Online Chess Olympiad: India Notch Up Three Easy Wins, Rise to the Top of the Points Table
The Indian team’s matches began today. India lost just one match on Day 1 of FIDE Online Chess Olympiad.
Excerpt from news report:
A dominant India notched up three easy wins against Zimbabwe, Vietnam and Uzbekistan respectively in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad. India defeated Zimbabwe 6-0 and rolled over Vietnam 4-2 but the highlight certainly was the win against Uzbeks by 5.5-0.5 margin.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand, who made his first appearance after sitting out the first two rounds, was held to a draw by Nodirbek Abdusattorov in a 76-move game.
P Harikrishna, R Praggnanandhaa, Koneru Humpy, D Harika and Vantika Agrawal registered fluent wins to secure a massive win for India. Earlier in the first round, the strong Indian team routed Zimbabwe 6-0 with captain Vidit S Gujrathi leading the way.
In the second round match against Vietnam, young Nihal Sarin registered a crucial win over Anh Koi Nguyen as the Indians won 4-2 as Gujrathi and Harikrishna were held to draws and Divya Deshmukh went down to Ngoc Thuy Duong Bach with white pieces. Sarin had also won his match in the first-round encounter against Zimbabwe.
Winning each round got India two points, taking them on top of the pool with six points while they also have the best game points 15.5 after 18 matches.
India is on top of the standings followed by China with an equal number of round points (6) but fewer game points (13.5) and Germany in third also with 6 points (11.5 game points).
India with an average ELO rating of 2419 is seeded seventh in the championship. The Olympiad is being played online as the scheduled event could not be held in Russia owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event has a different structure with each team comprising six players, including at least two women. And, a male and a female player have to be 20 years and less.