Chess Olympiad | Indian Men and Women secure wins in Georgia
In the 43rd Chess Olympiad, the Indian men defeated a strong Holland side 3-1 while the women beat Peru by the same scoreline to keep the hope of a top 5 finish alive. The Indian men currently stand with 15 points and are still in the hunt for a medal, while the women are at the 14th position.
On the 3rd and 4th board, Krishnan Sasikaran and B Adhiban won against Jorden Van Foreest and Loek van Wely respectively whereas, on the top board, P Harikrishna played out a worthy hard-fought draw with Anish Giri. After Vidit Gujrathi drew with Erwin L’Ami, India secured the 3.5-0.5 victory which might help India in the last round.
The Indian men have a total of 15 tally points and are hoping for the medal. But it surely depends on how the other teams take it on Friday in the final contest. They should have scored 4-0 but only for the blunder which was made by Koneru Humpy, which was winning a spot against Peru.
In the open section, United States won against Armenia and Chinese men beat Poland. These two teams led on 17 points apiece. The Indian thinktank rested to Viswanathan Anand, but probably would need him on Friday in the final contest, as they might still have the chance to hit the medal depending upon how the results shape up.
Results India (open): India vs Holland (2.5-0.5 one game remaining): Anish Giri drew with P Harikrishna; Vidit Gujrathi playing Erwin L’Ami; Loek Van Wely lost to B Adhiban, Krishnan Sasikiran beat Jorden van Foreest.
Results Women: India beat Peru 3-1: K Humpy lost to Deysi Cori, Paula Parades lost to D Harika, Tani Sachdev beat Flor De Maria, Ann Chumpitaz lost to Eesha Karavade.