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Batumi Olympiad 2018: India too strong for Canada, Serbia hold Indian girls

by Sagar Shah - 27/09/2018

The third round at the Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 was a mixed day for India. In the open section we played nearly flawless chess to beat Canada with a score of 3.5-0.5 but in the women's section team India was stopped by Serbia with a score of 2-2. In this article we bring you all the photos of the round, videos of Vishy Anand's victory over Eric Hansen, coaches Ramesh and Jacob Aagaard speaking about their respective teams and also of the happenings in the initial minutes of the round. Apart from this we have extremely and instructive analysis sent to us by GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly talking about Harikrishna's game. Do not miss it.

Vidit Gujrathi's daily ritual before the round is to hang out and relax with his Dutch friends! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Vishy Anand played a brilliant game to beat GM Eric Hansen | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Vishy Anand speaks to ChessBase India after his win

Harikrishna played the open Sicilian and did not let his opponent's mistakes go unpunished | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Black has just played his knight to c6. How did White finish him off?

Analysis by GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly:

Vidit was completely lost against Evgeny Bareev from the opening. But he fought really hard and somehow managed to hold a draw. In fact towards the end he had also started to get ambitious!

Final moments of Vidit's endgame duel against Evgeny Bareev

Sasikiran won his game on the fourth board against GM Aman Hambleton | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Women's section:

India's 2-2 score before the games began doesn't look appetising. But once we were in the middle of the battle, this result is acceptable because it seemed as if we would even lose the match.

Humpy is resuming chess after a gap of two years, but nothing of that sort is being seen in her games. She is playing enterprising chess and calculating pretty well. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Harika won her game against Jovana Eric | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Eesha Karavade was not herself today. She made some uncustomary mistakes and lost right out of the opening. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Padmini Rout lost from the white side in the French | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Video round up by GM Jacob Aagaard:

Video interview with coach of Indian men's team GM R.B. Ramesh:

Round 4:

It's an extremely important fourth round with India taking on USA and the women's team taking on Poland

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