A moment of madness just as Sam Shankland was about to make a draw and give the USA a crucial match win! After 90...Qg2 (Sam expected 90...Qh1+) he played the impossible 91.Kc2... and there were no king moves that didn't lose! https://t.co/qK8qmvE574 #c24live #ChessOlympiad pic.twitter.com/2PF55ucBkG— chess24.com (@chess24com) August 5, 2022
In the 7th round of the World Chess Olympiad taking place in the Chennai, India, the Armenian men's team played a draw against the US team, 2-2.
Melkumyan lost to Wesley Saux with black pieces, and Gabriel Sargsyan defeated Fabiano Caruana with white pieces.
Samvel Ter-Sahakyan was defeated by Leinier Domínguez with white, and Robert Hovhannesyan was stronger than Sam Shankland with black.
Levon Aronian, the former leader of the Armenian team, played for the first time in the US national team. He did not play against Armenia.
In previous rounds, the Armenian team defeated Madagascar (4:0), Andorra (3:1), Egypt (2.5:1.5), Austria (3:1), England (2.5:1.5), second team India (2.5:1.5) and with 13 points tops the standings.