MUMBAI, Aug. 31 -- India made chess history on Sunday by winning their first gold medal 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.

India's Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh lost connection to their games in the second round of the best-of-three final due to the online glitch, and Koneru Humpy also faced connectivity issues. India and Russia had played out draws on all six board in the first round of the 'best of three mini-matches' final. While two rounds comprised six games each, a tie would have resulted in a single Armageddon game to pick the winner.

Having warmed up for the final by defeating Poland in the semi-final-Ru...