Both Russia and India were jointly declared winners on Sunday in the online Chess Olympiad tournament. Both received gold medals. This decision was taken due to server malfunctions in the final which could not be completed. Actually, during the match, two players of India, Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh were disconnected due to the server connection. Then Russia was declared the winner. India then opposed this disputed decision.
FIDE President Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich later decided to give gold medals to both teams. India became the first champion in the Chase Olympiad history. Russia has won it 24 times (18 times the Soviet Union).
🇷🇺 Russia and India 🇮🇳 are co-champions of the first-ever FIDE Online #ChessOlympiad.
— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) August 30, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian team on becoming champions. He tweeted and wrote, ‘Congratulations to our chess players for winning the online Chase Olympiad. His hard work and dedication is commendable. His success will surely inspire other chess players. I would also like to congratulate the Russian team. ‘
Congratulations to our chess players for winning the FIDE Online #ChessOlympiad. Their hard work and dedication are admirable. Their success will surely motivate other chess players. I would like to congratulate the Russian team as well.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 30, 2020
Veteran and former world champion Viswanathan Anand expressed happiness on social media. He also congratulated Russia.
We are the champions !! Congrats Russia!
— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) August 30, 2020
Chess player and team members Vidit Gujarati and Harika Dronavalli also congratulated the Indian team on the victory in the final.
— Harika Dronavalli (@HarikaDronavali) August 30, 2020
We are the Champions!! 🇮🇳🥇Super happy!
Congrats to Russia as well! #ChessOlympiad
— Vidit Gujrathi (@viditchess) August 30, 2020