Chennai, August 22
India was held to a 3-Three draw by lower-ranked Mongolia within the sixth spherical as favourites China grabbed the highest spot in Pool A within the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Saturday.
After posting wins over Indonesia (4.5-1.5) and Vietnam (4-2) within the fourth and fifth rounds respectively, the Indians couldn’t put it throughout Mongolia.
Defeats for captain Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and world fast champion Koneru Humpy meant India suffered a setback within the quest for a sixth successive victory. Also, R Vaishali misplaced to Tuvshintugs Batchimeg to allow Mongolia to carry India to a creditable draw.
China had additionally confronted a tricky time earlier than overcoming the problem from Mongolia 3.5-2.5 within the fourth spherical. However, the Chinese bounced again strongly with convincing wins over Georgia and Germany within the subsequent two rounds, to exchange India on the high of the desk with 12 factors.
India is now second with 11 factors and Germany third with 9 factors.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand, who made his first look within the third spherical and was held to a draw by Nodirbek Abdusattorov, settled for half some extent within the recreation towards Indonesian Susnato Megaranto within the fourth spherical.
In the fifth spherical, Anand went right down to Parham Maghsoodloo at the same time as India received 4-2 because of wins by P Harikrishna, D Harika and Vantika Agrawal, whereas Humpy and Nihal Sarin settled for attracts.
India, with a mean ranking of 2419, is seeded seventh within the championship.
The Olympiad is being performed on-line owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The occasion has a special construction with every workforce comprising six gamers, together with at the very least two ladies.
Fourth spherical: India beat Indonesia 4.5-1.5 (Viswanathan Anand drew with Susanto Megaranto; Vidit S Gujrathi beat Farid Firman Syah; D Harika drew with Irine Kharisma Sukandar; Bhakti Kulkarni beat Medina Warda Aulia; R Praggnanandhaa beat Gilbert Elroy Tarigan; Vantika Agrawal drew Ummi Fisabilillah).
Fifth spherical: India beat Iran 4-2 (Viswanathan Anand misplaced to Parham Maghsoodloo; P Harikrishna beat M Amin Tabatbaei; Koneru Humpy drew with Sarasdat Khademalsharieh; D Harika beat Anousha Mahdian; Nihal Sarin drew with Aryan Gholami; Vantika Agarwal beat Anahita Zahedifar).
Sixth spherical: India drew Mongolia 3-3 (Vidit Gujrathi misplaced to Sumiya Bilguun; Aravindh Chithambaram beat Gombosuren Munkghal; Okay Humpy misplaced to Bathkuyag Muguntuul; R Vaishali to Tuvshintugs Batchimeg; R Praggnanandhaa beat Dambasuren Batsuren; Divya Deshmukh beat Davaakhuu Munkzhul). PTI