The Bridge – Why the Chess Olympiad victory is an important milestone for India?

Sunday was a historic day for Indian chess fraternity. The Indian team were declared joint-winners along with Russia in the FIDE online Olympiad after the grand finale was hit by server malfunction and internet disruptions. Russia sealed the deal initially after India’s Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh lost out on time in the second leg of the final as they suffered from server disconnection. India appealed against the decision and FIDE, which after reviewing it, declared both teams as winners. However, more importantly, this victory comes at an unprecedented time when nothing significant has happened for the stars of the Indian sports for over months since the lockdown was imposed.

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