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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by prashanthm » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:25 pm

World Team Chess Championship 2017, Khanty-Mansiysk

India is participating in both Open and Women's section..... Here are the teams....

Notable inclusion in the open team is Negi.... Pari is back after a 3 year sabbatical, which was immediately after he helped get India a bronze medal at the Tromso Olympiad playing top-board....

Hari is not playing....

India finished a disastrous 9th in the open section last time, while the women finished a close 4th...

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Open Section

Karthikeyan Murali 2582
Adhiban Baskaran 2670
Santosh Gujarathi Vidit 2692
Krishnan Sasikiran 2669
Parimarjan Negi 2670

Women's Section

Harika Dronavalli 2535
Tania Sachdev 2408
Eesha Sanjay Karavade 2388
Padmini Rout 2375
Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2375

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by suresh » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:35 pm

Viji (India's first woman IM) is in the team!

By the way, who was India's first woman GM, Humpy?

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by prashanthm » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:03 pm

suresh wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:35 pm
Viji (India's first woman IM) is in the team!

By the way, who was India's first woman GM, Humpy?
Yes, it is Humpy...

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by Sin Hombre » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:36 pm

We lost 1.5-2.5 in the men against Poland. Vidit with a great opening to beat his higher rated opponent with white, but Adhiban coming undone in a close one against the young Dudek. I would play Sasi above Karthikeyan who is clearly our weakest player here.


And drew 2-2 with Georgia amongst the ladies. We should have won the tie but Viji blundered on board 4 from a winning position to lose.

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by prashanthm » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:34 pm

And a great come-back for Pari pushing his opponent almost to the edge on the bottom board, but could only garner a draw....

Murali Karthikeyan blundered away an equal game...

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by Sin Hombre » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:26 pm

Men lost 1.5-2.5 again, this time to China.

Again creditable performance by Vidit who had a long even fight with black against Chinese #1 Ling Diren who is 90 elo points ahead; Sasi showed why it was a blunder to leave him out in the first round with a draw with black against Chinese prodigy Wei Yi who is 70 elo points and a game where he had the better chances.

Adhiban again was the let down with a loss with white.

With a second straight loss, chances of a medal on the men's side have gone.


On the women side, we won 2.5-1.5 against the US with Tania providing the solitary result on board #3.

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by Sin Hombre » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:39 am

Men beat Belarus 2.5-1.5; however the women lost 1.5-2.5 to Ukraine in a big blow to medal prospects.

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by prashanthm » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:40 pm

Great day for the Indian teams with wins for both teams in Round 4....

India almost blanked out US 3.5-0.5 with early wins for Adhiban (commanding) and Sasi (Robson couldn't handle the pressure)
and late end game win for Pari...
Vidit was in command all through in his top board game, but settled for a draw in the end...... A win would have nudged Vidit past the 2700 for the first time in his career...

Now in T5 behind China, Russia, Poland and this year's surprise package Turkey...

In the women's section, Padmini provided the much needed full point to get a narrow 2.5-1.5 win against Poland...

Indian women are now lone 3rd, two points behind the joint leaders Russia and Ukraine...

Up against Egypt in both sections of Rd 5 tomorrow.... Should try and make the most of it before the rest day.... :goodluck:

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by Sin Hombre » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:37 am

Excellent result by the men.

Tomorrow is a must-win in both sections against the bottom ranked Egypt. Anything less than a 3-1 would be a disappointment

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by prashanthm » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:32 pm

Indian women win 3-1, with a disastrous loss for Harika on the top board, while the rest bringing full points home.... :clap:

Indian men are still battling it out, currently leading 1.5-0.5. Both white games ending already, Adhiban won and Pari drew...
Murali was in a bit of trouble, but his game now seems equal... same with Vidit's game...

Update: Vidit and Murali drew their games to get a 2.5-1.5, slightly disappointing...

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by Sin Hombre » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:02 am

Poor day today with the men drawing with Turkey (Sasi with the win but Adhiban continuing his yoyo performances with a loss); and the women losing 3-1 to China.

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by Sin Hombre » Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:24 pm

Men beat Ukraine 2.5-1.5 with Adhiban again being the one decisive result, though he won this time. 7 games, 4 wins, 3 losses for him so far.

Women with a creditable draw with China 2-2 (though the round 6 loss to Russia and the poor loss to Ukraine hurting our medal prospects).

Men have a small chance at bronze if they can draw with Russia and Poland loses to China. The ladies will finish 4th unless China somehow loses to Poland.

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by Sin Hombre » Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:36 pm

No such luck as the men lost 1.5-2.5 to Russia. Negi with the loss with black but Vidit should have beaten Svidler but somehow blundered away from a very strong winning position. A win would have kept our medal chances alive and pushed his rating above 2700.

Both teams look like they will finish 5th.

edit: looks like he had a clear winning position on move 52 and somehow missed it under time pressure and then gave Svidler a draw with repetition, sigh. He has talent to be a 2730+ player but won't get there with frayed nerves.

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by prashanthm » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:17 pm

Finished 3-1 against Norway today...

Women with an identical 3-1 win against Azeris...

The first round loss against Poland, the draw against Turkey and the loss against Russia - if any one of these results had been different and in India's favor, India would have ended up with a Medal...

Indian women however tied for 3rd, but probably lost on the tie-breaks...

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Re: World Chess Olympiad/ World Team Chess

Post by prashanthm » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:58 pm

So, it is confirmed....
4th in both the sections......
So near, yet so far......

Final Standings....

Open

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Rank	Team	MP	Pts.
1	CHINA	16	24½
2	RUSSIA	15	25
3	POLAND	12	20½
4	INDIA	11	20½
5	TURKEY	10	18½
6	UKRAINE	8	17½
7	BELARUS	8	17½
8	USA	8	16
9	NORWAY	2	11
10	EGYPT	0	9
Women

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Rank	Team	MP	Pts.
1	RUSSIA	16	25½
2	CHINA	13	22
3	GEORGIA	12	21½
4	INDIA	12	20
5	UKRAINE	12	19½
6	POLAND	9	18½
7	USA	6	16½
8	VIETNAM	5	16
9	AZERI	5	15½
10	EGYPT	0	5

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