MUMBAI, Aug. 31 -- India made chess history on Sunday by winning their first gold in the Olympiad, after they were declared joint champions with formidable Russia in an anti-climactic end to the event played online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A server crash led to India's Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh losing connection, and Koneru Humpy also faced connectivity issues, losing time on her clock leading to her defeat. Russia were 4.5-1.5, but India lodged an appeal. The appeals committee investigated the issue before FIDE (international chess federation) president Arkady Dvorkovich decided to award gold medals to both teams.

Though the final ended in anti-climax, the Indian players were ecstatic as it was their first title in the Olympiad...