Indian men beaten by Azerbaijan

Indian men beaten by Azerbaijan

For India, while two white games ended in draws as Krishnan Sasikiran and Parimarjan Negi held their fort, Asian champion P Harikrishna and Surya Shekhar Ganguly suffered reversals to give Azerbaijan two match points.

Meanwhile, holders Russia beat Hungary 3-1 to jump into sole lead with four points. In other matches of the day, Israel scored an expected victory over Egypt 3-1, while USA held Armenia to a 2-2 draw.

With seven rounds still to come in this ten-team round-robin event, Armenia, Azerbaijan and China share the second spot on three points each, while Ukraine and Israel follow them with a full point behind.

The Indians are currently placed joint sixth along with USA and Hungary while lowest ranked Egypt, who are yet to open their account, are at the bottom of the table.

Results (round II): Russia (4) bt Hungary (1) 3-1; Azerbaijan (3) bt India (1) 3-1 (Teimour Radjabov bt P Harikrishna; K Sasikiran drew Vugar Gashimov; Shakhriyar Mamedyarov bt Surya Shekhar Ganguly; Parimarjan Negi drew Gadir Guseinov); Ukraine (2) lt to China (3) 1.5-2.5. Israel (2) bt Egypt (0) 3-1; USA (1) drew Armenia (3) 2-2.

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