Indian Chess Team @ the Tromso Chess Olympiad - In the Reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen’s Country, Norway! - created history by clinching the ‘BRONZ’, a FIRST for any Indian Chess Team @ the Chess Olympiad, on the eve of Indian Independence Day!
Indian Team consisting of Parimarjin Negi (6.5/10), Sethuraman (7.5/10), K.Sasikiran (7.5/10), B.Adhiban (7.5/11) & Lalith Babu (2/3) did a wonderful job for the country on the eve of 68th Indian Independence Day by winning the ‘BRONZ’! It also becomes wonderful as the Indian Team found itself on the podium for the first time, as the presence of the Top 2 players from India - former World Champion Viswanathan Anand & World 26 P. Harikrishna - was conspicuous by their absence!
On a day when China annexed the Olympiad chess gold medal, for the first time ever, India continued grandly from where they paused on Round 10, where they handed Germany their first team defeat of the event, winning 2.5-1.5 on the strength of GM Krishnan Sasikiran’s victory with the black pieces over Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.
India captured the bronze crushing Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5. Without losing a match in the last 7 rounds, the 19th-seeded Indian open team tied for the second-third place with Hungary, Russia and Azerbaijan for silver/bronze medal. On a better tie-breaker score, Hungary clinched the silver and India the bronze ahead of Russia, Armenia and several other higher-rated teams.
It is also to be noted that three Indians, Sethuraman, Sasikiran and Adhiban remained undefeated. India won seven matches, lost one and drew three for this excellent showing. Krishnan Sasikiran won 2 medals for India; he won the silver medal for his 7.5/10 performance, on the third board, as well as the team bronze.
Open: 1 China (gold) 19; 2-5 Hungary (silver), India (bronze), Russia, Azerbaijan 17 each; 6-11. Ukraine, Cuba, Armenia, Israel, Spain, Belarus 16 each.Girls: 1 Russia (gold) 20; 2-3. China (silver), Ukraine (bronze) 18 each; 4-6 Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan 17 each; 7-9 Poland, USA, Germany 16 each; 10-18. India, Romania, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Mongolia, Slovakia, Lithuania 15 each.