R. Praggnanandha, 10 th student of Velammal Main School, Mogappaiar campus helped India
create chess history by winning the first gold medal in the Olympiad on Sunday. India were
declared joint champions with formidable Russia in an anti-climactic end to the event played
online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
India were initially declared to have lost the final round but they lodged an appeal saying their
players lost internet connection due to a server failure. The decision was then reversed. India
defeated China, Armenia and Poland on the way to the final.
Other members of the team include: Vishwanathan Anand, Vidit Santosh Gujarati, P.
Harikrishna, Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, Bhakti Kulkarni, Nihal Sarin, Divya Deshmukh
and Vantika Agrawal. R. Vaishali ( Former Velammalian) and Arvindh Chithambaram ( Former