High-schoolers are ruling the 44th Chess Olympiad

High-schoolers are ruling the 44th Chess Olympiad


The 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India is currently on Round 6 with India B and Armenia having a perfect 10/10 score at the Open Section. 16-year-old Gukesh and 17-year-old Abdusattorov are victorious so far, winning big against Alexei Shirov and Fabiano Caruana respectively.

Photos: Lennart Ootes // FIDE

India B Team is packed full of prodigies and until Round 5 it proves that it can be more dangerous than India A, with exceptional board results! 16-year-old Gukesh has a perfect 5/5 score after defeating Alexei Shirov yesterday to lead his team to the absolute 10/10 score joining Armenia at the top.

With this win, Gukesh moves to 2714.1 and world No. 27! It’s most likely that Gukesh will finally become the 3rd youngest player in history to be rated above 2700 on an official FIDE rating list!

Another prodigy, the 17-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who won against Fabiano Caruana on Round 4 also has a 5/5 score after beating Slovakia’s Jergus Pechac.

After his loss against Abdusattorov and his fast draw on Round 5, the once World No.2 Fabiano Caruana has now dropped to No.9, in danger of slipping out of the Top 10.

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