Mamallapuram: Indian groups continued their successful run within the Open part of the forty fourth Chess Olympiad with all three posting straightforward victories over their respective opponents right here on Sunday.
Whereas the second-seeded India ‘A’ rode on wins from GMs P Harikrishna and Arjun Erigaisi for a 3-1 victory towards Greece, India ‘B’ swept previous Switzerland 4-0 and the third group received the higher of Iceland 3-1.
Vidit S Gujrathi, taking part in on second board for India A, settled for a draw towards GM Nikolaos Theodorou whereas Ok Sasikiran was held by Evgenios Ioannidis.
Talking after beating Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Harikrishna mentioned his opponent put up an excellent resistance and in direction of the tip, he had received an excellent mixture of strikes.
“Assembly the opposite Indian group is dependent upon the pairing. Our focus is on taking part in the matches and never the groups,” he mentioned.
With the Indian groups doing properly to date, they’ll run into each other within the competitors.
The highest-seeded Individuals stamped their authority with a 3-1 win over twenty fourth seed Georgia. Although Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominiguez Perez couldn’t report wins, Lev Aronian and Sam Shakland received the job carried out by beating Mikheil Mchedlishvili and Tamaz Gelashvili respectively.
Within the girls’s occasion, the three Indian groups had been victorious for a 3rd straight day. The ‘A’ group rested prime participant Koneru Humpy however got here by means of 3-1 towards England, courtesy wins from R Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni.
Dronavalli Harika was fielded for the primary time on this Olympiad and that is the ninth consecutive time that she is taking part in for India, to not point out the 2 digital Olympiads the place India received a gold and bronze medal within the blended model.
The 31-year previous Harika is within the superior phases of her first being pregnant and was pitted towards Jovanka Houska of England. She couldn’t power a win on the highest board.
The ‘B’ group recorded a 3-1 win towards Indonesia with Vantika Agrawal and Soumya Swaminathan beating Irine Kharisma Sukandar and Fariha Mariroh respectively. Padmini Rout and Mary Ann Gomes needed to accept attracts towards their opponents.
The third host group received 2.5-1.5 towards Austria due to victories from P V Nandhidhaa and Pratyusha Bodda. Varshini Sahiti misplaced to Nikola Mayrhuber and Esha Karavade drew towards Katharina Newrkla.
WGM Nandhidhaa was the primary participant to realize some extent, courtesy a walkover towards Chiara Polterauer who was unwell.
“That is my first Olympiad and I’m taking part in in my hometown Chennai, purpose sufficient to present me further vitality. In my view scores and seedings do not matter. Even our group has an opportunity and we’re prepared to present our greatest,” Nadhidhaa mentioned.
In different outcomes, the twenty eighth ranked Mongolia pulled off an upset 3-1 win over USA, the seventh-seed within the girls’s occasion whereas No.2 seed Ukraine trounced Slovakia 4-0.
Outcomes of Indian matches:
Open: India ‘A’ beat Greece 3-1 (P Harikrishna beat Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Vidit Gujrathi drew with Nikolaos Theodorou, Arjun Erigaisi beat Athansios Mastovasilis, Ok Sasikiran drew with Evegenios Ioannidis).
India ‘B’ beat Switzerland 4-0 (D Gukesh beat Nico Georgiadis, Nihal Sarin beat Sebastian Bogner, R Praggnanandhaa beat Yannick Pelletier, Raunak Sadhwani beat Fabian Baenziger).
India ‘C’ beat Iceland 3-1 (Surya Shekhar Ganguly drew with Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn, S P Sethurman beat Hannes Stefansson, Abhijeet Gupta beat Gumundur Kjartsson, Abhimanyu Puranik drew with Gretarsson Helgi).
Ladies: India beat England 3-1 (D Harika drew with Jovanka Houska, R Vaishali beat Toma Katarzhnya, Tania Sachdev drew with Yao Lan, Bhakti Kulkarni beat Akshaya Kalaiyalahan).
India ‘B’ beat Indonesia 3-1 (Vantika Agrawal beat Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Padmini Rout drew with Aulia Medina Warda, Soumya Swaminathan beat Fariha Mariroh, Mary Ann Gomes drew with Anastasia Citra Dewi Ardhiani).
India ‘C’ beat Austria 2.5-1.5 (Easha Karavade drew with Katharina Newrkia, P V Nandhidhaa beat Chiara Poltrauder, M Varshini Sahiti misplaced to Nikola Mayrhuber, Pratyusha Bodda beat Hapala Elisabeth).