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Batumi Chess Olympiad Round 7: Indian men beat Egypt, Indian women draw against Georgia 1

by Sagar Shah - 02/10/2018

It was an easy round for the Indians against the Egyptians, but it turned out to be extremely dangerous. Vishy Anand was held to a quick draw by Bassem Amin and Vidit Gujrathi who was pressing throughout the game suddenly landed in a bad position. The onus was now on Harikrishna and Sasikiran to deliver. And they did! India managed to win with the narrowest of margins, but as coach R.B. Ramesh said after the match, "A win is a win!" In the women's section Georgia 1 is one of the strongest teams in women's chess out there. The Indian girls fought bravely and managed to hold their own against the Georgian women players. Full report with analysis by GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly and videos of coaches of Indian teams.

Let's begin with the overview in the open section by coach GM R.B. Ramesh:

Overview of round 7. India's 2.5-1.5 win over Egypt by GM. R.B. Ramesh

For Bassem Amin it was a big moment of playing his idol Vishy Anand
Bassem speaks to ChessBase India after his draw against Anand

On board two Harikrishna's opponent tried to deviate from the well known lines a bit too soon and was punished.

Analysis by GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly:

Vidit over-pushed a bit. He was clearly better but instead of finding a winning continuation, he got confused, consumed a lot of time and lost the game. Such things can happen under the pressure of playing at the Olympiad. 

Vidit's defeat was compensated by Sasikiran playing an excellent game of chess!

Rank after Round 7 - Open

Rk.SNo TeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
14
AzerbaijanAZE761013189,021,066
211
PolandPOL761013175,520,561
31
United States of AmericaUSA761013160,520,559
48
ArmeniaARM760112157,519,561
55
IndiaIND751111155,520,059
624
SpainESP751111153,520,557
710
IsraelISR743011152,520,060
87
FranceFRA751111150,520,060
93
ChinaCHN751111149,018,559
106
UkraineUKR751111142,017,061
1116
GermanyGER743011139,518,558
1215
Czech RepublicCZE751111137,018,059
1313
NetherlandsNED751111135,021,053
149
EnglandENG751111131,017,058
1523
IranIRI750210143,020,056
162
RussiaRUS742110140,518,059
1732
SwedenSWE750210139,019,055
1838
NorwayNOR742110138,020,552
1927
VietnamVIE742110132,019,552
2022
TurkeyTUR750210127,519,553

Women's section:

Humpy played out a draw against Nana Dzagnidze

Padmini Rout drew with ease against Bela Khotenashvili. It is surprising that she has been dropped for the eighth round
GM Jacob Aagaard recaps the match against Georgia

Rank after Round 7 - Women

Rk.SNo TeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
112
ArmeniaARM761013158,020,059
23
ChinaCHN752012176,520,064
32
UkraineUKR752012165,020,063
44
Georgia 1GEO1752012153,019,062
520
RomaniaROU760112130,019,552
610
United States of AmericaUSA751111158,519,062
75
IndiaIND743011157,520,559
811
AzerbaijanAZE751111149,020,055
918
ItalyITA751111149,019,060
1013
HungaryHUN751111148,019,554
1114
Georgia 2GEO2751111146,520,057
128
KazakhstanKAZ743011141,520,054
131
RussiaRUS750210143,019,556
1428
IranIRI750210137,518,558
157
PolandPOL742110136,519,551
1617
MongoliaMGL750210134,518,556
1719
VietnamVIE750210134,021,052
1831
UzbekistanUZB750210133,018,060
1926
Czech RepublicCZE750210128,019,552
2034
LithuaniaLTU742110124,518,053

Performance of India men's team

Performance of India women's team

Round 8 pairing

Watch the games of round 8 live


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