Team India face shock loss to Armenia, Women’s team draw Italy in round 9

Photo: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India

43rd Olympiad Batumi 2018 Open & Women

Fifth-seeded Team India lost to eighth-seeded Armenia 1.5-2.5, while the Indian women’s team drew with Italy 2-2,  in the ninth round of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad at Batumi, Georgia yesterday. With 13 points and two more rounds to go, the Indian open team now needs a miracle to reach the podium.

Playing on the top board with white pieces five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand split points with the Armenian No.1 player Levon Aronian in 31 moves.

On the second board P. Harikrishna with black pieces signed the peace treaty with Gabriel Sargissian in 25 moves.

GM Sasikiran Krishnan [Photo: Niklesh Jain]
Similarly, B.Adhiban drew against Hrant Melkumyan, while bad luck struck India on the fourth board where GM Sasikiran Krishnan lost a crucial match, which resulted in the Indian team’s shock defeat.

Bo. 5

India (IND)

Rtg 8

Armenia (ARM)

Rtg 1½:2½
3.1 GM
Anand, Viswanathan
2771 GM
Aronian, Levon
2780 ½ – ½
3.2 GM
Harikrishna, Pentala
2743 GM
Sargissian, Gabriel
2691 ½ – ½
3.3 GM
Adhiban, B.
2668 GM
Melkumyan, Hrant
2660 ½ – ½
3.4 GM
Sasikiran, Krishnan
2672 GM
Martirosyan, Haik M.
2597 0 – 1

In the women’s section, Koneru Humpy split points with Olga Zimina in 33 moves.

On the second board, Harika Dronavalli defeated Elena Sedina in 40 moves, while Tania Sachdev lost to Marina Brunello.

IM Tania Sachdev [Photo: Goga Chanadiri]
The fourth board saw Padmini Rout splitting the point with Daniela Movileanu in 50 moves.

Bo. 18

Italy (ITA)

Rtg 5

India (IND)

Rtg 2 : 2
8.1 IM
Zimina, Olga
2421 GM
Koneru, Humpy
2557 ½ – ½
8.2 IM
Sedina, Elena
2267 GM
Harika, Dronavalli
2500 0 – 1
8.3 FM
Brunello, Marina
2294 IM
Tania, Sachdev
2400 1 – 0
8.4 WFM
Movileanu, Daniela
2168 IM
Padmini, Rout
2338 ½ – ½
Indian Team is supported by Ramco Group

Team pairings – Open

Round 10 on 2018/10/04 at 16:30
No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo
1 3
CHN China 23½ 15 : 16 25 Poland POL
11
2 8
ARM Armenia 24 15 : 15 24½ United States of America USA
1
3 2
RUS Russia 24 14 : 15 22½ England ENG
9
4 7
FRA France 24½ 14 : 14 23½ Croatia CRO
18
5 27
VIE Vietnam 25½ 13 : 14 23 Germany GER
16
6 4
AZE Azerbaijan 24 13 : 13 21½ Ukraine UKR
6
7 13
NED Netherlands 25½ 13 : 13 24 India IND
5
8 37
KAZ Kazakhstan 23 13 : 13 24½ Israel ISR
10
9 15
CZE Czech Republic 23 13 : 13 25½ Spain ESP
24
10 38
NOR Norway 24 12 : 13 21½ Serbia SRB
45

Team pairings – Women

Round 10 on 2018/10/04 at 16:30
No. SNo Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team SNo
1 3
CHN China 26½ 16 : 15 24½ United States of America USA
10
2 2
UKR Ukraine 25 15 : 14 26½ Russia RUS
1
3 11
AZE Azerbaijan 24½ 14 : 15 24 Armenia ARM
12
4 19
VIE Vietnam 26½ 13 : 13 24 Hungary HUN
13
5 15
ESP Spain 23½ 13 : 13 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
8
6 4
GEO1 Georgia 1 *) 23 14 : 13 25½ Czech Republic CZE
26
7 36
BLR Belarus 24 12 : 13 21 Slovenia SLO
35
8 5
IND India 23½ 12 : 12 22½ Peru PER
37
9 18
ITA Italy 22 12 : 12 23½ Georgia 2 GEO2
14
10 20
ROU Romania 21 12 : 12 23 Iran IRI
28