Friday, December 15, 2006

Indians Take Chess Gold

The powerful Indian team took out the team gold yesterday in the mixed team's classical chess event of the Doha Games. India's final total was 22.5 points after drawing with the Kazakhs in the last round at 1.5 points apiece.

Various news sources are quoting Humpy Koneru as saying, "It is a good feeling to win another gold for the country. We were confident of winning the title before the competitions started, and its great to have done it".

Team Philippines also had a peaceful end to their campaign by splitting the points with Turkmenistan. RP end Doha on 14.5 points overall.

Leading finishers:

22.5 - India
17.5 - China
16.5 - Iran
16.0 - Kazakhstan, Indonesia
15.0 - Qatar

1 comment:

Jason said...

The Indian team dominated from Day 1. They handed some beatings to other leading contenders, and the play of their board 2 Pentala was at times spectacular. His win against China is an attack worth playing through.

China were a solid runner-up, but were disappointed to be so outclassed by the Indians.

In a final twist, needing just one point in their final match against Iran to secure the Bronze, home team Qatar were walloped 3-0, giving up that medal to their opponents.

Iran's coach, replete with tracksuit, was equally engrossed in the Ashes cricket contest taking place simultaneously. Iranian cricket fans? Only when your name is Nigel Short.