Chess Olympiad: Abhijeet wins silver, bronze for Tania

Chess Olympiad: Tania wins bronze, Abhijeet returns with silverIstanbul (Turkey): Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta won a silver medal while Tania Sachdev pocketed a bronze medal in the Chess Olympiad here on Sunday.

Indian eves with their fourth place registered their best ever performance while Indian men had a disappointing outing and ended 35th.

The sixth seeded Indian team took on the France in the 11th round and recorded a very narrow 2.5-1.5 victory.  D Harika and Soumya Swaminathan won on the first and fourth board while Tania played out a draw on the second while Mary Ann Gomes suffered a reversal.

Tania with nine points from 11 games won the bronze for her performance on the third board and trailed Russia’s Nadezhda Kosintseva (8/9) and silver-medallist Poland’s Jolanta Zawadzka (9/11) for silver and gold respectively.

Indian men’s team did have a reason for cheer after their dismal performance as Abhijeet clinched the silver medal on the fourth board after scoring seven points from nine. France’s Vladislav Tkachiev (6.5/8) clinched the gold and Germany’s Daniel Fridman (7/10) won the bronze.