On Sunday, Divya Deshmukh and R Praggananandhaa wins for India and beats China by 4-2 in the ninth and final preliminary round. With this, India becomes the first nation to qualify for the quarterfinals of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad.
Now, team India will be playing the quarterfinals against the team winning on August 28.
On this, the International Chess Federation tweeted- “India does it! 4:2 win against China, four draws & two wins on U20 boards. 15-year old Praggnanandhaa R was on the ropes but managed to turn the tables on Liu Yan & finish with a perfect 6/6 score. India takes first place in Pool A & is the first team to qualify to quarterfinals” Source: Twitter.
With four draws and two commendable wins on the Under-20 board proved helpful for India to qualify against China.
The 15 years old R Praggananandhaa pulled victory for India and finished a perfect game with 6/6 score. His beating Liu Yan from China helped team India look towards quarterfinals.
On the other hand, Divya Deshmukh put it across Jiner Zhu and showed her credibility. Deshmukh is a former world champion, under 10 and 12.
Former Indian Captain, Vidit Gujrathi held world no. 3 Ding Liren to an incredible draw, whereas P Harikrishna shared honors with Yangyi Yu from China.
After noticing the declining performance rate of Indian chess players, Koneru Humpy and Vidit Gujrathi, both the players have been offered hotel rooms in their respective cities. The decision has been taken after receiving internet and power failure issues from the players which left an adverse impact on their performance against Mongolia in the 6th round.
Bharat Singh Chauhan, AICF Secretary, told PTI, “We have offered all possible help to all the players. We have told the players that steps to ensure uninterrupted power and internet will be taken, and also they have been asked if they wanted to play from hotels,” Source: The Indian Express.
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