Indian Women’s team face first loss; Men win against Czech Republic

GM Adhiban Baskaran. [Photo Credit: David Llada]

43rd Olympiad Batumi 2018 Open & Women

Grandmaster Sasikiran Krishnan guided Indian team to a 2.5-1.5 win over team Czech Republic but the women’s team suffered a shocking 1-3 defeat against Hungary in the eighth round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad, Batumi.

Reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand was held to an easy draw by David Navara, Vidit Gujrathi split points with Viktor Laznicka. Similarly, Adhiban Baskaran drew with Hracek Zbynek. With 13 points, the Indian team assured themselves of a joint third place with three rounds still to go.

Photo Credit: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India

India’s experienced player,  Sasikiran Krishnan, playing with white pieces gave the much-needed win on the fourth board in 36 moves against Jiri Stocek.

Bo. 15

Czech Republic (CZE)

Rtg 5

India (IND)

Rtg 1½:2½
3.1 GM
Navara, David
2740 GM
Anand, Viswanathan
2771 ½ – ½
3.2 GM
Laznicka, Viktor
2662 GM
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
2711 ½ – ½
3.3 GM
Hracek, Zbynek
2557 GM
Adhiban, B.
2668 ½ – ½
3.4 GM
Stocek, Jiri
2574 GM
Sasikiran, Krishnan
2672 0 – 1

In the women’s section, India suffered a major setback as in-form Koneru Humpy and Tania Sachdev both lost to Hoang Thang Trang and Ticia Gara of Hungary, respectively.

Photo: Credit Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India

The second board saw India’s Harika Dronavalli splitting points with Anita Gara. On the fourth board India’s Eesha Karvade drew with Julianna Terbe.

Bo. 13

Hungary (HUN)

Rtg 5

India (IND)

Rtg 3 : 1
4.1 GM
Hoang, Thanh Trang
2423 GM
Koneru, Humpy
2557 1 – 0
4.2 IM
Gara, Anita
2370 GM
Harika, Dronavalli
2500 ½ – ½
4.3 WGM
Gara, Ticia
2321 IM
Tania, Sachdev
2400 1 – 0
4.4 WIM
Terbe, Julianna
2260 IM
Karavade, Eesha
2374 ½ – ½
Indian Team is supported by Ramco Group

Team pairings – Open

Round 9 on 2018/10/03 at 16:30
No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo
1 11
POL Poland 22½ 14 : 15 23 United States of America USA
1
2 4
AZE Azerbaijan 22½ 13 : 13 21 China CHN
3
3 5
IND India 22½ 13 : 13 21½ Armenia ARM
8
4 16
GER Germany 21 13 : 13 22½ France FRA
7
5 9
ENG England 19½ 13 : 12 23 Norway NOR
38
6 34
ITA Italy 20½ 12 : 12 21 Russia RUS
2
7 35
AUT Austria 20½ 12 : 12 20½ Croatia CRO
18
8 13
NED Netherlands 22½ 11 : 12 19½ Moldova MDA
30
9 10
ISR Israel 21½ 11 : 11 19 Hungary HUN
12
10 24
ESP Spain 22 11 : 11 20 Bangladesh BAN
64

Team pairings – Women

Round 9 on 2018/10/03 at 16:30
No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo
1 8
KAZ Kazakhstan 23 13 : 14 23½ China CHN
3
2 11
AZE Azerbaijan 22½ 13 : 14 23 Ukraine UKR
2
3 10
USA United States of America 22 13 : 13 22½ Hungary HUN
13
4 12
ARM Armenia 21 13 : 12 22 Iran IRI
28
5 1
RUS Russia 23½ 12 : 12 20 Romania ROU
20
6 17
MGL Mongolia 21½ 12 : 12 20 Georgia 1 *) GEO1
4
7 14
GEO2 Georgia 2 21½ 11 : 11 20 Serbia SRB
23
8 18
ITA Italy 20 11 : 11 21½ India IND
5
9 31
UZB Uzbekistan 20 11 : 11 21 France FRA
6
10 56
GEO3 Georgia 3 20½ 11 : 11 23 Vietnam VIE
19