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19th Asian Games 2022 Team R7: Arjun Erigaisi ensures India's victory over Vietnam 2.5-1.5

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/10/2023

Indian Men got back to winning ways by scoring a 2.5-1.5 victory against Vietnam in Round 7 of 19th Asian Games 2022. GM Arjun Erigaisi scored the crucial win of the match against GM Minh Tran Tuan (VIE). GM D Gukesh was the only other Indian who got a decisive advantage. However, he had a difficult time converting it into a win. His opponent, GM Liem Quang Le (VIE) escaped with a draw. GM Harika Dronavalli delivered the equalizer against WGM Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ). IM Vaishali R lost her game against GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ). GM Koneru Humpy and IM Vantika Agrawal drew their respective games. Thus, Kazakhstan-India ended in a 2-2 draw. Indian Men will face Republic of Korea and Indian Women will face Hong Kong, China in the penultimate round. Round 8 starts today from 3 p.m. local time, 12:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Official site

Indian Women eye the Silver medal

Iran continues their sole lead in the Men section 12/14, followed by India at second place 11/14 and Uzbekistan third 10/14. Among the Women, China is still the sole leader 13/14, followed by India 11/14 and Kazakhstan 9/14. A win in Round 8, followed by a draw/win guarantees Silver medal for Indian Women. 

Arjun Erigaisi put India back on winning ways

19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 official logo | Photo: Asian Games fb page

Men: India - Vietnam: 2.5-1.5

GM D Gukesh (2758) had a great opportunity to win against GM Liem Quang Le (2733). However, he missed it and the game ended in a draw. GM Arjun Erigaisi (2712) scored the important victory against GM Minh Tuan Tran (2483). GM R Praggnanandhaa (2727) and GM Vidit Gujrathi (2716) drew their respective games.

Gukesh - Liem

Position after 26...c5

Gukesh correctly found 27.d5 cxb4 28.dxe6 bxc3 29.exd7 cxb2 30.Kxb2 Rxd7 now White needed to ensure the a6-pawn does not drop easily, advancing the king and not immediately exchanging the rook would have been the best idea. 31.Rxd7 Nxd7 evaporated White's decisive advantage. Liem managed to save the game and salvage a draw.

Minh Tran - Arjun

Position after 19...e3!

19.Re1? allowed Arjun to execute an excellent move 19...e3! 20.Bxe3 Bh3 21.Bf3 Ng4 22.Qd3 Qh4 23.Nb5 Rae8 24.Qg6 and we reached the following position

Position after 24.Qg6

White is threatening to reduce Black's attack by taking the g4-knight Bxg4. Find out the best way for Black to seize his advantage which Arjun played in the game.

India - Vietnam: 2.5-1.5

D Gukesh would have to wait a little longer to win a Classical game against Liem Quang Le

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Women: Kazakhstan - India: 2-2

GM Koneru Humpy (2550) and IM Vantika Agrawal (2435) drew their respective games. IM Vaishali (2448) lost to GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (2473). GM Harika Dronavalli (2502) scored a crucial victory against WGM Meruert Kamalidenova (2351).

Kazakhstan - India: 2-2

GM Harika Dronavalli's win ensured India avoids a loss against Kazakhstan | Photo: SAI Media

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Men Round 7 results

Men Round 7 results

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Men standings after Round 7

Round 8 pairings

Men Round 8 pairings

Women Round 7 results

Women Round 7 results

Standings after Round 7

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Round 8 pairings

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