Chess Olympiad: D Gukesh on a rampage against giants

India 2 defeats USA 3-1 in their eighth round match against the USA . India 1 and India 3 in the open class lose their matches .

MAMALLAPURAM: Grandmaster D Gukesh is on a massive killing spree.On Saturday, the 16-year-old youngster claimed his 8th Olympiad victory, defeating World No.5 and 2018 World championship challenger Fabiano Caruana in 45 moves.Gukesh had defeated, among other players, Alexei Shirov of Spain and Gabrial Sargissian of Armenia in previous rounds.

20 in the live FIDE poll.India 2 defeated top seeds USA 3-1 with Raunak Sadhwani beating Leinier Perez Dominguez in 45 moves.R Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin also pulled with Wesley So and Levon Aronian on the other two boards.India 2 has jumped to second place in the standings with 14 match points, 1 behind Armenia, while the United States has slipped to 16th position with 12 points.

Gukesh was understandably gratified by his performance, but he didn't go too far.For me, it has been a fulfilling journey.Caruana is one of my all-time favorites.At the end of the game, Gukesh said, I just took it (this game) as a learning experience.

Gukesh admitted that he wasnt at his best in the initial stage.I was marginally worse in the start.I just kept trying to hold on.I was able to counter him after he played B4 (on move 24).

Raunak, who defeated World No.14 Dominguez, considered it a victory.It's definitely a learning experience to defeat a player of Dominguez's class.The India 2 captain, RB Ramesh, felt that his team exceeded his hopes.

I was hoping for a 2.5-1.5 scoreline against the United States, but Ramesh claimed that 3-1 is just amazing.Ramesh is confident of reaching the top three with only three rounds remaining.We were aiming for a top-3 finish well before the competition began.We knew it wasnt going to be easy, but Gukesh said that it's possible.

India 1, the second seed, fell to Armenia 2.5-1.5, and the second seed, which was to be adopted by Armenia.P Harikrishna lost in 102 moves to Gabrial Sargissian on the top board.Vidit Gujrathi, Arjun Erigaisi, and SL Narayanan withdrew from other boards.India 3 had a day to remember, losing to Peru 1-3.

SP Sethuraman and Karthikeyan have split points, with Cristhian Cruz and Deivy Vera Siguenas taking the field.India 1 women draw Ukraine 2-2: The top seeds, the India 1 women, were eliminated in their eighth round match against Ukraine 2-2.On the top board, Koneru Humpy split points with Mariya Muzychuk, while D Harika drew with Anna Muzychuk.R Vaishali and Tania Sachdev shared the stage with Anna Ushenina and Nataliya Buksa.

India 2 (11) is on 20th place, while India 3 is on 26th place with 11 match points.India 2 defeated Croatia 3.5-0.5.Vantika Agrawal, Padmini Rout, and Divya Deshmukh captured the trophy against Mirjana Medic, Anarmarija Radikovic, and Tereza Dejanovic.Ann Mary Gomes drew her game against Tihana Ivekovic.

PV Nandhidhaa and B Pratyusha lost their matches against Oliwia Kiolbasa and Maria Malicka.Eesha Karavade and Vishwa Vasnawala resisted their confrontations.