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.
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 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.
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.
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"