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Chess Olympiad: Gold for US, India 4th

The US won the gold medal on a better tie-break score over Ukraine while the top-seeded Russia won bronze at the 2016 World Chess Olympiad open category at Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday.

The gold medal in the women’s category went to China, Poland claimed silver while the bronze went to Ukraine. The ninth-seeded Indian open team secured a credible fourth position while the fifth seeded Indian eves stood fifth.

However the Indian team is not returning empty handed.

In the special rating categories, rewarding lower-rated teams that over performed, there were medals for India, Iran, the third team of Azerbaijan, Sudan and Chinese Taipei (Open section), as well as for Russia, Belarus, Malaysia, Syria and Indonesia, said an official statement.

The curtains came down on the Chess Olympiad on Tuesday after a gruelling 11 rounds.

On the final round in the open section, the US beat Canada while Ukraine and Russia humbled Slovenia and Italy respectively.

For India, it was a do or die round as it had an outside chance to figure in the medal list subject to two conditions.

First, they had to win their match against Norway while Russia had to lose against Italy. Both didn’t happen as India drew with Norway and Russia won against Italy.

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