the other co-leader Hungary found its nemesis in Ukraine in the open section.

Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia share the lead in the open section with 11 points each while a pack of six teams are on the heels of the leaders, just one point behind.

India, with eight points share the 21st spot and have a lots of catching up to do.

Results (Indians, round IV): Men: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov bt Krishnan Sasikiran; P Harikrishna drew Teimour Radjabov; Rauf Mamedov bt SS Ganguly; B Adhiban drew Gadir Guseinov.

Women: D Harika bt Elena Sedina; Olga Zimina lt to Tania Sachdev; Eesha Karavade drew Marina Brunello; De Rosa Mariagrazia drew S Meenakshi.

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