April 15, 2021

India, Russia declared joint winners of On-line Chess Olympiad after server malfunction

CHENNAI: India and Russia had been on Sunday declared joint winners of the 2020 On-line Chess Olympiad after the ultimate was marred by web disconnection and server malfunction.

Russia had been initially declared winners after two Indian gamers — Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh — misplaced out on time within the last after struggling a disconnection with the server.

India lodged a protest in opposition to the controversial determination which was reviewed.

This was the primary time FIDE, the worldwide chess federation, was holding the Olympiad in a web based format, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich decided to provide gold medals of FIDE On-line #ChessOlympiad to each groups – India and Russia,” the world chess physique tweeted.

“We’re the champions !! Congrats Russia!,” the legendary Viswananthan Anand wrote on his twitter deal with after the ultimate.

The primary spherical of the ultimate led to a 3-Three draw with all of the six video games ending in stalemate. Russia received the second spherical 4.5-1.5 with wins for Andrey Esipenko over Sarin and Polina Shuvalova over Deshmukh, resulting in an issue because the Indians claimed the losses had been resulting from connection points.

Within the second spherical, Anand, coming in for P Harikrishna, had drawn with Ian Nepomniachtchi whereas captain Vidit Gujrathi drew with Daniil Dubov.

Koneru Humpy, the world fast champion, was crushed by Alexandra Goryachkina and D Harika drew with Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Within the first spherical matches, Gujrathi drew Nepomniachtchi, whereas Harikrishna and Vladimir Artemiev shared the honours.

In different matches, Humpy and Harika drew with Lagno and Kosteniuk respectively, whereas younger prodigy R Praggnanandhaa and Deshmukh, too, held their opponents.

Reacting to the win, Humpy mentioned, “Properly it’s a bit unusual that we misplaced resulting from serve failure and our enchantment was accepted. Properly I can say, we fought until the tip.”