World Youth Chess: Onus on India Green to resurrect campaign

With just four rounds remaining, India’s ‘dream team’ needs to bounce back straightaway if it wants to be in contention for medals.

S. Jayakumar of India Red, which has exceeded expectations to tie for the second place. Photo: Special Arrangement

For India's ‘dream team’, its campaign thus far at the World Youth Chess Olympiad has bordered on a nightmare.

India Green, which possesses two of the most promising talents in world chess at the moment in Nihal Sarin and R. Praggnanandhaa besides Grandmaster Aryan Chopra, is tied for the fourth to seventh places going into Saturday's sixth round after a day's rest. With just four rounds remaining, it needs to bounce back straightaway if it wants to be in contention for medals.

Sixth round report

While the star-studded team of the host has disappointed, India Red has done rather well to be in the joint second position along with the formidable Iran, on eight points. Russia is in the sole lead position, with 10 points.

Indifferent form

It is the indifferent form of Aryan and Praggnanandhaa that has proved particularly costly for the top-seeded India Green, which is on seven points after losing to the Russians and drawing with the Iranians in the last two rounds. While Aryan has lost three of his five games so far, his younger team-mate has lost two.

The team must be hoping it would regain its form when its players return to take their seats in front of the chessboards after the rest day.

The standings (after five rounds)
  • 1. Russia 10 points;
  • 2-3. Iran and India Red 8;
  • 4-7. Uzbekistan, India Green, Mongolia and Turkey 7;
  • 8-13. Kazhakstan, Belarus, Canada, Armenia, Argentina and Israel 6;
  • 14-17. India Blue, Malaysia, South Africa B and South Africa A.

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