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Bad day for India `A', `B'

By P. K. Ajith Kumar

KOZHIKODE, JULY 3. India is turning out to be a perfect host. Its best sides — India `A' and India `B' — almost gave full points to their opponents in the second round of the tenth Youth Chess Olympiad at Taj Residency here on Saturday.

China thrashed India `A' 3.5-0.5, while Uzbekistan gave the same treatment to India `B'. Then in third round, the two Indian sides were pitted each other and they drew 2-2. With six rounds remaining, China is leading the event with 10 points, half-a-point ahead of Uzbekistan.

In the third place is holder Hungary, with nine points. The best-placed host team at the moment is India `C', with 8.5 pionts. The results (third round): Uzbekistan (9.5) drew with Hungary (9) 2-2; China (10) bt Kazakhstan (7.5) 3.5-0.5; India `C' (8.5) bt India `D' (5.5) 3.5-0.5 (Soumya Swaminathan bt K. Prasanna; Sriram Sarja bt P. Karthikeyan; K. Priyadarshan drew with K. Narayanan; N. Raghavi bt M. Rajadarshini); Turkey (7) bt Sri Lanka `A' (6) 2.5-1.5; India `A' (6) drew with India `B' (6.5) 2-2 (S. Arun Prasad drew with K. Vijay Keerthi; G.N. Gopal lost to Parimarjan Negi; K. Nikhilesh Kumar bt Praveen Prasad; Rahul Sangma drew with Mary Ann Gomes); Australia (6) drew with Sri Lanka `B' (5.5) 2-2; Malaysia (7) bt Sri Lanka `C' (3.5) 3.5-0.5; Iran (7) bt South Africa (2.5) 4-0; Sri Lanka `D' (4) drew with India `F' (3.5) 2-2 (A.G.T.C. Abesingha lost to S. Harini; C. Fernando lost to V.K. Sindhu; R. Jinadhasa bt B.D. Impana; M.B. Madugalle bt R. Ganesh); India `E' (5) bt Sri Lanka `E' (0.5) 4-0 (S. Nishanth bt D.M.P. Maheshika; Meenu Rajendran bt Y. Methmali; Dhyani Dave bt G.J.Y. Lenagala; Kajri Choksi bt M.M.S.T. Anorathne).

Second round: Hungary bt India `D' 3-1 (Tamas Banusz lost to Prasanna; Denes Boros bt Kiran; Kristian Szabo bt Karthikeyan; Laszlo Horvath bt Rajadarshini); Uzbekistan bt India `B' 3.5-0.5 (Timur Gareev bt Pratik; Dzhurabek Khamrakulov bt Negi; Andrey Kvon drew with Praveen; Jamshid Mustafaev bt Mary); China bt India `A' 3.5-0.5 (Wang Hao bt Arun; Zhou Jiancho bt Gopal; Xiu Desun drew with Abhay; Li Chao bt Rahul); Kazakhstan bt Iran 4-0; India `C' bt Turkey 2.5-1.5 (Soumya drew with Apaydin Fethi; Sriram bt Dernus Berg; Priyadarshan bt Sirin Atakan; Sivasankari lost to Yildiz Betul Cemre); Sri Lanka `B' bt Sri Lanka `C' 2.5-1.5; Australia bt Sri Lanka `D' 3-1; Sri Lanka `A' bt India `E' 3.5-0.5 (I.T. Palawatta bt Rajasurya; T. De Silva bt Meenu; Y.D.B. Madugalle drew with Dhyani; D.M.C. Wijayawardane bt Kajri Choksi; Malaysia bt Sri Lanka `E' 3.5-1.5; South Africa bt India `F' 2.5-1.5 (Hendrich Stander bt Harini; Bernard Venter lost to Sindhu; Ian van Vollenhoven drew with Impana; Adam Earle bt Shalmali).

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