India reached the semifinals of the online Chess Olympiad in controversial circumstances on Friday. It had won the first of the two matches against Armenia, which didn’t play the second and withdrew from the competition.

The Armenians had registered a protest with the world chess governing body FIDE claiming that they lost one of the games because of the loss of internet connection at the end of, the portal on which the tournament is being played.

They argued that there was nothing wrong with the internet connection on their side, so the game between Nihal Sarin and Haik Martirosyan should be replayed from the position in which the Armenian had lost on time. The Indian non-playing captain N. Srinath was asked by FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich about India’s stand.

“I said that they could investigate the internet issue but we could not wait indefinitely for the second…

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