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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

India B’s juniors beat America (3-1), who are far away from gold

The future has defeated the present. Three 16-year-old prodigies and one 18-year-old who have clearly imposed themselves on the U.S. gala team are in theory destined for gold and have now dropped to 9th place three days from the end. India B’s top board, Dommaraju Gukesh has eight wins in eight matches and is already ranked 20th in the world. Another very young team, Uzbekistan, shares second place with India B, one point behind Armenia, India A’s winner (2.5–1.5). The main matches of the 9th round (Sunday) will be India B – Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan – Armenia.

In addition to immense talent, Gukesh demonstrates the calmness of a Buddhist monk; This gives the impression that blood does not flow through his veins, but through horchata or a very soft thing. After beating world runner-up Fabiano Caruana in 2018, the young Indian took a seat on the press room stage, sitting by his side as if going to have a private coffee with the press officer, Spanish Michael Rahal. Before him was a swarm of dozens of journalists—most of whom were Indians—and the cameras looked at them from all angles, but they didn’t budge.

In line with this impatience, Gukesh rarely says anything flashy. What do you think of his stratospheric performance (equivalent to 3,466 Elo points) in this tournament? “I’m very happy but there are still three rounds left and you never know what the future will look like.” Is playing for India the key to your extraordinary confidence? “Yeah, it’s very important.” And so on, until he finally said something important, when asked how he was able to beat a great star like Caruana: “At first, it was an honor to play against him. I was bad in the opening but it has helped me prove that I am capable of being on the bottom run against anyone, which is very exciting.

In fact, Caruana’s position was clearly better when, on set 23, he dared not sacrifice a piece in return for a very dangerous attack for the Indian. Instead he played very position, and paid dearly for it: Gukesh called, then took the initiative, won a pawn and won ruthlessly. It wasn’t a spectacular game, but there was much reassurance from the great section of the Indian powerhouse that the win would make him the second player from his country after five-time world champion and national hero Viswanathan Anand. It is true that Caruana has been in trouble since his failure at the Candidates tournament in Madrid a month ago, but only someone destined for glory could win eight games in a row on the first board of the Olympiad and win medals from the start. can fight for

There is no gold prospect for America except for the tremendous carrom. And it should be a disaster for billionaire Rex Sinkfield, a high-potential mentor who has built the world’s best chess club in St. Louis, Missouri, and in recent years has done much to nationalize or resell Caruana (Italy). Money has been invested. , Wesley So (Philippines), Linear Dominguez (Cuba) and Levon Aronian (Armenia), as well as hosting spectacular tournaments every year. This forty-fourth Olympiad, without China or Russia and with France deprived of its stars, was an extraordinary opportunity to re-validate the gold achieved in Baku 2016.

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While Gukesh beat Caruana, and Sadhwani (16 too) beat Dominguez in a sensational game, his teammates Nihal Sarin (18) and Pragyanandha (turned 17 on Wednesday) shared the point with Aronian and Soo, respectively. At the next table, the supposedly best Indian team fell to Armenia: Harikrishna lost to Sargisian, and three draws: Vidit-Melkumyan, Arigasi-ter Sahakyan and Narayanan-Hovhannisyan. And in the next one with the same result the young Uzbeks conquered Germany.

Paco Vallejo, still recovering from a severe cold, reappeared after three absences (to rest Shirov) and clearly defeated a tough opponent, Amin of Egypt. Anton and Jaime Santos also won, and Iturizaga drew; They are in 19th place with three points from bronze. The girls defeated Italy (2.5–1.5) with victories for Sabrina Vega and Calzetta, Matnadez’s draw and Marta García’s defeat. They are in tenth place, one point away from medals—which will now go to India, Georgia and Ukraine—and they face Indonesia, a theoretically inferior rival, tomorrow.

Magnus Carlsen failed to win again; He drew with the unknown Slovakian screwdriver. None of the top five are now in the top five: USA (9th), India A (7th), Norway (40th), Spain (19th) and Poland (43rd). In contrast, two Spanish-speaking countries are doing very well: Peru (37th, 16th from the start) and Andorra (58th, 33rd). Probably because having many Elo points to shine isn’t enough if they don’t have a great team spirit with a few drops of ambition.

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