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India colts fourth with Rohitís gold

Kuala Lumpur: G. Rohit won the individual gold medal on the fourth board even as Indiaís young chess players faltered at the final post to finish fourth in the World Youth Chess Olympiad that concluded on Tuesday.

China A, who had assured themselves of the title on Monday itself with a round to spare, were formally crowned the best youth team after an emphatic 3-1 victory over England in the final round.

The Chinese tallied 31 points out of a possible 40 and lost only one match in the meet when they went down to Romania in the third round.

Ukraine blanked Malaysia B 4-0 in the last round to win the silver medal with 27 points. The Ukrainians, who were half a point behind India before the commencement of the final round, had it easy against a relatively weaker team. Helped by an excellent 3.5-0.5 final round win over Iran, Indonesia won the bronze, pipping the Indians (26 points) by just half a point.

The silver-lining for the Indians was Rohitís gold on the fourth board. He was the best performer on this board along with Natalia Zdebskaja of Ukraine scoring 6.5 points from eight games.

In the final round, the Indians could not muster the required three points that would have given them the bronze medal ó they beat Australia A 2.5-1.5.

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