Chess Olympiad 2022, Viswanathan Anand Unique Column: Raunak’s win shouldn’t be misplaced in justified reward for Gukesh

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I am nonetheless ecstatic that India 2 has overwhelmed the USA 3-1. Raunak Sandhwani received an unimaginable recreation and I hope it doesn’t get misplaced within the justified reward of Gukesh’s win. Gukesh beat Fabiano Caruana and it is exhausting to clarify what an enormous upset that was. Fabiano is among the world’s absolute high gamers for the final eight years. He’s been World No. 2 two, or very shut by, for the final eight years. So it reveals just a little bit simply what Gukesh has achieved with the black items.

There was a degree within the recreation the place Fabiano might repeat the strikes thrice. Fabiano declined it and Gukesh punished him. His calculation, execution, every thing was flawless in what was a really totally different, troublesome place. Simply an incredible outcome.

By the best way, I haven’t got an concept if 8/8 wins for Gukesh may simply be an all-time document. I merely can’t recall a rating like. I recall, Kramnik scored 8.5 from 9 rounds in 1992 however I assume, he didn’t rating eight wins on the trot.

In reality, earlier within the match, Raunak got here up with, what was for me, simply essentially the most wonderful transfer, that knight-sacrifice! I feel he discovered it on the board which makes it a lot tougher. It’s straightforward to see with the pc, however on the board to see it. It is simply phenomenal. So it was superb that Raunak rested for 2 days and it appears to have carried out him quite a lot of good.

After this, he carried out it flawlessly for a gorgeous win. The domination utilizing his queenside pawns, kingside pawns all these double rook-pawns, however pinning the black knight and successful the sport. So, an outstanding outcome for us.

Nihal was higher however I feel Levon by no means allowed it to get very severe. And there was another draw involving Praggnanandha.

Armenia did beat India 1 to remain within the lead. Harikrishna’s defeat is clearly a blow and a shock as a result of usually he is among the finest defenders round. From our perspective, that’s a pity as a result of it additionally permits Armenia to retain its lead and its powerful for India 1. Then again, the actually excellent news is R. Vaishali holding that recreation, not essentially the most glamorous or improbable recreation. However on the finish of the match, we could look again and assume that holding Ukraine to a draw was an important second in our marketing campaign. India 3 girls had a really dangerous day however India 2 girls had a superb day.

Towards a formidable Poland, for India 3, Eesha and Vishwa drew however P. V. Nandhidhaa and Pratyusha Bodda misplaced on the center boards. On the brighter aspect, towards Croatia, India 2 received towards Vantika, Padmin iand Divya received. However total, a tricky day was made memorable by our boys from India 2. I’m out of superlatives.

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