India ‘B’ defeated Estonia 4-0 in the second round of the open section at the 44th Chess Olympiad here on Saturday while the second seed ‘A’ beat Moldova 3.5-0.5 to win two of the most matches. . World champion Magnus Carlsen was in the limelight after his first-round exit when he scored on George Meyer in third-seeded Norway’s 4-0 win over Uruguay.
It was not easy for top-seeded USA in the open event for the second day in a row as the star-studded outfit could only manage a 2.5-1.5 victory over Paraguay after falling by half a point against Angola. on the first day. In the women’s section, top seed India ‘A’ defeated Argentina 3.5-0.5.
Konero Hampi, playing on the top board, saw Marisa Zurrell draw in 44 moves but Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni won against Maria Campos and Maria Belen Sarkis to give the team victory before R Vaishali killed Competed against Jose Campos. On to another board to seal the win.
India ‘B’ recorded a 3.5-0.5 win over Latvia with Mary Ann Gomes, Soumya Swaminathan and Mary Ann Gomes beating Laura Rogol, Agnesa S ter-Ovetisjana and Neleja Malkakova. Padmini Rout could not leave Alze Barzina behind and shared the point.
Third in the women’s section, hosts India ‘C’ defeated Singapore 3-1 with victories from PV Nandhidhaa and Esha Karavade. Pratyusha Buddha and Vishwavasanawala were drawn by Yang Hazel Liu and Kun Fang respectively. The men’s event saw India ‘B’, seen by many as dark horses including Carlson and the legendary Viswanathan Anand, win 4-0.
On the top board, D Gokesh beat Kale Cake while on the other board, R Praganandha beat Karil Chukavin after a rest on Friday. Veterans B. Adhiban and Raonic Sidhwani secured wins against Alexander Volodin and Andrey Shishkov respectively. The winners for India A were P. Harikrishna, SL Narayanan and K. Sasekaran, all GMs while fellow GM and rising star Arjun Erigisi was the only one to win. A draw against Andre Makovy. India ‘C’ ended the day by defeating Mexico 3.5-0.5.
In the USA-Paraguay match, world number 4 Fabiano Caruana was accompanied by Axel Bachmann, as were Wesley So and Sam Shankland with their opponents Rami Delgado and M Ruben D Zacarias respectively. Leinier Dominguez Perez defeated Jose Fernando Cubas to provide the winning point. .
In other matches of the Open event, fourth-ranked Spain and fifth-ranked Poland won against Belgium. Spain beat their opponents by a margin of 3.5-0.5 while Poland won 3-1. In sixth place, Azerbaijan beat the Philippines 3-1 for their second win. After two rounds, India ‘B’ has four points (2 points for a win) in the open section.
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Results – India Matches: India ‘A’ beat Moldova 3.5-0.5 (P Harikrishna beat Ivan Schitco, Arjun Erigaisi drew with Andrei Macoveri, SL Narayanan beat Vladimir Hamitevici, K Sasikiran beat Lulian Baltag defeated).
India ‘B’ beat Estonia 4-0 (D Gukesh beat Kalle Kiik, R Pragnanandhaa beat Kirill Chukavin, B Adhiban beat Aleksandr Volodin, Raunak Sadhwani beat Andrey Shishkov).
India ‘C’ beat Mexico 3.5-0.5 (Suryasekhar Ganguly to G Hernandez Guerrero, SP Sethuraman to Chami Ibara, Abhijeet Gupta to draw Rosas Diaz, Karthikyan Murali to beat Vidal Capo).
Women: India A beat Argentina 3.5-0.5 (Koneri Humi beat Maria Zuril, R Vaishali beat Maria Jose Campos, Tania Sachdev beat Rodas Borda, Bhakti Kulkarni beat Maria Belen Sarkois).
India ‘B’ beat Latvia 3.5-0.5 (Vanthika Agarwal beat Laura Rogol, Padmini Root drew with Alze Barzina, Soumya Swaminathan beat Agnesa S ter-Ovetesja, Mary Ann Gomez beat Neleja Miklakova ).
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