India 2 win bronze medal in Chess Olympiad: Details here
The Indian chess men's B and women's A team won the bronze medal in the Chess Olympiad on Tuesday. India B, comprising Nihal Sarin, D Gukesh, R Praggnanandhaa, and Raunak Sadhwani lost to Uzbekistan before beating Germany. Meanwhile, the women's team, including Vaishali, Koneru Humphy, Tania Sachdev, and Bhakti Kulkari lost to the US. Meanwhile, Gukesh and Sarin won individual gold medals.
Hosts India were allowed to field three teams. The Open team A comprised Srinath Narayanan, Harikrishna Pentala, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Erigaisi Arjun, SL Narayanan, and Sasikiran Krishnan. The Open team B comprised Nihal Sarin, Gukesh D, Adhiban B, Praggnanandhaa R, and Sadwani R. The women's team A involved Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, Vaishali R, Tania Sachdev, and Bhakti Kulkarni.
The women's team B comprised Vantika A, Soumya S, Mary Ann Gomes, Padmini Rout and Divya Deshmukh. The Open team C included Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Karthikeyan Murali, SP Sethuraman, Abhijeet Gupta, and Abhimanyu Puranik. Meanwhile, the women's team C comprised Eesha Karavade, M Varshini Sahiti, Pratyusha Bodda, P V Nandhidhaa, and Varsha Vasnawala.
Individual prizes (Board 1): Gukesh (India 2), Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzbekistan), Magnus Carlsen (Norway); (Board 2): Nihal Sarin (India 2), Nikolaos Theodorou (Greece), Nodirbek Yakubboev (Uzbekistan); (Board 3): David Howell (England), Arjun Erigaisi (India 1), R Praggnanandhaa (India 2); (Board 4): Jakhongir Vakhidov (Uzbekistan), Paulius Pultinevicius (Lithuania), Jaime Santos Latasa (Spain); (Reserve): Mateusz Bartel (Poland), Robert Hovhannisyan (Armenia), Volodymyr Onyshchuk (Ukraine).
A total of 1,400 players from 187 countries competed on 700 boards at the Four Points by Sheraton Mamallapuram Resort and Convention Centre in the temple town. The Olympiad has the 11-round Swiss format where the teams from two nations (four players and one reserve) lock horns on four corresponding boards. The top-placed side in the standings wins the championship.