Asian Games 2023: How Did Indian Chess Masters Performed in Round 8

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In the heart of Hangzhou, China, where the 2023 Asian Games are currently in full swing, two formidable Indian women’s chess players, Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli, recently clashed in a high-stakes encounter that ended in a captivating draw. The eighth round of the women’s individual chess competition witnessed a gripping battle between these two chess prodigies.

Asian Games Chess: Humpy vs Harika

In the eighth round of the Asian Games 2023, all eyes were on Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli as they squared off across the chessboard. The game ended with a 0.5-0.5 draw, showcasing the remarkable skill and resilience of both players.

Vidit Santosh’s Thrilling Tie

While the spotlight was on Humpy and Harika in the women’s division, the men’s section had its own share of thrilling moments. Vidit Santosh, a prominent member of the Indian chess squad, engaged in a fierce battle against Mongolia’s Bilguun Sumiya. The result? A gripping tie that left spectators on the edge of their seats.

Arjun Kumar’s Determined Effort

In the same round, Arjun Kumar faced a formidable opponent in Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Abdusattorov. The game was intense, with both players displaying exceptional chess prowess. Unfortunately for Arjun Kumar, he fell short, losing the match by a narrow margin of 1-0. However, his determination and fighting spirit were evident throughout the game.

Round Seven Highlights

Before the eighth-round showdown, the Indian chess contingent had already left its mark on the Asian Games. In the seventh round of the men’s individual chess competition, Vidit Santosh faced a tough challenge in China’s Yi Wei, resulting in a loss. Meanwhile, Arjun Kumar displayed his mettle by securing a victory against Indonesian grandmaster Novendra Priasmoro.

On the women’s front, Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli once again demonstrated their consistent performance by playing out a draw in round seven. Humpy faced Kazakhstan’s Zhansaya Abdumalik, while Harika clashed with Mongolia’s Munkhzul Turmunh, both matches ending with a shared point.

Meet the Indian Chess Squad

The Indian chess contingent at the Asian Games 2023 boasts a lineup of exceptionally talented players, ready to make their mark on the international stage.


  • D Gukesh
  • Vidit Gujrathi
  • Arjun Erigaisi
  • P Harikrishna
  • R Praggnanandhaa


  • Koneru Humpy
  • D. Harika
  • R Vaishali
  • Vantika Aggarwal
  • Savitha Shri

India’s Standings

With this impressive haul of medals, India currently stands in fifth place at the Asian Games 2023, a testament to the country’s sporting prowess on the international stage. The medal count stands at 22, comprising 5 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 10 bronze medals.

The Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou has been a showcase of India’s burgeoning talent in chess and other sports. The performances of players like Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, Vidit Santosh, and Arjun Kumar have not only captivated the audience but also highlighted the country’s potential as a powerhouse in the world of sports.