Viswanathan Anand bounced backed brilliantly from Thursday's setback to lead India to an emphatic 3.5-0.5 victory over Paraguay before the women’s team posted an identical scoreline against Argentina in the fifth round of 43rd Chess Olympiad on Friday.
Though, the Indian's victory was more or less expected, the fifth round witnessed lots of surprises before the event's only rest day on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, top seed USA - India's conquerer in the previous round was been held 2-12 by 14th seed Israel. However, India stayed focussed to pull off a comprehensive fourth round victory against Paraguay.
Such was Anand's dominance that he steered himself in a winning position just after 15 moves. Anand capitalised on the advantage and cruised home in quicktime to record a smooth victory.
Viswanathan Anand shook off the setback suffered earlier againsr World No.2 Fabiano Caruana, by proving his superiority against Paraguay's Neuris Delgado Ramirez, rated 2619. During his 26-move game, Annad cornered his rival's king on the queen’s side with a planned assault with the help of queen, rook and the black-squared bishop.
With this big win, the Indian men are back in the thick of things especially as the top-seeded Americans were held to a draw by Israel while the fancied Chinese men suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Czech Republic.
The Indian women’s team are even better placed after another win. D Harika survived a nearly lost position while the trio of Koneru Humpy, Tania Sachdev and Eesha Karavade did what was needed from them to cruise to an emphatic victory.
The Indian eves took their tally to nine points out of a possible ten and look forward to a profitable campaign in the rounds to come. The women's quarter now sit at second place after maintaining their unbeaten run.
Indian Results round 5:
Men: India (8) beat Paraguay (6)
V Anand beat Neuris Delgado Ramirez; Guillermo Vazquez drew with P Harikrishna; B Adhiban beat Antonio Almiron; Paulo Jodorcovsky Werjivker lost to Sasikiran, Krishnan.
Women: Argentina (7) lost to India (9)
Carolina Lujan lost to Koneru Humpy; D Harika drew with Amura Claudia; Maria Florencia Fernandez lost to Tania Sachdev; Eesha Karavade beat Ayelen Martinez.