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44th Chess Olympiad 2022 R9: Praggnanandhaa saves the day for India 2

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/08/2022

India 2 drew with Azerbaijan in Round 9 of 44th Chess Olympiad. The score was 1-2 in the Azerbaijan's favor when Praggnanandhaa found himself in a must-win situation against Vasif Durarbayli. He managed to beat the Azeri on-demand. Thus, making sure India continues to fight for the gold. India 1 dominated Brazil 3-1, thanks to Arjun Erigaisi and K Sasikiran's wins. In the Women's section, India 1 suffered their first loss of the event against Poland by 2.5-1.5. The unstoppable WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa scored her ninth consecutive win. Uzbekistan is the sole leader 16/18, followed by India 2 and Armenia at 15/18 each in the Open section. The penultimate Round 10 starts today at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Poland gets the better of Indian Women

World no.10 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov halted D Gukesh's dream run. India 1 Women suffered their first loss against Poland 2.5-1.5. Thus, there are four teams Poland, India 1, Kazakhstan and Georgia are in a four-way lead at 15/18 each. They all have lost one match each. Five teams are chasing them at 14/18 each.

Praggnanandhaa scored in a must-win situation | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

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

Open: India 2 - Azerbaijan: 2-2

D Gukesh's magnificent winning streak was halted by World no.10, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Nihal Sarin drew with Rauf Mamedov. Raunak Sadhwani lost to Nijat Abasov after a blunder in the endgame. Thus, Praggnanandhaa found himself in a must-win situation against Vasif Durarbayli.

Praggnanandhaa - Vasif

Position after 48.Qh1

White was forced to play the unpleasant 48.Qh1 as that was one of the safe squares left for the queen. In time trouble, it went back and forth. Eventually, Vasif made the final mistake and Praggnanandhaa came out on top.

Position after 59...d4

59...d4 created the opportunity White was looking for. 60.Rg6 Qe7 61.Bd3 Qa3 62.Re6+ and it was all over. The resultant Queen ending is completely winning for White.

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Praggnanandhaa defeated Vasif Durarbayli on demand | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

India 2 - Azerbaijan: 2-2

India 1 - Brazil: 3-1

Arjun Erigaisi and K Sasikiran scored the key victories for the team to ensure India 1 stay in the medal hunt. Harikrishna and Vidit drew their respective games.

India 1 spearhead Arjun Erigaisi got back to his winning ways 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

K Sasikiran bounced back from a loss and a two-day rest | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

India 1 - Brazil: 3-1

Paraguay - India 3: 1-3

Surya Sekhar Ganguly's tough form continues. He suffered second consecutive and the sole loss of the round against GM Axel Bachmann. Sethuraman S P, Karthikeyan Murali and Abhimanyu Puranik scored a victory each.

GM Sethuraman S P is the sole undefeated player of India 3 - 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Karthikeyan Murali scored his third win of the event | Photo: Ashwin Subramanian

GM Abhimanyu Puranik is now at 4.5/6 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Paraguay - India 3: 1-3

Women: Poland - India 1: 2.5-1.5

GM Harika Dronavalli (2517) had a completely winning position against GM Monika Socko (2416).

Harika - Monika

Position after 25.f5

A few moves earlier 21.f5 would have been a good idea for White. However, now 25.g4 is what White needed to play to clear the path for the queen - Qh3, Rxh7 would have been devastating for Black. Now 21.f5 is met with Nxd4. 22.Bxd4 is forced as Black is threatening Nxf5. 22...Qxd4 23.Ng4 Qd2+ 24.Qf2 Qxf2+ 25.Kxf2 gxf5 26.Nf6+ and White's attack fizzles out. Gaining the exchange does not help much as Black has a couple of pawns as a compensation.

Harika had a great opportunity against Monika | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Oliwia - Vaishali

Position after 57.h4

Rook and pawn endings are always critical in a practical game. No matter how much one knows the theory, in time trouble and pressure cooker situation, things become less than obvious. Before playing 57...Kg6, Black needed to trade the pawns 57...gxh4 58.gxh4 to make sure she stays in the game. Unfortunately for Black, 57...Kg6 allowed White to push for a win 58.h5+ Kf7 59.f4 gxf4 60.gxf4 f5 now the king comes to action 61. Kd1 and it plays the crucial role in White earning the full point.

Oliwia Kiolbasa is undoubtedly having the tournament of her life 9/9 | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Poland - India 1: 2.5-1.5

India 2 - Switzerland: 4-0

India 2 scored their second whitewash of the event, against Switzerland. WGM Vantika Agrawal, IM Padmini Rout, WGM Mary Ann Gomes and WGM Divya Deshmukh scored comfortable wins.

WGM Vantika Agrawal continues her impressive run 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

India 2 - Switzeland: 4-0

Estonia - India 3: 1-3

WGM Nandhidhaa P V and WIM Sahithi Varshini scored the wins. IM Eesha Karavade and WIM Vishwa Vasnawala drew their respective games.

WGM Nandhidhaa P V continues her great run 7.5/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Estonia - India 3: 1-3

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Video Gallery

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Anish Giri reacts to his teammates' positions | Video: ChessBase India
Nihal Sarin waits and watched Pragnandha's game after his game ended in a draw | 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 9 Open games

Replay Round 9 Women games

Round 9 Open results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
111
IND2India 2 *)25½142:21322AzerbaijanAZE
6
214
UZBUzbekistan25½143:11522ArmeniaARM
12
37
NEDNetherlands23½132:21322IranIRI
13
425
GREGreece2212:1219United States of AmericaUSA
1
52
INDIndia21½123:11221BrazilBRA
28
635
LTULithuania20122:21220½GermanyGER
9
721
TURTurkey2312:1219PeruPER
37
840
KAZKazakhstan21½121:31220SerbiaSRB
23
927
DENDenmark22½111:31121½SpainESP
4
1029
AUSAustralia20½11:1121½UkraineUKR
8
1130
ARGArgentina23111:31120½EnglandENG
10
1215
FRAFrance21½11:1120CubaCUB
32
1318
CZECzech Republic22½11:½1120½ChileCHI
42
1419
HUNHungary21113:11120½SloveniaSLO
41
1520
ROURomania21111:31120½MoldovaMDA
48
1622
ISRIsrael2111:½1119½AndorraAND
58
1726
ITAItaly21½11:1122IrelandIRL
59
1846
INAIndonesia21½101:31020NorwayNOR
3
195
POLPoland19103:11021MongoliaMGL
45
2047
PARParaguay21½101:31019India 3IND
16

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Round 10 Open pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
111
IND2India 2 *)27½15:1628½UzbekistanUZB
14
26
AZEAzerbaijan2414:1523ArmeniaARM
12
31
USAUnited States of America21½14:1425½TurkeyTUR
21
413
IRIIran2414:1424½IndiaIND
2
523
SRBSerbia2314:1425½NetherlandsNED
7
64
ESPSpain24½13:1326Czech RepublicCZE
18
719
HUNHungary2413:1324UkraineUKR
8
89
GERGermany22½13:1324½IsraelISR
22
910
ENGEngland23½13:1324ItalyITA
26
1015
FRAFrance2413:1322LithuaniaLTU
35
113
NORNorway2312:1323½MoldovaMDA
48
125
POLPoland2212:1220½SwedenSWE
31
1316
IND3India 32212:1221SlovakiaSVK
34
1417
CROCroatia2312:1222½KazakhstanKAZ
40
1537
PERPeru20½12:1225½GeorgiaGEO
24
1643
ISLIceland2112:1223½GreeceGRE
25
1728
BRABrazil2212:1222½CanadaCAN
44
1850
BELBelgium19½11:1122RomaniaROU
20
1951
COLColombia25½11:1123½DenmarkDEN
27
2054
ALBAlbania2111:1122AustraliaAUS
29

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Round 9 Women results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
111
IND2India 2 *)25½142:21322AzerbaijanAZE
6
214
UZBUzbekistan25½143:11522ArmeniaARM
12
37
NEDNetherlands23½132:21322IranIRI
13
425
GREGreece2212:1219United States of AmericaUSA
1
52
INDIndia21½123:11221BrazilBRA
28
635
LTULithuania20122:21220½GermanyGER
9
721
TURTurkey2312:1219PeruPER
37
840
KAZKazakhstan21½121:31220SerbiaSRB
23
927
DENDenmark22½111:31121½SpainESP
4
1029
AUSAustralia20½11:1121½UkraineUKR
8
1130
ARGArgentina23111:31120½EnglandENG
10
1215
FRAFrance21½11:1120CubaCUB
32
1318
CZECzech Republic22½11:½1120½ChileCHI
42
1419
HUNHungary21113:11120½SloveniaSLO
41
1520
ROURomania21111:31120½MoldovaMDA
48
1622
ISRIsrael2111:½1119½AndorraAND
58
1726
ITAItaly21½11:1122IrelandIRL
59
1846
INAIndonesia21½101:31020NorwayNOR
3
195
POLPoland19103:11021MongoliaMGL
45
2047
PARParaguay21½101:31019India 3IND
16

Details

Round 10 Women pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
111
IND2India 2 *)27½15:1628½UzbekistanUZB
14
26
AZEAzerbaijan2414:1523ArmeniaARM
12
31
USAUnited States of America21½14:1425½TurkeyTUR
21
413
IRIIran2414:1424½IndiaIND
2
523
SRBSerbia2314:1425½NetherlandsNED
7
64
ESPSpain24½13:1326Czech RepublicCZE
18
719
HUNHungary2413:1324UkraineUKR
8
89
GERGermany22½13:1324½IsraelISR
22
910
ENGEngland23½13:1324ItalyITA
26
1015
FRAFrance2413:1322LithuaniaLTU
35
113
NORNorway2312:1323½MoldovaMDA
48
125
POLPoland2212:1220½SwedenSWE
31
1316
IND3India 32212:1221SlovakiaSVK
34
1417
CROCroatia2312:1222½KazakhstanKAZ
40
1537
PERPeru20½12:1225½GeorgiaGEO
24
1643
ISLIceland2112:1223½GreeceGRE
25
1728
BRABrazil2212:1222½CanadaCAN
44
1850
BELBelgium19½11:1122RomaniaROU
20
1951
COLColombia25½11:1123½DenmarkDEN
27
2054
ALBAlbania2111:1122AustraliaAUS
29

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