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The Indian teams continue their winning streak in the Open Division of the 44th Chess Olympiad here on Sunday.

GM P Harikrishna and Arjun Erikaisi saw India ‘A’ beat Greece 3-1 while India ‘B’ beat Switzerland 4-0 and third team Iceland 3-1. .

Vidith S Gujrati, playing second for India A, was content with a draw against GM Nicolas Theodorou while Evgenios Ioannidis K Sasikiran took over.

After defeating Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Harikrishna said his opponent put on a good fight and made a good move in the end.

It’s up to the two to meet other Indian teams. Our focus is on the game, not the team,” he said.

The Indian teams have done well so far, so they could face each other in the tournament.

America’s top seeds cemented their authority with a 3-1 win over 24th seeded Georgia. Although Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominiguez Perez failed to record wins, Lev Aronian and Sam Shakland did their job, beating Mikheil Mchedlishvili and Tamaz Gelashvili respectively.

Team India won the women’s tournament for the third year in a row. Team ‘A’ rested the outstanding Koneru Hampi but beat England 3-1 thanks to R Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni.

Dronavalli Harika made his Olympic debut and is playing for India for the ninth straight year, not to mention the two virtual Olympics where India won gold and bronze medals in the mixed edition.

Hariga, 31, is late in her first pregnancy and has clashed with Englishwoman Jovanka Houska. At the top he couldn’t force a win.

Team ‘B’ won 3-1 against Indonesia with Vandika Aggarwal and Soumya Swaminathan defeating Karisma Sukander and Irene’s Fariha Mariro respectively. Padmini Raut and Mary Ann Gomez had to settle for a draw against their opponents.

In the third quarter, the hosts beat Austria 2.5:1.5 thanks to wins by PV Nandita and Pratyusha Boda. Varshini Sahithi lost to Nicola Myrhuber and Esha Garawade drew against Katerina Neukla.

WGM Nandita became the first player to score as she passed the battered Chiara Boulterer.

This is my first Olympiad and I’m playing in my hometown of Chennai, which is reason enough to give me extra energy. Rating and seeding are not important in my opinion. Our team also has a chance and we are ready to do our best,” said Nadita.

In other results, 28th-ranked Mongolia defeated 7th-ranked USA 3-1 in the women’s and Slovakia 4-0.

Indian tournament results:

Open: India ‘A’ beat Greece 3-1 (P Harikrishna def. Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Vidhy Gujarati drawn v. Nicolas Theodorou, Arjun Erikaisi def. Athansios Mustovalisis, K Sasikiran drawn v. Evgenios Ioannidis).

India ‘B’ beat Switzerland 4-0 (D Gukesh beat Niko Georgiadis,

Nihal Sarin beat Sebastian Bogner, R Pragnananda beat Yannick Pelletier, Raunak Sadwani beat Fabian Benziger.

India ‘C’ defeated Iceland 3-1 (Surya Shekhar Ganguly drew against Kredarsson Hjorvar Steyn, SB Sethurman defeated Hannes Stephenson, Abhijeet Gupta defeated Kumundur Kjardsen, Abhimanyu Puranik drew against Kredarsson Helgi).

Women: India beat England 3-1 (D Harika drew Jovanka Houska, R Vaishali beat Toma Katharshnia, Tania Sachdev drew Yao Lan, Bhakti Kulkarni beat Akshaya Kalayalahan).

India ‘B’ defeated Indonesia 3-1 (Vandika Aggarwal def Irene’s Karisma Sunder, Padmini Rout drew Aulia Madina Wartha, Soumya Swaminathan beat Fariha Mariro, Mary Ann Gomez drew Anastasia Chitra Devi Ardiyani).

India ‘C’ beat Austria 2.5-1.5 (Isha Karavade drew Katarina Nurkia, BV Nandita beat Chiara Poltrader, M. Varshini Sahidi lost to Nicola Mairuber, Pratyusha Boda Habala beat Elizabeth).

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