Chennai, August 29
Koneru Humpy took the highlight as she beat Monika Socko in a nervy tie-break to assist India pip Poland within the semifinals and attain the summit conflict of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Saturday.
After the 2 groups gained one spherical every in common play, world speedy champion Humpy was pitted towards Socko for the Armageddon (a tie-break), and the Indian beat her rival in fashion with black items to clinch a spot within the closing for her facet.
India will play the winner of the opposite semifinal between Russia and the USA, within the summit conflict on Sunday.
It was, nevertheless, not a simple job for the Indian workforce because it misplaced the primary spherical 2-Four earlier than bouncing again strongly within the second with a crushing 4.5-1.5 win. Humpy did the remaining within the match-deciding tie-break.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand got here into his personal with a much-needed win over Jan-Krzystof Duda in 78 strikes within the second spherical after dropping to his opponent within the first spherical.
Captain Vidit Gujrathi led the way in which with a win over Gzegorz Gajeswki whereas Humpy and D Harika additionally posted victories. Young prodigy R Praggnanandhaa, who changed Nihal Sarin, was overwhelmed by Igor Janik whereas Vantika Agrawal drew with Alicja Silwicka.
In the primary spherical, Anand was tamed by Duda whereas Gujrathi misplaced to Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Divya Deshmukh was overwhelmed by Alicja Silwicka.
Humpy and Harika drew towards Socko and Karina Cyfika respectively whereas Sarin posted the one win for India, beating Igor Janik, within the first spherical.
“We are through to the finals!!!! Nerves of steel @koneruhumpy !!! great games by everyone!,” Divya Deshmukh tweeted after the match. — PTI