Taking inventory after 4 rounds, there are 4 groups within the Open part and eight amongst ladies with a most of eight match-points. Whereas it’s great that three Indian groups have the rating, there are loads of different nations which might be nonetheless doing very effectively. And inevitably, as groups with excellent scores conflict, this can begin to resolve itself.
Right this moment, we had some dramatic developments. India 1 confronted a really stable French crew and drew on all 4 boards. I imply, the French crew additionally got here effectively ready. The large shock, Uzbekistan held favorite USA. The truth is, proper earlier than Abdusattarov beat Caruana, Vakhidov had the best of wins (on the fourth board in opposition to Shankland) however missed. So, the USA is, the truth is, grateful for this one which they managed to attract 2-2 and salvage one level as a result of they’d been busted. Merely very spectacular efficiency by Uzbekistan, which may be the youngest prime crew within the event.
Lastly, Azerbaijan drew the match with Turkey. That was a superb comeback once more, Similar to the US, they managed to salvage a degree on the finish. Turkey holding Azerbaijan is a slight shock. Israel beating the Netherlands is after all a much bigger one. Full marks to Ilia Smirin, the veteran, for beating Erwin L’Ami right now. And that clearly made a distinction. Anish was held on the highest board. Jorden van Foreest, as effectively. So the Dutch benefit by no means got here into play.
Good that Tania (Sachdev) clinched it for us. It was an important win. Stable performances for India 1 groups. Powerful day for our third groups in each sections. They’ve finished effectively for the previous three days, however I’m certain, since there are various rounds left, new developments will occur.
And India 2 once more is the constructive information. Gukesh gained and so did Nihal. The truth is, Nihal made the margin extra snug however he was all the time in management. All credit score to Gukesh and Nihal for enjoying so effectively.
Praggnanandhaa did press for a win. And Raunak drew right now, however it’s important to give him full marks for his rating till now. So all good within the essential India 2 crew. Sadly, among the many ladies, despite Nandhidhaa’s victory over Nino Batsiashvili, India 3 misplaced 1-3 to Georgia. I believe it’s nonetheless a superb day for India. Once more, it reveals that the rounds are getting more durable, stronger and stronger groups face one another. And that is the time after we simply must be affected person. I believe even a defeat doesn’t spoil something. The event continues to be inside attain. You’ll be able to play effectively, however clearly, it’s good when you preserve scoring. Excellent news is, clearly, India 2.
August 01, 2022