Chennai, August 24
Indian gamers Vidit Gujrathi and Koneru Humpy have been provided lodge rooms of their respective cities to play the remaining matches of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad after web and energy failures affected their efficiency in opposition to Mongolia within the sixth spherical.
India yesterday turned the primary crew to qualify for the quarterfinals after topping Pool A with a 4-2 win over China within the ninth and ultimate preliminary spherical. India will play the winner of the match between Greece and Armenia on August 28.
Though India, led by Gujrathi, have been on an unbeaten run, they have been held to an surprising 3-Three draw by lower-ranked Mongolia within the sixth spherical after Gujrathi and Humpy suffered setbacks resulting from web and energy provide issues.
To deal with the problem, the All India Chess Federation has provided the duo to play the remaining matches from five-star motels. Humpy mentioned she was reluctant to remain in a lodge because of the Covid-19 pandemic, whereas Gujrathi would inform his choice in a day or two. — PTI