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44th Chess Olympiad 2022 R7: Gukesh 7/7, now World no.25, Indian Women extend their lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/08/2022

Azerbaijan went down against India 1 women 1.5-2.5 in the seventh round of 44th Chess Olympiad 2022. Humpy suffered her first loss against Azerbaijan no.1 woman, IM Gunay Mammadzada. Although the team won the match, thanks to Vaishali and Tania's resounding victories. They are now two points ahead of Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. India 1 will face their toughest challenge against Ukraine in Round 8. In the Open section, India 1 expectedly won against India 3 by 3-1. Arjun Erigaisi and S L Narayanan scored the wins. The team will face the sole leader Armenia and India 2 will be up against the USA. Round 8 starts today at 3 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

Armenia without Aronian can still put up a fight

Armenia in the Open and India 1 Women maintained their lead in their respective sections. Armenia vs USA had four decisive games. GM Sam Shankland lost in a dramatic fashion against GM Robert Hovhannisyan after the former incorrectly made an illegal move with his king which cost him the game and the match ended in a draw. Uzbekistan scored their fourth whitewash of the event, it was against Peru in Round 7. Spain and England went down against Kazakhstan and Brazil respectively by a minimum margin. In the Women's event, India 2 suffered a shocking defeat against Greece 1.5-2.5. Poland was held to a draw by Bulgaria 2-2.

GM D Gukesh is at 7/7 | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

Apart from Gukesh, WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa (POL) is the only player who is at 7/7 | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

How many World Champions played in the Hall 2 of a Chess Olympiad? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

History will always be kind to Magnus Carlsen. Norway despite being third seeded in the Open section, is having a hard time finding their footing in this event. They barely managed to defeat North Macedonia in Round 7.

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

Open: India 1 - India 3: 3-1

GM Arjun Erigaisi (2689) defeated GM Abhijeet Gupta (2627) when the latter incorrectly liquidated into a queen ending.

Arjun Erigaisi - Abhijeet

Position after 31.Qxd4

31...Qb8 or Re7 would have been better for Black. 31...Rxe5 proved to be fatal 32.Qxe5 and now d4 does not help Black to promote a queen as the white king can prevent it.

Arjun Erigaisi is spearheading India 1 5.5/7 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Abhimanyu - Narayanan

Position after 21...Nh5

21.dxe5 on a regular day would have been fine. However, there is a sniper bishop at b6 which makes 21...Nh5! an excellent choice. Black does not need to rush taking the e5-pawn. 22.Nf1 Nxg3 23.Nxg3 Nxe5 24.Ra3 Qf6 the pin is extremely uncomfortable for White. Although White was able to get back in the game but an eventual mistake cost him the game.

GM S L Narayanan 4/5 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

India 1 - India 3: 3-1

Cuba - India 2: 0.5-3.5

GM D Gukesh (2684), GM Nihal Sarin (2651) and GM Praggnanandhaa R (2648) scored a win each. GM B Adhiban (2598) drew with GM Omar Almeida Quintana (2523).

Carlos Daniel - Gukesh

Position after 45...Bf4

Gukesh is undoubtedly in top form. He made a beautiful finish 45...Bf4. Even after 46.gxf4 gxf4 47.Re2/1 Rxc3+ Black recovers the material and converts his advantage into a win easily.

Gukesh makes a perfect 7/7 | Video: ChessBase India

Gukesh is now World #25 with a live rating of 2722.7 | Source: 2700chess.com
Praggnanandhaa's Immaculate Calculation | Video: ChessBase India

Cuba - India 2: 0.5-3.5

Women: Azerbaijan - India 1: 1.5-2.5

All previous encounters between IM Gunay Mammadzada (2455) and GM Koneru Humpy (2586) ended in 1-0. This one was no exception. Although, Humpy got a substantial advantage in the middlegame.

Gunay - Humpy

Position after 24.e3

Black is in full command after 24.e3. However, Gunay created some chances for herself by breaking the pawn chain.

Position after 37...h5

37...h5 turned out to be the decisive mistake as 38.Qd6 forced the exchange of queens. 37...f3 would have still kept Black in the game.

It was Gunay Mammadzada's day | Photo: Ashwin Subramaniam

Harika - Khanim

Position after 41...e5

White is winning here. There are two ways, one is to push the pawn to a7 and then go f3-g4 break. The other one is to keep the pawn at a6 and bring the king to the queenside by sacrificing a couple of kingside pawns. Harika opted for the latter 42.g3 Kf6 43.Ke3 Ra3+ 44.Kd2 Ra2+ 45.Kc3 Rxf2 46.Rc8 Ra2 and the game meandered into a draw. 47.Kb4 would have still kept winning chances.

Govhar - Vaishali

Position after 63...Kg4

3 vs 4 pawns on the same side in Rook ending is a draw. However, the defender must play correctly to save the point. 64.Rg8 is the correct way to defend it. White blundered 64.Re8 and Vaishali seized her opportunity 64...f5 65.Rg8 Kh3 and it's all over for White because Black invaded with the king.

IM Vaishali R scored an important victory | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Tania - Ulviyya

Position after 47.Rxd7

Find out the correct way for Black to save the game. Both 47...Ra1 and Rxg3 loses for Black. The Azeri opted for the former and Tania capitalized on her mistake.

The lioness roars again | Video: ChessBase India

Tania is unequivocally in one of the best forms of her career | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Azerbaijan - India 1: 1.5-2.5

India 2 - Greece: 0.5-3.5

WGM Divya Deshmukh (2319) scored the sole victory for the team against WFM Haritomeni Markantonaki (2154). WGM Mary Ann Gomes (2324) drew with WIM Ekaterini Pavlidou (2138). WGM Vantika Agrawal and IM Soumya Swaminathan lost their respective games. Thus, India 2 lost the match to Greece by a minimum margin 1.5-2.5

India 2 - Greece: 1.5-2.5

India 3 - Switzerland: 3-1

IM Eesha Karavade (2339) and WGM Nandhidhaa P V (2312) won, WGM Pratyusha Bodda (2312) and WIM Vishwa Vasnawala (2305) drew their respective games.

India 3 - Switzerland: 3-1

WGM Nandhidhaa P V is anchoring India 3 with an incredible run so far 6.5/7 | Photo: FIDE/Mark Livshitz

Fabiano Caruana's tough form continues as he suffered his second loss of the event against GM Gabriel Sargissian | Photo: FIDE/Lennart Ootes

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Replay Chess Olympiad 2022 Round 7 Live commentary by IM Sagar Shah and guests | Video: ChessBase India

Video Gallery

Round 7 summary of the Chess Olympiad 2022 | Video: ChessBase India
The new Megastar of India - Gukesh gets overwhelming response | Video: ChessBase India
GM Wesley So in the ChessBase India Commentary Room | Video: ChessBase India
"He can play any move he likes!" - Magnus Carlsen | Video: ChessBase India
Moments before the start of Round 7 | Video: ChessBase India
The Exclusive Grandmaster collection from Titan at the Chennai Chess Olympiads 2022 | Video: ChessBase India
Levon Aronian on playing for the US team and facing Armenia | Video: ChessBase India
Coach R B Ramesh gives special insights about Gukesh and young talents | Video: ChessBase India
The man who provides the firepower to the youngsters | GM Stany G A | Video: ChessBase India
"Coaches shown in Bollywood movies are more cinematic" - GM Swapnil Dhopade | Video: ChessBase India
"Levon Aronian is the spiritual leader of the USA team!" - Wesley So | Video: ChessBase India

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 7 Open games

Replay Round 7 Women games

Round 7 Open results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
12
INDIndia *)17103:11017India 3IND
16
212
ARMArmenia17½122:21116United States of AmericaUSA
1
315
FRAFrance18102:21018½NetherlandsNED
7
423
SRBSerbia15½10:1016½GermanyGER
9
532
CUBCuba17½10½:1019India 2IND
11
637
PERPeru16100:41019UzbekistanUZB
14
74
ESPSpain16½9:1017½KazakhstanKAZ
40
86
AZEAzerbaijan16½93:1917½IsraelISR
22
925
GREGreece17½92:2917½UkraineUKR
8
1028
BRABrazil16½9:916½EnglandENG
10
1113
IRIIran169:½917½AustraliaAUS
29
1233
AUTAustria1590:4916HungaryHUN
19
135
POLPoland1582:2916PhilippinesPHI
52
1417
CROCroatia1683:1816MongoliaMGL
45
1518
CZECzech Republic17½83:1816½IndonesiaINA
46
1620
ROURomania15½8:½817ParaguayPAR
47
1721
TURTurkey1684:0812½UruguayURU
49
1848
MDAMoldova168:817½GeorgiaGEO
24
1926
ITAItaly16½83:1818½PortugalPOR
53
2027
DENDenmark1782:2816½FinlandFIN
55

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Round 8 Open pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
112
ARMArmenia19½13:1220India *)IND
2
21
USAUnited States of America1812:1222½India 2IND
11
39
GERGermany1912:1223UzbekistanUZB
14
440
KAZKazakhstan2012:1119½AzerbaijanAZE
6
57
NEDNetherlands20½11:1120HungaryHUN
19
613
IRIIran19½11:1120FranceFRA
15
78
UKRUkraine19½10:1119BrazilBRA
28
816
IND3India 31810:1016PeruPER
37
935
LTULithuania17½10:1019CroatiaCRO
17
1041
SLOSlovenia18½10:1020½Czech RepublicCZE
18
1142
CHIChile18½10:1019RomaniaROU
20
1244
CANCanada17½10:1020TurkeyTUR
21
1323
SRBSerbia1710:1017½IcelandISL
43
1452
PHIPhilippines1810:1019½GreeceGRE
25
1548
MDAMoldova18½10:1019½ItalyITA
26
1658
ANDAndorra17½10:1018CubaCUB
32
173
NORNorway189:915½SlovakiaSVK
34
184
ESPSpain189:918EgyptEGY
38
1939
MNEMontenegro19½9:917PolandPOL
5
2010
ENGEngland189:915BelgiumBEL
50

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Round 7 Women results

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
16
AZEAzerbaijan18½11:1218½India *)IND
1
23
GEOGeorgia1610:1116½RomaniaROU
20
32
UKRUkraine17½10:½1016½NetherlandsNED
17
44
POLPoland19½102:21018½BulgariaBUL
15
59
ARMArmenia2010:1017IsraelISR
19
610
KAZKazakhstan169:1016VietnamVIE
24
711
IND2India 2169:918GreeceGRE
27
813
ESPSpain1992:2915½Czech RepublicCZE
23
928
MGLMongolia16½9:½915½CubaCUB
14
1016
IND3India 315½93:1916SwitzerlandSUI
29
1122
SVKSlovakia14½9:916EstoniaEST
30
125
FRAFrance1682:2914½CroatiaCRO
43
1340
ARGArgentina14½8½:816½United States of AmericaUSA
7
148
GERGermany15½8:½815½TurkeyTUR
41
1512
HUNHungary168:816LithuaniaLTU
42
1646
UZBUzbekistan16½8:814½SerbiaSRB
18
1721
ENGEngland148:½815DenmarkDEN
47
1825
ITAItaly168:815½IrelandIRL
51
1931
PERPeru16½83:1813½MalaysiaMAS
52
2032
INAIndonesia1883:1813MexicoMEX
54

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Round 8 Women pairings

No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
11
INDIndia *)2114:1221UkraineUKR
2
23
GEOGeorgia18½12:1222½ArmeniaARM
9
316
IND3India 318½11:1121½PolandPOL
4
420
ROURomania1811:1120AzerbaijanAZE
6
510
KAZKazakhstan18½11:1117SlovakiaSVK
22
615
BULBulgaria20½11:1120½GreeceGRE
27
728
MGLMongolia2011:1018½HungaryHUN
12
87
USAUnited States of America2010:1017½Czech RepublicCZE
23
924
VIEVietnam17½10:1019GermanyGER
8
1013
ESPSpain2110:1018½ItalyITA
25
1117
NEDNetherlands1710:1019½PeruPER
31
1218
SRBSerbia1710:1021IndonesiaINA
32
1334
SWESweden19½10:1018½IsraelISR
19
1438
IRIIran1910:1017½EnglandENG
21
1543
CROCroatia16½10:917½India 2IND2
11
1636
BRABrazil17½9:918FranceFRA
5
1714
CUBCuba169:917½AustriaAUT
37
1826
SLOSlovenia209:918½PhilippinesPHI
39
1929
SUISwitzerland179:918½NorwayNOR
48
2030
ESTEstonia17½9:914½LatviaLAT
50

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