The joint champions Indian are set to the USA in the first semi-final of the Fide Online Chess Olympiad that is scheduled to take place Wednesday from 9 PM onwards. The second semi-final will include the Russians who are the joint title holders along with India last year as they prepare to face China.
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“Most of our players are professionals and are used to playing at night. At the moment we don’t really expect it (playing late in the night) will be a major factor for the match,” said the non-playing captain of the team Srinath Narayanan as reported by The Indian Express.
P Harikrishna of team India will be logging into the semi-finals from Prague, Czech Republic while D Harika and Koneru Humpy will be playing from their homes in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam respectively.
In the quarter-final round between India and Ukraine, the two top board matches, the first between Grand Master (GM) Viswanathan Anand and GM Vassily Ivanchuk, the second was between GM P Harikrishna and GM Kirill Shevchenko ended in an overall draw. Furthermore, draws were witnessed in the women’s category as well with WGM R Vaishali and FM Mariia Berdnyk and between GM Humpy Koneru and IM Iulija Osmak.