India shocked second seed China and topped Pool A at the online Chess Olympiad on Sunday. The 4-2 victory in the final round in the preliminary league helped the seventh seed finish with 17 points, one more than the Chinese.
The top place in the group means India will progress directly to the quarterfinals, while China and Germany, which took the third place, will have to go through play-offs.
The victory against China, which began the tournament as one of the strong favourites, should do India’s confidence a world of good.
It was the juniors that helped the team pull off the memorable win, as R. Praggnandhaa and Divya Deshmukh took full points off Liu Yan and Zhu Jiner, respectively. All the four boards featuring the senior men and women were drawn.
Earlier in the day, India defeated Georgia 4-2 and Germany 4.5-1.5.