11th-seeded India 2 took a upset win over 4th-seeded Spain, while 12th-seeded Armenia defeated 11th-seeded England, both by an identical score of 2.5-1.5, to jointly lead the open section with 10 match points at the end of the match. the fifth round of the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad. Young GM Dommaraju Gukesh defeated legendary GM Alexei Shirov on the highest board for India 2, which will be treated as the most remarkable game of the day.
In other setbacks of the day, 32nd-placed Cuba shocked sixth-seeded Azerbaijan, while the Philippines prevailed over Sweden, both with an identical score of 2.5-1.5 again. Uzbekistan, Cuba, India, Iran and the US follow the leaders on nine match points.
India triumphed over France 2.5-1.5, Georgia beat India 2 3-1, and 20th seed Romania upset fourth seed Poland 2.5-1.5 to emerge as the leaders of the 44th FIDE Women’s Chess Olympiad. Azerbaijan creditably kept Ukraine to a 2-2 draw, followed by Kazakhstan, who defeated Cuba 3-1, all by nine match points.
USA’s IM Carissa Yip (2416) was defeated by WFM Paula Elizab Paredes Bustamante (2162) with the black pieces in 31st-seeded Peru’s upset victory over seventh-seeded USA by a score of 2.5-1.5 , while Colombia Spain to a 2-2 draw. The US now remains tied in places 29-74 with six match points.
The playing arena is not only full of professional chess players and grandmasters. It also consists of a large number of chess enthusiasts, young aspiring players and visitors for whom the event is a biannual extravaganza. Not to mention the arbitrators, officials and other staff. It is an event where you visit a new place in a different part of the world from your own, enjoy the hospitality, the cuisine, relive old friendships and make new ones. Dress, talk and express yourself as is customary in your own culture. But when the hour comes, the chessboard is still a serious place where you give the maximum, at your own modest level.
As mentioned yesterday, India 2 remains the crowd favorite and also today they justified the expectations. Discussing the young team on Chess.com’s live commentary, GM Arturs Neiksans boldly stated: “[I am] not really sure if india 1 is really stronger than india 2 because [India 2] are such an impressive lineup. I would like the youngsters to succeed!” GM Yasser Seirawan declared grandly: “The future is theirs!”
The future is theirs!
— GM Yasser Seirawan
While three of the Indian main team players (GMs Pentala Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi and Erigasi Arjun) are rated higher than other members of the India 2 team, Gukesh, GM Nihal Sarin and GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa have since made significant rating gains. the announcement of the teams, selected based on the average ratings of the players between the March – May 2022 rating lists – the criteria by which Indian teams are usually selected to represent the country. The average age of the Indian main team is about 29 while that of the India 2 team is 19.
India 2 was helped by Gukesh’s smooth win over Shirov, which is annotated as the game of the day:
Speaking to the press later, Gukesh confessed that 19…b5 was the crucial provocative moment of the match, when he was sure that Shirov would probably take the ace and later try for d3-d4, which he considered well-rated for Black. This win also enabled Gukesh to maintain a clean 5/5 score in the tournament so far, a feat he shares with another young prodigy: GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan.
GM Baskaran Adhiban took advantage of a late 38th gaffe by GM Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli.
Armenia joined India 2 in the joint lead, mainly thanks to the only decisive game of their match-up against England, when GM Hrant Melkumyan took advantage of a tactical error by GM Luke McShane:
Cuba’s victory over Azerbaijan was marked by a beautifully executed match by GM Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera:
American GM Leinier Dominguez scored a crucial victory by beating Israeli GM Maxim Rodshtein in a beautiful trade-off. This win allowed the US to beat Israel 2.5-1.5, with all other boards ending in a draw:
The encounter had a dramatic moment, as Dominguez’s clock ticked to move 40 with only seconds left. Seirawan and Neiksans were visibly nervous at Chess.com’s commentary and started counting down the remaining seconds with 6-5-4-3-2 – at which point Dominguez thought calmly and played 40.Qxa4 with only two left seconds to go the clock! Seirawan later exclaimed, “These two seconds were killer!”
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After the top two boards ended their matches in a draw, India won against France thanks to IM Tania Sachdev, who proved to be the crucial points scorer for the team as in the previous round:
India’s margin of victory could have been greater had IM Vaishali R turned a clear advantage into a win:
The architect of the Romanian victory was WGM Mihaela Sandu, who played a wonderful offensive game to take an upset victory over Poland’s much more highly regarded GM Monica Socko, a crucial win for her team:
Georgia scored 3-1 over India 3 in a seemingly one-sided match, where IM Lela Javakhishvili and IM Meri Arabidze won IM Soumya Swaminathan and WGM Divya Deshmukh respectively.
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The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad and the Women’s Chess Olympiad are over-the-board team events where national chess federations compete in classic games for gold medals, trophies and the title of strongest chess nation in the world. The event consists of an 11-round Swiss tournament where each player from one national team plays against another player from the other national team. Teams receive “game points” for winning or drawing games and “match points” for winning or drawing a match. Teams with the most match points for each section will be crowned champions of their section, with a third prize for the team with the most points from both sections combined.