A defeat for Koneru Humpy meant India suffered a setback in quest of sixth successive win.© Twitter
India was held to a 3-Three draw by lower-ranked Mongolia inside the sixth spherical as favourites China grabbed the best spot in Pool A inside the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Saturday. After posting wins over Indonesia (4.5-1.5) and Iran (4-2) inside the fourth and fifth rounds respectively, the Indians could not put it all through Mongolia. Defeats for captain Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and world quick champion Koneru Humpy meant India suffered a setback inside the quest for a sixth successive victory. Also, R Vaishali misplaced to Tuvshintugs Batchimeg to permit Mongolia keep India to a creditable draw.
China had moreover confronted a hard time sooner than overcoming the issue of Mongolia 3.5-2.5 inside the fourth spherical. However, the Chinese bounced once more strongly with convincing wins over Georgia and Germany inside the subsequent two rounds, to change India on the excessive of the desk with 12 elements.
India is second with 11 elements and Germany in third place with 9. Former world champion Viswanathan Anand, who made his first look inside the third spherical and was held to a draw by Nodirbek Abdusattorov, settled for half some extent inside the recreation in opposition to Indonesian Susnato Megaranto inside the fourth spherical.
In the fifth spherical, Anand went proper right down to Parham Maghsoodloo similtaneously India acquired 4-2 on account of wins by P Harikrishna, D Harika and Vantika Agrawal, whereas Humpy and Nihal Sarin settled for attracts.
India, with a median rating of 2419, is seeded seventh inside the championship. The Olympiad is being carried out on-line owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event has a particular building with each group comprising six players, along with on the very least two women.
Results: 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; Okay Humpy misplaced to Bathkuyag Muguntuul; R Vaishali to Tuvshintugs Batchimeg; R Praggnanandhaa beat Dambasuren Batsuren; Divya Deshmukh beat Davaakhuu Munkzhul).