LAHORE – Pakistan men team finished an encouraging 92nd in 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tormso (Norway) after playing a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica in 11th and final round on Thursday. Debutant national master Syed Ahmed Ali emerged as Pakistan star in the event after mustering six and half points four wins, six draws and one defeat against Iceland grand master. Playing his 12th Olympiad, International master Mahmood Lodhi ended five points with three wins, four draw and as many defeats. Pakistan ladies ended 111th in the mega event. Ghazala Begum and Mariam each got 4.5 points to give good accounts of themselves while Zenobia Wasif got four points. China won their first ever gold in Chess Olympiad after beating Poland 3-1 in the final round. Russia clinched the gold medal for the third time in a row. Hungary got second position while India got third spot. In the women championship, Russia was declared winners with Chinese runners-up and Ukrain third. Talking to this scribe, Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP) secretary Dr Naeem Hamid Mirza said he was highly impressed with the performance of men and women teams in the mega event. "All the Pakistani players played well and tried their best to deliver. I hope they will try to improve their position in next event.”Mind Sports Association of Pakistan (MSAP) director Tariq Rasheed Khan lauded the performance of Syed Ahmed Ali. "MSAP will be honoring Ahmed Ali for his outstanding performance in the Chess Olympiad. Ahmed is a good addition in Pakistan chess.” –Staff Reporter