Koneru Humpy took the highlight as she beat Monika Socko in a nervy tie-break to assist India pip Poland within the semifinals and attain the summit conflict of the FIDE On-line Chess Olympiad on Saturday.
After the 2 groups received one spherical every in common play, world speedy champion Humpy was pitted in opposition to Socko for the Armageddon (a tie-break), and the Indian beat her rival in model with black items to clinch a spot within the last for her facet.
India will play the winner of the opposite semifinal between Russia and the USA, within the summit conflict on Sunday. It was, nevertheless, not a straightforward job for the Indian staff because it misplaced the primary spherical 2-Four earlier than bouncing again strongly within the second with a crushing 4.5-1.5 win. Humpy did the remainder within the match-deciding tie-break.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand got here into his personal with a much-needed win over Jan-Krzystof Duda in 78 strikes within the second spherical after dropping to his opponent within the first spherical.
Captain Vidit Gujrathi led the way in which with a win over Gzegorz Gajeswki whereas Humpy and D Harika additionally posted victories. Younger prodigy R Praggnanandhaa, who changed Nihal Sarin, was overwhelmed by Igor Janik whereas Vantika Agrawal drew with Alicja Silwicka.
Within the first spherical, Anand was tamed by Duda whereas Gujrathi misplaced to Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Divya Deshmukh was overwhelmed by Alicja Silwicka. Humpy and Harika drew in opposition to Socko and Karina Cyfika respectively whereas Sarin posted the one win for India, beating Igor Janik, within the first spherical.
“We’re by means of to the finals!!!! Nerves of metal @koneruhumpy !!! nice video games by everybody!,” Divya Deshmukh tweeted after the match.