India Lose to USA in Semifinals of Fide Online Chess Olympiad
Nihal Sarin in action during the Fide Chess Olympiad semifinal against USA (Pic: Chess.com).
India lost to the USA in the semifinals of the Fide Online Chess Olympiad, going down 4.5 to 1.5 in the blitz tiebreak.
India, led by Viswanathan Anand, won the first round 5-1, but lost to second, resulting in the tiebreak which the USA team dominated. Only Dronavalli Harika won all the three games in the match, while Nihal Sarin drew with Awonder Liang.
P Harikrishna lost to Jeffery Xiong, B Adhiban succumbed to Roy Robson while Koneru Humpy lost to Irina Krush, and Vaishali R was defeated by Thalia Cervantes Landeiro.
In the first round, Viswanathan Anand beat Xiong while Vaishali R stunned Thalia. Harikrishna, playing from his base in Prague, outplayed Dariusz Swiercz and Harika, who was playing from her home in Hyderabad, defeated Anna Zatonskin to post a 4-1 win for India.
Nihal Sarin and Koneru Humpy drew their games over Liang and Irina, respectively, as India assured their opening round win.
In the second round, Anand lost to Xion, Vidit Gujrathi was beaten by Roy, and R Praggnandhaaa was tamed by Liang while Humpy and Vaishali drew their games against Irina and Cervantes as USA won with 4-2 win.
In the other semifinal, Russia beat China 2-0.
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