Women sizzle, men go down fighting

Indian women continued their good work in the Chess Olympiad at Dresden and trounced 12th seed Germany 3-1 in the fourth round on Sunday. Tania Sachdev and Mary Ann Gomes scored full points while Dronavalli Harika and Swati Ghate came away with draws. Indian men had a good chance to hold top seeds Russia. The star-studded Russian won 2.5-1.5 after Vladimir Kramnik escaped with a draw against Krishnan Sasikran .
Sasi, with black pieces, was in a promising position in Slav Defence against Kramnik but he had very little time on the clock and had to make six moves in three minutes. The Indian offered a draw to Kramnik who took it immediately.
P Harikrishna won a good game against Peter Svidler on the second board but India lost both the remaining games. Alexander Grischuk beat Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Alexander Morozevich defeated Sandipan Chanda.
For Indian women, Tania Sachdev is in sizzling form and beat Kachiani Ketino on the second board. Ann Gomes accounted for Hoolt Sarah on the fourth board. Harika drew with Elisabeth Paehtz on the top board and Swati Ghate split the point with Michna Marta.
In the men’s sction, India have six points and are in joint third place but overall 10th when tiebreak is counted. Russia and Germany have eight points each and shared the first place. In the women’s section, India are in joint second place with seven points. Poland led the table with eight points.