Friday, November 2, 2007

Indian chess teams wins at Asian Indoor Games : Sports

Macau, Oct 29 - The Indian chess team continued its winning run with facile victories in second and third rounds of Classical Chess at the second Asian Indoor Games.The Indians have now won each of their three rounds and are on the path to yet another gold medal.They will, however, have to contend with the Chinese who have also won three matches. But the Vietnamese, strong rivals, lost the second round to Qatar team. Qatar in turn had dropped a point while drawing 2-2 with the Philippines in third round.India is, however, in danger of finding K. Sasikiran out of the semis as he drew in both second and third round matches. In contrast, Surya Sekhar Ganguly has won both matches after drawing his first round.Koneru Humpy and Dronvalli Harika have won all three games.The top four players in team events qualify for the semi-finals in the race for individual medals, while the team gold is decided by team wins and if equal, then by points achieved during each win. That means the India-China clash will become the crucial one.Round 2India beat Philippines 3.5-0.5Sasikiran drew with So WesleyBanco Ronald lost to SS GangulyKoneru Humpy beat Catherine PerenaLomibao Sheerie Joy lost to HarikaOther results:China beat Iran 3.5-0.5; Qatar beat Vietnam 3-1; Indonesia beat MOngolia 3.5-0.5Round 3India beat Indonesia 3.5-0.5(c) Indo-Asian News Service

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