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44th Chess Olympiad 2022 R4: The Young Guns of India 2 continue their roar, Abdusattorov capsizes Caruana

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/08/2022

Critics and pundits of the game put higher stock in India 2 than other teams. So far they have not been proven wrong. India 2 continues to lead the table by notching up their fourth consecutive win. They defeated Italy 3-1. Gukesh and Nihal Sarin led the charge by scoring victories. Praggnanandhaa and Raunak maintained stronghold by drawing their respective games. India 1 could only manage to draw with France 2-2. In the Women's section, IM Tania Sachdev and WGM Vantika Agrawal scored a win each to ensure India 1 and India 2's victory over Hungary and Estonia respectively. Round 5 starts today at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Uzbekistan denies USA

The dark horse of the tournament in the Open section is certainly Uzbekistan. The team has the reigning World Rapid champion in the form of Nodirbek Abdusattorov. Apart from Jakhongir Vakhidov who is born in 1995, the remaining four members are born on or after 2002. The captain of the team is Ivan Sokolov, the man who has trained Alireza Firouzja and many other strong world class talents. Poland, Azerbaijan and Norway were held to draws by Romania, Turkey and Mongolia; Israel and Slovakia defeated Ukraine and Netherlands respectively. In the Women's event, the only upset of the round was Romania beating Germany by minimum margin.

India 2 is living up to all expectations so far | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Team USA got humbled by Uzbekistan 2-2 | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

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

Open: India 1 - Greece: 3-1

GM Pentala Harikrishna (2720), GM Vidit Gujrathi (2714), GM Arjun Erigaisi (2689) and GM S L Narayanan (2659) all four drew their respective games.

France - India 1: 2-2

GM S L Narayanan fought till the end | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

India 2 - Italy: 3-1

GM D Gukesh (2684) captalized on his opponent, Italy no.1 GM Daniele Vocaturo's (2616) positional inaccuracy.

Gukesh - Vocaturo

Position after 27...Rd8

23...Na7 is where it started to go wrong for Black. 24.Rxb6 Rc3 25.Qb1 Qc5 26.Rd1 Rc2+ 27.Kf1 Rd8 and we reached the above position. Gukesh found a very nice trick in this position. Try to find out what it is.

Gukesh beats the man who drew Magnus Carlsen, Italy no.1 GM Daniele Vocaturo | Video: ChessBase India
When Nihal Sarin hits his momentum | Video: ChessBase India
Nihal Sarin gets a pat on back from the Captain after his dominating win against GM Luca Moroni Jr. | Video: ChessBase India
The Four Young Guns of Indian Chess - India 2 arrives for Round 4 | Video: ChessBase India

India 2 - Italy: 3-1

Women: India 1 - Hungary: 2.5-1.5

GM Koneru Humpy (2586) was completely winning against GM Thanh Trang Hoang (2376). She missed her opponent's defense and the game ended in a draw. GM Harika Dronavalli (2517) had the quickest result of the team as she drew with WGM Ticia Gara (2367) in just 13 moves via repetition. IM Tania Sachdev's (2399) sole victory over WIM Zsoka Gaal (2313) ensured the team's victory over Hungary by a minimum margin.

India 3 - Iceland: 3-1

IM Tania Sachdev's win ensured the team's victory against Hungary in Round 4 | Photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

India 2 - Estonia: 2.5-1.5

WGM Vantika Agrawal (2371) scored her fourth consecutive win of the event. She defeated WGM Mai Narva (2385) convincingly. WGM Divya Deshmukh (2319) had a solitary opportunity to seize her advantage against WFM Sofia Blokhin (1996). She missed it and the game ended in a draw.

India 2 - Estonia: 2.5-1.5

WGM Vantika Agrawal is having a fantastic Olympiad so far 4/4 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

WGM Nandhidhaa P V scored the sole win for her team as she moves to 4/4 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

USA - Uzbekistan: 2-2

One of the tournament favorites, USA had a difficult time overcoming Uzbekistan. Former World Championship Challenger and World no.2, Fabiano Caruana (2783) went down against the reigning World Rapid champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (2688). Levon Aronian (2775) and Sam Shankland (2720) were held to draws by Nodirbek Yakubboev (2620) and Jakhongir Vakhidov (2564).

Caruana - Abdusattorov

Position after 44.Qxf5

44.Qxf5 turned out to be the decisive mistake. Find out why.

World Rapid Champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov beats former World Championship Challenger, Fabiano Caruana | Video: ChessBase India
I don't really care about time control for World Championships - Nodirbek Abdusattorov | Video: ChessBase India

USA - Uzbekistan: 2-2

Nodirbek Abdusattorov is the current World Rapid champion for a reason | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

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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 4 Open games

Replay Round 4 Women games

Round 4 Open results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
115
FRAFrance11½62:2610½India *)IND
2
21
USAUnited States of America962:2611UzbekistanUZB
14
316
IND3India 36:610½SpainESP
4
45
POLPoland62:2610RomaniaROU
20
521
TURTurkey1162:2610AzerbaijanAZE
6
622
ISRIsrael11½6:610½NetherlandsNED
7
723
SRBSerbia106½:6EnglandENG
10
811
IND2India 21263:1610½ItalyITA
26
912
ARMArmenia63:16AustriaAUT
33
1044
CANCanada10½62:26IranIRI
13
1134
SVKSlovakia5:510UkraineUKR
8
1232
CUBCuba1053:159HungaryHUN
19
133
NORNorway42:25MongoliaMGL
45
149
GERGermany4:4IrelandIRL
59
1560
FAIFaroe Islands74½:48CroatiaCRO
17
1661
MKDNorth Macedonia74½:49Czech RepublicCZE
18
1762
MEXMexico4½:49GeorgiaGEO
24
1825
GREGreece43:14BulgariaBUL
63
1927
DENDenmark94:48LatviaLAT
64
2028
BRABrazil42:24BangladeshBAN
65

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Round 5 Open pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
12
INDIndia *)12½7:712RomaniaROU
20
24
ESPSpain138:815India 2IND
11
310
ENGEngland138:812½ArmeniaARM
12
422
ISRIsrael148:711United States of AmericaUSA
1
515
FRAFrance13½7:711½PolandPOL
5
66
AZEAzerbaijan127:713CubaCUB
32
713
IRIIran11½7:713TurkeyTUR
21
814
UZBUzbekistan137:712SlovakiaSVK
34
97
NEDNetherlands126:712½CanadaCAN
44
1041
SLOSlovenia126:611GermanyGER
9
1142
CHIChile116:611India 3IND
16
1217
CROCroatia11½6:610½IcelandISL
43
1318
CZECzech Republic12½6:611½MongoliaMGL
45
1446
INAIndonesia116:610½SerbiaSRB
23
1524
GEOGeorgia12½6:612½ParaguayPAR
47
1648
MDAMoldova126:611½GreeceGRE
25
1726
ITAItaly11½6:69UruguayURU
49
1850
BELBelgium106:613AustraliaAUS
29
1930
ARGArgentina136:612½ColombiaCOL
51
2052
PHIPhilippines11½6:6SwedenSWE
31

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Round 4 Women results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
11
INDIndia *)10½6:6HungaryHUN
12
215
BULBulgaria11½6:611UkraineUKR
2
33
GEOGeorgia963:16India 3IND3
16
417
NEDNetherlands10½6½:610½PolandPOL
4
55
FRAFrance116:610SerbiaSRB
18
619
ISRIsrael61:3610½AzerbaijanAZE
6
720
ROURomania6:610GermanyGER
8
828
MGLMongolia1162:2610KazakhstanKAZ
10
911
IND2India 210½6:6EstoniaEST
30
1014
CUBCuba5:611SwedenSWE
34
1135
AUSAustralia951:348United States of AmericaUSA
7
129
ARMArmenia44:04IrelandIRL
51
1313
ESPSpain944:047MexicoMEX
54
1452
MASMalaysia41:348EnglandENG
21
1522
SVKSlovakia4:49SingaporeSGP
55
1656
CANCanada4:4Czech RepublicCZE
23
1724
VIEVietnam743:14ChileCHI
57
1858
VENVenezuela40:44ItalyITA
25
1959
PORPortugal4½:4SloveniaSLO
26
2027
GREGreece42:248BoliviaBOL
60

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Round 5 Women pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
15
FRAFrance13½8:813India *)IND
1
22
UKRUkraine13½8:813½AzerbaijanAZE
6
311
IND2India 2138:812GeorgiaGEO
3
44
POLPoland148:812RomaniaROU
20
510
KAZKazakhstan127:712CubaCUB
14
68
GERGermany11½6:713MongoliaMGL
28
77
USAUnited States of America116:612½PeruPER
31
832
INAIndonesia136:613½ArmeniaARM
9
912
HUNHungary116:612½SwedenSWE
34
1033
COLColombia11½6:613SpainESP
13
1138
IRIIran12½6:613BulgariaBUL
15
1216
IND3India 310½6:611½BrazilBRA
36
1339
PHIPhilippines11½6:611NetherlandsNED
17
1418
SRBSerbia11½6:611ArgentinaARG
40
1541
TURTurkey126:610½IsraelISR
19
1642
LTULithuania11½6:611EnglandENG
21
1722
SVKSlovakia106:610CroatiaCRO
43
1823
CZECzech Republic106:611FinlandFIN
45
1946
UZBUzbekistan126:610VietnamVIE
24
2025
ITAItaly11½6:612DenmarkDEN
47

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