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Online Olympiad: India climbs to top spot with three wins on day 2

India grabbed the top position in Group B at the Fide Online chess Olympiad after winning three matches in the Top Division on Thursday

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Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand

India grabbed the top position in Group B at the Fide Online Olympiad after winning three matches in the Top Division on Thursday.

The team led by former world champion edged Belarus 3.5-2.5 after outclassing Shenzhen China 5-1 and Azerbaijan 4-2.

India, joint winner of the title in 2020, lead the points table at the end of six rounds with 11 points ahead of Hungary, also on 11 on the basis of a better tie-break-2 score.

India have won five matches and drawn one so far.

France trails in third place with eight points while Azerbaijan is fourth with seven points.

A team gets two points for a win and one for a draw. The top two teams from the group advance to the play-offs.

In the match against Belarus, skipper Anand got the team off to a good start, beating Aleksej Aleksandrov taking advantage of an early blunder by his opponent.

Bhakti Kulkarni played a key role, posting a win over Kseniya Norman.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Tania Sachdev drew their games while R Praggnanandhaa went down to Denis Lazavik. R Vaishali stole a draw in the final match against Kseniya Zelintsova to help India win 3.5-2.5.

Earlier in the fifth round, Anand was held to a draw by Teimour Radjabov and Vidit Gujrathi shared honours with higher-rated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov before Koneru Humpy scored over Gunay Mammadzada.

Young GM Nihal Sarin recorded an important victory, getting the better of Vugar Asadli while D Harika and R Vaishali secured draws.

The strong Indian team had started the day with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Shenzhen China with Humpy's loss at the hands of Xue Zhao being the setback.

There were wins for P Harikrishna on the top board, B Adhiban, Bhakti Kulkarni, Nihal Sarin and Vaishali.

India's results:

Sixth round: Beat Belarus 3.5-2.5 (V Anand beat Aleksej Alexsandrov, Vidit Gujrathi drew Alexei Fedorov, Tania Sachdev drew Aliaksandra Tarasenka, Bhakti Kulkarni beat Kseniya Norman, R Praggnanandhaa lost to Denis Lazavik, Vaishali drew with Kseniya Zeliantsova).

Fifth round: Beat Azerbaijan 4-2 (Anand drew Radjabov, Vidit Gujrathi drew Mamedyarov, Humpy bt Gunay Mammadzada, Harika drew Guinar Mammadova, Sarin beat Vugar Asadli, Vaishali drew Khanim Balajayeva).

Fourth round: Beat Shenzhen China 5-1 (Harikrishna beat Zeng Chongsheng, Adhiban beat Yu Ruiyan, Humpy lost to Xue Zhao, Bhakti Kulkarni beat Xu Tong, Sarin beat Xue Haowen, Vaishali beat Lin Xinyu).

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First Published: Thu, September 09 2021. 21:57 IST