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Time to Improve Online Connectivity? Twitter Fumes as India Wins Chess Olympiad due to Internet Failure

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ndia and Russia both emerged as gold medal winners after the final of FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Sunday with internet connection playing a spoilsport once again from India’s end | Image credit: Twitter

On Sunday, India and Russia were declared joint gold medalists in the reputed chess tournament after the Indian contestants suffered an internet failure.

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In wake of India and Russia’s joint victory in the final of FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Sunday, chess genius Vishwanathan Anand has been receiving a lot of love on social media.

Taking to Twitter, Anand wrote, “We are the champions!! Congrats Russia!”.


On Sunday, India and Russia were declared joint gold medalists in the reputed chess tournament after the Indian contestants suffered an internet failure.

India forfeited the game after losing internet connection and later filed an official appeal against the loss. The matter was investigation, following which it was decided to give gold medals to both teams.

While many congratulated the players, Anand’s tweet went viral with many congratulating and thanking the Chessmaster for popularising the indoor sport among Indian youth.

India’s top-ranked player world No.15 Vishwanathan Anand sat out of the first round as captain Vidit Gujrathi occupied the first board against the current world No.4 Ian Nepomniachtchi. Even though Vidit had a clear advantage in the middle game, Nepomniachtchi managed to force a draw.

Not all were impressed by Anand’s tweet, however. While congratulating both India and Russia, some wondered if it was also time for Indian authorities to start thinking about improving internet connectivity, especially in times of pandemic when more and more activities are going online.

Many also debated if the decision to let both India and Russia win was fair to both teams.

Previously, the world chess body FIDE had been in news after it did not take any action against the Armenian team that walked out of the Online Olympiad quarter-finals against India in a non-sportive manner as its appeal against the victory of Indian Nihal Sarin over Haik M Martirosyan was dismissed.

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