Nations Cup online chess: India loses to the rest of the world

CHENNAI: The Rest of the World (RoW) beat India 2.5-1.5 in the second round of the Nations Cup team online event on Tuesday. While former world champion Viswanathan Anand , P Harikrishna and Koneru Humpy he tied his games against Teimour Radjabov , Alireza Firouzja and Mariya Muychuk respectively, B Adhiban had a bad day when he dropped Jorge Cori.

Earlier, India began their campaign with a 2-2 draw against USA. The FIDE-rated event saw five-time former world champion Anand draw with Hikaru Nakamura in 41 moves on board 1 of the event. India went ahead when current world rapid champion Koneru Humpy defeated Anna Zatonskih in 42 moves.

The United States was on the brink of defeat against India, but a victory for Fabiano Caruana finished Vidit Gujrathi He put a tie on the scoreboard and saved the game for them. The Caruana-Vidit clash was reduced to cable as it lasted 119 movements.

In the strong show, Caruana said: It was 50-50 for most of the match. Playing online chess for about 25 minutes is very difficult. In regards to his team's chances at the event, Caruana said: We could be weak and I think China is a complete and solid team. I really hope we get to the end.

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After the opening day ended, China topped the points table with 4 points, followed by the United States and RoW at 3 and 2 respectively. India came in fourth place along with Russia and Europe with 1 point to its name.