40th Chess Olympiad: Indian men beat Slovenia, women top Armenia
Harikrishna defeated former world championship candidate Alexander Beliavsky, while Gupta accounted for Malej Sebenik to ensure a 3-1 victory for the team while the other two games ended in draws.
For the third day running the Indian eves matched their male counterparts. Former Asian queen Tania Sachdev turned out to be the Indian ace here as she scored a much needed victory over Lilit Galojan, while three boards ended in truce.
Thanks to the third victory in as many matches, the Indian men and women find themselves on the top board in the fourth round in respective sections.
This is inspirational given the fact that both teams are without their best players -- world champion Viswanathan Anand and Koneru Humpy.
For the records, it's a 13-way lead in the open section and Indian men take on higher ranked United States in the next round.
The other leaders are, Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Germany, France, England, Philippines, Armenia, Ukraine, Poland and Hungary who all have an identical six match points from a possible three matches.
In the women's section it has now boiled down to a eight-way lead and giving Indian eves company are Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, France Argentina and Serbia.
In the next round the Indian women will be up against Serbia and given the form they have displayed so far, another victory looks well on cards.
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