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44th Chess Olympiad 2022 R8: India vanquishes USA, Gukesh now India #2 and World #20

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/08/2022

India 2 defeating USA does not come as a surprise. Sure it is a major upset, however one should certainly expect D Gukesh and Raunak Sadhwani beating Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominguez-Perez respectively on the biggest stage. The teenagers are on the rise, they are fearless, always ready to take risks and seize their chances. Computer might say Gukesh had a difficult position at one point, but the boy hasn't used computer until a couple of years ago. Nihal Sarin and Praggnanandhaa also drew with the World-Class Levon Aronian and Wesley So. Gabriel Sargissian grinded a drawn endgame to win against Harikrishna. India 1 Women drew with Ukraine to maintain their sole lead 15/16. Round 9 starts today at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Indian Women maintain their sole lead

India 1 Women is a full point ahead of Georgia. They will face Poland in Round 9. Germany lost to Uzbekistan 1.5-2.5. The Uzbeks have a similar line-up as India 2 with only one player over 25-years-old and rest are all born on or after 2002. Lithuania beat Croatia 2.5-1.5. Norway was held to a 2-2 draw by Slovakia. Both India 3 Open and Women lost their respective matches to Peru and Poland.

D Gukesh pulled a stunner against Fabiano Caruana | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa (POL) continues to have the same score as GM D Gukesh 8/8 | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

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

Open: USA - India 2: 1-3

GM D Gukesh (2684) and GM Raunak Sadhwani (2611) scored perhaps their biggest victories of their career so far against former world championship challenger GM Fabiano Caruana (2783) and GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (2754) respectively. GM Nihal Sarin (2651) and GM Praggnanandhaa R (2648) also showed their class as they drew with world no.6 GM Levon Aronian (2775) and world no.7 GM Wesley So (2773).

Caruana - Gukesh

Position after 31...Qd5

31.Nc5 was a positional mistake which allowed Gukesh to seize his advantage 31...Qd5. 32.Qe2 Rxa3 33.Rd1 Rfa7 34.g4 worsened things further for White hxg4 35.hxg4 Nh6. Although 35...Bxc5 would have been a relatively quicker finish for Black.

Meet the new India #2 and World #20 - D Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India
Final Moments of Gukesh crushing Caruana | Video: ChessBase India

Gukesh is now India no.2 and World no.20 | Source: 2700chess.com

Raunak - Leinier

Position after 21.Nbd4

Raunak Sadhwani made a fantastic positional sacrifice 21.Nbd4. The game proceeded 21...exd4 22.Bxd4 Rg8 23.Rdg1 Nf8 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Rh5+ Nh7 26.e5 g6 27.Qh6

Position after 27.Qh6

Black's kingside is completely crippled. 27...Rg7 28.exf6 Qxf6 29.Rb5 and White went on to win the game after a great sequence of moves.

What a timing Raunak! | Video: ChessBase India

Raunak Sadhwani scored a brilliant win against Leinier Dominguez Perez | Photo: Ashwin Subramanian
Anish Giri on Gukesh's win over Fabiano Caruana | Video: ChessBase India
Insane Post Game Blindfold analysis! - Praggnanandhaa and Wesley So | Video: ChessBase India

USA - India 2: 1-3

Armenia - India 1: 1.5-2.5

GM Gabriel Sargissian (2698) grinded a relatively equal endgame against GM Pentala Harikrishna (2720) until the latter made a mistake which cost him the game.

Gabriel - Harikrishna

Position after 44...e5

Sometimes inaction is the best thing to do. If Black doesn't play 44...e5, there is no good way for White to make a progress. Even after 44...e5, it was possible to defend the game. However, it became excruciatingly difficult with the time getting lower by the second.

Harikrishna had a really tough day at the office | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage
Arjun Erigaisi tries his hardest to win | Video: ChessBase India

Armenia - India 1: 2.5-1.5

Women: India 1 - Ukraine: 2-2

All four games between India 1 and Ukraine ended in draws.

India 1 - Ukraine: 2-2

Croatia - India 2: 0.5-3.5

WGM Vantika Agrawal (2371), IM Padmini Rout (2374) and WGM Divya Deshmukh (2319) scored victories against their lower rated opponents. Only WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2324) was held to a draw by WFM Tihana Ivekovic (2082).

WGM Vantika Agrawal 6/8 | Photo: Ashwin Subramaniam

Croatia - India 2: 0.5-3.5

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The thoughtful gesture for GM Harika by the organisers of Chennai Chess Olympiads 2022 | Video: ChessBase India
First move of Round 8 on Humpy and Mariya Muzychuk's board | Video: ChessBase India
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Magnus Dissappointed after he draws his game | Video: ChessBase India

 

Schedule

Everyday round starts at 3 p.m. IST from 29th July to 8th August 2022. The final round on 9th August starts 10 a.m. IST. Rest day is on 4th August 2022.

Replay Round 8 Open games

Replay Round 8 Women games

Round 8 Open results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
112
ARMArmenia19½13:1220India *)IND
2
21
USAUnited States of America18121:31222½India 2IND
11
39
GERGermany1912:1223UzbekistanUZB
14
440
KAZKazakhstan2012:1119½AzerbaijanAZE
6
57
NEDNetherlands20½113:11120HungaryHUN
19
613
IRIIran19½11:1120FranceFRA
15
78
UKRUkraine19½102:21119BrazilBRA
28
816
IND3India 318101:31016PeruPER
37
935
LTULithuania17½10:1019CroatiaCRO
17
1041
SLOSlovenia18½102:21020½Czech RepublicCZE
18
1142
CHIChile18½102:21019RomaniaROU
20
1244
CANCanada17½101:31020TurkeyTUR
21
1323
SRBSerbia17103:11017½IcelandISL
43
1452
PHIPhilippines1810:1019½GreeceGRE
25
1548
MDAMoldova18½102:21019½ItalyITA
26
1658
ANDAndorra17½102:21018CubaCUB
32
173
NORNorway1892:2915½SlovakiaSVK
34
184
ESPSpain189:½918EgyptEGY
38
1939
MNEMontenegro19½92:2917PolandPOL
5
2010
ENGEngland189:915BelgiumBEL
50

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Round 9 Open pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
111
IND2India 2 *)25½14:1322AzerbaijanAZE
6
214
UZBUzbekistan25½14:1522ArmeniaARM
12
37
NEDNetherlands23½13:1322IranIRI
13
425
GREGreece2212:1219United States of AmericaUSA
1
52
INDIndia21½12:1221BrazilBRA
28
635
LTULithuania2012:1220½GermanyGER
9
721
TURTurkey2312:1219PeruPER
37
840
KAZKazakhstan21½12:1220SerbiaSRB
23
927
DENDenmark22½11:1121½SpainESP
4
1029
AUSAustralia20½11:1121½UkraineUKR
8
1130
ARGArgentina2311:1120½EnglandENG
10
1215
FRAFrance21½11:1120CubaCUB
32
1318
CZECzech Republic22½11:1120½ChileCHI
42
1419
HUNHungary2111:1120½SloveniaSLO
41
1520
ROURomania2111:1120½MoldovaMDA
48
1622
ISRIsrael2111:1119½AndorraAND
58
1726
ITAItaly21½11:1122IrelandIRL
59
1846
INAIndonesia21½10:1020NorwayNOR
3
195
POLPoland1910:1021MongoliaMGL
45
2047
PARParaguay21½10:1019India 3IND
16

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Round 8 Women results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
11
INDIndia *)21142:21221UkraineUKR
2
23
GEOGeorgia18½12:½1222½ArmeniaARM
9
316
IND3India 318½111:31121½PolandPOL
4
420
ROURomania18112:21120AzerbaijanAZE
6
510
KAZKazakhstan18½11:½1117SlovakiaSVK
22
615
BULBulgaria20½113:11120½GreeceGRE
27
728
MGLMongolia2011:1018½HungaryHUN
12
87
USAUnited States of America20102:21017½Czech RepublicCZE
23
924
VIEVietnam17½10:1019GermanyGER
8
1013
ESPSpain2110:1018½ItalyITA
25
1117
NEDNetherlands1710:1019½PeruPER
31
1218
SRBSerbia1710:1021IndonesiaINA
32
1334
SWESweden19½10:1018½IsraelISR
19
1438
IRIIran1910:1017½EnglandENG
21
1543
CROCroatia16½10½:917½India 2IND2
11
1636
BRABrazil17½9:918FranceFRA
5
1714
CUBCuba169:½917½AustriaAUT
37
1826
SLOSlovenia209:918½PhilippinesPHI
39
1929
SUISwitzerland1793:1918½NorwayNOR
48
2030
ESTEstonia17½9:914½LatviaLAT
50

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Round 9 Women pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
14
POLPoland24½13:1523India *)IND
1
22
UKRUkraine2313:1422GeorgiaGEO
3
315
BULBulgaria23½13:1322KazakhstanKAZ
10
46
AZEAzerbaijan2212:1322½MongoliaMGL
28
58
GERGermany21½12:1220EnglandENG
21
69
ARMArmenia2312:1220RomaniaROU
20
732
INAIndonesia23½12:1223½SpainESP
13
834
SWESweden2212:1219½NetherlandsNED
17
922
SVKSlovakia17½11:1120½FranceFRA
5
1027
GREGreece21½11:1122United States of AmericaUSA
7
1111
IND2India 22111:1120SwitzerlandSUI
29
1223
CZECzech Republic19½11:1119½CubaCUB
14
1330
ESTEstonia2011:1119½India 3IND3
16
1412
HUNHungary2010:1121PhilippinesPHI
39
1545
FINFinland1810:1018½SerbiaSRB
18
1619
ISRIsrael2010:1020½UzbekistanUZB
46
1749
BELBelgium2010:1019VietnamVIE
24
1825
ITAItaly2010:1018MalaysiaMAS
52
1931
PERPeru2110:1017MexicoMEX
54
2058
VENVenezuela2010:1020½IranIRI
38

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