Chennai, August 24
Indian gamers Vidit Gujrathi and Koneru Humpy have been supplied resort rooms of their respective cities to play the remaining matches of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad after the Internet and energy failures affected their efficiency in opposition to Mongolia within the sixth spherical.
India on Sunday grew to become the primary crew to qualify for the quarterfinals after they topped pool ‘A’ with a shocking 4-2 win over formidable China within the ninth and ultimate preliminary spherical.
India now await the winner of the match between Greece and Armenia within the final eight on August 28.
Though the Indian crew, led by Gujrathi, has been on an unbeaten run, it was held to an surprising 3-Three draw by lower-ranked Mongolia within the sixth spherical after Gujrathi and Humpy suffered setbacks because of Internet and energy provide issues.
To handle the difficulty, the All India Chess Federation (AICF) has supplied the duo to play the remaining matches from five-star motels.
“We have offered all possible help to all the players. We have told the players that steps to ensure uninterrupted power and the Internet will be taken and also they have been asked if they wanted to play from hotels,” stated AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan.
“After the issues faced by Vidit and Humpy, arrangements have been made for them to play the remaining matches from five-star hotels (Taj hotels) in their cities. Also, the offer has been made to the other players but they have said they prefer to play from their homes.”
Humpy stated she was reluctant to remain in a resort given the present COVID-19 pandemic, whereas Gujrathi would inform his resolution in a day or two.
“Even today I faced two power cuts and my Internet went down for a few minutes. I am trying to do everything which is in my control to fix it. I am trying to contact all the players and do my best and fix the issue and take precautions for the future matches,” stated Gujrathi.
Humpy, the world speedy champion, stated she wasn’t precisely snug with the thought of enjoying from a resort amid the well being disaster although energy lower and Internet points price her a sport in opposition to Mongolia.
“There was overnight rain the day prior to the Mongolia game and power was an issue. The Electricity Department people did set right the problem,” she stated from Vijayawada.
“However, Internet points cropped up and I misplaced on time. I had a back-up for energy however the service supplier field was shedding energy because of which internet connection was misplaced. This can occur wherever,” she stated.
“I am not particularly comfortable about staying in a hotel at this time of the coronavirus though arrangements have been made,” she stated from Vijayawada.
Asked concerning the quarterfinal match, the Nashik-based Gujrathi stated he was pleased with the best way the crew bounced again to defeat China and expects a detailed contest within the quarterfinal.
“To come back so strongly after the power cuts and Internet issue in the Mongolia match and defeating China is never easy. Defeating them 4-2 was the highlight of the day,” he stated.
“I feel we’re going to face the winner of the match between Greece and Armenia. Armenia is favorite on paper, they’re robust, they’re very effectively rounded. It can be a really shut match.”
“I am very happy with the way my teammates have performed and they are doing a great job. I am sure it will be a very exciting match and a close contest,” he stated. PTI