India and Russia are the online Chess Olympiad champions. The two finalists were declared joint winners by the world chess governing body FIDE after at least two games in the second match were affected by internet connectivity issues.
Held online for the first time – because of the coronavirus pandemic – Olympiad, history of which dates back to 1924, is the biggest team championship in chess.
Some 163 countries took part in the online tournament. For India to become the joint champion – after starting out as the seventh seed – along with favourite and top seed Russia is no mean achievement. It has to be counted among the country’s finest moments in sport.
In the second match of the final, Divya Deshmukh was completely winning against Polina Shuvalova, while Nihal Sarin could have drawn with Andrey…