Anand calls Olympiad victory ‘magical’

Chennai, August 31

Viswanathan Anand as we speak termed India’s maiden gold medal win within the Online Chess Olympiad as a “magical moment” which is able to spur additional progress of the game within the nation.

India and Russia have been yesterday declared joint winners of the Olympiad after the ultimate was marred by server malfunctions. Russia have been initially declared winners after two Indians — Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh — misplaced within the ultimate after struggling a disconnection with the server. India lodged a protest. “I mean clearly the strongest argument in our favour was that this disconnection was not our fault,” Anand stated. “The rules are clear that if a team loses by disconnection, they forfeit the game. But in this particular case, it was quickly verified that the problem was not at our end. So FIDE had to consider that in our appeal,” he added.

FIDE later stated the match “was impacted by a global internet outage, that severely affected many countries including India.”

For Anand, a five-time world champion and the nation’s first Grandmaster, it was his first Olympiad medal. “The tournament went like a dream for me. A special gold for me. A special moment for the youngsters. Winning the gold is simply a magical moment,” Anand stated. “I hope this will be the start of many things for India,” he added.

Indian males had gained a bronze within the 2014 version, which was the nation’s finest end earlier than this gold. “A very special medal I will add to my collection,” Anand stated.

Praising the crew, Anand stated: “Everyone clicked at least in one game. That really worked to the strength of India that we have such depth not only in men, but also women and juniors.”

He additionally stated it was a good suggestion to have a web based Olympiad this yr as a substitute of suspending it amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “The event was a pleasant surprise… I also commend their decision to improvise with the format. Instead of the same format, they got juniors and women, made the event much more fun to watch,” Anand stated.

Koneru Humpy, the ladies’s world fast champion, described the triumph as a “golden moment”, whereas crew captain Vidit Gujrathi stated the victory was potential as a result of nice work by all of the gamers. — PTI 

Need for presidency recognition

Viswanathan Anand is hoping that India’s triumphant marketing campaign will assist the nation’s chess gamers get the federal government recognition they deserve. The final time a chess participant acquired the Arjuna Award was in 2013, whereas a chess coach has been given the Dronacharya simply twice. “I hope this will lead to all sorts of positive things including the reconsideration in the Sports Ministry of the Arjuna Award and the Dronacharya Award for chess. It has been a long time,” Anand stated.

Indian performances

Pool stage

Viswanathan Anand (three attracts, 1 loss)

Vidit Gujrathi (three wins, 2 attracts, 1 loss)

Koneru Humpy (2 wins, three attracts, 1 loss)

Harika Dronavalli (three wins, three attracts, 1 loss)

Nihal Sarin (2 wins, 2 attracts)

Divya Deshmukh (four wins, 1 loss)

Harikrishna Pentala (three wins, three attracts)

Aravindh Chithambaram (2 wins)

Kulkarni Bhakti (three wins)

Vaishali R (1 win, 1 loss)

Praggnanandhaa R (5 wins)

Vantika Agrawal (three wins, 1 draw)

Quarterfinal vs Armenia

Anand (1 draw)

Gujrathi (1 win)

Humpy (1 loss)

Harika (1 win)

Sarin (1 win)

Agrawal (1 loss)

Semifinal vs Poland

Anand (1 win, 1 loss)

Gujrathi (1 win, 1 loss)

Humpy (2 wins, 1 draw)

Harika (1 win, 1 draw)

Sarin (1 win)

Deshmukh (1 loss)

Praggnanandhaa (1 loss)

Agrawal (1 draw)

Final vs Russia

Anand (1 draw)

Gujrathi (2 attracts)

Harikrishna (1 draw)

Humpy (1 draw, 1 loss)

Harika (2 attracts)

Praggnanandhaa (1 draw)

Deshmukh (1 draw)

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