In a very controversial finish at the 2020 chess olympiad, Global Child Prodigy Awardee R Praggnanandhaa manages to bring joint gold medals along with Russia today. It is indeed a very proud moment for all the Indians.
Owing to the pandemic, this was the first time in history that Chess Olympiad was conducted virtually. The game was stretched until the last few seconds, in which two Indians were said to have lost in the very final moment because of connectivity issues. Russia was declared the winner after two Indian players-Nihal Sarin, and Divya Deshmukh protested the controversial decision which got reviewed later on.
“FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich made a decision to give gold medals of FIDE Online #ChessOlympiad to both teams – India and Russia,” the world chess body tweeted. The federation has informed that it will release a statement pertaining to the matter soon.
The Indian players faced a similar problem in the quarterfinal against Armenia. Armenian players had demanded, saying they had lost internet connection, but their appeal got rejected. India then beat Poland in the semifinal to qualify for Today’s final.
“We are the champions !! Congrats Russia!,” the legendary Viswanathan Anand wrote on his twitter handle after the final.
Global Child Prodigy Awardee|R Praggnanandhaa
Global Child Prodigy Awards, the world’s first and only award ceremony solely dedicated to recognizing unique and talented children, awarded R Praggnanandhaa under the category of sports, in the year 2020. Moreover, Praggnanandhaa secured the Top 100 Prodigies List of 2020! We are very happy to have kids like Praggnanandhaa who are real gems of India. Our team congratulates him on his success and wishes him to bring more gold for the nation in the future.
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Indian squad at the Chess Olympiad 2020
- Vishwanathan Anand
- Vidit Santosh Gujarati (captain)
- P. Harikrishna
- Koneru Humpy
- Dronavalli Harika
- Bhakti Kulkarni
- Nihal Sarin
- Divya Deshmukh
- R Praggnanandhaa
- Vantika Agrawal
- R. Vaishali
- Arvindh Chithambaram.