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44th Chess Olympiad 2022 R2: Magnus Carlsen grinds a Queen endgame against Georg Meier

by Shahid Ahmed - 31/07/2022

All six Indian teams won their respective matches in Round 2. In the Open section, India 2 scored a whitewash again, this time it was against Estonia. India 1, India 3 and India 2 Women defeated Moldova, Mexico and Latvia respectively. India 3 Open and Women defeated Mexico and Singapore with a 2.5-0.5 and 3-1 score. Humpy, Raunak and Ganguly overcame adverse positions. World champion Magnus Carlsen scored his first Classical victory in India since 2013. His team Norway whitewashed Uruguay 4-0. Fabiano Caruana was held to a draw on his 30th birthday by Paraguay no.2 Axel Bachmann. Round 3 starts today at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Indian teams win all six matches again

Paraguay no.1 GM Delgado Ramirez Neuris held World no.6 GM Wesley So from a completely minus position. GM Leinier Dominguez Perez scored the sole victory for USA which ensured the team beat Paraguay by a minimum margin 2.5-1.5. The biggest upset of the day was Denmark losing to Zambia. FM Nase Lungu's (2216) win over IM Martin Haubro (2411) was the difference maker.

Magnus Carlsen starts 44th Chess Olympiad with a typical Carlsen victory | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Karthikeyan Murali ensures India 3 beats Mexico | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

44th Chess Olympiad 2022 Official logo | Photo: Official site

Open: Moldova - India 1: 0.5-3.5

Pentala Harikrishna (2720) seized his opportunity against GM Ivan Schitcho (2490) in the endgame. IM Andrei Macovei (2478) did not give any opportunity to GM Arjun Erigaisi (2689). In fact, the former was slightly better in the endgame against the latter, Arjun managed to equalize and draw the game via repetition. GM Narayanan S L (2659) made the most out of his opportunity against GM Vladimir Hamitevici (2473). GM K Sasikiran (2638) outplayed IM Iulian Baltag (2405) in the endgame.

Moldova - India 1: 0.5-3.5

Harikrishna started his Olympiad campaign with a signature victory | Photo: FIDE/Steve Bonhage

GM Arjun Erigaisi was held to a draw by IM Andrei Macovei | Photo: Abhyudaya Raam

GM S L Narayanan won his second game in-a-row | Photo: Abhyudaya Raam

GM Krishnan Sasikiran scored an emphatic win | Photo: FIDE/Steve Bonhage

India 2 - Estonia: 4-0

GM D Gukesh (2684), GM R Praggnanandhaa (2648) and GM B Adhiban (2598) scored comfortable victories against IM FT Kalle Kiik (2365), FM Kirill Chukavin (2418) and GM Aleksandr Volodin (2454). Only GM Raunak Sadhwani (2611) survived an early scare against IM Andrei Shishkov (2366). Eventually he sacrificed an exchange and liquidated the position into a completely winning endgame against the Estonian.

India 2 - Estonia: 4-0

India 2 scored another whitewash | Photo: Abhyudaya Raam

Mexico - India 3: 0.5-3.5

GM Karthikeyan Murali (2613) scored the sole win for his team to ensure India 3 beats Mexico by minimum margin. GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly was completely lost against GM Gilberto Hernandez Guerrero (2560). The Mexican's mistake allowed Surya to escape with a draw. Both GM Sethuraman (2623) and GM Abhijeet Gupta (2627) also overcame difficult positions against GM Luis Fernando Ibarra Chami (2452) and FM Julio Cesar Diaz Rosas (2328).

Gilberto - Surya

Position after 54...f6

White missed his win and played 55.Ke6 which allowed the black king to get closer to the pawns 55...Ke3 and get a draw. Try to find out the winning continuation for White which was missed.

Mexico - India 3: 1.5-2.5

India 3 defeated Mexico 3 by minimum margin | Photo: FIDE/Steve Bonhage

Women: India 1 - Argentina: 3.5-0.5

GM Koneru Humpy (2586) was the only one from the team, who conceded a draw. WIM Marisa Zuriel (2174) had a good opportunity in the middlegame.

Humpy - Marisa

Position after 16.Rae1

Black needed to play 16...Nxd5. It works because 17.cxd5 c4 18.Bxc4 b3 19.Bxb3 Be2 20.Rf2 Qb6 sure it is not immediately winning for Black. However, it gives Black the full control of the position and an opportunity to push for more.

Maria Jose - Vaishali

Position after 54.Kxc6

IM Vaishali was completely winning for the better part of the game. However, in the final stage of rook and few pawns ending, her technique just went a bit off balance which create drawing chances for her opponent, WFM Maria Jose Campos (2185). 55...Rg5 was played to prevent 56.Rg2+. However, it allows the white king to get back into defense. 54...Rh4 ensures the white king remains cutoff. 54...Rh1 is also good too. Of course these intricacies often get mixed up in high pressure situations. Vaishali eventually managed to win the game after her opponent made a significant inaccuracy.

IM Tania Sachdev (2399) and IM Bhakti Kulkarni (2373) had no trouble disposing WFM Anapaola S Borda Rodas (2183) and WIM Maria Belen Sarquis (2072) respectively.

India 1 - Argentina: 3.5-0.5

Koneru Humpy had a slightly shaky start | Photo: Abhyudaya Raam

Determined IM Vaishali R overcame a slight hiccup | Photo: Abhyudaya Raam

IM Tania Sachdev scored a fine victory | Photo: Abhyudaya Raam

IM Bhakti Kulkarni played a steady game | Photo: Abhyudaya Raam

India 2 - Latvia: 3.5-0.5

Both WGM Vantika Agrawal (2371) and IM Soumya Swaminathan (2335) missed early tactical opportunities against WGM Laura Rogule (2292) and Agnesa Stepania Ter-Avetisjana (1962). Vantika and Laura made mutual inaccuracies which worked things out in the former's favor. WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2324) scored a clean victory over Nellija Maklakova (1819). IM Padmini Rout (2374) conceded the sole draw against WGM Ilze Berzina (2141).

India 2 - Latvia: 3.5-0.5

India 2 scored a convincing win over Latvia | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

Singapore - India 3: 1-3

IM Eesha Karavade and WGM Nandhidhaa P V scored a win each. WGM Pratyusha Bodda and WIM Vishwa Vasnawala were held to draws.

Singapore - India 3: 1-3

Norway - Uruguay: 4-0

Magnus Carlsen (2864) grinded a drawn queen endgame into a win against Uruguay no.1 GM Georg Meier (2613).

Carlsen - Meier

Position after 56.Qxg6+

The endgame might be drawn for Black with accurate play. However, it becomes that much more difficult when you are facing the endgame maestro, Magnus Carlsen.

Magnus's first Classical win in India since 2013 | Video: ChessBase India

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Schedule

Everyday round starts at 3 p.m. IST from 29th July to 8th August 2022. The final round on 9th August starts 10 a.m. IST. Rest day is on 4th August 2022.

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Replay Round 2 Women games

Round 2 Open results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
148
MDAMoldova42½:24India *)IND
2
21
USAUnited States of America2:24ParaguayPAR
47
33
NORNorway24:023UruguayURU
49
450
BELBelgium42½:24SpainESP
4
55
POLPoland423:124ColombiaCOL
51
652
PHIPhilippines421:324AzerbaijanAZE
6
77
NEDNetherlands42:24PortugalPOR
53
854
ALBAlbania420:424UkraineUKR
8
99
GERGermany423:124FinlandFIN
55
1056
SGPSingapore421:324EnglandENG
10
1111
IND2India 2424:024EstoniaEST
57
1258
ANDAndorra321:324ArmeniaARM
12
1313
IRIIran42:24IrelandIRL
59
1460
FAIFaroe Islands420:424UzbekistanUZB
14
1515
FRAFrance24:024North MacedoniaMKD
61
1662
MEXMexico42:24India 3IND
16
1717
CROCroatia42½:24BulgariaBUL
63
1864
LATLatvia420:42Czech RepublicCZE
18
1919
HUNHungary324:024BangladeshBAN
65
2066
ECUEcuador42½:24RomaniaROU
20

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Round 3 Open pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
12
INDIndia *)4:4GreeceGRE
25
224
GEOGeorgia84:46United States of AmericaUSA
1
326
ITAItaly4:4NorwayNOR
3
44
ESPSpain4:4BrazilBRA
28
529
AUSAustralia4:47PolandPOL
5
66
AZEAzerbaijan74:48ArgentinaARG
30
731
SWESweden64:4NetherlandsNED
7
88
UKRUkraine84:48CubaCUB
32
933
AUTAustria74:47GermanyGER
9
1010
ENGEngland74:4LithuaniaLTU
35
1136
SUISwitzerland74:48India 2IND
11
1212
ARMArmenia74:46EgyptEGY
38
1339
MNEMontenegro84:4IranIRI
13
1414
UZBUzbekistan84:4SloveniaSLO
41
1542
CHIChile4:4FranceFRA
15
1616
IND3India 34:4IcelandISL
43
1718
CZECzech Republic4:48CanadaCAN
44
1845
MGLMongolia4:47HungaryHUN
19
1920
ROURomania4:46IndonesiaINA
46
2063
BULBulgaria4:48TurkeyTUR
21

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Round 2 Women results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
11
INDIndia *)42:½2ArgentinaARG
40
241
TURTurkey421:324UkraineUKR
2
33
GEOGeorgia42:24LithuaniaLTU
42
443
CROCroatia2½:24PolandPOL
4
55
FRAFrance424:024EgyptEGY
44
645
FINFinland420:424AzerbaijanAZE
6
77
USAUnited States of America423:124UzbekistanUZB
46
847
DENDenmark421:324GermanyGER
8
99
ARMArmenia424:024NorwayNOR
48
1049
BELBelgium421:324KazakhstanKAZ
10
1111
IND2India 242:½24LatviaLAT
50
1251
IRLIreland421:32HungaryHUN
12
1313
ESPSpain424:024MalaysiaMAS
52
1453
MDAMoldova42½:24CubaCUB
14
1515
BULBulgaria42:½24MexicoMEX
54
1655
SGPSingapore421:324India 3IND3
16
1717
NEDNetherlands423:124CanadaCAN
56
1857
CHIChile42½:24SerbiaSRB
18
1919
ISRIsrael32:24VenezuelaVEN
58
2059
PORPortugal20:423RomaniaROU
20

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Round 3 Women pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
121
ENGEngland74:4India *)IND
1
22
UKRUkraine74:4SlovakiaSVK
22
323
CZECzech Republic64:4GeorgiaGEO
3
44
POLPoland4:46VietnamVIE
24
525
ITAItaly4:48FranceFRA
5
66
AZEAzerbaijan84:47GreeceGRE
27
728
MGLMongolia84:47United States of AmericaUSA
7
88
GERGermany74:47SwitzerlandSUI
29
930
ESTEstonia74:48ArmeniaARM
9
1010
KAZKazakhstan74:48PeruPER
31
1132
INAIndonesia84:4India 2IND2
11
1212
HUNHungary4:48ColombiaCOL
33
1334
SWESweden84:48SpainESP
13
1414
CUBCuba4:47AustraliaAUS
35
1536
BRABrazil84:4BulgariaBUL
15
1616
IND3India 374:47AustriaAUT
37
1738
IRIIran84:47NetherlandsNED
17
1818
SRBSerbia4:4PhilippinesPHI
39
1965
ECUEcuador4:4IsraelISR
19
2020
ROURomania74:48KyrgyzstanKGZ
79

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