Youth Chess Olympiad: India win gold

Chongqing, July 29 : Fantastic performance by Kolkata based Sayantan Das and Diptayan Ghosh steered India to regain gold at the World Youth Chess Olympiad, which concluded on Monday at Chongqing in China.

Sayantan and Diptayan Ghosh, both student of Alkhine Chess Club, won gold in the 4th and silver in the 3rd board respectively. Sayantan, who has all age group national titles in his kity, is going through sparkling run to conquer the world meet at China by acquiring 7.5 points out of 9 games in this 10 round event.

Diptayan got 8.5 points out of 10 to win silver. Two other representatives of India, Shardul Gagare (6/9) and Murali Karthikeyan (6.5/10) won bronze in the 1st and 2nd board respectively. Sayantan also confirmed his IM title.

He got his first IM norm in 2009 and 3rd-and-last one in Bhubaneswar GM meet in this year.

India thrashed Iran 3.5-0.5 in the final round today to win gold. India started the Olympiad as second seed and also scored an important win against the top seed Russians.

This is India's third gold medal in this prestigious team event. India had won the event previously at Singapore 2007 and Turkey 2008. To defeat and finish ahead of Russia is no easy task in chess. India's talent and power was on display in this event.

India drew Turkey and Hungary.

Final placings: 1 India 18; 2 Russia 17; 3-4. Turkey, Hungary 15 each; 5-8. China-1, USA-2, SCWY Chess Training Center, Iran 14 each... Total 72 teams of 36 countries.

--IBNS (Posted on 29-07-2013)

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