Saleh maintains form in Round 6

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Saleh maintains form in Round 6
The UAE's most consistent player on board one.

Dubai - UAE beat Bangladesh as India lead

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Fri 9 Sep 2016, 9:39 PM

Last updated: Fri 9 Sep 2016, 11:49 PM

India took the table top position in the Open section of the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku followed by USA and the Netherlands in second and third berths after six rounds, Thursday night.
In the women's tournament, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania and India occupied the top five slots in the order after the sixth round.
The UAE were in the 68th position in the open category after their Round of Six two-all stalemate against Bangladesh, after going down 0.5-3.5 against Chile in Round 5, Wednesday night. The UAE next run into Moldova in Round 7
UAE board one star GM Salem AR Saleh kept his form intact with a draw against top Chilean Ivan Morovic Fernandes on Wednesday for the UAE's half point.
Against Bangladesh's GM Enamul Hossain he cleaned up the last remaining pieces in style for a full point.
Omar Nouman defeated Mollah Abdulla on board two to give the UAE a commanding 2-0 lead but Saeed Ishaq and Jaem Alhuwar lost their board three and four games against Ziaur Rahman and Niaz Murshed for the issue to be locked 2all finally.
India shot to the top defeating Netherlands 2.5-1.5, the sole winner being B Adhiban as the remaining games were drawn.
Fabiano Caruana secured victory for USA in the clash against Ukraine. Czech Republic and Georgia split points by signing draws on all four boards.
Azerbaijan and Greece also shared points, but there were decisive games. Mamedyarov and Radjabov drew on the top two boards, Athanasios Mastrovasilis defeated Arkadij Naiditsch, and Eltaj Safarli equalised against Stelios Halkias.
Russia made a comeback with a 3-1 win against Germany, the full points being delivered by Kramnik and Nepomniachtchi playing white, while the Philippines held Norway 2-2 with GM Sadorra snatching a draw in his clash against world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway).
Azerbaijan's B side lost to Romania 1.5-2.5 as the senior home side whitewshed Ghana 4-0.
In the women's section all the top matches were tightly contested and ended in ties.
World champion Hou Yifan skipped the match, and Romania was able to hold China. Corina-Isabela Peptan beat Ju Wenjun, while Guo Qi scored against Irina Bulmaga.
India surged ahead with a win against Latvia as Harika Dronavalli who takes part in the major events in the Gulf region especially the UAE, signed her first full point in the tournament.

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