India, Russia declared joint winners of Online Chess Olympiad after server malfunction

Chennai, August 30

India and Russia have been on Sunday declared joint winners of the 2020 Online Chess Olympiad after the ultimate was marred by web disconnection and server malfunction.

Russia have been initially declared winners after two Indian gamers—Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh—misplaced out on time within the closing after struggling a disconnection with the server.

India lodged a protest towards the controversial resolution which was reviewed.

This was the primary time FIDE, the worldwide chess federation, was holding the Olympiad in a web based format, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich made a decision to give gold medals of FIDE Online #ChessOlympiad to both teams – India and Russia,” the world chess physique tweeted.

“We are the champions !! Congrats Russia!,” the legendary Viswananthan Anand wrote on his twitter deal with after the ultimate.

The first spherical of the ultimate led to a 3-Three draw with all of the six video games ending in stalemate. Russia gained the second spherical 4.5-1.5 with wins for Andrey Esipenko over Sarin and Polina Shuvalova over Deshmukh, resulting in an argument because the Indians claimed the losses have been as a result of connection points.

In the second spherical, Anand, coming in for P Harikrishna, had drawn with Ian Nepomniachtchi whereas captain Vidit Gujrathi drew with Daniil Dubov.

Koneru Humpy, the world speedy champion, was overwhelmed by Alexandra Goryachkina and D Harika drew with Alexandra Kosteniuk.

In the primary spherical matches, Gujrathi drew Nepomniachtchi, whereas Harikrishna and Vladimir Artemiev shared the honours.

In different matches, Humpy and Harika drew with Lagno and Kosteniuk respectively, whereas younger prodigy R Praggnanandhaa and Deshmukh, too, held their opponents.

Reacting to the win, Humpy stated, “Well it is a bit strange that we lost due to serve failure and our appeal was accepted. Well I can say, we fought till the end.” PTI


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