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Raunak Sadhwani, D Gukesh lead India B to gorgeous win over high seed USA

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.”

India Women's B team player Divya Deshmukh of Nagpur in action during an eighth round match in Chess Olympiad in Chennai on Saturday
India Girls’s B group participant Divya Deshmukh of Nagpur in motion throughout an eighth spherical match in Chess Olympiad in Chennai on Saturday

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.


Edited by Akshay Saraswat

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