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Online Chess Olympiad: India to lock horns against US in semis

Online Chess Olympiad: India to lock horns against US in semis
September 14
10:47 2021

NEW DELHI: The Online Olympiad play-off quarter-finals were held on Monday (local time) on the Chess.com servers. Four fascinating matches, two of which were decided by the blitz tiebreaks. Based on the results and the knockout stage brackets, the semi-finals – scheduled for Tuesday are — India vs United States and China vs Russia.

The quarter-final match between India and Ukraine was a hard-fought battle in which India eventually prevailed in the blitz tiebreaks. The first match fell 4-2 to the side of the Indian squad thanks to wins on boards five and six.

Their main scorer was Nihal Sarin, who has netted six out of six in the competition, including two decisive games on Monday.

However, Ukraine bounced back in the second match, winning by a slim margin (3 1/2 -2 1/2 ) and forcing the tiebreaks. The most dramatic game was the 114-move victory by Iulija Osmak against Humpy Koneru in a queen and pawn against queen endgame.

Finally, India advanced to the semi-finals with a convincing 5-1 score in the tiebreaker. They played much better in all the games, but luck was also on their side: Platon Galperin on board five lost connection against Nihal Sarin on the move ten and was unable to resume the game. (ANI)

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