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Chess Olympiad 2022: India Schedule, Results and Telecast details

Published at :July 26, 2022 at 7:01 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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The home contingent will have a record six teams and 30 players.

This is the first time ever that India is hosting the 44th edition of the Chess Olympiad at Mamallapuram, Chennai. With a record of 187 countries taking part with 188 Teams in the Open section and 162 in the Women’s section, the Olympiad will witness the highest ever participation.

A record total of 30 Indian Players across six teams (Three in open and three women) will be participating in the Olympiad. Each team will have 5 members out of which four will be fielded in each round. The Captain of the Team, in most cases non-playing, will decide the team composition. The Olympiad will be an 11 Round Swiss League event. The host countries can field two teams but India could field one additional team in both categories as the total number of teams was odd.

Seedings of the teams

The three Indian open teams are seeded second, 11th and 17th respectively. The second-seeded India-1 Open team consists of Vidit Gujrathi, P.Harikrishna, Arjun Erigaisi, S.L. Narayan and Sasikaran Krishnan. The India-2 Open team members are Nihal Sarin, D.Gukesh, B.Adhiban, R.Praggnanandhaa and Raunak Sadhwani. The India-3 open team comprises Surya Shekhar Ganguly, S.P. Sethuraman, Abhijeet Gupta, Karthikeyan Murali and Abhimanyu Puranik.

Incidentally, all the 15 players in the Open Team are Grandmasters.

In the women’s section, the India-1 team is seeded first while India-2 and India-3 teams are seeded 11th and 16th respectively. The India-1 women’s team consists of Koneru Humpy, D.Harika, R.Vaishali, Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni. The India-2 women’s team members are Vantika Agrawal, Soumya Swaminathan, Mary Ann Gomes, Padmini Rout and Divya Deshmukh. The India-3 women’s team comprises Eesha Karavade, Sahithi Varshini, Pratyusha Bodda, Nandhidhaa PV and Vishwa Vasnawala.

In the 2014 Chess Olympiad held at Tromso, Norway India won a bronze medal in the open category and in the 2020 virtual Olympiad, India won the joint gold medal while in the 2021 virtual Olympiad, India finished with a bronze medal.

Details of the tournament

Venue: The 44th Chess Olympiad will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Mahabalipuram Resort and Convention Centre from July 28 to August 10. The resort is located on the East Coast Road, Chennai.

Format: All the matches at the Chess Olympiad will be played in the Classical Swiss League Format

Matches: The tournament will begin with 'Round 1' on July 29 and continue till 'Round 11' on August 9. There will be a rest day on August 4 and teams will depart on August 10.

Timings: All the matches will start at 3 PM IST.

Telecast and Live Streaming: The Chess Olympiad games will be live on Doordarshan and one can stream the games from the YouTube channels of Chessbase India and FIDE.

SCHEDULE

29th July: Round 130th July: Round 231st July: Round 31st August: Round 42nd August: Round 53rd August: Round 64th August: Rest Day5th August: Round 76th August: Round 87th August: Round 98th August: Round 109th August: Round 11

PRIZES

The Olympiad features team and individual non-monetary prizes based on performance.

Team Prizes

Hamilton-Russel Cup - 1st place in the Open sectionVera Menchik Cup - 1st place in the Women's sectionNona Gaprindashvili Trophy - 1st place in the combined classification

Players from the top-three teams also receive team medals:

1st place: Gold medal2nd place: Silver medal3rd place: Bronze medal

Individual Prizes: Players assigned to the same board number compete for individual medals, awarded according to their performance rating:

HIGHEST EVER PARTICIPATION LIST

CHENNAI, 2022: 188 (open), 162 (women)BATUMI, 2018: 185 (open), 151 (women)BAKU, 2016: 180 (open), 142 (women)TROMSO, 2014: 177 (open), 136 (women)ISTANBUL, 2012: 157 (open) 127 (women)KHANTY-MANSIYSK, 2010: 148 (open), 115 (women)

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