Sat. Sep 25th, 2021
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Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: India lost to the USA in a hard-fought semi-final in blitz tie-break and settled for a Bronze medal in the  FIDE Online Chess Olympiad last evening.  

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India won the first duel 5-1, outclassing the USA on all the boards. Anand led from the front with a classy victory over Jeffery Xiong, while Harikrishna, Harika, and Vaishali also notched up wins with excellent games. Humpy and Nihal signed the peace treaty with their opponents to secure a 5-1 victory.

However, the USA staged a resolute comeback. Anand lost his first and only game of the tournament against Jeffery Xiong with the Black pieces quite early in the round. The rest of the team followed suit. Vidit lost against Ray Robson, whilst Praggnandhaa lost against Awonder, Liang. India’s sole victory came from Harika’s board, who won every single game in the knockout.

The match went into the blitz tie-break where India got promising positions in all the games from the opening. However, Harikrishna unexpectedly blundered a rook and lost against Jeffery Xiong. 

Adhiban lost against Ray Robson. Humpy lost to Irina Krush, whilst Vaishali lost on time in a game where she was about to checkmate her opponent. India lost 1.5-4.5 in the blitz tie-break.

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