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44th Chess Olympiad 2022 R6: Gukesh wins six in-a-row, now World no.26, India decimates Georgia Women

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/08/2022

India 1 dominated Georgia women by 3-1 in the sixth round of 44th Chess Olympiad 2022. Humpy and Vaishali scored emphatic victories, Harika and Tania held the fort by drawing their respective games. India 2 suffered their first loss of the event against the tournament leader Armenia 1.5-2.5. D Gukesh scored his sixth consecutive win to take his live rating to 2719.3 and become World #26. Harikrishna defeated the reigning World Rapid champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov to ensure India 1 can hold a draw with Uzbekistan 2-2. India 2 Women were held to a draw by much lower rated Czech Republic. Neither team managed to score a win. India 3 defeated Lithuania 3.5-0.5 to setup a clash with India 1 in the next round. Today is a rest day. Round 7 starts tomorrow 5th August at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Madelene Belinki

Armenia (Open) and India (Women) are the sole leaders

India 3 Women defeated Australia 3-1 to take their score 9/12. USA registered their second consecutive victory to stay just a full point behind the leaders. They defeated Iran 2.5-1.5 to setup a clash with Armenia (12). Nine teams are at 10/12, including lower seeded Cuba, Peru and Kazakhstan. Cuba and Austria drew with Spain and England 2-2, Poland lost to Serbia 1.5-2.5. Peru, Kazakhstan and Australia defeated Croatia, Czech Republic and Norway. Norway has been pushed to Hall 2 in Round 7. If Carlsen plays, Hall 2 will suddenly see a surge in spectators for sure.

GM D Gukesh is undoubtedly making all the right moves | Photo: FIDE/Madelene Belinki

Pentala Harikrishna is certainly someone India can count on | Photo: FIDE/Madelene Belinki

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

Open: India 2 - Armenia: 1.5-2.5

GM D Gukesh (2684) scored the sole victory for the team against GM Gabriel Sargissian (2698)

Gukesh - Sargissian

Position after 25.Bxb4

Black made a thematic error early in the opening 11...Nxf3+ 12.gxf3 opened the g-file and allowed White to have a strong pawn in the center. The Armenian also needed to prevent it from rolling down the board 17...f6 to prevent e5 would have been better. Instead 17...a5 invited more trouble 18.e5 Bc5 19.Rg5 Ba6 20.Rdg1 g6 21.Bxa6 Rxa6 22.f5 Ba7 23.e6 Kh8 24.Kb1 gxf5 25.Bxb4! and we reach the above position. It is irrelevant how Black captures the bishop as White's idea remains the same, exploit the back-rank weakness, promote the e-pawn into a queen and win the game. That's what happened.

Final moments: D Gukesh vs Gabriel Sargissian | Video: ChessBase India

Just look at Gukesh's poise | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Gukesh moves to 2719.3 and now World no.26 | Source: 2700chess.com

India 2 - Armenia: 1.5-2.5

Uzbekistan - India 1: 2-2

GM Pentala Harikrishna (2720) scored the sole win for India 1 against Uzbekistan. His strategy was simple - take the game to his opponent before he takes it to him. In other words, attack and be the person to take charge, before your opponent does that. His opponent, the reigning World Rapid champion, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (2688) is well-known for his fierce attacking play. It did not work against Harikrishna as he imploded.

Abdusattorov - Harikrishna

Position after 14.dxe5

White's first big mistake in the game was 14.dxe5 g4 just paralyzes White's position 15.Ne1 needs to be played to avoid a material loss. Anyway, the game continued 14...Nxg3 15.hxg3 dxe5 16.Rad1 g4 17.Nh2 Qg5 18.Rfe1 Kg7 19.Re2 h5 20.Ndf1 h4 and it is safe to say Black is completely winning positionally. Abdusattorov was given zero chance to regroup and retailiate.

Final moments: Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs Pentala Harikrishna | Video: ChessBase India

Harikrishna is absolutely focused on delivering the best | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Uzbekistan - India 2: 2-2

India 3 - Lithuania: 3.5-0.5

India 3 expectedly defeated Lithuania convincingly. GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly (2608) conceded the sole draw against GM Titas Stremavicius (2532). This is his fifth draw of the event so far. GM Sethuraman S P (2623), GM Abhijeet Gupta (2627) and GM Abhimanyu Puranik (2612) won their respective games comfortably.

India 3 - Lithuania: 3.5-0.5

Women: India 1 - Georgia: 3-1

India 1 defeated Georgia convincingly. GM Koneru Humpy (2586) and IM Vaishali R (2442) scored the victories over GM Nana Dzagnidze (2531) and IM Lela Javakhishvili (2476), GM Harika Dronavalli (2517) and IM Tania Sachdev (2399) drew their games against GM Nino Batsiashvili (2466) and IM Salome Melia (2384).

Humpy - Dzagnidze

Position after 25.f4

Black had to take the c6-pawn here. Perhaps the reason behind rejecting that idea is 26.Nxb5 Nxb5 27.Qxc4+ or 26....d5 27.Nxc7 is met with Nxb4 and things are balanced.. Sure Black might still end up down by two pawns, however it would have been better than the text. The last time Dzagnidze beat Humpy in Classical chess is June 2014. That statistics remained unchanged.

Final moments: Koneru Humpy vs Nana Dzagnidze | Video: ChessBase India
Interview with GM Humpy Koneru | Video: FIDE

Koneru Humpy scored her second victory of the event | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Vaishali - Javakhishvili

Position after 17.b4

The knight did not have a lot of safe squares to go. 16...Nf5 or Ne8 would have been better as 16...Nb7 trapped her own bishop. Vaishali found a beautiful move 17.b4! It momentarily sacrifices the exchange, however Black has no way to save the a6-bishop. The b5-threat is looming large. For the lack of a better choice, 17...Bxa1 had to be played 18.Qxa1 Qe7 19.b5 and rest is just a matter of time. Vaishali employed some more tactical threats to end the game in her favor.

IM Vaishali R - 5/6 | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

India 1 - Georgia: 3-1

Czech Republic - India 2: 2-2

All four games ended in draws. WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2324) and WGM Divya Deshmukh (2319) escaped the jaws of defeat against WGM Karolina Pilsova (2230) and WGM Kristyna Petrova (2238).

Czech Republic - India 2: 2-2
What was all the confusion about? | Video: ChessBase India

Australia - India 3: 1-3

IM Eesha Karavade (2339) and WGM Nandhidhaa P V (2312) drew their respective games. WIM Sahithi Varshini M (2312) and WIM Vishwa Vasnawala (2305) defeated WFM Nguyen Mai Chi Phan (2139) and WFM Thu Giang Nguyen (2119) respectively in prolonged battles.

Austrailia - India 3: 1-3

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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.

Replay Round 6 Open games

Replay Round 6 Women games

Round 6 Open results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
111
IND2India 217½10:1015ArmeniaARM
12
214
UZBUzbekistan1792:2915IndiaIND
2
31
USAUnited States of America13½9:914½IranIRI
13
432
CUBCuba15½92:2814½SpainESP
4
55
POLPoland13½8:813SerbiaSRB
23
67
NEDNetherlands168:816GeorgiaGEO
24
79
GERGermany148:815ItalyITA
26
810
ENGEngland14½82:2813AustriaAUT
33
936
SUISwitzerland12½8:815½FranceFRA
15
1016
IND3India 313½8:½814½LithuaniaLTU
35
1137
PERPeru13½8:814½CroatiaCRO
17
1240
KAZKazakhstan158:816Czech RepublicCZE
18
1352
PHIPhilippines1482:2815½IsraelISR
22
1429
AUSAustralia157:714NorwayNOR
3
1534
SVKSlovakia1271:3713½AzerbaijanAZE
6
168
UKRUkraine157:715ArgentinaARG
30
1719
HUNHungary13½7:714MontenegroMNE
39
1820
ROURomania13½72:2712½CanadaCAN
44
1921
TURTurkey1472:2714MoldovaMDA
48
2025
GREGreece13½74:0712BelgiumBEL
50

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Round 7 Open pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
12
INDIndia *)1710:1017India 3IND
16
212
ARMArmenia17½12:1116United States of AmericaUSA
1
315
FRAFrance1810:1018½NetherlandsNED
7
423
SRBSerbia15½10:1016½GermanyGER
9
532
CUBCuba17½10:1019India 2IND
11
637
PERPeru1610:1019UzbekistanUZB
14
74
ESPSpain16½9:1017½KazakhstanKAZ
40
86
AZEAzerbaijan16½9:917½IsraelISR
22
925
GREGreece17½9:917½UkraineUKR
8
1028
BRABrazil16½9:916½EnglandENG
10
1113
IRIIran169:917½AustraliaAUS
29
1233
AUTAustria159:916HungaryHUN
19
135
POLPoland158:916PhilippinesPHI
52
1417
CROCroatia168:816MongoliaMGL
45
1518
CZECzech Republic17½8:816½IndonesiaINA
46
1620
ROURomania15½8:817ParaguayPAR
47
1721
TURTurkey168:812½UruguayURU
49
1848
MDAMoldova168:817½GeorgiaGEO
24
1926
ITAItaly16½8:818½PortugalPOR
53
2027
DENDenmark178:816½FinlandFIN
55

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Round 6 Women results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
11
INDIndia *)15½103:11015GeorgiaGEO
3
220
ROURomania14½102:2915½UkraineUKR
2
36
AZEAzerbaijan15½93:1915KazakhstanKAZ
10
418
SRBSerbia14½80:4815½PolandPOL
4
517
NEDNetherlands13½83:1815FranceFRA
5
619
ISRIsrael1483:1814½GermanyGER
8
721
ENGEngland13½8½:816½ArmeniaARM
9
823
CZECzech Republic13½82:2814India 2IND2
11
924
VIEVietnam13½8:814½HungaryHUN
12
1015
BULBulgaria168:815PeruPER
31
1147
DENDenmark1580:4715SpainESP
13
1214
CUBCuba137:713½ColombiaCOL
33
1335
AUSAustralia1371:3712½India 3IND3
16
1436
BRABrazil13½7:712SlovakiaSVK
22
1543
CROCroatia127:715SloveniaSLO
26
1627
GREGreece14½7:½711½EgyptEGY
44
1748
NORNorway13½7:714MongoliaMGL
28
1829
SUISwitzerland1373:1711½ParaguayPAR
67
1930
ESTEstonia1373:1713½BelgiumBEL
49
207
USAUnited States of America12½64:0612VenezuelaVEN
58

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Round 7 Women pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
16
AZEAzerbaijan18½11:1218½India *)IND
1
23
GEOGeorgia1610:1116½RomaniaROU
20
32
UKRUkraine17½10:1016½NetherlandsNED
17
44
POLPoland19½10:1018½BulgariaBUL
15
59
ARMArmenia2010:1017IsraelISR
19
610
KAZKazakhstan169:1016VietnamVIE
24
711
IND2India 2169:918GreeceGRE
27
813
ESPSpain199:915½Czech RepublicCZE
23
928
MGLMongolia16½9:915½CubaCUB
14
1016
IND3India 315½9:916SwitzerlandSUI
29
1122
SVKSlovakia14½9:916EstoniaEST
30
125
FRAFrance168:914½CroatiaCRO
43
1340
ARGArgentina14½8:816½United States of AmericaUSA
7
148
GERGermany15½8:815½TurkeyTUR
41
1512
HUNHungary168:816LithuaniaLTU
42
1646
UZBUzbekistan16½8:814½SerbiaSRB
18
1721
ENGEngland148:815DenmarkDEN
47
1825
ITAItaly168:815½IrelandIRL
51
1931
PERPeru16½8:813½MalaysiaMAS
52
2032
INAIndonesia188:813MexicoMEX
54

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