Chess Olympiad 2022: India B men’s team leapfrogs A team; Koneru Hampi concedes first draw for women

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India
B
leapfrogs
India
A

Team
A
rested
their
top
player
Vidit
Gujrathi
for
this
encounter
and
Harikrishna
who
rested
on
the
opening
day,
started
with
a
win.
Sasikiran
and
S
L
Narayanan
scored
victories
while
Arjun
Erigaisi
was
held
to
a
draw
by
IM
Andrei
Macovei.

Team
B,
a
favourite
of
the
enthusiasts,
had
D
Gukesh,
R
Praggnanandhaa,
B
Adhiban
and
Raunak
Sadhwani
scoring
victories,
with
Nihal
Sarin
taking
a
rest
day.

Harikrishna
found
himself
on
the
other
side
of
his
favourite
English
Opening
scoring
a
victory
after
39
moves.
A
spate
of
exchanges
early
in
the
game
had
the
queens
also
being
exchanged
by
the
19th
turn.
Harikrishna
snared
a
bishop
after
the
players
reached
an
ending
with
bishops
and
knights.

Arjun
and
Andrei
Macovel
battled
in
the
Berlin
Defence
of
the
Ruy-Lopez
fritted
into
a
draw
after
45
moves
with
each
left
with
a
rook
and
knight
even
as
Arjun
was
a
pawn
less.

Karthukeyan
Murali
played
a
fine
game
against
the
Sicilian
Defence
of
Uriel
Capo
Vidal.
He
delayed
castling,
shattered
his
opponent’s
castle
and
by
the
21st
move,
his
queen
had
infiltrated
into
enemy
territory.
On
the
34th
turn,
he
won
a
knight,
prompting
his
opponent’s
resignation
on
the
next.


India
Women’s
A
Team
wins
as
Koneru
Humpy
concedes
the
first
draw

Favourites
fumbled
in
the
second
round
of
the
Women’s
section
with
former
Women
World
Champion
Mariya
Muzychuk
of
Ukraine
crashing
to
defeat
against
Ekaterina
Atalik
and
India’s
Koneru
Humpy
forced
to
split
point
against
much
lower
rated
Marisa
Zuriel
of
Argentina.

All
the
three
Indian
Women’s
Teams
won
their
matches
but
not
with
the
desired
perfect
scores.
However,
these
were
individual
upsets
while
the
top
20
seeds
remained
unscathed
at
the
time
of
going
to
press.

Koneru
Humpy
conceded
the
first
draw,
but
the
team
won
comfortably
nevertheless.
PHOTO:
Lennart
Ootes

Azerbaijan,
Armenia
and
Romania
were
the
teams
in
the
top
20
rankings
which
whitewashed
their
opponents
with
a
4-0
score.
This
event
is
a
11
round
Swiss
league
one
where
four
players
are
fielded
for
each
round.

R
Vaishali,
Tania
Sachdev
and
Bhakti
Kulkarni
scored
victories
for
the
India
A
Team
to
score
a
3.5-0.5
victory
against
Argentina.
India
B
Team
defeated
Latvia
3.5-0.5
with
Vantika
Agrawal,
Soumya
Swaminathan
and
Mary
Ann
Gomes
scoring
wins
and
Padmini
Rout
conceding
a
draw
to
Nellija
Maklakova.
The
India
C
Team
beat
Singapore
with
a
3-1
score
with
Eesha
Karavade
and
P
V
Nandhidhaa
scoring
victories
and
Pratyusha
Bodda
and
Vasnawala
Vishwa
being
held
to
draws.

Marisa
Zuriel
opted
for
the
volatile
Benko
Gambit
against
Humpy
who
skipped
the
popular
continuation
without
accepting
the
gambit.
A
blocked
position
with
little
headway
had
Humpy
settling
for
a
draw
after
44
moves
with
each
having
a
queen,
a
rook
and
opposite
colour
bishops
with
an
identical
number
of
pawns.

Tania
Sachdev
who
was
stretched
for
more
than
100
moves
on
day
one
scored
a
quick
victory
against
Anapaola
in
a
Grunfeld
game
which
lasted
36
move
after
her
queen,
rook
and
knight
set
up
a
checkmating
net.

P
V
Nandhidhaa
playing
for
India
Women
C
Team
was
involved
in
a
Pirc
Defence
game
against
Emmanuelle
Mei-En
and
crafted
a
neat
victory
with
strongly
placed
pieces
and
an
extra
bishop.
The
game
lasted
34
moves.


(With
FIDE/AICF
Inputs)

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