India’s unbeaten run in the World Team Chess Championship came to a halt on Monday after they were handed a 1.5-2.5 defeat by top seed Russia, who remained on top of the tally after the sixth round, here.
India, who had slipped to joint third after they drew with Armenia in the fifth round, failed to make headway and now share the position with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Israel with eight points each.
Russia share the lead with USA at 15.5 points each.
Krishnan Sasikiran did well to hold Alexander Grischuk on the top board while P Harikrishna survived a scare against Dmitry Jakovenko. On the third board, Surya Shekhar Ganguly tried hard but could not break through Vladimir Malakhov’s defence.
Indian hopes of holding the Russians were dashed on the last board when S Arun Prasad also could not hold his position against Nikita Vituigov.
India now have to chart comprehensive victories over Egypt and Brazil if they are to finish among the toppers in the elite team event.