Last update: August 05, 2022, 21:02 IST
Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), India
India’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams registered comprehensive victories in the seventh round of the open section of the 44th Chess Olympiad here on Friday.
Grandmasters Arjun Erigisi and SL Narayanan secured wins over Abhijeet Gupta and Abhimanyu Pranek as India ‘A’, the second seed, beat India ‘C’ 3-1.
Teenage GMD Gokesh continued his dream run, securing his seventh consecutive win at the event, beating Cuba’s GM Carlos Albornoz Cabrera to help India ‘B’ to a crushing 3.5-0.5 win.
This is the sixth win in seven rounds for the team that also includes GMs R Praganandha, Nihal Sarin and B Adhiban.
The top-ranked USA took a 2-1 lead against Armenia, leading after six rounds with the most wins.
In the women’s section, the leaders – India ‘A’, top seeds, saw their best player Koniro Hampi lose to Azerbaijan’s Gane Mammadzada, while De Harika drew with Khanim Balajiva, before Tania Sachdev and R Vaishali defeated Alvia Fataliva and Gohar Bedulaiva. 2.5-1.5 to set up the win.
The come-from-behind victory ensured that India ‘A’ extended their winning streak to seven with four more rounds to play.
India ‘B’ lost 1.5-2.5 to Greece as Vintika Agarwal and Soumya Swaminathan were knocked out even as the host ‘C’ team managed a 2.5 win over Switzerland with Esha Karavade and PV Nandhidha. Gained a lead of -0.5.
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