On Friday, the ultimate three rounds of the highest division’s event have been performed, and subsequent week we head to the playoffs. The outcomes of this a part of the Olympiad have been each anticipated and considerably shocking: on the one hand, the scores are principally dominated by favourites, however there have been many large ups and downs and sudden twists of the plot, particularly within the final spherical.
We’re about to see the small print of how every pool’s matches and plot unfold, however let’s take the chance to congratulate Kazakhstan, India, Russia and the USA on successful their respective swimming pools. Russia did it with 18/18 successful all their matches!
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Yesterday, we left with Kazakhstan’s lead, China respiratory down their necks, solely two factors behind, and Iran in clear third, whereas the remainder of the groups misplaced most of their possibilities. By way of outcomes, the ultimate consequence could not appear shocking: Kazakhstan gained the pool, China completed second, whereas Iran completed third. Nonetheless, there was one large sudden twist within the plot!
Within the seventh spherical, the state of affairs didn’t change a lot, as Kazakhstan beat Australia 3.5–2.5 (although it’s value noting that their high two boards misplaced, and so they returned because of the final three boards being fairly tough), Whereas China gained 4-2 in opposition to Georgia. Iran drew Greece, letting the opposite groups maintain out a bit of their struggle for third place, however these groups have been nonetheless far behind.
Nonetheless, the eighth spherical introduced a serious upset for the chief: Kazakhstan, which was an ideal rating, misplaced to Iran, whereas China destroyed Romania 5-0! Now, abruptly, Kazakhstan and China have 14 factors every! Now, all the pieces has come to the ultimate stage. China abruptly took a shot at first place!
However, this was not the top of the turmoil. Within the closing spherical, when each groups had glorious gold possibilities, Kazakhstan managed to beat Mongolia 4–2, whereas China misplaced 4–2 to Armenia. GM Hovhannes Gbuzyan defeated GM Yu Yangyi, and within the two closing boards WFM Maryam Mkrtchyan and WIM Siranush Ghukasyan beat their highly-rated WGM opponents Zhu Xiner and Huank Kwyn respectively. Winner made this fashion!
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In consequence, we now have Kazakhstan as a transparent winner with a powerful results of 16 out of 18 factors, China is second with 14 and Iran is third with 13. However what’s unbelievable is that although Kazakhstan gained the match 8/9, there was nonetheless a whole lot of intrigue within the closing spherical!
Yesterday, we left India and Hungary with an in depth competitors for first place, with France properly behind in a transparent third place. However, right this moment so much has modified.
The seventh spherical noticed, arguably, a very powerful encounter of the whole pool: the 2 leaders, India and Hungary, confronted one another. With solely two extra rounds to go, there was a excessive likelihood that the winner of the match would have an enormous likelihood of successful the whole pool.
India took an enormous step ahead, scoring 4-2. It’s value stating all the precise outcomes, as a result of this match was so essential: GM Viswanathan Anand beat GM Victor Erdos, GM Imre Balog beat GM Pentala Harikrishna to even rating; The match resulted on the ladies’s and junior boards, as GM Hampi Koneru defeated GM Hoang Than Trang and GM Nihal Sarin defeated IM Marcel Borhi.
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In the meantime, the struggle for third turned fierce, as France misplaced to Sweden, main the latter to carry within the standings, and Azerbaijan climbed to complete third with a 4.5–1.5 victory in opposition to Slovenia.
Within the eighth spherical, the leaders consolidated their place whereas sustaining the established order: India gained a shocking 5–1 match in opposition to Moldova, whereas Hungary went forward of Sweden, as they defeated the latter 4.5–1.5. The Azeri workforce gained 4.5–1.5 in opposition to Egypt, securing their third place firmly, as Sweden have been already three factors behind with just one spherical to go.
At this level, the winner was outlined: India had 15 factors, Hungary on 12, and Azerbaijan on 10. Due to this fact, we may solely see the struggle for third place within the closing spherical.
It is rather spectacular how India made this spectacular residence run within the final two days by crushing their direct rivals Hungary and successful within the eighth spherical itself. My heartiest congratulations! In fact Hungary and Azerbaijan additionally had a terrific event, and so they should have made their followers very proud.
There’s virtually nothing to jot down…or so much to jot down about in the case of this pool. What Russia has completed on this event is actually commendable. Let’s examine how occasions have been creating over the past day of this pool’s matches!
Within the seventh spherical, all leaders maintained and strengthened their positions: Russia beat Italy 5–1, Ukraine beat Argentina 4.5–1.5 because the junior and ladies’s boards delivered a punch, and Germany a bloody one. Gained 4-2 (not a single draw)! ) match in opposition to Israel, pushing the latter too removed from the pedestal.
Russia beat Spain 4–2 within the eighth spherical, whereas the one different workforce with theoretical possibilities for first place, Ukraine drew Italy 3–3. Now Russia had gained the pool with a spherical two fall. On the similar time, Germany made a serious transfer in direction of Ukraine within the standings, beating Argentina 5.5–0.5 to cut back the hole to only one level earlier than the ultimate spherical.
Now that the winner was clear, there was solely competitors for second and third place with Ukraine on 13 factors and Germany with 12 factors. Each have gained medals after the eighth spherical, as the opposite groups have been already lagging behind.
However, there was no change within the standings: although Germany gained 5–1 in opposition to Italy with a powerful scoreline, Ukraine defeated Spain 3.5–2.5 in a really shut match to take their second place. Succeeded. Russia ended the event in yet one more spectacular method, beating Latvia 6–0.
Ultimate outcomes: Russia (the one workforce with an ideal rating in all 4 swimming pools) with an ideal 18/18, Ukraine 15, Germany 14. Congratulations to all of the medal successful groups!
Within the closing pool, tensions continued to mount all through the ultimate day, as some sudden issues occurred.
We overtook the USA on 12 factors, whereas Poland and Canada have been chasing the chief with 10-10 factors.
Within the seventh around the chief consolidated his place with an in depth match win in opposition to Cuba (3.5–2.5), whereas Poland defeated Colombia 4–2. Nonetheless, the third workforce within the standings, Canada, misplaced 1.5–4.5 to Peru, who abruptly gave the latter one other shot on the medal.
However, the eighth spherical noticed a serious upset: Poland destroyed the chief, USA, with a stable rating of 4.5–1.5, not solely to share with them but in addition to overhaul them on the idea of a tie-break. ! Canada, then again, managed to beat the catastrophe of the ultimate spherical by beating Cuba 4-2, whereas Peru beat Brazil 4-2 to proceed the bronze medal chase.
Now, beneath the management of the USA of America, all the pieces has come to the ultimate stage.
America destroyed Colombia 5.5–0.5, as solely GM David Arenas managed to grab half some extent by pulling off GM Jeffrey Xiong. Nonetheless, it was powerful for Poland, as they have been dealing with a stable Canadian workforce. GM Razvan Prieto defeated GM Radoslav Wojtszek, and on the ladies’s boards, WGM Anna Burtasova and WIM Svitlana Demchenko defeated WGM Jolanta Zvadzka and FM Maria Malika, respectively. Every recreation of this match resulted in a decisive consequence and the match resulted in a 3–3 tie.
What a rollercoaster of the final day! Peru additionally gained their match, however this was not sufficient to meet up with Canada, as they have been one level behind.
Ultimate consequence: America and Poland tied with 16 factors, and Canada completed third with 13 factors. Not a single medal consequence was clear till the top of the spherical!
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Eight groups: Kazakhstan, China, India, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, the US and Poland certified for the playoffs to be held subsequent week on September 13-15. We sit up for reporting the occasions of these days quickly, keep tuned!
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 individuals and 153 groups taking part in from all over the world.
Every workforce consists of six gamers, together with a minimum of two girls, a minimum of one participant who’s 20 years of age or youthful, and a minimum of 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.