Chennai, August 28
India on Friday superior to the semifinals of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad after Armenia withdrew following rejection of its enchantment over certainly one of its gamers dropping a recreation on account of Internet disconnection.
India will now tackle the winner of the Azerbaijan versus Poland match within the semifinals, on Saturday.
India had gained 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 towards the Armenian No.1 Lev Aronian. Koneru Humpy and Vantika Agrawal suffered losses.
The Armenians protested for a very long time delaying the beginning of the second spherical of matches earlier than withdrawing following rejection of their enchantment.
“Following the disconnection of Haik Martirosyan in Match 1 of the Quarterfinal against India, Armenia filed an official appeal that was rejected by the Appeals Committee. Armenia defaulted Match 2. As a result, India is through to the semifinals,” tweeted the world chess physique FIDE.
Haik Martirosyan was declared loser towards the younger Sarin on the fifth board, which led to Armenia lodging the protest, contending that their connection was steady.
Anand and the higher-rated Aronian had been locked in a 54-move battle earlier than they signed peace. Gujrathi recorded a powerful win over Gabriel Sargissian whereas world speedy champ Humpy went right down to Elina Danielian.
Harika pulled off a win over Lilit Mkrtchian as did Sarin towards Martirosyan in moderately contentious circumstances.
Vantika Agrwal couldn’t maintain her personal towards larger rated Anna Sargsyan and misplaced.
Later, Armenia’s prime participant Aronian slammed FIDE’s determination to reject the workforce’s enchantment and that there was no drawback on their facet.
“As a leader of a 3 times Olympic champion I feel very dissatisfied with FIDE’s decision to reject our just appeal in our match against India. Haik Martirosyan lost on time due to disconnection from chess.com. We proved that our connection was stable,” he tweeted.
“And it was a problem access to chess.com, not on our side. All we asked for was to continue that game from the same position and same time. Is it too much to ask?,” he additional mentioned.
Meanwhile, Indian star Harika tweeted: “Good to qualify for the semifinals of the FIDE on-line Olympiad. It could be very unlucky the circumstances below which it occurred and never the way in which we might have appreciated to qualify.”
“Armenia is a tough opponent and it would have been good to have another tough fight.” PTI