India begins brightly
Has a winning day in Chess Olympiad
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.