Chennai, August 21
A dominant India notched up three simple wins towards Zimbabwe, Vietnam and Uzbekistan, respectively, within the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Friday.
India defeated Zimbabwe 6-Zero and rolled over Vietnam 4-2 however the spotlight definitely was the win towards Uzbeks – 5.5-0.5.
Winning every spherical obtained India two factors, taking them on high of the pool with six factors whereas in addition they have the perfect recreation factors 15.5 after 18 matches.
India is on high of the standings adopted by China with an equal variety of spherical factors (6) however fewer recreation factors (13.5) and Germany in third additionally with 6 factors (11.5 recreation factors).
A formidable China led by world No.3 Ding Liren might solely beat Indonesia 4-2 as girls’s world No.1 Yifan Hou was held to a draw as have been three different teammates.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand, who made his first look after sitting out the primary two rounds, was held to a draw by Nodirbek Abdusattorov in a 76-move recreation.
P Harikrishna, R Praggnanandhaa, Koneru Humpy, D Harika and Vantika Agrawal registered fluent wins to safe an enormous victory for India.
Earlier within the first spherical, the sturdy Indian workforce routed Zimbabwe 6-Zero with captain Vidit S Gujrathi main the best way.
In the second spherical match towards Vietnam, younger Nihal Sarin registered a vital win over Anh Koi Nguyen because the Indians gained 4-2 after Gujrathi and Harikrishna have been held to attracts and Divya Deshmukh went all the way down to Ngoc Thuy Duong Bach with white items.
Sarin had additionally gained his match within the first-round encounter towards Zimbabwe.
India with a median ELO ranking of 2419 is seeded seventh within the championship.
The Olympiad is being performed on-line because the scheduled occasion couldn’t be held in Russia owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The occasion has a unique construction with every workforce comprising six gamers, together with at the very least two girls. And, a male and a feminine participant should be 20 years and fewer.
First spherical: India beat Zimbabwe 6-0 (Vidit S Gujrathi beat Mwadzura Roy; VR Aravindh Chithambaram beat Cyril Chigodo; Bhakti Kulkarni beat Linda Shaba; R Vaishali beat Charinda Kudzanayi; Nihal Sarin beat Hamandishe Farai; Divya Deshmukh beat Mudodo Rafiloe Hazel).
Second spherical: India beat Vietnam 4-2 (Vidit Gujrathi drew with Liem Quang Le; P Harikrishna drew with Ngoc Truong Nguyen; Koneru Humpy beat Le Thao Nugyen Pham; D Harika beat Thi Bao Tram Hoang; Nihal Sarin beat Anh Khoi Nguyen; Divya Deshmukh misplaced to Nogoc Thuy Duong Bach).
Third spherical: India beat Uzbekistan 5.5-0.5 (Viswanathan Anand drew with Nodirbek Abdusattorov; P Harikrishna beat Nodirbek Yakubboev; Okay Humpy beat Irina Gevogryan; D Harika beat Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva; R Praggnanandhaa beat Javokhir Sindarov; Vantika Agrawal beat Nilufar Yakubbaeva). PTI