India suffers two twin defeats in Online Nations Cup Chess, finishes fifth
CHENNAI: India continued their shoddy show by losing to title contenders China and Russia by an identical margin of 1.5-2.5 in the ninth and tenth round respectively to finish fifth after the round-robin phase of FIDE-Chess.com Nations Cup online on Saturday.
The United States will face China in Sunday's Superfinal after beating top seed 2.5-1.5 in the final round later in the day.
Europe, which had to beat the Rest of the World in the last round to have any chance of advancing to the summit clash, had a 2-2 draw to withdraw.
In the final round match against Russia, India Vidit Gujrathi He was beaten by Vladislav Artemiev, while B Adhiban was tamed by Dmitry Andreikin.
P Harikrishna kept Sergey Karjakin tied, while Rapid world champion Koneru Humpy scored a victory over Olga Girya to reduce the margin of loss and finish with two wins and no losses.
China topped the league table with 17 match points and 25.5 points on the board, followed by USA. USA (13 MPs, 22 BPs).
Europe ranked third (13 MP, 21.5 BP) followed by Russia (8 MP, 19 BP) and India (5 MP, 17.5 BP), while the rest of the world languished at the bottom with 4 MP and 14.5 BP.
Previously in the ninth round, with the former world champion. Viswanathan Anand resting, the Indian team managed to fend off the favorites before Yu Yangyi Adhiban subdued with black pieces to ensure another victory in the tournament.
Gujrathi (Elo 2636), playing on the top board, kept Wang Hao (Elo 2750) in a draw. Harikrishna, playing with black pieces, forced a draw against Wei Yi and D Harika shared the honors against the formidable Hou Yifan.
In the other games of the ninth round, Europe defeated the United States 2.5-1.5, courtesy of a Nana Dzagnidze victory after three other games ended in a draw, while Russia and the rest of the world settled for a score of 2. -2.
The event followed a double round-robin format, with the two leading teams battling for the title in the Superfinal.
All matches involved four boards, represented by three men and one player.
Quick time control was 25 minutes plus 10 seconds of increase per movement.