Chess Olympiad: USA overtakes India to enter final

Chess Olympiad: USA overtakes India to enter final

It was a heartbreak for India in the semi-final of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad when the United States won the blitzkrieg 4.5 to 1.5. The Indian team led by Viswanathan Anand won the first round 5-1, but in a brilliant comeback the USA beat India in a tiebreaker to advance to the final.

The United States beat India in the semi-final of the Chess Olympiad.

In the tiebreaker, only D Harika won all three games, while Nihal Sarin drew with Awonder Liang.

P Harikrishna lost to Jeffery Xiong, B Adhiban succumbed to Roy Robson, while Koneru Humy lost to Irina Krush, and Vaishali R was defeated by Thalia Cervantes Landeiro.

In the first round, Viswanathan Anand beat Xiong while Vaishali R surprised Thalia. Harikrishna, who plays from his base in Prague, edged out Dariusz Swiercz and Harika, who played from his home in Hyderabad, defeated Anna Zatonskin to achieve a 4-1 victory for India.

Nihal Sarin and Koneru Humpy tied their games over Liang and Irina, respectively, as India secured their victory.

A good tactical blow against Swiercz helped Harikrishna claim a full point for India. The first round ended as a massive defeat for the United States. Harika kept her balance while defending her game from a difficult position, but took advantage of her opponent’s mistake for the victory.

In the first round, Viswanathan Anand beat Xiong.

In the second round, Anand lost to Xion, Vidit Gujrathi was defeated by Roy and R Praggnandhaaa was tamed by Liang, while Hump and Vaishali tied their games against Irina and Cervantes when the United States won with a 4-2 victory.

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Russia, meanwhile, beat China 2-0 in the second semi-final.

Earlier in the quarterfinals, India defeated Ukraine, while the Americans rallied to beat Kazakhstan after losing in the first round, while Russia overturned the hopes of Hungry 7-5 and China crushed Poland 8.5-3.5 in the other quarterfinal matches.

The final will be played between the United States and Russia on Wednesday.

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