Team India beats Egypt, Women draw Georgia in seventh round

43rd Olympiad Batumi 2018 Open & Women

The 43rd World Chess Olympiad, held in Batumi Sports Palace is in the final phase. At the end of the 7th round, there are more leaders in both sections of the tournament. In the Open, Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Egyptian Grandmaster Amin Bassem.  GM Vidit Gujrathi lost playing white against his much lower-rated opponent IM Adham Fawzy  in a queen pawn game. Timely victories by P Harikrishna against GM Adly Ahmed and  GM Sasikairan Krishnan against Hesham Abdelrahman took India to a 2.5-1.5 victory. Meanwhile, Indian Women’s team competed with local favourites Georgia. All the games were drawn.

Photo: Lana Afandiyena

Playing on the second board, Harikrishna gained positional advantage early in the game and sustained the pressure on Ahmed Adly to score India’s first win in the round in 42 moves.

Similarly, Sasikiran did not face much problem against Abdelrahman Hesham on the fourth board to score a full point after 56 moves.

Photo: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India

Bo. 5

India (IND)

Rtg 40

Egypt (EGY)

Rtg 2½:1½
7.1 GM
Anand, Viswanathan
2771 GM
Amin, Bassem
2686 ½ – ½
7.2 GM
Harikrishna, Pentala
2743 GM
Adly, Ahmed
2620 1 – 0
7.3 GM
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
2711 IM
Fawzy, Adham
2431 0 – 1
7.4 GM
Sasikiran, Krishnan
2672 GM
Hesham, Abdelrahman
2408 1 – 0

The women section was much closely fought with all games ending in draws with none of the players achieving a breakthrough.

On the top board, India’s highest-rated women player Koneru Humpy, playing white, was held to a draw by Nana Dzagnidze in a dutch stonewall, Dronavalli Harika drew Lela Javakhishvili in a Sicilian defence game on the second board, Arjuna awardee Tania Sachdev drew Nino Batsiashvili on the third board.

Photo: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India

In the fourth board also saw the point being equally divided between Padmini Rout and Bela Khotenashvili.

Bo. 5

India (IND)

Rtg 4

Georgia 1 (GEO1)

Rtg 2 : 2
6.1 GM
Koneru, Humpy
2557 GM
Dzagnidze, Nana
2509 ½ – ½
6.2 GM
Harika, Dronavalli
2500 IM
Javakhishvili, Lela
2475 ½ – ½
6.3 IM
Tania, Sachdev
2400 GM
Batsiashvili, Nino
2482 ½ – ½
6.4 IM
Padmini, Rout
2338 GM
Khotenashvili, Bela
2469 ½ – ½
Indian Team is supported by Ramco Group

Team pairings – Open

Round 8 on 2018/10/02 at 16:30
No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo
1 1
USA United States of America 20½ 13 : 13 21 Azerbaijan AZE
4
2 8
ARM Armenia 19½ 12 : 13 20½ Poland POL
11
3 15
CZE Czech Republic 18 11 : 11 20 India IND
5
4 24
ESP Spain 20½ 11 : 11 18½ Germany GER
16
5 10
ISR Israel 20 11 : 11 17 England ENG
9
6 7
FRA France 20 11 : 11 17 Ukraine UKR
6
7 3
CHN China 18½ 11 : 11 21 Netherlands NED
13
8 18
CRO Croatia 18 10 : 10 20 Iran IRI
23
9 2
RUS Russia 18 10 : 10 16 Belarus BLR
17
10 32
SWE Sweden 19 10 : 10 17½ Austria AUT
35

Team pairings – Women

Round 8 on 2018/10/02 at 16:30
No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo
1 2
UKR Ukraine 20 12 : 13 20 Armenia ARM
12
2 3
CHN China 20 12 : 12 19½ Romania ROU
20
3 10
USA United States of America 19 11 : 11 19 Italy ITA
18
4 13
HUN Hungary 19½ 11 : 11 20½ India IND
5
5 14
GEO2 Georgia 2 20 11 : 11 20 Azerbaijan AZE
11
6 4
GEO1 Georgia 1 *) 19 12 : 11 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
8
7 16
NED Netherlands 18½ 10 : 10 19½ Russia RUS
1
8 28
IRI Iran 18½ 10 : 10 19½ Peru PER
37
9 7
POL Poland 19½ 10 : 10 18½ Mongolia MGL
17
10 19
VIE Vietnam 21 10 : 10 19 Cuba CUB
22