With an average ELO rating of 2,683, Indian Team 1 ranks fourth

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With an average ELO rating of 2,683, India’s 1 team for the 44th Chess Olympiad to be held in Mahabalipuram ranks fourth in the chess world.

The Indian Chess Federation (AICF) on Monday announced the four teams – two for the open category and two for the women’s category – for the upcoming July-August Olympiad.

Indian teams were selected based on players’ ELO ratings.

The highest rated player and former world champion V. Anand decided not to participate in the Olympiad.

India Team 1 consists of the country’s 2-5 ranked players (Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (ELO 2,723), Pentala Harikrishna (2,705), Arjun Erigaisi (2,675), SLNarayanan (2,662) and the seventh ranked K. Sasikiran (2,651).

The sixth ranked player D.Gukesh (2,659) features in India’s Team 2.

Each month, the International Chess Federation or FIDE ranks chess playing countries according to the average rating of their top ten players.

Based on these criteria, the top six ranked countries are: United States (2,730), Russia (2,711), China (2,698), India (2,673), Ukraine ( 2,667) and Azerbaijan (2,655).

Due to military action against Ukraine, FIDE banned Russia and Belarus from participating in the event. In individual tournaments of the FIDE World Championship cycle, players from Russia and Belarus are allowed to participate under the FIDE flag.

Based on the average ratings of their top five players, the United States leads the standings with 2,766 and is followed by China (2,739), Azerbaijan (2,700), Team India 1 (2,683) and Ukraine (2,681).

While two Indian teams will participate in the Open category, it is unknown which countries have confirmed their participation in the Olympiad and the players who would represent them.

Indian team 2 with (Nihal Sarin 2,656, D. Gukesh 2,659, B. Adhiban 2,616, R. Praggananandha 2,642 and Sadhwani Raunak 2,619) got an average rating of 2,636.

Posted: Tuesday 03 May 2022, 16:46 IST

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