Winning start for Indian men, women at chess Olympiad

The men's team Tuesday saw all four Indian players registering fluent wins over their Welsh rivals.

Krishnan Sasikiran (2681) beat Richard Jones, Pentala Harikrishna (2645) defeated Tim Kett, G.N. Gopal (2603) beat Alan Bennett and Baskaran Adhiban (2516) defeated Iolo Jones.
In the women's section India beat Albania by a similar 4-0 margin.

Dronavalli Harika (2515) overcame Shabanaj Eglantina on the top board, while Tania Sachdev (2382) defeated Alda Shabanaj, Eesha Karavade (2365) beat Rozana Cimaj and Subbaraman Meenakshi (2336)trounced Roela Pasku.

In a strange situation, Russia is fielding five men's and three women's teams. Some teams are believed to have complained about so many Russian teams.

The other first round matches also saw the strong versus the weak in normal Swiss System style, leaving maximum room for the unexpected to happen. Overall, the favorites did what was expected, winning by crushing scores as they outrated their opponents.

A few unexpected results did occur such as Alexander Grischuk's (2760) draw on board one for Russia against Ireland's IM Sam Collins, or Hungary's Csaba Balogh (2608) who drew against Jordan's Bilal Samhouri (2269).

However, the biggest first-round upset was handed to reigning Dutch champion Jan Smeets (2669), who lost to International Master Lisandro Munoz (2391), leading to only the narrowest of victories by the Netherlands, with a 2.5-1.5 win over the Dominican Republic.

Grand Master Judit Polgar (2682), playing the third board for Hungary, and quite inactive over the last year-and-a-half in classical games, reminded us why she is the top female player in history when she beat Jordan's Ahmad Fawzi Samhouri (2372).

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