India staged a magnificent comeback, on National Sports Day, to defeat Poland and move into the final of the online Chess Olympiad on Saturday.
After the teams were level at the end of the two matches – in which there were six games apiece – the winner had to be decided by the Armageddon (tie-breaker).
Koneru Humpy, World No. 2 from Vijayawada, had black pieces against Monika Socko. That meant she had four minutes to make her moves against her rival’s five.
But the player with black pieces only needed to draw, while the rival needed to win. Humpy did more than what was required, winning the Catalan game in 73 moves; she checkmated Socko, promoting her pawn to have two queens.
Humpy, the queen of Indian chess for long, justified her…