Koneru Humpy beat Poland’s Monika Socko within the semis of On-line Chess Olympiad.© Twitter
Koneru Humpy took the highlight as she beat Monika Socko in a nervy tie-break to assist India pip Poland within the semifinals and attain the summit conflict of the FIDE On-line Chess Olympiad on Saturday. After the 2 groups gained one spherical every in common play, world fast champion Humpy was pitted in opposition to Socko for the Armageddon (a tie-break), and the Indian beat her rival in model with black items to clinch a spot within the remaining for her facet. India will play the winner of the opposite semifinal between Russia and the USA, within the summit conflict on Sunday.
It was, nevertheless, not a simple job for the Indian group because it misplaced the primary spherical 2-Four earlier than bouncing again strongly within the second with a crushing 4.5-1.5 win. Humpy did the remainder within the match-deciding tie-break.
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 dropping 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.
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.
“We’re via to the finals!!!! Nerves of metal @koneruhumpy !!! nice video games by everybody!,” Divya Deshmukh tweeted after the match.
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