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Indian teams go through a test of strength, as the 2022 Chess Olympiad progresses to Round 4 of Chess Olympiad 2022 and Indian grandmasters face more draws. Indian teams recorded their first losses against Spain rated at 2700 in the open and Georgia rated at 2400 in the women’s category.

However it was a different show of strength from Team B in the Open, played by the youngsters, to beat Italy and once again make the Chess Olympiad 2022 a significant battlefield to their international rating.

In the game against India’s Gukesh, Italy’s Vocature went defensive, trying to save his knight, eventually losing to Gukesh, who preferred to trade off his rook to bishop for a checkmate. The game gained speed when Gukesh, playing white, taunted the black knight with his bishop, rook and queen, forcing the protective Vocature to save his knight. Choosing to save the knight, with a lone pawn, Vocature opened the field for the White bishop to enter the king’s castle. However he felt safe with a black rook standing guard. But Gukesh exchanged the rook for rook, letting his queen enter the castle for checkmate, forcing Vocature to resign.

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In the Open category, Team India A managed to draw against France with a score of 2 – 2. Alireza Firouzja, the youngest grandmaster with a rating of 2800 and Maxime Vachier Lagrave, the reigning World Blitz Chess champion with a rating of 2819, chose not to represent France in this Chess Olympiad 2022. Nevertheless the fight was tough and a show of strength possibly because of their ratings, which were all in the range of 2600. Pentala Harikrishna,Vidit Santhosh Gujrati, Arjun Erigaisi, SL Narayanan  drew against Jules Moussard, Laurent Fressinet, Matthieu Cornette, Maxime Lagarde, respectively.

The Indian team B managed to win against Italy with 3-1. Pragg and Sadhwani managed to draw against  Lorenzo Lodici, Francesco Sonis respectively while Nikhil won against Moroni Luca JrD and Gukesh defeated Daniele Vocature. It was Daniele who in his last match had a draw with  Magnus Carlsen, which eventually led to Italy winning Norway in Round 3.

Indian teams recorded their first losses against Spain rated at 2700 in the open and Georgia rated at 2400 in the women’s category. However it was a show of strength from Team B in the Open, played by the youngsters team of India, to beat Italy and once again make the Chess Olympiad 2022 a significant battlefield to their international rating

Recording its first loss in Chess Olympiad 2022, Indian team C lost to team Spain with a score of 1 ½ -2 ½. The Spanish team, with an average rating of around 2700, is headed by Francisco Pons Vallejo, a five times spanish champion with a rating of 2702. While Surya Shekhar Ganguly, S.P Sethuraman and Murali Karthikeyan managed to draw their boards against Alexei Shirov, Francisco and Jaime Santos Latasa respectively, Abhijeet Gupta lost to David Anton Guijarro.

 

In Womens, Team A won against Hungary with 2 ½ – 1 ½ .Harika Dronavalli,  R Vaishali,, Koneru Humpy managed to draw against Thanh Trang Hoang, Ticia Gara, Szidonia Lazarna Vajda respectively while Tania Sachdev won against Zsoka Gaal.

Team B put up a tough fight against Estonia, with three matches reaching a tie. Defeating Mai Narva, Vantika Agrawal pushed the team to victory with 2 ½ – 1 ½ . Padmini Rout , Soumya Swaminathan, Divya Desmukh drew against Margareth Olde, Anastassia Sinitsina, Sofia Blokhin respectively.

Recording its first loss in the Women’s category, Team C lost to Georgia 1-3. Notably, Team Georgia has an average rating of 2460, higher than Team C.  While Eesha Karavade, Sahidi varshini and Pratyusha Bodda lost to Nana Dzagnidze, Lela Javakhisvili and Salome Melia respectively,  2300 rated P V Nandhidhaa defeated 2466 Nino Batsiashvili, signifying a tough fight and signalling for a strong fight from Indian side in the next rounds.


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