gold medal for 44th Chess Olympiad has been shared by India and Russia. The countries received joint-gold because of glitch with Internet. The Olympiad takes place every two years to find best chess-playing nation in the world. This year it was held online for first time. The online version of the competition was because of coronavirus. The final was between players from Russia and India. However, some games came to end after two Indian players lost their Internet connection. Officials at tournament said they had no choice but to award the gold medal to the two countries. They said this was fair because Indian players lost time when Internet connection failed.
This year's Chess Olympiad started in July. Teams from over 160 countries took part. The final round was not only time teams had technical glitches. player from Armenia was disconnected from tournament's server during his quarter-final match against India. However, on that occasion, officials rejected his appeal. Armenia withdrew from competition in protest. Officials said there were "unprecedented circumstances" in final. They said: "The Online Chess Olympiad has been impacted by global Internet outage that severely affected several countries, including India. Two of Indian players were affected and lost connection when the outcome of match was still unclear."