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India and Russia both receive gold medals at the chess championship


India and Russia both receive gold medals at the chess championship after two Indian players lost their internet connection in the final

  • Nihal Sarin (16) and Divya Deshmukh (14) fell victim to a "global internet failure".
  • You were one of 160 countries that took part in the online Chess Olympiad
  • They lost after losing touch, but India appealed

Both India and Russia were awarded gold medals in a prestigious chess competition after two Indian players, aged just 14 and 16, lost their internet connection in the final.

Nihal Sarin (16) and Divya Deshmukh (14) lost the connection in the last round of the Chess Olympiad due to a "global internet failure".

The competition, in which participants from 160 countries competed against each other, took place online this year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Divya (pictured) was floating in front of Russian Polina Shuvalova when their connection broke off

Both India and Russia were awarded gold medals in a prestigious chess competition after Nihal Sarin (16) (left) and Divya Deshmukh (14) (right) lost connectivity in the final round of the Chess Olympiad due to a "global internet failure"

Divya was ahead of Russian Polina Shuvalova, while it was a closer call between Nihal and his competitor Andrey Esipenko when their internet connection went dead.

They lost after losing connection to their online games, but India appealed, reports BBC News.

The President of the International Chess Federation said in a statement: “The online Chess Olympiad has been hit by a global internet outage that has severely affected several countries, including India.

The Chess Olympiad, at which participants from 160 countries competed against each other, took place online this year due to coronavirus restrictions (file image).

The Chess Olympiad, at which participants from 160 countries competed against each other, took place online this year due to coronavirus restrictions (file image).

& # 39; Two of the Indian players were affected and disconnected when the outcome of the game was still unclear.

The International Chess Federation's Appeals Committee was unable to make a "unanimous decision" so they gave both countries the victory.

On Friday, Armenia said it had also fallen victim to internet outages after its players were split up in the quarter-finals and appealed.

But it was rejected, which the country withdrew in protest.

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