Batumi Olympiad: Indian team loses to USA, Women’s team beat Poland

43rd Olympiad Batumi 2018 Open & Women

Photos Courtesy: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India

The USA look comfortable in the role of defending champions and favourites after the fourth round of 43rd Chess Olympiad. They took down team India 2.5-1.5. The mega clash between World no.2 Fabiano Caruana vs. Reigning World Rapid champion Viswanathan Anand ended in former’s favour.

In the women’s section, GM Dronavalli Harika and IM Tania Sachdev registered victories on board two and three respectively. Which was enough for the Indian team to beat Poland 3-1

Facing Catalan opening, Anand entered into a slightly worse middlegame position. Few exchanges later, Black didn’t get a second chance. Anand soon resigned on move 26.

Playing with white pieces, P. Harikrishna on board two and Sasikiran Krishnan on board four had drawn their games.  The game between Vidit Gujrathi and Hikaru Nakamura ended in an interesting draw.

Bo. 1

United States of America (USA)

Rtg 5

India (IND)

Rtg 2½:1½
3.1 GM
Caruana, Fabiano
2827 GM
Anand, Viswanathan
2771 1 – 0
3.2 GM
So, Wesley
2776 GM
Harikrishna, Pentala
2743 ½ – ½
3.3 GM
Nakamura, Hikaru
2763 GM
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
2711 ½ – ½
3.4 GM
Shankland, Samuel
2722 GM
Sasikiran, Krishnan
2672 ½ – ½

The fifth-seeded Indian women’s team won the fourth round 3-1 against Poland.  While India’s Harika Dronavalli and Tania Sachdev overpowered their opponents, Koneru Humpy and Eesha Karavade drew their games.

Bo. 5

India (IND)

Rtg 7

Poland (POL)

Rtg 3 : 1
8.1 GM
Koneru, Humpy
2557 GM
Socko, Monika
2446 ½ – ½
8.2 GM
Harika, Dronavalli
2500 WGM
Zawadzka, Jolanta
2424 1 – 0
8.3 IM
Tania, Sachdev
2400 WGM
Kulon, Klaudia
2347 1 – 0
8.4 IM
Karavade, Eesha
2374 WIM
Warakomska, Anna
2305 ½ – ½
Indian Team is supported by Ramco Group

Team pairings – Open

Round 5 on 2018/09/28 at 16:30
No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo
1 8
ARM Armenia 11½ 8 : 8 13½ Azerbaijan AZE
4
2 7
FRA France 14 8 : 8 13 Poland POL
11
3 3
CHN China 13 8 : 8 12 Czech Republic CZE
15
4 1
USA United States of America 12 8 : 8 14 Israel ISR
10
5 6
UKR Ukraine 11 8 : 7 13 Spain ESP
24
6 16
GER Germany 12 7 : 7 10½ Moldova MDA
30
7 50
LTU Lithuania 10½ 7 : 6 13 Netherlands NED
13
8 5
IND India 12 6 : 6 11 Paraguay PAR
51
9 32
SWE Sweden 11 6 : 6 12½ Turkey TUR
22
10 49
CHI Chile 10 6 : 6 11½ Vietnam VIE
27

Team pairings – Women

Round 5 on 2018/09/28 at 16:30
No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo
1 12
ARM Armenia 12½ 8 : 8 13 China CHN
3
2 10
USA United States of America 12 8 : 8 13 Mongolia MGL
17
3 4
GEO1 Georgia 1 12½ 8 : 8 13½ Ukraine UKR
2
4 30
ARG Argentina 12½ 7 : 7 13 India IND
5
5 14
GEO2 Georgia 2 12 7 : 7 12½ Turkey TUR
24
6 26
CZE Czech Republic 13 6 : 7 11 Australia AUS
33
7 27
GRE Greece 11½ 6 : 6 12½ Azerbaijan AZE
11
8 76
TJK Tajikistan 11 6 : 6 12 Canada CAN
40
9 28
IRI Iran 11½ 6 : 6 12½ Vietnam VIE
19
10 50
ECU Ecuador 12 6 : 6 10½ Italy ITA
18