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India, Russia declared joint winners of 2020 Online FIDE Chess Olympiad

Wesley So Grandmaster Wesley So who now plays for the United States is on the semifinals with his teammates in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad
Melba Vasquez | 31 August, 2020, 07:41

On Saturday, Koneru Humpy was the shining light for India as she defeated Monika Socko of Poland in the semifinal. A day after we celebrated #NationalSportsDay, our Chess Team brings laurels by becoming joint champions.

India and Russian Federation both emerged as gold medal winners after the final of FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Sunday with internet connection playing a spoilsport once again from India's end.

Philippine-born Wesley So pulled off a pair of impressive victories on top board as the United States clobbered Ukraine with a two-match sweep Friday to advance to the semifinals of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad. If that round ends in a 3-3 tie as well then the match will be headed into an Armageddon.

Nihal Sarin, 16, and Divya Deshmukh, 14, lost connection due to "a global internet outage" in the last round of the Chess Olympiad. Despite Vidit had a clear advantage in the middle game, Nepomniachtchi managed to force a draw. "I would really credit my teammates and we won this jointly", Anand said.

"Of course, the decision was not easy and it took courage but I think Dvorkovich's decision was the fairest one". Repeat the second match or perhaps repeat a couple of games. "I don't really rank my titles. It's certainly a nice and pleasant turn".

The trophy had to be shared because of global outage yesterday when many servers, including chess.com, the platform on which the tournament was being conducted, reported crashes. However, they couldn't arrive at a unanimous decision to resolve the situation.

However, India filed an official appeal against the decision and the matter was investigated, following which it was chose to give gold medals to both teams.

"The Indian team has shown a lot of spirit in the Olympiad". P Harikrishna and D Harika too played their part very well. Harikrishna who is now also playing in the Polish league, drew against Russia's prodigious talent Vladislav Artemiev. Deshmukh was in a winning position when apparently the Indian players lost internet connection leading to loss of connection to the server.

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