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Chess Olympiad: Gukesh stuns Caruana as India 2 roars

Chennai boy now World No. 20 in reside scores; India 1 battles to retain lead in girls’s part

Chennai boy now World No. 20 in reside scores; India 1 battles to retain lead in girls’s part

If ever any proof was wanted of India’s rising chess prowess, 4 fearless youngsters offered it to the world in a telling method on Saturday. Silently, they made an enormous assertion by bringing down the mighty USA. In doing so, they supplied the largest talking-point of the forty fourth Chess Olympiad right here.

In a show of immense self-belief within the face of heavy odds, D. Gukesh, Nihal Sarin, R. Praggnanandhaa and Raunak Sadhwani joined arms to script a sensational 3-1 victory over Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So and Leinier Dominguez Perez — ranked between 5 and 12 in reside scores. Never earlier than has the chess world seen a much bigger upset in over 90 years of this prestigious workforce competitors.

Late blunder

Before a late blunder from P. Harikrishna in a 102-move marathon proved decisive as Armenia retained its one-point lead at 15 factors and India 1 battled to a 2-2 draw in opposition to second seed Ukraine to remain forward within the girls’s part, Gukesh and Raunak scripted beautiful victories for India 2, seeded 11.

It all began with R. Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin, rated 105 factors and 110 factors behind their illustrious rivals in reside scores, pressed onerous for victories in opposition to Wesley So and Levon Aronian however ultimately settled for attracts.

Gukesh, now ranked twentieth and rated 25 factors behind Caruana in reside scores, was struggling within the opening section however took it as a chance to check his skill-sets with black items in opposition to a high-quality participant. Gukesh noticed his probability following Caruana’s knight-move on the thirty first flip. Over the subsequent 15 strikes, Gukesh saved discovering the exact continuation and delivered the knockout punch by providing his queen. Caruana realilsed the approaching checkmate and resigned to present Gukesh his eighth straight win that made him the second Indian, Viswanathan Anand being the primary, in world rankings.

Raunak, rated 146 factors behind Leinier Dominguez Perez, was no much less elegant with white items.

Absolute magnificence

Raunak’s knight-offer on the twenty first transfer was an absolute magnificence. But Dominguez, underneath time-pressure, dedicated the decisive blunder on the fortieth transfer and resigned 5 strikes later. That accomplished India’s best workforce victory.

The outcomes (with match-points):

Eighth spherical: Open: Armenia (15) bt India 1 (12) 2.5-1.5 (Gabriel Sargissian bt P. Harikrishna; Hrant Melkumyan drew with Vidit Gujrathi; Samvel Ter-Sahakyan drew with Arjun Erigaisi; Robert Hovhannisyan drew with S.L. Narayanan).

USA (12) misplaced to India 2 (14) 1-3 (Fabiano Caruana misplaced to D. Gukesh; Levon Aronian drew with Nihal Sarin; Wesley So drew with R. Praggnanandhaa; Leinier Dominguez Perez misplaced to Raunak Sadhwani).

India 3 (10) misplaced to Peru (12) 1-3 (Surya Shekhar Ganguly misplaced to Emilo Cordova; S.P. Sethuraman drew with Cristhian Cruz; Abhijeet Gupta misplaced to Renato Terry; Murali Karthikeyan drew with Deivy Vera Siguenas).

Germany (12) misplaced to Uzbekistan (14) 1.5-2.5; Kazakhstan (12) misplaced to Azerbaijan (13) 1.5-2.5; Netherlands (13) bt Hungary (11) 3-1; Iran (13) bt France (11) 2.5-1.5; Ukraine (11) drew with Brazil (12) 2-2; Lithuania (12) bt Croatia (10) 2.5-1.5; Slovenia (11) drew with Czech Republic (11) 2-2.

Women: India 1 (15) drew with Ukraine (13) 2-2 (Okay. Humpy drew with Mariya Mukzychuk; D. Harika drew with Anna Muzychuk; R. Vaishali drew with Anna Ushenina; Tania Sachdev drew with Nataliya Buksa).

India 3 (11) misplaced to Poland (13) 1-3 (Eesha Karavade drew with Alina Kashlinskaya; P.V. Nandhidhaa misplaced to Oliwia Koilbasa; Pratyusha Bodda misplaced to Maria Malicka; Vishwa Vasnawala drew with Michalina Rudzinska).

Croatia (10) misplaced to India 2 (11) 0.5-3.5 (Mirjana Medic misplaced to Vantika Agrawal; Anamarija Radikovic misplaced to Padmini Rout; Tihana Ivekovic drew with Mary Ann Gomes; Tereza Dejanovic misplaced to Divya Deshmukh).

Georgia (14) bt Armenia (12) 3.5-0.5 Romania (12) drew with Azerbaijan (12) 2-2; Kazakhstan (13) bt Slovakia (11) 3.5-0.5 ; Bulgaria (13) bt Greece (11) 3-1; Mongolia (13) bt Hungary (10) 2.5-1.5; USA (11) drew with Czech Republic (11) 2-2; Vietnam (10) misplaced to Germany (12) 1.5-2.5; Spain (12) bt Italy (10) 2.5-1.5.

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