The Indian team made a rousing comeback for the prospect of winning a medal after they defeated the Netherlands by a 3-1 margin in the 43rd Chess Olympiad. On the other hand, Women also won by 3-1 in their match against Peru. As a result of these wins, there is a hope that India could still have a top 5 finish.
In absence of Vishwanathan Anand, Krishnan Sasikiran took the charge for India. He and B Adhiban won comfortably against J V Forest and L V Wely respectively for the third and fourth board. Anand was rested probably for the last match today.
Vidit Gujrathi and P Harikrishna drew against Erwin L’Ami and Anish Giri to help India end with a score of 3.5-0.5. The victory might just boost India’s medal chances, subject to how they perform in the play in today’s finale. A returning Anand would further support the cause.
Even if they win their final round, much will depend on how other teams perform. The United States and China both have excelled in the competition. While the former defeated Armenia, the later beat a spirited Polish side. Both now have 17 points putting them into a strong position going into the Chess Olympiad final round.
Indian women defeat Peru by 3-1, But Chess Olympiad medal unlikely
Elsewhere, Indian women won 3-1 against Peru in what was another easy victory. The scoreline could have been 4-0, had it not been for Koneru Humpy’s giveaway to Deysi Cori in what seemed like a mistimed tactical finesse move.
However convincing their win might be, it probably would not be enough to see a top 3 finish for them. They have only 14 points.
The 43rd Chess Olympiad, or Batumi Chess Olympiad, organized by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), is being held at Batumi, Georgia from 23rd September to 6th October. This is the first time a Chess Olympiad is happening in Georgia. (Although Georgia hosted last year’s Chess World Cup. (in Tbilisi))
The last round, round no. 11, will take place at 6:30 (IST).