Chess: Armenia protests with a protest against server-issue at chess.com as India move up into the final four

Armenia protests with a protest against server-issue at chess.com as India move up into the final four

India faced Armenia in the quarter-finals on the 28th of August, and as Armenia forfeited the match as a protest against the management for turning their appeal down to review the server-down issue, India reserved its place in the final four.

Armenia’s internet goes down twice against India

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India’s Sarin was a pawn up against Armenia’s Martirosyan when the latter ran out of time. Levon, captain of Armenia side, complained to the arbiters that their internet connection was stable, but Martirosyan lost access to the game, and their move wasn’t immediately reflected in the server. As arbiters turned down their appeal, Armenia went to the appeals committee to look into the issue, but their appeal was turned down by the appeal committee too.

Point to be noted is that, at the same time, when Martirosyan lost access to the game, connected to the same internet provider, Armenia’s Elina won against Humpy. Armenia’s statement is that all their players playing from the same venue and internet failure should have affected both the games instead of just one. This means that there was an error from the organizers’ side, and they did nothing wrong to lose the game. As both of their appeals got turned down, Armenia forfeited the game as a mark of protest. With this decision, India entered the semi-finals with 3.5-2.5 win.

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Earlier, India’s veteran Viswanathan Anand drew his match against Aronian, followed by wins from Harika and Gujrathi, placing India in the driver’s seat at 2.5-0.5 before this issue occurred.

This is not the first time Chess Olympiad faced internet issues

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Earlier in the tournament, India also faced internet issues while playing against Mongolia last week. India was leading the match 3-1, and a sudden internet failure meant that Indian players lost access to games resulting in Mongolia winning the last two games to draw the match 3-3.

Saturday has two matches in the schedule as India takes on Poland while the US fights Russia in the semi-final fixtures to earn a place in the final.

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