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Asian Online Nations Cup Quarter-Finals: Men against Mongolia, women versus Kyrgyzstan

by Sagar Shah - 23/10/2020

We have entered the final three days of the Asian Online Nations Cup 2020. Team India will has made it to the final 8 in both open and women sections. From now onwards there is no margin for error as the format is Knock-out. The open team will now face Mongolia in the Quarter Finals, while the women team will be up against Kyrgyzstan. The individual board medals were given after the nine rounds of Swiss league itself and have been won by Nihal Sarin, Vaishali and Mary Ann Gomes (Gold), Sasikiran and Padmini Rout (Silver). We tell you all about the Quarter finals, format, tiebreaks and much more. 

23rd October is an important day for team India. Both the men and women team have had quite a different way of reaching the Quarter Finals, but the teams have made it nonetheless. While the women team topped the group, the men team just scrapped through with 6th place. The preliminaries have ended and now the tournament shifts from being a swiss league, to a knockout. With 8 teams left we have the Quarter finals on the 23rd, the Semis on the 24th and the Finals on the 25th. Let's have a look at how things stand at the end of the qualifiers:

Rank after the qualifiers

Rk.SNo TeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3 

Iran takes on Singapore, Philippines vs Kazakhstan would be a close encounter, India is up against Mongolia and Australia vs Indonesia is not to be missed.

The performance of Indian team players in the preliminaries

There have been individual medals already awarded based on the performance by the players in the first nine rounds. Two Indians received medals in the open sections and three in the women.

Nihal Sarin has been a consistent performer for team India scoring 4.0/5 on board 2 and winning the gold medal

Sasikiran has been rock solid on board 5 for team India with 8.0/9 and won the silver medal behind Aryan Gholami

This is how the Mongolian team has performed

Ganzorig Amartuvshin on board no.1 has been an absolute beast. He has beaten Jumabayev, Anton Smirnov and Parham Maghsoodloo. The Indian team will have to take him seriously.

Bilguun Sumiya on board is also playing quite well and is on 6.5/9

Rank after the qualifiers (women)

Rk.SNo TeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3 
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Performance of team India until now

Vaishali won the gold medal in 9 rounds on board 1

Padmini Rout performed really well but had to settle for the silver

Mary Ann Gomes with 5.0/5 was bound to win the gold!

The performance of the Kyrgyzstan team

Alexandra Samaganova is the best player from team Kyrgyzstan and she would be leading from the front

Rules of the Quarterfinals

If the men's team wins we will face the winner of the duel between Philippines and Kazakhstan. If the Indian women's team wins, they face the winner of Vietnam vs Mongolia

A very important point to note in the duel of two matches is that the first tiebreaker is game points. So if India wins match no.1 against Mongolia 3-1 and Mongolia beats India with a score of 2.5-1.5, then India still wins the Quarter Finals and goes to the Semi-Finals.

Tiebreak rules

9.5. Match point ties in a duel shall be decided in the following order:

a. by game points in the duel (2 matches)

b. by total Berlin System board points in the duel (2 matches)

c. If the board-count results in no victory for either side then the board points of both board 4 games in 2 matches are cancelled and so on until the tie is broken.

d. If still tied then play one blitz match (8.2g)

e. If still tied apply the Berlin System to the blitz match in (d).

f. If the board-count in (e) of the blitz match results in no victory for either side then the board points of Board 4 are cancelled and so on upwards until the tie is broken.

g. If still tied, then an Armageddon match as in 8.2(h) above shall decide.

Live commentary

Team India live commentary with the IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and guests!

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