Victories for Vidit Gujrathi and S. L. Narayanan on the primary and third boards with black items arrange India’s much-needed 3-1 overcome USA within the final league match for a spot within the quarterfinals of the World Staff Chess Championship in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Vidit defeated Hans Moke Niemann and Narayanan overpowered Varuzhan Akobian to provide India a formidable 2-0 lead. On the second board, Nihal Sarin’s draw towards Alexander Onishchuk earned India the profitable lead. Later, S. P. Sethuraman, despite having a knight much less on the board, drew with Yunieskey Quesada Perez to finish India’s triumph.
Having suffered a 0.5-3.5 humiliation to Uzbekistan on Monday night after Vidit, Nihal Sarin and Abhijeet Gupta misplaced and solely Naryanan salvaged a draw on the third board, India required an enormous win over USA to be among the many 4 qualifying groups to the quarterfinal from the six-nation Group B.
On Wednesday, India will face France. Within the different quarterfinals, China takes on Poland, Spain performs Azerbaijan and Ukraine meets Uzbekistan.
Standings (after the league)
Group A: 1. China (9 factors), 2-4. France, Spain, Ukraine (6 every), 5. Netherlands, 6. South Africa (0).
Group B: 1-2. Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan (7 every), 3. India (6), 4-5. Poland (4 every), 6. USA (2).