India was held to a 3-3 draw by lower-ranked Mongolia within the sixth spherical as favourites China grabbed the highest spot in Pool A within the FIDE On-line Chess Olympiad on Saturday.
After posting wins over Indonesia (4.5-1.5) and Vietnam (4-2) within the fourth and fifth rounds respectively, the Indians couldn’t put it throughout Mongolia.
Defeats for captain Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and world fast champion Koneru Humpy meant India suffered a setback within the quest for a sixth successive victory.
Additionally, R Vaishali misplaced to Tuvshintugs Batchimeg to allow Mongolia maintain India to a creditable draw. China had additionally confronted a tricky time earlier than overcoming the problem of Mongolia 3.5-2.5 within the fourth spherical. Nevertheless, the Chinese language bounced again strongly with convincing wins over Georgia and Germany within the subsequent two rounds, to interchange India on the high of the desk with 12 factors.
India is second with 11 factors and Germany in third place with 9.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand, who made his first look within the third spherical and was held to a draw by Nodirbek Abdusattorov, settled for half some extent within the sport in opposition to Indonesian Susnato Megaranto within the fourth spherical.
Within the fifth spherical, Anand went right down to Parham Maghsoodloo at the same time as India gained 4-2 because of wins by P Harikrishna, D Harika and Vantika Agrawal, whereas Humpy and Nihal Sarin settled for attracts.
India, with a median ranking of 2419, is seeded seventh within the championship.
The Olympiad is being performed on-line owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The occasion has a distinct construction with every workforce comprising six gamers, together with at the least two ladies.
Fourth spherical: India beat Indonesia 4.5-1.5 (Viswanathan Anand drew with Susanto Megaranto; Vidit S Gujrathi beat Farid Firman Syah; D Harika drew with Irine Kharisma Sukandar; Bhakti Kulkarni beat Medina Warda Aulia; R Praggnanandhaa beat Gilbert Elroy Tarigan; Vantika Agrawal drew Ummi Fisabilillah).
Fifth spherical: India beat Iran 4-2 (Viswanathan Anand misplaced to Parham Maghsoodloo; P Harikrishna beat M Amin Tabatbaei; Koneru Humpy drew with Sarasdat Khademalsharieh; D Harika beat Anousha Mahdian; Nihal Sarin drew with Aryan Gholami; Vantika Agrwal beat Anahita Zahedifar).
Sixth spherical: India drew Mongolia 3-3 (Vidit Gujrathi misplaced to Sumiya Bilguun; Aravindh Chithambaram beat Gombosuren Munkghal; Ok Humpy misplaced to Bathkuyag Muguntuul; R Vaishali to Tuvshintugs Batchimeg; R Praggnanandhaa beat Dambasuren Batsuren; Divya Deshmukh beat Davaakhuu Munkzhul).
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