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Vijayalakshmi bags bronze; Russia, China keep titles

Bled (Slovenia): Indiaís S. Vijayalakshmi bagged the bronze medal even as the Indian teams faltered in the 14th and final round of the 35th chess Olympiad here Sunday. The men lost 1.5-2.5 to Iceland and the women went down 1-2 to Israel.

Defending champions Russia and China clinched top spots in the meet. While Russia played out a 2-2 draw with Yugoslavia in the final round, the Chinese women notched up an emphatic victory over Bulgaria.

Surya Sekhar Gangulyís fine run ended Sunday. The Calcutta youngster, who earned his final Grandmaster norm the other day, lost to GM Helgi Gretarsson on the second board.

GM Abhijit Kunte drew his game, GM K. Sasikiran won and IM R.B. Ramesh lost.

Though the Indian women lost, Vijayalakshmi secured the individual bronze medal on top board.

The Russians did not have to sweat at all Sunday as two points came easy with quick draws on all four boards even before the 15th move. Hungary were assured of the silver with two draws against China.

This was the Russian menís sixth consecutive Olympiad triumph.

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