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Chess Olympiad: Indian Teams Off To Flying Start

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Last Updated: July 29, 2022, 20:54 IST

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), India

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All teams representing India at the Chess Olympiad picked up victories in their respective matches, granting India a flying start at the competition they host

Indian teams made winning starts in the Open and women’s sections of the 44th Chess Olympiad here on Friday.

Top-seeded Indian women’s A team beat Tajikistan while the B side got the better of Wales.

Both the Indian teams have taken unassailable 3-0 leads over their respective opponents.

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India’s star player Koneru Humpy, playing on the top board, R Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni secured victories to ensure a winning start.

The Indian C team too began with a win.

The three Indian teams in the men’s event posted wins in the first round matches over Zimbabwe, UAE and South Sudan respectively.

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The opening round of the historic Chess Olympiad was inaugurated by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur making the first move on Indian player Vidit Gujrathi’s board.

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, All India Chess Federation President Sanjay Kapoor and Olympiad Director Bharat Singh Chauhan were also present on the occasion.

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first published:July 29, 2022, 20:54 IST
last updated:July 29, 2022, 20:54 IST