Raunak Sadhwani and D Gukesh guided India B to a surprising win over top-seeded USA on the forty fourth Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, on Saturday.
Younger Indian Grandmaster Gukesh notched up a sensational eighth successive win as India B shocked the star-studded USA 3-1 in an enormous upset within the open part’s eighth-round encounter.
A group comprising of 4 proficient debutants — Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani, Nihal Sarin, and R Praggnanandhaa – shocked the robust contender for the title, USA fairly simply.
In the meantime, the highest Indian group within the fray, second-seeded India A, misplaced to Armenia 1.5-2.5 whereas India C suffered a 1-3 defeat in opposition to Peru.
Extending his sensational unbeaten run on the prestigious match, the 16-year-old Gukesh upstaged former World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana in a crucial recreation on the highest board.
This was one of the spectacular debuts within the historical past of the Olympiad. Solely the previous world champion Vladimir Kramnik set a report of 8.5/9 in 1992, clocking a 2958 ranking efficiency. By the seventh spherical, Gukesh had clocked a 3300 plus efficiency.
Chess Olympiad: Raunak Sadhwani upset higher-rated Leinier Perez Dominguez
Nagpur-based GM Raunak Sadhwani performed brilliantly to defeat the a lot increased rated Leinier Perez Dominguez. Sarin and Pragnanandhaa held off different robust opponents, Levon Aronian and Wesley So, respectively, with virtually easy ease.
RB Ramesh, the coach of India B group mentioned:
“From the start, we had all of the intentions of figuring within the top-3 and with Gukesh going to such nice weapons, it very a lot appears to be like a risk.”
Gukesh clinched the sport on the forty fifth flip. He has three additional items on the board, which signifies his sheer dominance. After the match, Gukesh mentioned:
“Fabiano is my favourite participant and it was a pleasure to be pitted in opposition to him. Initially, I used to be caught within the opening because it went alongside unfamiliar strains for me. It was barely worse. After he performed a doubtful transfer, I received again into the sport.”
In the meantime, within the ladies’s part, India B thrashed Croatia by 3.5-0.5 rating. India A, who had been going nice weapons with seven victories earlier than this match, had been held to a 2-2 draw by second-seeded Ukraine in an intensely fought encounter. India C misplaced to Poland by 1-3.
Regardless of Saturday’s loss, India A continued to be the only chief with 15 factors, adopted by Georgia with 14 factors to their credit score within the Chess Olympiad.