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India wins a historic double Bronze at 44th Chess Olympiad 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 10/08/2022

India 2 defeated Germany in the final round to finish with 18/22. Armenia and Uzbekistan defeated Spain and Netherlands 2.5-1.5 to finish with 19/22 each. Uzbekistan won the Gold medal at 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 in the Open section, Armenia earned the Silver according to tie-breaks. India 2 secured the Bronze medal. India 1 drew with USA 2-2 to finish fourth. In the Women's section, India 1 lost to USA 1-3. Even a draw would have been enough to win Silver. Ukraine and Georgia defeated Poland and Azerbaijan 3-1 respectively. Both Ukraine and Georgia scored 18/22 each. They secured Gold and Silver medal as per the tie-breaks. India won the Bronze scoring 17/22. For the first time, India won Bronze medal in each Open and Women sections. India also won the Gaprindashvili Cup for becoming the best overall federation as per performance. Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

India clinches its highest number of individual medals

For the first time ever, India won its highest number of individual medals/board prizes in a single edition of Chess Olympiad. A total of seven individual medals were won - 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze. GM B Adhiban, Coach and Captain of India 1, GM FST R B Ramesh became the only two members of the Bronze medal winning Indian team in 41st Tromso 2014 Olympiad and this one, 44th Chess Olympiad. Both Uzbekistan and Ukraine became undefeated champions. Since Chess Olympiad is such a gargantuan event, there will be separate reports for board prizes, norm makers details, player interviews and reactions around the globe.

Team India 1 Open and Women won the Gaprindashvili Cup | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes
India wins two Bronze and seven individual medals - India's highest ever at Chess Olympiads | Video: ChessBase India

Bronze in Women: India 1 - 17/22 | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

Top 3 in Open (L to R) - 2nd Armenia 19/22, 1st Uzbekistan 19/22 and 3rd India 18/22  | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes
44th Chess Olympiad 2022 Open winner - Uzbekistan | Video: ChessBase India

Top 3 in Women (L to R) - 2nd Georgia 18/22, 1st Ukraine 18/22 and 3rd India 17/22 | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

44th Chess Olympiad 2022 Official logo | Photo: Official site

Open: Germany - India 2: 1-3

Nihal Sarin and Raunak Sadhwani scored crucial victories over Matthias Bluebaum and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu respectively in the final round. Thus ensuring Germany's defeat against India 2 by 1-3.

Nihal - Bluebaum

Position after 36...Bf5

Nihal capitalized on his opponent's tiny mistake of 36...Bf5. 37.Nxb5 Rd1 38.Kf2 Nd2 39.Bd3 a6 40.Bxf5 gxf5 41.Ke2 White liquidated the position into a complete winning game.

Final moments: Nihal vs Bluebaum| Video: ChessBase India

Raunak - Nisipeanu

Position after 17.Bc6+

The strong Germany no.3 GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (2642) went wrong early in the middlegame. He got dominated throughout by Raunak and could not manage to make a comeback.

Final moments: Raunak Sadhwani vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu | Video: ChessBase India

GM Raunak Sadhwani scored 5.5/8 and gained 7.1 Elo rating points | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
India 2 in a happy mood after beating Germany | Video: ChessBase India
"I got up 30 minutes before my final round game!" - Raunak Sadhwani | Video: ChessBase India
"My wife's support helps me to play chess freely!" - B Adhiban after winning Olympiad 2022 Bronze | Video: ChessBase India
"I pay special attention to keep the team together as a single unit" - Coach R B Ramesh | Video: ChessBase India

Germany - India 2: 1-3

India 1 - USA: 2-2

Arjun Erigaisi scored the sole victory for the team against Leinier Dominguez-Perez (2754). This win earned him a Silver medal on Board no.3.

Arjun - Leinier

Position after 23.a5

Arjun made a nice positional squeeze after 23.a5. He manuevered his knights beautifully to gain a decisive advantage.

Final moments - Arjun Erigaisi's Knightmare against Leinier Dominguez Perez | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi gained 13.2 Elo ratings to cross 2700 in the live ratings for the very first time | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

There are now five Indians above 2700 and in World Top 50 | Source: 2700chess.com

India 1 - USA: 2-2

Women: India 1 - USA: 1-3

Indian women suffered a painful loss against USA in the final round. Even a draw would have been enough to earn the Silver medal. However, draw reduced it to Bronze.

India 1 - USA: 1-3
"We expected Gold, so Bronze was a bit of a disappointment" - Koneru Humpy | Video: ChessBase India
"This is my baby's first medal!" - Harika - a week away from delivering her child | Video: ChessBase India

Replay the live stream

Replay Chess Olympiad 2022 Round 11 Live commentary by IM Sagar Shah and guests | Video: ChessBase India
44th FIDE Chess Olympiad Closing Ceremony | Video: TN DIPR

Video Gallery

For 10 years he has proven he is clearly the best chess player in the world - Peter Heine Nielsen | Video: ChessBase India
This is her world - Alma Ashirova, Mother of GM Zhansaya Abdumalik | Video: ChessBase India
"When I was a kid, I got a chance to play with GM Dibyendu Barua in a simul!" | Video: ChessBase India
He shared a room with Sasikiran during sub-junior days! - Dr. Jyothi | Video: ChessBase India
The cutest little Magnusum fan! | Video: ChessBase India
St. Kitts & Nevis make their debut with Captain IM FT Abhishek Kelkar | Video: ChessBase India
Starting moments of Round 11 - India 1 vs USA | Video: ChessBase India
Arbiters Felicitated by AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan | Video: ChessBase India
Vishy Anand watches the India's games in the final round | Video: ChessBase India
8-year-old Randa Seder of Palestine was the youngest participant of the event | Video: ChessBase India
76-year old WIM Julia Lebel-Arias was the oldest participant | Video: ChessBase India
Post-match conversation: Anish Giri vs Nodirbek Abdusattorov | Video: ChessBase India
Gukesh joins Hindi ChessBase India Commentary after his final game | Video: ChessBase India
I keep myself away from Social media during tournaments | Video: ChessBase India
Judit Polgar summarizes the Chess Olympiad 2022 | Video: ChessBase India
Birthday Boy Praggnanandhaa thrown in Swimming Pool | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 11 Open games

Replay Round 11 Women games

Round 11 Open results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
19
GERGermany25½151:31629½India 2 *)IND
11
212
ARMArmenia2617:1527SpainESP
4
314
UZBUzbekistan30½17:1527½NetherlandsNED
7
42
INDIndia27162:21624½United States of AmericaUSA
1
548
MDAMoldova2615:1526½EnglandENG
10
66
AZEAzerbaijan2514:1525SerbiaSRB
23
721
TURTurkey26½14:1424½PolandPOL
5
88
UKRUkraine26141:31424LithuaniaLTU
35
913
IRIIran25½14:1426HungaryHUN
19
1025
GREGreece26142:21426FranceFRA
15
1140
KAZKazakhstan25½142:21324India 3IND
16
1234
SVKSlovakia23132:21327½Czech RepublicCZE
18
1336
SUISwitzerland23½13:1325½IsraelISR
22
1438
EGYEgypt24½132:21327½GeorgiaGEO
24
1526
ITAItaly25131:31322½PeruPER
37
1627
DENDenmark2713:1326MontenegroMNE
39
1728
BRABrazil2413:½1324½SloveniaSLO
41
1829
AUSAustralia25½132:21323½ChileCHI
42
1944
CANCanada24½13:1324½CubaCUB
32
2033
AUTAustria2313:1322BelgiumBEL
50

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Final standings in Open

Rk.SNoFED TeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
114UZB
UzbekistanUZB118301943533154
212ARM
ArmeniaARM1191119382,528,5159
311IND
India 2IND21182118427,532,5155
42IND
IndiaIND117311740929158
51USA
United States of AmericaUSA117311735226,5157
648MDA
MoldovaMDA1173117316,528,5135
76AZE
AzerbaijanAZE1172216351,527,5153
819HUN
HungaryHUN1172216341,528,5139
95POL
PolandPOL1164116322,527141
1035LTU
LithuaniaLTU117221629727132
117NED
NetherlandsNED1163215362,529148
124ESP
SpainESP1171315356,528,5150
1315FRA
FranceFRA115511535328147
1410ENG
EnglandENG1171315348,528149
1525GRE
GreeceGRE116321533128144
1622ISR
IsraelISR117131532628141
1740KAZ
KazakhstanKAZ1171315322,527,5135
189GER
GermanyGER117131532126,5148
1932CUB
CubaCUB116321531927144
2023SRB
SerbiaSRB1171315315,526,5143

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Round 11 Women results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
11
INDIndia *)28171:31528½United States of AmericaUSA
7
22
UKRUkraine27½163:11629PolandPOL
4
36
AZEAzerbaijan28½161:31626GeorgiaGEO
3
410
KAZKazakhstan25½15:1525½India 3IND3
16
522
SVKSlovakia22½152:21528India 2IND2
11
632
INAIndonesia2714:1426½GermanyGER
8
743
CROCroatia2214:1426ArmeniaARM
9
821
ENGEngland2314:1426HungaryHUN
12
913
ESPSpain2814:1425½SerbiaSRB
18
1015
BULBulgaria26½143:11425½IsraelISR
19
115
FRAFrance25132:21426MongoliaMGL
28
1239
PHIPhilippines25½13:1323½CubaCUB
14
1335
AUSAustralia25131:31322½NetherlandsNED
17
1434
SWESweden25131:31323½Czech RepublicCZE
23
1527
GREGreece25132:21324½EstoniaEST
30
1650
LATLatvia2213:1324½LithuaniaLTU
42
1757
CHIChile2613:1222½RomaniaROU
20
1825
ITAItaly24123:11222½MexicoMEX
54
1931
PERPeru24½12:1224½SingaporeSGP
55
2038
IRIIran2412:½1221½PortugalPOR
59

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Final standings in Women

Rk.SNoFED TeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
12UKR
UkraineUKR1174018413,530,5157
23GEO
GeorgiaGEO118211839229158
31IND
IndiaIND1181217396,529160
47USA
United States of AmericaUSA118121739031,5143
510KAZ
KazakhstanKAZ118121735228149
64POL
PolandPOL117221639630155
76AZE
AzerbaijanAZE117221638929,5156
811IND2
India 2IND21172216369,530146
915BUL
BulgariaBUL117221636129,5147
108GER
GermanyGER1180316344,529140
1112HUN
HungaryHUN1180316340,528,5138
129ARM
ArmeniaARM118031633328,5143
1318SRB
SerbiaSRB118031632628139
1422SVK
SlovakiaSVK117221627724,5144
1528MGL
MongoliaMGL116321535028150
1623CZE
Czech RepublicCZE116321531826,5142
1716IND3
India 3IND3117131531327142
1842LTU
LithuaniaLTU117131529827134
1914CUB
CubaCUB1171315293,526139
2017NED
NetherlandsNED1171315292,525,5143

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