World team chess championship: Indian men trounce USA

A resurgent trio of B. Adhiban, K. Sasikiran and Parimarjan Negi pulled of impressive victories as India produced a robust performance to trounce USA 3.5-0.5 in the fourth round of the World team chess championship here on Tuesday.

As per ratings, the players were evenly matched on all four boards but once the action commenced, the Indians seized control.

Adhiban made amends for losing the first two games by winning back-to-back battles. He outplayed seasoned campaigner Varuzhan Akobian with black pieces and put India ahead in the tie.

A little later, Sasikiran ended the resistance of Ray Robson to double India’s lead. Even though Vidit Gujrathi searched in vain for victory and eventually settled for a draw with Alexander Onischuk, Negi patiently nailed Jeffery Xiong in an ending involving opposite-colour bishops and pawns.

The triumph lifted India to the fifth spot with four match-points.

China and Russia lead with seven match-points, followed by Poland and Turkey with six each.

Decisive battle

Later in the day, Padmini Rout doubled India’s joy as she won her third board battle…

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