Chennai, August 28
India superior to the semifinals of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad at the moment after their opponents Armenia withdrew, following rejection of their attraction over one in every of their gamers shedding a recreation because of web disconnection. India will tackle the winner of the Azerbaijan versus Poland match within the semifinals on Saturday.
India had received the primary spherical of matches 3.5-2.5, with captain Vidit S Gujrathi, D Harika and Nihal Sarin
posting victories. While former world champion Viswanathan Anand drew his recreation in opposition to Armenian No. 1 Lev Aronian, Koneru Humpy and Vantika Agrawal suffered defeats.
The Armenians protested for a very long time, delaying the beginning of the second spherical, earlier than withdrawing following the rejection of their attraction.
“Following the disconnection of Haik Martirosyan in Match 1 of the Quarterfinal against India, Armenia filed an official appeal that was rejected. Armenia defaulted Match 2. As a result, India is through to the semifinals,” FIDE tweeted.
Martirosyan was declared the loser in opposition to Sarin.
Meanwhile, Harika tweeted: “Good to qualify for the semifinals of the FIDE on-line Olympiad. It may be very unlucky the circumstances beneath which it occurred and never the way in which we’d have preferred to qualify. “ — PTI