New Delhi: India ensured a nerve-racking win over Poland to safe its first ever ticket to ultimate occasion of Chess Olympiad.
World Ladies Speedy Champion Koneru Humpy received a decisive Armageddon recreation with black in opposition to Monika Socko taking the Indian staff to the ultimate of (FIDE) Worldwide Chess Federation On-line Chess Olympiad.
Humpy held her nerve and pulled off a 2-1 victory within the tie-breaker for staff India which had already misplaced the primary spherical 2-4.
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The win now signifies that India whose earlier greatest end within the olympiad was a Bronze will now have undoubtedly have both a Gold or Silver medal.
India will now face both USA or Russia within the summit conflict on Sunday.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand got here into his personal with a much-needed win over Jan-Krzystof Duda in 78 strikes within the second spherical after shedding to his opponent within the first spherical.
Captain Vidit Gujrathi led the best way with a win over Gzegorz Gajeswki whereas Humpy and D Harika additionally posted victories. Younger prodigy R Praggnanandhaa, who changed Nihal Sarin, was crushed by Igor Janik whereas Vantika Agrawal drew with Alicja Silwicka.
Within the first spherical, Anand was tamed by Duda whereas Gujrathi misplaced to Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Divya Deshmukh was crushed by Alicja Silwicka.
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Humpy and Harika drew in opposition to Socko and Karina Cyfika respectively whereas Sarin posted the one win for India, beating Igor Janik, within the first spherical.