With match points being used there were no surprises, Indian A beating Bangladesh 2.5-1.5 courtesy of Negi Parimarjan's win (see photo below), Vietnam just allowing Singapore half a point in a 3.5-0.5 win, and Iran, Indian B, and Indonesia blanking Yemen, Sri Lanka, and Nepal respectively 4-0.
So India has "dropped off" the lead on games points. But Bangladesh was always going to offer a fight, and with ten teams and seven rounds it is just the start of a long war!
(Reliable?: Vietnam's Le Thao Nguygen Pham, India's Dronavalli Harika, Iran's Atousa Pourkashiyan)
was much more exciting with the women, India A easing past Indonesia 2.5-1.5 with three decisive games and Singapore then pulling off the biggest surprise of the tournament (for now?) with a 2-2 draw with India B whom they may even hoped to have beaten/
Vietnam dropped an unexpected point in a 3-1 win against Bangladesh, while Iran proved much too experienced for a young Sri Lanka side to record the only 4-0 win.
And Nepal got the curse of the bye and a 2-0 result.