Harika bags third spot as Sasi falters

first_imgDronavalli Harika added to India’s medal haul on Tuesday by clinching the bronze in the women’s individual chess event at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.The 19-year-old International Master from Andhra Pradesh finished third in the competition behind China’s Hou Yifan and Zhao Xue. Harika had five wins, three draws and one defeat to secure 6.5 points.Her victory over Iran’s Sukandar Irine Kharisma in the ninth and final round secured the medal. Top seed Hou remained undefeated throughout with eight wins and a draw to score 8.5 points. Zhao won seven matches, drew one and lost one to finish with 7.5 points. In the men’s section, Krishnan Sasikiran, who was in the running for a medal, lost his last two rounds to finish ninth with 5.5 points.Harika, who was fourth overnight, split points with compatriot Tania Sachdev and defeated Sukandar with black pieces in the final round to move into the medal bracket. Arjuna awardee Harika had drawn with Nguyen Pham Le Thao of Vietnam on Monday in the seventh round to take her score to five points. Harika had earlier held Hou in the sixth round, after beating Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran in the fifth.Tania was also on five points on Monday after seven rounds, following victories over Altanulzi Enkhtuul and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia in the last two rounds. Both Indians had a shot at the medals as they were on 5.5 points going into the final encounter. But Tania lost to Hou in the last round on Tuesday to finish sixth.advertisementIn the men’s individual section, Surya Sekhar Ganguly finished fifth with six points, winning six matches and losing three while Sasikiran came ninth with four wins, three draws and two defeats. Uzbek Rustam Kasimdzhanov won gold while Vietnam’s Le Quang Liem finished with a silver medal, ahead of China’s Bu Xiangzhi.last_img

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