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The India ‘B’ team on Tuesday won the bronze medal in the open category of the 44th Chess Olympiad while the India ‘A’ team also secured the third position in the women’s section. India ‘B’ defeated Germany 3-1 in their final match to finish third. In the open category, Uzbekistan surprised everyone by defeating the Netherlands 2-1 to win the gold medal. Strong Armenian team finished second in the Open category. The team defeated Spain 2.5–1.5 in their final round match.
In the women’s section, top seed India ‘A’ lost to the United States in the 11th and final round, dashing their gold medal hopes. The team led by Koneru Humpy finished third. In the women’s section, the top players Koneru Humpy and R Vaishali played out their matches in draws. India A’s gold prospects were dented by Tania Sachdeva’s defeats against Carissa Yip and Bhakti Kulkarni’s Tatev.
The war-torn Ukraine team won the gold medal by defeating Georgia in the women’s section. Uzbekistan defeated the Netherlands in the final round with the help of Jagongir’s victory. They beat Armenia on the basis of better tie break score. Uzbekistan was unbeaten in 11 rounds and scored 19 match points. India B team finished third with 18 points.
Received second medal after eight years
This is India’s second bronze medal in Chess Olympiad. He had earlier won a medal in 2014. The veteran B Adhiban was part of the team eight years back as well. It was the first medal of the Olympiad for youngsters D Gukesh, R Pragnananda, Nihal Sareen and Raunak Sadhwani.