Nations Cup online chess: India lose to Rest of the World – Times of India

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CHENNAI: Rest of the World (RoW) beat India 2.5-1.5 in the second round of the online Nations Cup team event on Tuesday. While former world champion Viswanathan Anand, P Harikrishna and Koneru Humpy drew their games against Teimour Radjabov, Alireza Firouzja and Mariya Muychuk respectively, B Adhiban had an off day as he went down to 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. USA were on the verge of defeat against India, but a victory by Fabiano Caruana over Vidit Gujrathi put a tie on the scoreboard and saved the match for them. The Caruana-Vidit clash went down to the wire as it lasted 119 moves. On the strong show, Caruana said, "It was a 50-50 for most of the match. Playing chess online for about 25 minutes is very tough indeed." As far as his team's chances in the event was concerned, Caruana said, "We might be slight underdogs and I feel China is a well-rounded and a solid team. I really hope that we go all the way." After the conclusion of the opening day, China was topping the points table with 4 points followed by USA and RoW on 3 and 2 respectively. India were placed 4th along with Russia and Europe with 1 point to their name.

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