The Hindu

India begins brightly

Has a winning day in Chess Olympiad

- P.K. Ajith Kumar

India got off to a splendid start at the online Chess Olympiad on Friday, winning all its three matches. The seventh seed finished the opening day on top of Pool A with six points.

India had opened its campaign with a crushing 6-0 victory over the lowly Zimbabwe. It won all its six games, despite deciding to test the bench; skipper Vidit

Gujrathi was the only main player to take the field.

India’s second-round opponent Vietnam was not to be taken lightly, so except for Viswanatha­n Anand, the big stars played.

It won four of its matches, lost one and drew two for a 4-2 scoreline.

The third round saw Anand playing his first game, but was held by Uzbekistan’s Nodiberk Abdusattar­ov.

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