FIDE, the game’s governing body, then took the decision of awarding the title to both India and Russia. While Nihal was in a drawing position, Divya was in a strong position when the server failure put paid to their plans.
🇷🇺 Russia and India 🇮🇳 are co-champions of the first-ever FIDE Online #ChessOlympiad. Tournament’s website:… https://t.co/sxc0kWSD3x
— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) 1598796961000
Earlier, the opening leg of the final started off with both teams drawing all their clashes and ended on 3-3. Vidit Gujrathi had his chances against Ian Nepomniachtchi but the game ended in a draw. The clash between Koneru Humpy and Kateryna Lagno too ended in a draw and same was the result in the D Harika-Alexandra Kosteniuk game as well. The other three matches – Pragg-Alexey Sarana, Divya Deshmukh-Polina Shuvalova and Harikrishna-Artemiev Vladislav — too saw players split points.
The second leg of the final saw Vidit start off with a draw with Daniil Dubov while Viswanathan drew with Nepo. Harika scored her second draw in the match — this time against Alexandra Kosteniuk. However, Humpy lost her game while server failures sealed the fate of Divya and Nihal. But FIDE’s decision made sure that the clash concluded on a happy note.