India too strong for Israel in friendly match: 29.5-18.5

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India beat Israel 29.5-18.5 in a friendly match organized as a curtain raiser to the upcoming Anand-Gelfand World Championship match. GM Krishnan Sasikiran paved the way for India's victory scoring a massive 7.5 out of a possible 8 on the final day.

The winners in New Delhi receive their prize from Chairman of Airports Authority of India (the sponsor), V P Agrawal - GM Krishnan Sasikiran on the right

EventIndia-Israel match | PGN via TWIC
DatesApril 3rd-4th, 2012
LocationNew Delhi, India
SystemScheveningen match (blindfold, rapid & blitz)
Players

Baskaran Adhiban, Tal Baron, Abhijeet Gupta, G N Gopal, Vitaly Golod, Gil Popliski, Krishnan Sasikiran Ilya Smirin, Yedael Stepak

Rate of play25 minutes + 10 seconds increment for blindfold and rapid, 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment for blitz

The Indian team outclassed their Israeli counterparts 29.5-18.5 in the India-Israel 2012 match, a curtain raiser to the World Chess Championship next month Moscow. Second highest rated Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran paved the way for his team’s victory scoring a massive 7.5 out of a possible 8 on the final day. Winning seven games in all, Sasikiran just conceded a single draw when he could not force matters against Vitali Golod in the rapid game.

See also our first report: Gopal guides India to healthy lead in match against Israel

Higher ranked on all four boards, the Indian victory was expected but the way it came might give reasons for smile to World Champion Viswanathan Anand who faces Boris Gelfand of Israel in May this year. The Indians had held a healthy lead in the opening round which they built on, on the final day as well.

The day started with Abhijeet Gupta striking form against Ilia Smirin in the blindfold game that he won without much ado. Sasikiran also caused the damage for the Israelis with a vital victory against Golod and by the time the final round began the Indian victory was only a matter of time.

The Israelis receiving their prize

From Israel’s perspective, GM Tal Baron was on the receiving end throughout the match and went on to lose all 12 games that he played against Indians. The best Israeli player was Ilya Smirin, who scored 8 points in all and was especially effective in the last round where he scored 3.5/4.

IM Gil Popliski scored 4.5 points while Vitali Golod ended up with six points in all. Sasikiran was by far the best Indian as well as the best player in the meet scoring 9.5 points out of a possible 12. Baskaran Adhiban and Abhijeet Gupta scored 7,5 and 6,5 points respectively while first day hero Gopal lost steam and ended up with 6 points in all. 

Games day 2

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See also our first report: Gopal guides India to healthy lead in match against Israel

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