Tromso (Norway): Backed by some gutsy performances on all four boards, the Indian men crushed Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5 to clinch a historic bronze medal in the 41st Chess Olympiad here.
Parimarjan Negi scored over former Fide World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov on the top board. S P Sethuraman ended his bad run by defeating Anton Filippov. Krishnan Sasikiran lived up to expectations and outplayed Marat Dzhumaev to pave the way for an Indian triumph.
On the fourth board, B Adhiban fought from a hopeless position to draw with Jahongir Vakhidov. India notched up 17 points. This is the best-ever finish by the Indian men in a Chess Olympiad. Hungary won the silver. China became the first Asian country to win the gold medal in the Chess Olympiad and their success is even more significant as this year a record 171 countries participated. (Agencies)