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Chess Olympiad: India and Russia both get gold after controversial final

Chess Olympiad: India and Russia both get gold after controversial final
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More than 160 countries participated in this year’s tournament

India and Russia were declared joint winners of a major international chess tournament after two Indian players lost their internet connection during the final round.

An online version of the chess Olympics contest is held for the first time this year due to the coronavirus.

India appealed after two of its players lost connection to their games and pulled out in time.

Officials said these were “unprecedented circumstances”.

“The online chess Olympics were impacted by a global internet outage, which severely affected several countries, including India. Two of the Indian players were hit and lost their connection when the outcome of the match did not. it was still clear, “Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the International Chess Federation, said in a statement.

He said he decided to award gold medals to both teams in the “absence of a unanimous decision” from the body’s appeal committee.

Teams from over 160 countries participated in this year’s online event, which started in July.

But the final isn’t the first time the tournament has been reviewed.

Armenia said on Friday that one of its players was disconnected from the server during the quarter-final match against India and lost on time. His appeal was denied and the country withdrew from the competition in protest.

The 44th chess Olympiad was scheduled for this month in Russia, but was postponed to next year due to the pandemic.

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