Alexandra Goryachkina helped the team of Russia win
16:03 1 сентября 2020
Категории: News in English
The national team of Russia won the victory in the first FIDE Online Chess Olympiad. A chess player from Yamal Alexandra Goryachkina won the decisive game in the final. The information was given to a correspondent of the news agency “Sever-Press” by Pavel Potapov, the director of the Polar chess school of Anatoly Karpov. According to him, the competitions took place from the 25th of July to the 30th of August.
The Russian chess players played in the distance mode: a part of the team played from home, those, who were in Moscow, gathered in the Central House of Chess Player. In the quarterfinals, the Russians won over the Hungarians, in the semi-finals – over the team of the USA. The final between the teams of Russia and India was held on Sunday, the 30th of August.
“In the first round of the final all the games were completed in a draw, in the second mini-match — three draws and Alexandra won, the score became 4.5:1.5”, Pavel Potapov said.
In the course of two games the Indian chess players lost connection, they exceeded the time-limit — the jury counted them the loss. The team appealed, after that FIDE decided to award them gold.
“In fact, the Russian national team won the world’s first Online Chess Olympiad. Alexandra played an important role in that”, explained the director of the chess school.
The press service of the Chess Federation of Russia quotes FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich: “Russia won the online Olympiad, and India was awarded gold”.
As it should be reminded, the largest internet event was started on the 25th of July on the largest platform Chess.com and became a replacement for the 44th World Chess Olympiad postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 163 teams from FIDE member countries participated in the online Olympiad. Each team consists of 6 main participants and 6 reserve participants, including as a minimum three women, two boys and girls (juniors).