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Grandmaster D Gukesh did 8 out of 8; India ‘B’ beat USA in Olympiad MPNRC News

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Last update: August 06, 2022, 23:01 IST

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Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), India

Young Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh (Twitter Image)

The key to India ‘B’ team’s success has been the brilliant runs of Gukesh, who is considered by many to be the dark horse for the title.

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Teenage grandmaster D Gukesh stunned world No. 5 Fabiano Caruana as India ‘B’ cruised to a stunning 3-1 win over No. 2 USA in the eighth round of the open division of the 44th Chess Olympiad here on Saturday.

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Gukesh has been enjoying a purple patch and his win over Caruana was his eighth in the tournament and helped improve his live rating. He moved to second place behind the great Viswanathan Anand in live ratings.
His brilliant run has been key to the success of the India ‘B’ team, seen by many as the darkhorse of the championship.

Saathi Kishore and GM Raunak Sadhwani (Elo 2611) stunned GM Linier Dominiguez Perez (Elo 2754) in 45 moves as India ‘B’ eliminated USA. GMs Nihal Sarin and R Pragyanandha played against Levon Aronian and Wesley So, respectively. India ‘C’ trailed 0.5-2.5 against Peru in the open tournament, while Surya Shekhar Ganguly trailed against lower seeds Emilio Cordova and Abhijeet. Gupta lost to Renato Terry.

At the top, India ‘A’, the two seeds, were tied with leaders Armenia and GMs Vidit Santosh Gujarathi and SL Narayanan paired with Harant Melkumyan and Robert Hovhannisyan.

In the women’s event, top seeds India ‘A’ and Ukraine were tied 1.5-1.5, with Koneru Hampi, D Harika and Tania Sachdev drawing against Maria Muzychuk, Anna Muzychuk and Natalia Buksa respectively.
India ‘C’ lost to Poland 1-3, while India ‘B’ led by Vantika Agarwal, Padmini Raut and Divya Deshmukh defeated Croatia 3.5-1.5.

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