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Negi stars in India victory

Tromso (Norway): Led by Parimarjan Negi’s fine victory on the top board, the Indian men cruised to a 3.5-0.5 victory over Canada in the second round of the 41st Chess Olympiad, here on Monday.

Negi defeated Anton Kovalyov from the white side of a Sicilian Taimanov. After enjoying an opening advantage, the Indian opened up the centre for complications and benefitted when Kovalyov blundered a piece to go down.

While Krishnan Sasikiran also used his white pieces to perfection against Leonid Gerzhoy on the third board, scoring a fine attacking victory against the King’s Indian Defence, B Adhiban came up with a sterling effort to beat Bator Sambuev.

SP Sethuraman was in a spot of bother and then stood better on the second board and eventually held his forte together to get a draw. (agencies)