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Chess Olympiad: Unbeaten India tackle Ukraine in quarter-finals

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Joint holders India drew with Slovenia to prime the Pool B comprising Hungary and Moldova at 2021 FIDE Online Olympiad. In the earlier version India shared the honours with Russia final 12 months.
In the group matches, India, seeded third behind China and Russia, defeated Hungary 4-2 and a 5-1 win over Moldova which secured their place with a spherical to spare whereas a combating last-round draw towards Slovenia 3-3, helped them garner 16 factors to be at first place and stay unbeaten.
In the match towards Moldova, Viswanathan Anand and Harika have been rested.
In the sooner rounds, India blanked Egypt 6-0, Sweden 4-2 and drew with France 3-3, Shenzhen China 5-1, Azerbaijan 4-2 and Belarus 3.5–2.5.
The Indians scored nicely with Anand main with 4 factors from three wins and two attracts from 5 video games adopted by Vidit Gujrathi (3.5/5), P Harikrishna (2.5/4), B Adhiban (3.5/4), Ok Humpy (3/5), D Harika (1.5/3), Tania Sachdev (3.5/5), Bhakti Kulkarni (4/5), Nihal Sarin (4/4), R Praggnanandhaa 3/5), R Vaishali (4.5/6) and Savitha Shri (0.5/3).
Hungary with 15 factors completed second behind India in Pool B to qualify for the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals on Monday, India will tackle Ukraine the place Anand and Vassily Ivanchuk conflict would be the prime attraction. The 51-year-old former world champion has an higher hand with 13 wins to Ivanchuk 6, with 45 attracts.
“Oh… the entire team is upbeat about the knockouts. We have a good team and have highly rated players on all the boards and we’re all looking forward to it,” mentioned GM Srinath Narayanan, the non-playing captain of the Indian crew.
The two-day break has given an entire relaxation to your complete crew whereas a few the Chennai-based gamers together with Anand visited their properties whereas others stayed again of their lodge rooms. “All were relaxing while there were a lot of preparations including working outs and readying for the competition,” the 27-year-old Srinath who can also be the private coach of Grandmaster Nihal Sarin instructed on Sunday.
The quarterfinals will probably be accomplished on Wednesday with finals scheduled on Wednesday.
At least 1717 together with 209 GMs and 244 IMs are competing from 155 nations.
Indian squad: GMs Viswanathan Anand, Vidit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, and B Adhiban (Open class); GMs Koneru Humpy and D Harika and Woman GMs Tania Sachdev and R Vaishali, Bhakti Kulkarni (ladies class), GM Nihal Sarin and R Praggnanandhaa (juniors open) and WGM R Vaishali and Woman Fide Master Savitha Shri (junior women).