All of us love Olympiads. There’s the Olympics, and naturally, the Chess Olympiad. It is time to compete between the strongest groups, as the highest division begins play in the present day.
The format of the match is three rounds per day for a complete of 9 rounds. At this time the groups performed the primary three rounds. In fact, we’ve a variety of matches and decisive matches forward of us, however a few of in the present day’s video games will certainly outline the end result of the ultimate standings.
The match was very attention-grabbing to observe for each the spectators and the coaches, who’re at all times looking out for educative content material.
Dwell protection of the primary day. Watch all of the dwell protection at youtube.com/chess.
Pool A contains many super-grandmasters in addition to younger gamers who’re thought of very seemingly candidates to achieve the top of the world of chess. Absolutely established prime gamers like GM Ding Liren and GM Wei Yi are defending the distinction of their nation China, whereas younger and forceful GMs like former U-20 World Champion GM Param Maghsoodlu, U-20 World Championship medalist from Iran Gifted Grandmasters Aram Hakobyan and Haik Martirosyan of Armenia, and different prodigies like Iran’s GM Amin Tabatabai and Romania’s GM Bogdan-Daniel Dik, are delighting us with their inventive sport.
The primary spherical noticed an sudden end in my thoughts: Romania beat Iran! In fact, Romania is a really robust group, however Iran’s group is filled with the very best younger expertise on this planet, comparable to Maghsudlu, Tabatabai and IM Khademalsharih Sarsadat. A number of video games resulted in a draw, however misplaced to Maghsudlu Dik, who performed a fully sensible positioning sport, squeezing his opponent in Catalan:
There have been many attention-grabbing matches within the second spherical. I’d advise you to check out the match between Iran and Armenia, as all of the younger prodigies obtained concerned in a battle there. Iran 4-2 win!
The third spherical additionally noticed some ups and downs: for instance, whereas China defeated a weak Indonesia 5–1, 2500-rated GM Priasmoro Novendra defeated Wei Yi in a flashy sport, giving Wei a bonus, Drop it, after which … flag on this place.
Had White performed some common-looking transfer like Rh6 or a4, he would have been doing tremendous, however the Chinese language super-grandmaster did not handle his time, and Indonesia scored some extent larger than the pool’s strongest group .
China received all three matches and are within the first place within the group after in the present day’s matches. Nonetheless, if there may be one hero of the group, it’s definitely Kazakhstan, who received all three matches and is sharing first with China, whereas there isn’t any super-grandmaster of their group. As a substitute, a lot of the gamers, comparable to IM Zhanskaya Abdumalik, IM Denis Makhnev, and IM Bibisar Asoubayeva, are younger prodigies. It’s at all times inspiring and refreshing to see the nation giving a shot to its younger skills in an occasion of this significance. In fact, this requires a younger participant and a feminine participant on the group, however most of their group is younger and might play on any board!
It is going to be attention-grabbing to observe the upcoming matches of each the leaders, in addition to to see how the younger proficient gamers from Iran and Armenia carry out within the subsequent few days. keep tuned!
B-pool has a number of taking part groups which have historically been leaders on this planet of chess, together with India, Azerbaijan, France and Hungary.
Nonetheless, many of those groups should not have their strongest fields current. For instance, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who has simply received the Sinckfield Cup, will not be representing France, and neither is GM Alireza Turquoise, who now competes in Norway. However, nonetheless, there is a ton of participating motion to observe!
Within the first spherical, the favorites took what they need to have, though a number of the outcomes had been barely sudden: India beat Egypt 6–0, whereas Azerbaijan beat Sweden 5.5–0.5, even if GM Nils There have been skilled gamers like Grandelius and Piya. Kramling is defending the colours of the Swedish flag.
Within the subsequent spherical, France drew India 3–3, with a lot of the sport ending in a draw, and the 2 ultimate boards exchanged a collection of photographs: GM Pragyanand Rameshbubu being the youngest for the time being. The French GM misplaced to Marc Andrea Maurizi, whereas Vaishali, Prague’s sister, defeated Florence Rollot.
The Azerbaijani group drew China’s B group, whereas Sweden knocked out a really strong Belarus group 5.5–0.5, a spectacular comeback from the earlier tough match.
In the meantime, Hungary simply stored on profitable. We’ll see extra about his group in a second.
Within the third spherical, India defeated Sweden 4–2, as GM Viswanathan Anand defeated Grandelius and GM Bhaskaran Adhiban defeated GM Eric Blomquist. On the similar time, Hungary continued their robust run to win their third match in a row (4–2 vs Azerbaijan) and completed in clear first place after the primary day. Right here is the sport of my buddy and teammate at Webster College (I nonetheless say teammate though I graduated final Could) GM Benjamin Gladura profitable in opposition to GM Rauf Mamedov.
General, Hungary are main with six factors, however they have not performed India and France but, so nothing is definite.
It is a tremendously robust pool, most likely the strongest of the 4, as a result of right here we see the highest groups from Russia and Ukraine in addition to nearly prime groups like Germany, Israel and the Czech Republic with their amazingly quick and fiery GMs. David Navara on a board.
On this pool, the long run winner is more likely to be outlined within the first spherical, as the 2 prime seeds Russia and Ukraine face one another. The previous received 4.5–1.5, however GM Vasily Ivanchuk defeated GM Daniil Dubov in a superb sport, sacrificing a extremely instructive alternate.
In the meantime, Italy beat the Czech Republic 3.5-2.5, though Navarra received a really elegant positional sport on board one, which offers you a greater understanding of the bishop versus knight’s power in open positions.
Latvia should not have the strongest group for the time being, as their leaders GM Igor Kovalenko, Arters Niksons and Nikita Meskovs are usually not taking part in, however they’re combating very decently in opposition to the highest seeds. On this spherical, they misplaced to Israel with an honest rating.
Within the second spherical, Russia continued its robust efficiency by beating Germany 6–0. The next grand situational sport does an awesome job of showcasing the worth of area:
In the meantime, Argentina beat Israel 3.5–2.5 in a really tense match, Ukraine barely beat Latvia (the place there was an enormous sensation, as FM Eggers Lavendelis performed GM Anton Korobov in black with none main apparent blunders). ), and Spain defeated the Czech Republic 5.5– 0.5, as Navarra deserted the spherical. Italy beat Paraguay 4.5–1.5, which was additionally a convincing match.
Within the third spherical, Russia continued to crush the Czech Republic 5–1 (however Navara shone, beating GM Alexander Grischuk, who discovered Najdorf a bit too aggressive and over-pushing). Ukraine defeated Germany 4.5–1.5 (which ought to have been 5.5–0.5 if GM Kirill Shevchenko hadn’t misplaced a heavy place to GM Alexander Donchenko). Matches between Israel and Italy in addition to Spain and Paraguay had been cussed, with Israel and Spain profitable 3.5–2.5.
Latvia once more did a stellar job as an underdog, holding the extremely rated Argentine group 3-3.
To date, it seems just like the chief on this pool has the very best likelihood in comparison with different swimming pools, as Russia has already overwhelmed their most harmful rival Ukraine, in addition to one other top-tier group, Germany. . Nonetheless, there are nonetheless many extra rounds left. Argentina are doing an awesome job, occupying second place with solely two wins and one draw. They’re but to face Ukraine and Russia, so we’ll see the way it seems for them. 4 (!) groups are in Third-Sixth place with 4 factors, particularly Israel, Ukraine, Italy and Spain.
D-pool is one other very thrilling space to observe. The best rating and most harmful groups are the USA, Poland and England. Nonetheless, there are additionally many robust gamers in Peru, Brazil and others, so the occasion guarantees some very attention-grabbing chess. There have been some surprises within the standings after the primary day.
Spherical one already proved to be robust sufficient for the favorite. The US beat Canada 4.5-1.5. England, nonetheless, misplaced 2.5–3.5 to Peru. On this regard, I want to congratulate my fellow GM Emilio Cordova, who received an excellent attacking sport in opposition to the legendary GM Michael Adams of British Chess. Take have a look at that f2-f4, Rf1-f3-g3 maneuver.
In the long run, within the matches of the highest groups, Poland beat Brazil 3.5–2.5, nevertheless it definitely may have gone in the other way. Let’s have a look at how:
Within the second spherical, the USA defeated Brazil 4-2. On the highest boards, Brazil may be happy with themselves, however it’s more durable for them to compete on the decrease boards, because the American group is far more strong there. That is the difficulty for nations with much less chess custom and tradition within the Olympiads: they usually have one, two or three superb gamers, nevertheless it’s tough to have 5 or 6 equally strong. As a substitute, for groups like Russia, there isn’t any finish to the record of Grandmasters!
England once more didn’t do effectively, drawing Cuba 3–3. In the meantime, Poland leveled the Netherlands and Peru beat Turkey 4.5-0.5.
Poland defeated England 4.5–1.5 within the third spherical, whereas the US received the match in opposition to their Dutch opponents 3.5–1.5. Nonetheless, one thing unusual occurred right here:
And final however not least, Peru beat Colombia 3.5-2.5 to share the top of the primary day with clear beginning favorites the USA.
Earlier than the day, it will be nearly unthinkable to suppose that England would have had 1 level out of 6, whereas Peru would have 6. The latter performed some glorious chess and positively deserved an awesome outcome.
I nonetheless see America and Poland as favourites, though the latter is some extent behind Peru, as Peru has not confronted the very best groups but, however we are going to quickly see probably the most attention-grabbing matches, like That the matches between the US and Poland Poland, Poland and Peru, in addition to Peru and America these are some actually promising video games.
The FIDE On-line Olympiad, a serious on-line chess competitors for nationwide groups, runs from August 20 to September 15 on the Chess.com server. There are over 1,000 members and 153 groups taking part in from world wide.
Every group consists of six gamers, together with no less than two girls, no less than one participant who’s 20 years of age or youthful, and no less than one feminine participant who’s 20 or youthful. The time for all matches is quarter-hour for management video games and is incremented by 5 seconds per transfer, beginning with one transfer.