Team India bounced back from the fourth-round setback after an impressive 3.5-0.5 victory over Paraguay in the fifth round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad, Batumi. Meanwhile, the Indian Women’s team which has not lost any round till date outshined Argentina with 3.5-0.5 score yesterday.
Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand had lost his previous round game to Word no.2 Fabiano Caruana of USA. However, he soon recovered to post a victory against GM Neuris Delgado Ramirez of Paraguay in just 26 moves.
A minor upset was caused on board two after P Harikrishna was held to a draw by Guillermo Vazquez. But Adhiban Baskaran and Sasikiran Krishnan had ensured the team’s win before that game ended.
Vidit Gujrathi was rested in the fifth round.
Delgado Ramirez, Neuris
1 – 0
½ – ½
1 – 0
Jodorcovsky Werjivker, Paulo
1 – 0
The Indian women scored a 3.5-0.5 victory defeating Argentina. On the top board, Koneru Humpy registered a smooth win against Carolina Lujan.
On the second, Harika Dronavalli survived a near-fatal game while duo Tania Sachdev and Eesha Karavade did what was needed to post a crushing victory.