World Chess Federation have declared Russia and India as the co-champions of the first ever FIDE online Olympiad.

In the first final match of the online Olympiad Russia drew 1-1 with India. In the second match two Russian players lost connection to their game and forfeited on time. Therefore the outcome of the match was unclear.

The president of FIDE later released a statement declaring India and Russia as co-champions of the online Olympiad.

“Online Chess Olympiad has been impacted by a global internet outage, that severely affected several countries, including India. Two of the Indian players have been affected and lost connection when the outcome of the match was still unclear.

The Appeals Committee has examined all the evidence provided by Chess.com, as well as information gathered from other sources about this internet outage. After being informed of their considerations and in absence of an unanimous decision, and taken into account these unprecedented circumstances, as FIDE President I made the decision to award Gold Medals to both teams”. Reads a letter written by Fide.

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