Chennai Chess Olympiad: All 6 Indian teams off to winning starts

India's star player Koneru Humpy, playing on the top board, R Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni secured victories

Chess Olympiad Koneru Humpy
India's Koneru Humpy pictured before here game at the Chess Olympiad. Photo: Twitter/Chennai Chess Olympiad

Indian teams made winning starts in the Open and women’s sections of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram on Friday (July 29).

Top-seeded Indian women’s A team beat Tajikistan while the B side got the better of Wales.
Both the Indian teams have taken unassailable 3-0 leads over their respective opponents.

India’s star player Koneru Humpy, playing on the top board, R Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni secured victories to ensure a winning start.

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The Indian C team too began with a win.

The three Indian teams in the men’s event posted wins in the first round matches over Zimbabwe, UAE and South Sudan respectively.

The opening round of the historic Chess Olympiad was inaugurated by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur by making the first move on Indian player Vidit Gujrathi’s board.

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Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, All India Chess Federation (AICF) President Sanjay Kapoor, and Olympiad Director Bharat Singh Chauhan were also present on the occasion.

(With Agency inputs)

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