Resting five times World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, the fifth-seeded Indian chess team under the open category breezed past the 94th seeded El Salvador scoring 3.5-05 points at the 43rd World Chess Olympiad held at Batumi, Georgia.
In the open category Indian Grand Masters (GM) P. Harikrishna, Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi and B. Adhiban finished their games quickly while GM K. Sasikiran took 52 moves to draw his game.
GM Koneru Humpy, International Masters (IM) Eesha Karavade, and Padmini Rout won against their New Zealand opponents quickly. On the other hand, IM Tania Sachdev had to sit more time before the chess board to wrapping up the game in her favor.
Meanwhile, blind chess player Vaishali Narendra Salavkar, the first Indian female to be part of the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) Olympiad team won her game against her opponent from Sierra Leone. The IBCA team won 4-0.
Contrary to the earlier expectation that the players would sit in the descending order of their ELO rating points, the Captain of the Indian team in the open category made a change with regard to the fourth board.
The surprise switch is on the fourth board where Adhiban is playing instead of higher rated Sasikaran.
"Sasikiran is a solid positional player and is akin to what Rahul Dravid in cricket. But Adhiban is the equivalent of flamboyant cricket opener K. Srikkanth," a senior chess player and a coach told IANS preferring anonymity.
He said normally the opponents on the lower boards are lower rated and slightly weaker.
"One of the strategies is to have an aggressive player at the lower end than to have a solid player who would play steadily," he said.
"This way there will be a strong Indian team," he added.