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  • #16
    Online Olympiad 2021

    September 9, 2021

    Top Division Day One


    The Online Olympiad Top Division began today. For three days, forty of the best teams in the world will battle it out on the servers, to decide who will succeed last year’s co-winners India and Russia as the 2021 Online Olympiad winner.

    The teams are split into four pools which will play an all-play-all format for three days. The two top teams will advance to the KO quarter-finals.

    Most of the players connect from their own homes spread around their countries. However, some of the best teams such as India, China and Russia have enjoyed a specific training stage and play from a club or federation premises, with strong Internet connectivity and added team spirit.

    Top Division - Pool A

    China is definitely the big favourite in this group. Averaging 2592, the team captained by Ni Hua is headed by GM Ding Liren and GM Wei Yi as main top boards, with the current Women’s world Champion GM Ju Wenjun on board three. Reserve boards include GM Yu Yangyi and GM Bu Xiangzhi.

    With such a team it seems highly unlikely that they will fall short of the two qualifying spots, but anything can happen here as we have seen each weak. Nonetheless, they have started the event very strongly and are leading the group with undisputed wins over Indonesia, Mongolia and Australia.

    Tied with China for first place are Kazakhstan, also on 6/6. Three wins over Romania, Indonesia and Georgia has left the team headed by GM Rinat Jumabaev in an excellent position going into day two.

    There rating average is 2446, lower than some of the other teams but very well spread over all of their boards. Their main female boards three and four are GM Zhansaya Abdumalik and IM Dinara Saduakassova and their junior female is Bibisara Assaubayeva: all three of them very strong players.

    In third place, with 5/6 stands Iran, who dropped one match point against Romania. First board GM Parham Maghsoodloo didn’t have his day, losing both of his games, but second board GM Pouya Idani made up for him by winning all three.

    A fun stat is the “low” 2381 rapid rating of junior board five, GM M. Amin Tabatabaei, a very strong +2600 GM! He also won his three games!

    The other main contender in this group is Armenia, currently fifth in the standings. They didn’t get off to a good start but their team is very strong and could easily make a comeback in future rounds.

    Tomorrow’s round four will be very exciting, as China and Kazakstan face-off in the first match of the day.

    Top Division - Pool B

    Hungary (6/6) took the early lead in group B thanks to wins over Shenzhen China, Slovenia and Azerbaijan, one of the group favourites. They have a very solid team, combining strength and youth, headed by seasoned GM’s Viktor Erdos and Tamas Banusz, with top GM Benjamin Gledura as first reserve.

    Nevertheless, the main favourite of the group is team India (5/6) who have also started off very strong although they did drop one match point against third placed France. India is one of the teams that are playing all together: their venue if the luxury Taj Coromandel hotel in Chennai and they are sponsored by Microsense, which among other things guarantees great Internet connectivity.

    Top board is former World Champion and chess legend GM Anand Viswanathan but GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi on board two is by no means any weaker! Top female players GM Koneru Humpy and GM Harika Dronavalli are boards three and four while GM Nihal Sarin occupied the main junior board. All the reserve boards are also world-class players: India have come to win!

    Tied for third and fourth are France and Moldova, one of the teams qualified from the previous stage. For now, France has only played with six of their twelve players, including GM’s Etienne Bacrot and Marie Sebag and it stands to be seen if they will field the rest of the players tomorrow.

    Their junior player is IM Marc Andria Maurizzi: his 2186 rapid rating shouldn’t be taken lightly: He is a GM-elect, with a standard 2488 rating!

    This is a tough group with many players yet to get into action: teams such as Azerbaijan, Slovenia and quite a few other can easily win a couple of rounds and get back into the mix.

    Top Division - Pool C

    Group C has a clear favourite right off the bat: Russia (6/6). Co-winner (with India) of last years’ edition of the Online Olympiad, the Russian team is also playing in full from the Central Chess Club in Moscow. In the first three rounds they have already defeated Czech Republic, Ukraine and Germany (by a 6-0! score), and they lead the group undisputedly.

    Their main team is made up of world-class GM’s Alexander Grischuk, Daniil Dubov as top two boards, Aleksandra Goryachkina and Alexandra Kosteniuk on boards three and four and Andrey Esipenko (3/3 this afternoon) and Polina Shuvalova as junior boards. Already a team that inspires fear and awe!

    However, their “reserve” boards are Artemiev, Fedoseev, Lagno, Gunina…. And on it goes. A very tough squad captained by GM Alexander Motylev.

    Nonetheless, the second qualifying spot is up for grabs. Both Argentina (5/6) and Spain (4/6) are currently second and third in the standings: both of them obviously strong teams but powerhouses Italy, Ukraine and specially Israel are just behind them, also on 4/6.

    All these team’s cross swords on day 2: group standings will be better defined by round six.

    Finally, Germany didn’t start of well today. They depended heavily on their reserve boards for the first three matches but that didn’t go as well as they were probably expecting. With only 2/6 they are not totally out of it yet, but they will need to make a strong comeback tomorrow to have a chance at qualification

    Top Division - Pool D

    The teams of United Stated of America and Peru lead group four with 6/6 after the first three rounds. They will play against each other tomorrow in round six. Right behind them, Poland stands in third position on 5/6, having dropped one match point against the Netherlands. USA defeated neighbours Canada, Netherlands and Brazil quite comfortably, while Peru took down Colombia, England and Turkey by closer scores.

    This is probably the most level group. Team rating mediums are quite close and on a good day any of these teams could bring down one of the favourites. All of the matches are very hardly fought, many of them finishing with a 3.5-2.5 score.

    USA have only fielded nine of their twelve players. However, none of the first five rated players will make an appearance in this event (Caruana, So, Dominguez, Nakamura or Shankland).

    Nonetheless, first board for this event is 2730 rated GM Jeffrey Xiong with GM Ray Robson defending board two. Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih are defending the female boards while the junior board is GM Awonder Liang. A very strong team with good reserves to back them up.

    The Peruvian players have always been considered specialists in rapid play. Their top two boards still have to make their debut but for now the reserve players have performed on mark.

    Further down in the standings, England is very well represented on the top boards with Howell, Jones, Adams and McShane but they are lacking depth on the female and youth boards.


    • #17
      Online Olympiad 2021

      September 9, 2021

      Day Two

      Round Four

      Netherlands – Canada

      Round 4, September 9, Board 1
      Van Foreest, Jorden – Noritsyn, Nikolai
      B30 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.c3 d5 5.d3 Ne7 6.O-O Ng6 7.exd5 Qxd5 8.c4 Qd7 9.d4 a6 10.Ba4 cxd4 11.Nxd4 b5 12.Nxc6 Qxc6 13.cxb5 axb5 14.Qf3 Bb7 15.Qxc6+ Bxc6 16.Bb3 Be7 17.Be3 Bf6 18.Nc3 b4 19.Ne2 Bxb2 20.Rab1 Bf6 21.Rfc1 Be4 22.Bc2 Bd5 23.Bc5 Be7 24.Bxg6 hxg6 25.Rxb4 Bxc5 26.Rxc5 Bxa2 27.h4 O-O 28.Nc3 Bd5 29.Nxd5 exd5 30.Rxd5 Rfd8 31.Rdb5 Ra1+ 32.Kh2 Ra2 33.Rf4 Ra6 34.Rb7 Rf6 35.Rxf6 gxf6 36.g4 Rd5 37.Kg3 f5 38.h5 fxg4 39.hxg6 fxg6 40.Kxg4 Ra5 41.f4 Rc5 42.Re7 Ra5 43.Rc7 Rb5 44.Kf3 Ra5 45.Ke4 Rb5 46.Rd7 Ra5 47.Rd5 Rxd5 48.Kxd5 Kf7 49.Ke5 Ke7 50.f5 gxf5 51.Kxf5 1/2-1/2

      Round 4, September 9, Board 2
      Preotu, Razvan – Van den Doel, Erik
      C53 Giuoco Piano

      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a6 6.O-O d6 7.a4 h6 8.Re1 O-O 9.h3 Ba7 10.b4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Be6 12.Bxe6 Rxe6 13.Qc2 Qd7 14.Rb1 Rd8 15.b5 Ne7 16.Nc4 Ng6 17.bxa6 bxa6 18.Rb7 Bc5 19.d4 Qc8 20.Rb1 Ba7 21.d5 Ree8 22.Na5 Ne7 23.Qd3 c6 24.Rb7 cxd5 25.Rxa7 dxe4 26.Qxa6 exf3 27.Qxc8 Rxc8 28.Ba3 fxg2 29.Nb7 Ra8 30.Rxa8 Rxa8 31.Bxd6 Nf5 32.Kxg2 Ra7 33.Rb1 Rxa4 34.Bxe5 Ne4 35.Rb4 Nh4+ 36.Kf1 Ra1+ 37.Ke2 Ra2+ 38.Ke3 f5 39.f3 Ng2+ 40.Kd4 Rd2+ 41.Kc4 Ne3+ 42.Kb3 Ng5 43.Nd6 Rd1 44.Bd4 Nd5 45.Rb5 Rb1+ 46.Kc4 Rxb5 47.Kxb5 Nxf3 48.Nxf5 Nxd4+ 49.cxd4 Kf7 50.Kc6 Nb4+ 51.Kd6 Kf6 52.Ne3 g5 53.Ng4+ Kg6 54.Ke6 h5 55.Ne5+ Kg7 56.d5 g4 57.h4 g3 58.d6 Nc6 59.Nxc6 g2 60.d7 g1=Q 61.d8=Q Qg4+ 62.Kd6 Qf4+ 63.Kd7 Qf5+ 64.Kc7 Qf4+ 65.Kc8 Qg4+ 66.Kb7 Qf3 67.Qg5+ Kf7 68.Kc7 Qe2 69.Ne5+ Ke6 70.Nc6 Qh2+ 71.Kc8 Qc2 72.Kc7 Qh2+ 73.Kb7 Qb2+ 74.Kc8 Qc2 75.Qh6+ Kd5 76.Kc7 Qh2+ 77.Kd7 Qxh4 78.Qd6+ Kc4 79.Qb4+ Kd5 80.Qxh4 Kc5 1-0

      Round 4, September 9, Board 3
      Peng, Zhaoqin – Burtasova, Anna
      A36 English, symmetrical, Botvinnik

      1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e4 e6 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.O-O O-O 8.d3 a6 9.Be3 Nd4 10.Rb1 Nec6 11.a3 a5 12.f4 d6 13.Bf2 Rb8 14.Nxd4 Nxd4 15.Kh1 Bd7 16.a4 Bc6 17.Re1 f5 18.Qd2 e5 19.fxe5 dxe5 20.exf5 Bxg2+ 21.Kxg2 Rxf5 22.Bxd4 exd4 23.Ne4 Qd7 24.Qxa5 Rh5 25.Nf2 Rf8 26.Re2 Qf5 27.Rbe1 Bh6 28.Qc7 Be3 0-1

      Round 4, September 9, Board 4
      Golubeva, Oksana – Keetman, Maaike
      A05 Reti Opening

      1.Nf3 Nf6 2.e3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.d4 Nc6 6.a3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.exd4 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Bf4 a6 11.d5 exd5 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 Bg4 14.h3 Bh5 15.b4 Bf6 16.Ra2 Qb6 17.Rd2 a5 18.Be3 Qb5 19.Bc5 Rfd8 20.a4 Bxf3 21.gxf3 1-0

      Round 4, September 9, Board 5
      Van Dael, Siem – Gedajlovic, Max
      C18 French, Winawer, Advance

      1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 dxc3 12.Qd3 d4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Qxd4 Bd7 15.Rg1 Nf5 16.Qf2 Qc6 17.Bd3 Qd5 18.Be3 Nxe3 19.Qxe3 Rxg2 20.Rxg2 Qxg2 21.Be4 Qxh2 22.O-O-O Bc6 23.Bxc6+ bxc6 24.Qd4 a5 25.Rg1 Qd2+ 26.Qxd2 cxd2+ 27.Kxd2 Kd7 28.Rg7 Ke7 29.Rg3 Kd7 30.Rd3+ Kc7 31.Rh3 Kd7 32.Kd3 Rg8 33.Kc4 Rg4 34.Rf3 Rg2 35.Kb3 Kc7 36.Rd3 Rf2 37.Rd4 Kb6 38.Rc4 Rf3+ 39.c3 Rf1 40.Rd4 Rb1+ 41.Kc2 Rf1 42.Kb3 Rb1+ 43.Kc2 Rf1 44.Kb3 1/2-1/2

      Round 4, September 9, Board 6
      Demchenko, Svilana – Roebers, Eline
      B33 Sicilian, Pelikan variation

      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.a4 a6 8.Na3 Be6 9.Bc4 Rc8 10.O-O Nb4 11.Nd5 Nxe4 12.c3 Rxc4 13.Nxb4 Rc8 14.Re1 Nf6 15.Nac2 Be7 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bxf6 Bxf6 18.Ne3 O-O 19.a5 Rc5 20.Nbd5 Bg5 21.b4 Rc6 22.Qd3 f5 23.f4 Bf6 24.Nxf5 e4 25.Nxh6+ gxh6 26.Qxe4 Bxd5 27.Qxd5+ Kh8 28.Qh5 Bg7 29.Re6 d5 30.Rae1 Rxe6 31.Rxe6 Qd7 32.f5 d4 33.c4 d3 34.Qd1 Rxf5 35.Re4 d2 36.h3 Re5 37.Rxe5 Bxe5 38.g4 Qd4+ 39.Kg2 Qe4+ 0-1

      Netherlands – Canada 2-4

      Canada – England

      Round 5, September 9, Board 1
      Noritsyn, Nikolay – Howell, David
      B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange variation

      1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Ne5 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.O-O O-O 8.Nd2 Nc6 9.c3 Bf5 10.Nb3 Ne4 11.Bf4 f6 12.Nd3 e5 13.Be3 b6 14.a3 a5 15.f3 Nd6 16.Nd2 Be6 17.Bf2 Bf7 18.a4 Re8 19.Ne1 Ra7 20.Nc2 Rae7 21.dxe5 Nxe5 22.Re1 Bh6 23.Bf1 Qc7 24.Nd4 Qb7 25.Qc2 Kg7 26.Rad1 Rd8 27.b3 Ree8 28.Nb1 Rc8 29.Qb2 Qb8 30.Na3 Nb7 31.Bb5 Re7 32.Bg3 Rcc7 33.Nc6 Nxc6 34.Bxc6 Qd8 35.Bxc7 Rxc7 36.Bxb7 Rxb7 37.Nb5 Rd7 38.Qf2 Bf4 39.g3 Be5 40.Kg2 g5 41.Qd2 Bg6 42.Nd4 Qc8 43.Ne6+ Kg8 44.Nd4 Rc7 45.Re3 Bf7 46.Rde1 Kg7 47.Rxe5 fxe5 48.Qxg5+ Kf8 49.Qxe5 Rxc3 50.Qh8+ Bg8 51.Qf6+ Bf7 52.Ne6+ Ke8 53.Ng5+ Kd7 54.Re7+ 1-0

      Round 5, September 9, Board 2
      Jones, Gawain – Preotu, Razvan
      B23 Sicilian, Closed

      1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.d4 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Qd3 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.O-O Nf6 10.Nd5 O-O 11.Bg5 Nxd5 12.exd5 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.c3 b5 15.Rae1 Rfc8 16.Re3 Rc4 17.f4 Bf6 18.Bxf6 exf6 19.b3 Rc5 20.f5 Re8 21.fxg6 hxg6 22.Rg3 Qe7 23.h4 Qe4 24.h5 Qxd3 25.Rxd3 f5 26.g4 Re5 27.gxf5 gxh5 28.Rg3+ Kf8 29.Rh3 Rcxd5 30.Rxh5 Ke7 31.Rh8 Kf6 32.Ra8 Re2 33.Rf2 Rxf2 34.Kxf2 Rd2+ 35.Ke3 Rxa2 36.Ke4 Ra3 37.Rd8 Ke7 38.Ra8 a5 39.Ra7+ Kf6 40.Rd7 Rxb3 41.Rxd6+ Kg5 42.Rd7 Rxc3 43.Rxf7 a4 44.Ke5 Re3+ 45.Kd4 Re1 46.Rb7 a3 47.Ra7 b4 48.Ra4 Kxf5 49.Kd3 b3 50.Ra5+ Kf4 51.Ra4+ Ke5 52.Kd2 b2 53.Ra5+ Kd6 54.Ra6+ Kc7 55.Rxa3 b1=Q 56.Rc3+ Kb7 0-1

      Round 5, September 9, Board 3
      Burtasova, Anna – Head, Louise
      B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack

      1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 O-O 9.O-O Nc6 10.Be3 Nb4 11.Ne5 Nbd5 12.Bd3 Qa5 13.Qd2 Rd8 14.Rac1 Nxc3 15.bxc3 Bd7 16.Rb1 Qc7 17.Nxd7 Rxd7 18.c4 Ng4 19.g3 Nxe3 20.fxe3 Bg5 21.Qe2 g6 22.Be4 Rb8 23.Rb5 Bh6 24.c5 Qd8 25.Qf3 Qg5 26.Rb3 b6 27.c6 Rc7 28.d5 f5 29.d6 Rf7 30.Bc2 e5 31.Qd5 f4 32.c7 Rf8 33.exf4 exf4 34.Qxg5 Bxg5 35.Rd3 Kg7 36.d7 fxg3 37.Rxf7+ Rxf7 38.c8=Q gxh2+ 39.Kxh2 Bf4+ 40.Kg2 1-0

      Round 5, September 9, Board 4
      Varney, Zoe – Ouellet, Maili-Jade
      B90 Sicilian, Najdorf, Byrne-Sax Attack

      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 h5 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.Kb1 Rc8 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Nb6 14.Bxb6 Qxb6 15.Be2 O-O 16.h3 h4 17.g4 hxg3 18.Rhg1 Nh5 19.Bd3 f5 20.f4 Qf2 21.fxe5 dxe5 22.d6 Bh4 23.Be2 Nf4 24.d7 Rcd8 25.Bc4+ Kh8 26.Qa5 b5 27.Rgf1 Qh2 28.Rh1 Qg2 29.Rhg1 Qc6 30.Bf1 g2 31.Bd3 Nxh3 32.Qd2 Nxg1 33.Rxg1 Rxd7 34.Qd1 e4 35.Qh5+ Qh6 36.Qxh6+ gxh6 37.Be2 Rg7 38.Nd4 Bf2 39.Ne6 Bxg1 40.Nxf8 Bc5 0-1

      Round 5, September 9, Board 5
      Gedajlovic, Max – Derakhshani, Borna
      D45 QGD, Semi-Slav

      1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Be7 7.b3 O-O 8.Bb2 a5 9.Bd3 b6 10.g4 Nxg4 11.Bxh7+ Kh8 12.h3 Nh6 13.Bd3 f5 14.Ne2 Bf6 15.Nf4 Qe8 16.Rg1 Rg8 17.h4 Nf8 18.O-O-O a4 19.Rg5 axb3 20.axb3 Bxg5 21.hxg5 Ng6 22.Nxg6+ Qxg6 23.gxh6 gxh6 24.Ne5 Qf6 25.c5 Ba6 26.cxb6 Bxd3 27.Qxd3 Rg7 28.Qc3 Qd8 29.Qc5 Rb8 30.Nxc6 Qxb6 31.Nxb8 Rc7 32.Kb1 Rxc5 33.dxc5+ 1-0

      Round 5, September 9, Board 6
      Kalaiyalahan, Akshaya – Demchenko, Svitlana
      E68 King’s Indian, Fianchetto, Classical variation

      1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 d6 5.c4 Nbd7 6.Nc3 O-O 7.O-O e5 8.e4 c6 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Qc2 Qe7 11.b3 Re8 12.Bb2 Nf8 13.h3 Nh5 14.Rfe1 g5 15.Nd1 g4 16.hxg4 Bxg4 17.Ne3 Bxf3 18.Bxf3 Qg5 19.Bxh5 Qxh5 20.Kg2 Ne6 21.Rh1 Qg6 22.Nf5 Rad8 23.Rh4 Bf6 24.Rh6 Qg5 25.Bc1 Nf4+ 26.Kf1 Qg4 27.Bxf4 exf4 28.Rxf6 Qh3+ 29.Kg1 Re6 30.Rd1 Rde8 31.Qc3 Re5 32.Qxe5 Rf8 33.Rg6+ 1-0

      Canada – England 5-1

      What are they feeding the Canadian team? Great going!

      (to be continued)


      • #18
        Beating world class players Jones and Howell (by Razvan and Nikolay)!! I was rooting for a sweep of England - came real close! WoW! Well done!


        • #19
          FIDE Online Olympiad 2021

          September 9, 2021

          Round Six

          Turkey – Canada

          Round 6, September 9, Board 1
          Yurtseven, Melin – Noritsyn, Nikolay
          C02 French, Advance, Euwe variation

          1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 Nge7 7.Na3 Nf5 8.Nc2 Nh4 9.Nxh4 Qxh4 10.O-O Rc8 11.Be3 cxd4 12.cxd4 Qd8 13.Qd2 Qb6 14.a3 Na5 15.Rab1 Be7 16.Na1 O-O 17.Rfc1 Bb5 18.Bg4 Nc4 19.Qe1 Rc6 20.Be2 Rfc8 21.Bxc4 Bxc4 22.Rc3 Ba2 23.Rbc1 Qxb2 24.R1c2 Qb1 25.Qxb1 Bxb1 26.Rxc6 Rxc6 27.Rb2 Rb6 28.Rxb6 axb6 29.Bc1 b5 30.Kf1 b4 31.axb4 Bxb4 32.Bb2 Bd3+ 33.Kg1 Kf8 34.Nb3 b6 35.f3 Bc2 36.Nc1 Ke8 37.Kf2 Kd7 38.Ke2 Kc6 39.Na2 Be7 40.Kd2 Bb3 41.Nc1 Bc4 42.g4 Kb5 43.Nd3 Bxd3 44.Kxd3 Kb4 45.f4 g6 46.Kc2 Kc4 47.Kd2 b5 48.g5 b4 49.h4 Bd8 50.Ke2 Bb6 51.Ke3 Kb3 52.Bc1 Kc2 53.h5 b3 54.f5 Kxc1 0-1

          Round 6, September 9, Board 2
          Preotu, Razvan – Ozen, Deniz
          C43 Petrov, Modern Attack, symmetrical variation

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.Nxe5 d5 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.O-O Bd6 8.c4 O-O 9.c5 Be7 10.Nc3 f5 11.Ne2 Bf6 12.f3 Ng5 13.Bxg5 Bxg5 14.f4 Bf6 15.Qa4 Bd7 16.Rae1 Re8 17.Ng3 g6 18.Re5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Qe7 20.Qa5 Be6 21.Ne2 d4 22.Nxd4 Bd5 23.Nc2 g5 24.fxg5 Qxg5 25.Rf2 Rxe5 26.Qxc7 Rae8 27.Bf1 f4 28.Nb4 Be4 29.Nd3 Bxd3 30.Bxd3 Re1+ 31.Bf1 Qxc5 32.Qxf4 Rf8 33.Qg3+ Kh8 34.Qc3+ Qxc3 35.Rxf8+ Kg7 36.bxc3 Kxf8 37.Kf2 Rc1 38.Bd3 Kg7 39.c4 Ra1 40.Be4 Rxa2+ 41.Ke3 c5 42.Kf4 a5 43.Ke5 a4 0-1

          Round 6, September 9, Board 3
          Onur, Cigdem – Ouellet, Maili-Jade
          B94 Sicilian, Najdorf

          1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.f4 Qc7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.fxg5 hxg5 11.Bxg5 Qc5 12.Nf5 e6 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.Nxd6+ Bxd6 15.Qxf6 Bg3+ 16.Kd2 Be5 17.Qf3 b5 18.a3 Bb7 19.Bd3 Rc8 20.Raf1 Bxc3+ 21.bxc3 Qxc3+ 22.Ke2 Rc7 23.Qf6 Rg8 24.Qxc3 Rxc3 25.Rhg1 Rxa3 26.g3 Ke7 27.g4 b4 28.h3 a5 29.Ra1 Rxa1 30.Rxa1 Ra8 31.Ke3 Bc6 32.Kd4 f6 33.Kc5 Bd7 34.Kb6 a4 35.Kc5 Rb8 36.Rb1 b3 37.cxb3 axb3 38.Kc4 Bb5+ 39.Kc3 Bxd3 40.Kxd3 Kd6 41.Kc3 Rh8 42.Rd1+ Ke5 43.Rh1 Kxe4 44.Kxb3 f5 45.gxf5 exf5 46.Kc3 Ke3 47.Re1+ Kf2 48.Re5 f4 49.Rf5 Rxh3+ 50.Kd2 Kf3 51.Ke1 Rh1+ 52.Kd2 Ke4 53.Rf8 Kf3 54.Rf7 Rf1 55.Rf8 Ra1 56.Rf7 Ra3 57.Ke1 Ra1+ 58.Kd2 Kg3 59.Rg7+ Kf2 60.Rf7 f3 61.Rf8 Ra2+ 62.Kd1 Re2 63.Rf7 Re3 64.Kd2 Re2+ 65.Kd1 Kg2 66.Rg7+ Kf1 67.Rf7 f2 68.Rg7 Re4 69.Kd2 Re5 70.Rg8 Rd5+ 71.Kc2 Ke2 72.Re8+ Kf3 73.Rf8+ Ke3 74.Re8+ Kf4 75.Rf8+ Rf5 76.Rxf5+ Kxf5 0-1

          Position after Black’s 53..Kf3

          Black wins in 29 moves

          Round 6, September 9, Board 4
          Golubeva, Oksana – Sahin, Hayrun Nisa
          A05 Reti Opening

          1.Nf3 Nf6 2.e3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 O-O 5.d4 d6 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.O-O Re8 8.a4 c6 9.Nbd2 Qc7 10.Nc4 Nb6 11.Re1 h6 12.a5 Nxc4 13.Bxc4 e5 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.e4 Nh5 16.Qc1 Be6 17.Bxe6 Rxe6 18.Bc3 Rd8 19.Qb2 Nf4 20.g3 Nh3+ 21.Kg2 Ng5 22.Nd2 f6 23.Nc4 Ree8 24.Qc1 Ne6 25.Bd2 Kh7 26.Be3 Nd4 27.Qb2 c5 28.c3 Nb5 29.Red1 Nd6 30.Nxd6 Rxd6 31.Qa3 Rxd1 32.Rxd1 Bf8 33.Qa4 Rd8 34.Rxd8 Qxd8 35.Qc4 Qc7 36.b4 b6 37.axb6 axb6 38.h4 Bd6 39.b5 Qe7 40.Qd5 Bc7 41.Kf3 Kg7 42.Ke2 h5 43.Kd3 Qd6 44.Qxd6 Bxd6 45.Kc4 Kf7 46.Kd5 Bc7 47.Kc6 Bd8 48.Kd7 Be7 49.Kc7 1-0

          Round 6, September 9, Board 5
          Gurel, Ediz – Talukdar, Rohan
          B90 Sicilian, Najdorf, Byrne Attack

          1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.a4 Be7 9.a5 Nc6 10.Bb6 Qd7 11.Nd5 O-O 12.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.Nd2 d5 14.Be2 d4 15.O-O Qe7 16.Bc4 Be6 17.c3 Rac8 18.cxd4 exd4 19.Rc1 Qb4 20.Bxe6 fxe6 21.Bc5 Qxa5 22.Bxf8 Rxf8 23.Nc4 Qb4 24.Qg4 d3 25.Qxe6+ Kh8 26.Nd6 h6 27.Qd5 Bxb2 28.Rcd1 Ne5 29.Nf5 Qb6 30.Rb1 g6 31.Nd6 Qd4 32.Qxb7 Ba3 33.Nc8 Ng4 34.Qb6 Bc5 35.Qxg6 Rxf2 36.Qe8+ Rf8+ 0-1

          Round 6, September 9, Board 6
          Demchenko, Svitlana – Duran, Esma Doga
          C05 French, Tarrasch, Closed variation

          1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 g5 8.dxc5 Ndxe5 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Qe2 Qf6 11.Bxc6 Nxc6 12.Nb3 h6 13.Be3 Bg7 14.Nfd4 O-O 15.O-O e5 16.Nb5 Rad8 17.Rad1 Be6 18.Nd6 b6 19.Qb5 Bd7 20.Qa6 bxc5 21.Bxc5 Ne7 22.Qxa7 Bg4 23.f3 Be6 24.Ne4 dxe4 25.Bxe7 Ra8 26.Qxa8 Rxa8 27.Bxf6 Bxf6 28.fxe4 Be7 29.Nc1 Bc5+ 30.Kh1 Bxa2 31.Nxa2 Rxa2 32.Rd8+ Kg7 33.b4 Be7 34.Rd7 Kf8 35.Rc7 Rb2 36.h3 h5 37.g4 hxg4 38.hxg4 Re2 39.b5 Rb2 40.c4 1-0

          Ranking after Round Six

          1 USA 12, 26.0
          2 Poland 11, 26.0
          3 Canada 10, 22.5
          4 Cuba 6, 18.0
          5 Peru 6, 15.5
          6 Colombia 5, 18.5
          7 Netherlands 5, 16.0
          8 Brazil 4, 16.6
          9 England 1, 11.5
          10 Turkey 0, 9.5

          Top Four in other Pools

          Pool A


          Pool B


          Pool C



          • #20
            Nikolay is on a roll, 3.5 out of his last four games! and Canada is doing sensational!


            • #21
              There was quite the buzz online after the England match!!


              • #22
                FIDE Online Olympiad

                September 10, 2021

                Day Two in the Top Division



                Day 2 of the Top Division was played today with no major incidents to speak of. Teams are split into four pools which play a Round Robin all-play-all format for three days and the two top teams advance to the quarter-finals.

                Top Division - Pool A

                With a 3.5-2.5 win over China in the first round of the day, Kazakhstan took the lead of group A. They have won all six matches and with 12/12 stand a very good chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

                China is now in second place with 10/12, just one point ahead of Iran (9/12). However, China did defeat Iran by 3.5-2.5 in the last round of the day. In this situation, with all other things being equal, tomorrow’s round eight match between Kazakhstan and Iran will probably end up deciding which of these three teams advances to the next stage.

                The rest of the teams are already too far behind to be in contention, but they could eventually participate indirectly: Armenia (in fourth place) still has to play with China.

                Top scorers in this group are IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kazakhstan) with an impressive 6/6 on board six and GM Ju Wenjun (China) with an equally impressive 5.5/6 on board four.

                Also performing very well are the players from Iran: GM M. Amin Tabatabaei is on 5.5/6 on board five, while his teammates GM Poya Idani and IM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh are both on 5/6.

                Top Division - Pool B

                Day 2 ended in a two-way tie between India and Hungary at the top of the leader board with 11/12. Today it was Hungary’s turn to drop a match point against ninth-placed Belarus, a result which allowed India to overtake them on tiebreak.

                They will face each other tomorrow in the first round of the afternoon. Whoever wins will most definitely be the winner of the group while the loser will still have to finish strong, as France (8/12) is just behind them waiting for an opportunity to push through.

                Another key match for tomorrow might be the ninth-round clash between France and Azerbaijan, who currently stand fourth with 7/12. It would definitely be a long shot but with the right results they could still have an outside chance to qualify.

                The top scorer for the Indian Team is board six WGM Vaishali R. She is the only player of the team who has been selected to play on five occasions and she has scored an undefeated 4/5.

                Former World Champion GM Vishy Anand is also holding the team’s first board with a solid undefeated 3/4.

                However, the best score of the group for the moment is shared between GM Marie Sebag from France and GM Zhao Xue from Shenzhen China. Both of them are playing on board three and are performing at a very high level with 5.5/6.

                Top Division - Pool C

                In group C, Russia continued its streak of crushing victories and with 12/12 they are just a step away from claiming first place and mathematical qualification to the quarterfinals. Today they took down Paraguay (4.5-1.5), Israel (5-1) and Argentina (6-0). The depth of the team is unbelievable: no less than six of the twelve players are on 100% scores with 3/3.

                Precisely Argentina had one of those days which you want to forget as soon as possible. After finishing day one in second place, three straight defeats have dropped them to seventh place in the standings, with no chance at all to make a comeback.

                Ukraine, now on 10/12, won their three matches and have climbed to second place, while Germany (8/10) have also made a comeback and have edged out Spain from third to fourth.

                There are still direct encounters between these team’s tomorrow, the most important clearly Ukraine-Spain. One of these three will accompany Russia to the next stage and tomorrow it will all be decided.

                GM Andrey Esipenko’s 4.5/5 on board five is the best score for the Russian team at the moment. Also performing very well is IM Ana Matnadze, who always shines at team events. She is on 4.5/5 defending Spain’s board four.

                Top Division - Pool D

                Qualifying in Group D is definitely going to be a huge challenge. After six rounds, United States of America is in the lead with a full score of 12/12, followed by Poland (11/12) and Canada (10/12). One of these three teams will NOT make it through to the quarter finals.

                The most solid of the three is USA. They are scoring at least four points in each and every match and the eight players in the team have all played between four and six games. However, they still have to face Poland tomorrow (and Cuba), so the first place is not a lock.

                Poland is also performing very well. They won their three matches clearly this afternoon, specially the 5.5-1.5 against Peru (a tough day in the office for them, with 0/6). Recent World Cup winner Duda is on a roll with 5.5/6 on the very tough first board.

                Canada is the third team in contention, hanging in there with three rounds to go. They have direct clashes with Poland Cuba and Peru, so it’s all in their hands to grab one of the two qualifying spots. The last round bout with Poland might just decide who qualifies.

                Top scorers in this group are GM Awonder Liang (USA) with 5.5/6 on board five, tied with GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland) on boards one. But Poland’s IM Karina Cyfka on board four has won all her games (6/6!) and is in the lead.

                Pairings of the rounds, live games, PGN files and other useful information can be found on the FIDE Online Olympiad website. Please note that all results and standings remain provisional until the fair play panel submit its daily report.

                The games can be followed online on (Events) and also on FIDE’s own Youtube channel. Commentators for this stage are GM Daniel Naroditsky, WGM Jen Shahade, WGM Dina Belenkaya, WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili, IM David Pruess and James Canty III.


                • #23
                  Originally posted by Aris Marghetis View Post
                  There was quite the buzz online after the England match!!
                  England has only one team point - ouch!!


                  • #24
                    FIDE Online Olympiad 2021

                    September 10, 2021

                    Day Three

                    Round Seven

                    Peru - Canada

                    Round 7, September 10, Board 1
                    Noritsyn, Nikolay – Cori, Jorge
                    B12 Caro-Kann, Advance variation

                    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bxd3 5.Qxd3 e6 6.Ne2 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.O-O Qb6 9.Nd2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Qa6 11.Qxa6 bxa6 12.Nb3 Nge7 13.Bd2 Nf5 14.Rac1 Kd7 15.g4 Nh4 16.f4 h5 17.h3 Rc8 18.f5 hxg4 19.hxg4 Be7 20.Rc3 g6 21.f6 Bb4 22.Rxc6 Rxc6 23.Bxb4 Rc2 24.Nc5+ Kc6 25.Kf2 g5 26.Rh1 Rxb2 27.a3 Kb5 28.Nd3 Rc2 29.Rb1 Ng6 30.Nc1 Rh2+ 31.Ke3 Rh3+ 32.Kf2 Kc6 33.Be1 Nf4 34.Kf1 Rf3+ 35.Bf2 Nd3 36.Nxd3 Rxd3 37.Ke1 Rdd2 38.Kf1 Rxe2 39.Be1 Re4 40.Rb8 Rf4+ 41.Kg1 Rxg4+ 42.Kf1 Rf4+ 43.Kg1 Kc7 44.Rf8 Rc1 45.Rxf7+ Kc6 46.Re7 Rxe1+ 47.Kg2 Re2+ 48.Kg3 Re3+ 49.Kg2 Kb5 50.Rxe6 Kc4 51.Re7 Kxd4 0-1

                    Round 7, September 10, Board 2
                    Cruz, Cristhian – Preotu, Razvan
                    A37 English, symmetrical, Botvinnik System reversed

                    1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 e5 6.O-O d6 7.a3 a5 8.Ne1 Be6 9.d3 Nge7 10.Nc2 d5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Ne3 Nb6 13.Na4 Nxa4 14.Bxc6+ bxc6 15.Qxa4 O-O 16.Bd2 Qb6 17.Bc3 Qb5 18.Qh4 a4 19.f4 exf4 20.gxf4 Bd4 21.Bxd4 cxd4 22.f5 dxe3 23.fxe6 fxe6 24.Qe7 Qe5 25.Rac1 Rf2 26.Rxf2 exf2+ 27.Kxf2 Qf4+ 28.Kg2 Qg4+ 29.Kf2 Qf4+ 30.Kg2 Qe3 31.Rf1 Qxe2+ 32.Rf2 Qe5 33.d4 Qxd4 34.Qxe6+ Kh8 35.Qxc6 Rd8 36.Qf6+ Qxf6 37.Rxf6 Rd2+ 38.Kg1 Rxb2 39.Rf4 Kg7 40.Rxa4 Kf6 41.Rc4 Ra2 42.a4 g5 43.h4 gxh4 44.Rxh4 1/2-1/2

                    Round 7, September 10, Board 3
                    Burtasova, Anna – Chumpitaz, Ann
                    C02 French, Advance, Milner-Barry Gambit

                    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.d4 Qb6 6.a3 c4 7.Nbd2 Na5 8.Rb1 Bd7 9.g3 Be7 10.h4 Nb3 11.Nxb3 Ba4 12.Nfd2 f5 13.exf6 Nxf6 14.Bh3 cxb3 15.O-O O-O 16.Re1 e5 17.Rxe5 Bd6 18.Re3 Kh8 19.Bg2 Qc7 20.Nf3 Ng4 21.Ng5 Nxf2 22.Qh5 g6 23.Qe2 Bxg3 24.Rxg3 Qxg3 25.Be3 Ne4 26.Nxe4 dxe4 27.d5 Kg8 28.d6 Be8 29.Qc4+ Bf7 30.Qe2 Qxh4 31.Rd1 a6 32.d7 Qe7 33.Qg4 b5 34.Bg5 Qc5+ 35.Kh1 Rad8 36.Bxd8 Rxd8 37.Rd4 e3 38.Qe4 Qh5+ 39.Kg1 Qf5 40.Qxf5 gxf5 41.Kf1 Be6 42.Ke2 Rxd7 43.Rxd7 Bxd7 44.Kxe3 Kg7 45.Bd5 Kf6 46.Bxb3 h5 47.c4 Ke5 48.cxb5 axb5 49.Bd1 h4 50.Bf3 f4+ 51.Kf2 Kd4 52.b3 Kc3 53.Bd5 Kd4 54.Bg2 h3 55.Bf3 Kc3 56.Bd5 Kd4 57.Bf3 Kc5 58.a4 bxa4 59.bxa4 Bc6 60.a5 Bxf3 61.Kxf3 Kb5 62.Kxf4 h2 0-1

                    Round 7, September 10, Board 4
                    Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid – Golubeva, Oksana
                    C10 French, Rubinstein variation

                    1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 b6 7.Bb5+ c6 8.Bd3 Qc7 9.Qe2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Nd7 11.O-O-O O-O-O 12.Kb1 Kb8 13.Rhe1 Bd6 14.g3 h6 15.Bc3 b5 16.Bd2 Rc8 17.Rc1 Nb6 18.Ba5 Qd7 19.Nd2 Be7 20.Nb3 Na4 21.c4 a6 22.Red1 f5 23.Bc2 h5 24.h4 f4 25.Nc5 Nxc5 26.dxc5 Qe8 27.Bc3 Rg8 28.Qe5+ Ka8 29.Bh7 Rg4 30.Bd3 fxg3 31.fxg3 Qg8 32.Be1 f6 33.Qe3 f5 34.Bf2 Re8 35.Be2 Re4 36.Qf3 Qf8 37.Bd3 Rg4 38.cxb5 axb5 39.Rc3 b4 40.Rc2 Bf6 41.Be2 Qg7 42.Qb3 Be5 43.Bxg4 fxg4 44.Qxb4 Qg6 45.Qa5+ Kb8 46.Rd8+ Rxd8 47.Qxd8+ Ka7 48.a3 Qe4 49.Qd2 Qd5 50.Qxd5 exd5 51.Re2 Bc7 52.Re7 Kb8 53.Kc1 Ba6 54.Rh7 Kc8 55.Rxh5 Bd3 56.Rg5 Be2 57.h5 Bd8 58.Rg8 Kd7 59.Kd2 Bf3 60.h6 Be4 61.h7 Ba5+ 62.b4 Bxh7 63.Rg7+ 1-0

                    Round 7, September 10, Board 5
                    Gedajlovic, Max – Quirhuayo Chumbe, German
                    E10 Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit

                    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5 5.Bf4 bxc4 6.Nc3 exd5 7.Nxd5 Nxd5 8.Qxd5 Nc6 9.Ne5 Nxe5 10.Bxe5 Ba6 11.Bc7 Qxc7 12.Qxa8+ Bc8 13.O-O-O Be7 14.Qe4 c3 15.e3 Bb7 16.Qg4 cxb2+ 17.Kb1 O-O 18.Rxd7 Be4+ 19.Bd3 Bxd3+ 20.Rxd3 Bf6 21.Qc4 h5 22.Rd5 Rc8 23.Rxh5 Rd8 24.e4 Qf4 25.Rd5 Re8 26.f3 Bd4 27.Rxd4 cxd4 28.Qxd4 Rb8 29.Qd3 Qc7 30.Rd1 a5 31.Qd6 Qb7 32.Qd5 Qb4 33.e5 Re8 34.Qd4 Qf8 35.f4 Rb8 36.f5 Qc8 37.Qd7 Qc4 38.e6 Qe4+ 39.Qd3 Qxg2 40.e7 Kh7 41.f6+ g6 42.Qd5 Qe2 43.Qxf7+ Kh6 44.Qd5 Rb5 45.Qd2+ Qxd2 46.Rxd2 Re5 47.f7 1-0

                    Round 7, September 10, Board 6
                    Caballero Quijano, Mitzy – Demchenko, Svitlana
                    A46 Queen’s Pawn, Fianchetto

                    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.O-O c5 6.c4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bxg2 8.Kxg2 Bc5 9.Nb5 O-O 10.Bf4 Nc6 11.Bd6 Bxd6 12.Nxd6 Qc7 13.Nc3 Ne5 14.b3 Ne8 15.Ncb5 Qc6+ 16.Kg1 f5 17.Qd4 Ng6 18.Rad1 Nf6 19.f4 a6 20.Na3 b5 21.Nc2 bxc4 22.bxc4 Rab8 23.Ne3 Rb4 24.a3 Rb3 25.Rd3 Rfb8 26.Rfd1 h5 27.c5 h4 28.Qc4 Rxd3 29.Rxd3 hxg3 30.hxg3 Rb1+ 31.Rd1 Rb2 32.Nexf5 Kh7 33.Nd4 Qa8 34.Nf3 Nh5 35.Kf2 Kg8 36.Ne4 Nhxf4 37.gxf4 Nxf4 38.Ng3 Nh3+ 39.Kg2 Ng5 40.Rf1 Qc6 41.Rf2 d6 42.Qd4 Rc2 43.cxd6 Rc4 44.Qd3 Rc5 45.d7 Rd5 46.d8=Q+ Kf7 47.Ne5# 1-0

                    Peru-Canada 4.5-1.5


                    Round 8, September 10, Board 1
                    Martinez Duany, Lelys – Noritsyn, Nikolay
                    C41 Philidor’s Defence

                    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Be7 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O Re8 8.f4 Bf8 9.Bf3 c5 10.Nde2 Nc6 11.Kh1 Bg4 12.Ng3 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Nd4 14.Qd1 a6 15.Be3 Nc6 16.Bg1 b5 17.Qd3 Nb4 18.Qd2 Qd7 19.Rad1 Qb7 20.Rfe1 Re6 21.a3 Nc6 22.Nd5 Nd7 23.b3 a5 24.c4 b4 25.a4 Nb6 26.Qd3 Rae8 27.Bf2 Nb8 28.h3 N8d7 29.Kh2 g6 30.e5 dxe5 31.f5 gxf5 32.Qxf5 e4 33.Rxe4 Bg7 34.Rg4 Rg6 35.Nxb6 Nxb6 36.Bxc5 Qc7 37.Bxb6 Qxb6 38.Rd7 Rf8 39.c5 Qc6 40.Rxg6 hxg6 41.Qd5 Qf6 42.c6 Qf4 43.Re7 Bf6 44.Re4 Qc7 45.Qd7 Be5 46.Qxc7 Bxc7 47.h4 Rd8 48.Re7 Rc8 49.Kh3 Kf8 50.Re3 Bf4 51.Re4 Bxg3 52.Kxg3 Rxc6 53.Kf4 Rc2 54.g4 Rb2 55.Re3 f6 56.h5 gxh5 57.gxh5 Rh2 58.Kg4 Kf7 59.Rh3 Rg2+ 60.Kf4 Rg5 61.h6 Kg8 62.h7+ Kh8 63.Rh6 Rc5 64.Rxf6 Rc3 65.Ra6 Rxb3 66.Rxa5 Ra3 67.Rb5 Rxa4 68.Rb7 b3+ 69.Ke5 Ra6 70.Rxb3 Kxh7 1/2-1/2

                    Round 8, September 10, Board 2
                    Preotu, Razvan – Fernandez, Arnaldo
                    B28 Sicilian, O’Kelly variation

                    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c3 d5 4.e5 d4 5.b4 Nc6 6.bxc5 Bg4 7.cxd4 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Qxd4 9.Qc3 e6 10.Qxd4 Nxd4 11.Kd1 Bxc5 12.Nc3 Nh6 13.Ne4 Be7 14.Bb2 O-O-O 15.f4 Nc6 16.Rc1 Kc7 17.Bc4 Nf5 18.Ke2 b5 19.Bd3 Kb6 20.Bb1 Na5 21.Bc3 Rd7 22.Bxa5+ Kxa5 23.Nc5 Bxc5 24.Rxc5 Rhd8 25.Rd1 Kb6 26.Rc3 Nd4+ 27.Ke3 Nc6 28.Be4 Nb4 29.d3 Rc7 30.Rxc7 Kxc7 31.Rc1+ Kb6 32.a3 Nd5+ 33.Bxd5 Rxd5 34.Rc8 Rd7 35.g4 a5 36.f5 b4 37.axb4 axb4 38.fxe6 fxe6 39.Re8 b3 40.Rxe6+ Kc5 41.Kd2 b2 42.Kc2 Rxd3 43.Kxb2 Rd2+ 44.Kc3 Rxh2 45.Re7 g6 46.Kd3 Kd5 47.Ke3 g5 48.Kf3 h6 49.e6 Rh3+ 50.Kf2 Rh2+ 51.Kf3 Kd6 52.Re8 Rh1 53.Kf2 Rh2+ 54.Kf3 Rh3+ 55.Ke4 Rg3 56.Kf5 Rf3+ 57.Kg6 Rf4 1/2-1/2

                    Round 8, September 10, Board 3
                    Forgas Moreno, Yaniela – Ouellet, Maili-Jade
                    B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky variation

                    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.O-O Be7 9.Kh1 Nbd7 10.f4 exf4 11.Bxf4 Ne5 12.Nd4 Ng6 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Qe1 Rc8 15.Rd1 b5 16.Ndxb5 axb5 17.Bxb5 Rc6 18.Nd5 Qb7 19.Bxc6+ Qxc6 20.Nxf6+ gxf6 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.Rxf6 Ke7 23.Rf2 h5 24.Qb4 Ne5 25.Rfd2 Rd8 26.b3 h4 27.h3 Ng6 28.Qd4 Rd7 29.a4 Nf4 30.Qe3 Ng6 31.a5 Qb5 32.Qb6 Qxb6 33.axb6 Ne5 34.Ra1 Nc6 35.c4 Rb7 36.Ra6 Bc8 37.Rb2 Nb4 38.Ra7 Ke6 39.Rxb7 Bxb7 40.Re2 Nd3 41.Kh2 Nc5 42.b4 Nxe4 43.Ra2 Kd7 44.b5 Nc5 45.Rf2 Ke6 46.Rf4 Na4 47.Rxh4 Nxb6 48.Rd4 Ke5 49.Rg4 Be4 50.h4 Nxc4 51.h5 d5 52.h6 Kf6 53.Kg3 Ne5 54.Rg8 d4 55.Kf4 Bg6 56.Rd8 Nd3+ 57.Kg4 Ne5+ 58.Kf4 Nd3+ 59.Kf3 Ne5+ 60.Ke2 d3+ 61.Ke1 Kg5 62.b6 Kxh6 63.b7 Nc6 64.Rc8 Nd4 65.b8=Q Ne6 66.Qh2+ Kg5 67.Kd2 Kf6 68.Rc6 Kg5 69.Qe5+ Kh6 70.Rc8 Ng5 71.Qf4 Bh7 72.Rc5 f6 73.Qxf6+ 1-0

                    Round 8, September 10, Board 4
                    Golubeva, Oksana – Miranda Llanes, Yerisbel
                    A06 Reti Opening

                    1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.g4 c5 6.g5 Ne4 7.h4 Nc6 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.dxc3 e5 10.cxd5 Qxd5 11.e4 Qd6 12.Bb5 Bg4 13.Be2 O-O-O 14.Bd2 Qe6 15.b3 f5 16.gxf6 gxf6 17.O-O-O f5 18.Bc4 Qd7 19.Be3 Nd4 20.cxd4 Bxf3 21.exf5 Kb8 22.dxe5 Qc6 23.f6 Bxf6 24.exf6 Qxf6 25.Kb1 Bxh1 26.Rxh1 Qf3 27.Rg1 b6 28.Kb2 Rhf8 29.Be2 Qf6+ 30.Qc3 Qxc3+ 31.Kxc3 Rd7 32.Rg4 Rdf7 33.Rg5 Kb7 34.Bd3 Re8 35.Rh5 Ree7 36.Bc4 Rg7 37.Bd5+ Ka6 38.a4 Rg1 39.Rf5 Rg4 40.h5 Ka5 41.h6 a6 42.Rf7 Rxf7 43.Bxf7 Rh4 44.Bg8 b5 45.axb5 axb5 46.Bxh7 b4+ 47.Kd3 Kb5 48.Bg8 Kc6 49.h7 Kd6 50.Bg5 Rh3+ 51.Ke4 c4 52.Bxc4 Rxh7 53.Bf4+ Kc5 54.Be5 Rh1 55.f4 Re1+ 56.Kf5 Rg1 57.Ke6 Rg6+ 58.Ke7 Rh6 59.f5 Rh5 60.Bd6+ Kd4 61.f6 Kc3 62.f7 1-0

                    Round 8, September 10, Board 5
                    Alvarez Calzadilla, Jose Avelino – Talukdar, Rohan
                    B90 Sicilian, Najdorf

                    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h4 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.g4 h6 10.Be3 Nf8 11.Rg1 Be6 12.g5 hxg5 13.hxg5 N6d7 14.Qd2 Rc8 15.O-O-O Ng6 16.Kb1 Qc7 17.Bd3 Nb6 18.Rh1 Rxh1 19.Rxh1 Nc4 20.Bxc4 Qxc4 21.f3 b5 22.Nd5 Bxd5 23.exd5 Bd8 24.Re1 Kf8 25.Nc1 Ne7 26.Rd1 Nf5 27.c3 b4 28.Ne2 bxc3 29.Nxc3 Ba5 30.Rc1 Nd4 31.f4 Nb5 32.fxe5 Nxc3+ 33.bxc3 Bxc3 34.Rxc3 Qxc3 35.Qxc3 Rxc3 36.Bf4 Rf3 37.Bd2 dxe5 38.d6 Ke8 0-1

                    Round 8, September 10, Board 6
                    Demchenko, Svitlana – Obregon Garcia, Roxangel
                    B30 Sicilian Defence

                    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Bf5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.Na3 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Qxd4 10.Bxd4 e5 11.Bxe5 Bxa3 12.bxa3 O-O 13.O-O-O Ne4 14.Bd4 Rac8 15.Kb2 Rfd8 16.Be2 b6 17.Ba6 Rb8 18.Be2 h6 19.g4 Be6 20.f4 Nc5 21.h4 Na4+ 22.Kc2 Bxa2 23.g5 hxg5 24.hxg5 Rbc8 25.Ba6 Rc7 26.Be5 Rcd7 27.Rxd7 Rxd7 28.Bb5 Nc5 29.Bxd7 Nxd7 30.Bd4 Be6 31.Re1 Bf5+ 32.Kb2 f6 33.gxf6 gxf6 34.Re8+ Kf7 35.Ra8 Ke6 36.Rxa7 Kd5 37.a4 Kc6 38.Ra8 Be4 39.Rh8 f5 40.Rh6+ Kc7 41.Be5+ Kb7 42.Bd4 Kc7 43.Ka3 Kb7 44.Kb4 Bc6 45.Rh7 Kc7 46.Be5+ Kb7 47.Rf7 Ka6 48.Rxf5 Nc5 49.Rf6 Bxa4 50.Bd4 Bd7 51.Bxc5 1-0

                    Canada-Cuba 4-2

                    In this round Poland beat the USA 4.5-1.5

                    Duda-Xiong 1-0
                    Robson-Wojtaszek 0.5-0.5
                    Zawadzka-Krush 0.5-0.5
                    Zatonskih-Cyfka 0.5-0.5
                    Teclaf-Liang 1-0
                    Cervantes-Sliwicka 0-1

                    (to be continued)


                    • #25
                      FIDE Online Olympiad 2021

                      Top Division Pool D

                      Round Nine

                      Poland – Canada

                      Round 9, September 10, Board 1
                      Noritsyn, Nikolay – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
                      B12 Caro-Kann, Advance variation

                      1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bxd3 5.Qxd3 e6 6.Ne2 Ne7 7.O-O Nd7 8.Nd2 c5 9.c3 Nc6 10.Qh3 Be7 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.a3 a5 13.Qg4 g6 14.Re1 h5 15.Qg3 a4 16.c4 h4 17.Qf4 dxc4 18.d5 exd5 19.Nc3 Nd4 20.Nxd5 Qc6 21.Nxd4 Qxd5 22.Nb5 Rc8 23.Bd2 h3 24.Qe4 Qxe4 25.Rxe4 Rc6 26.Rxc4 Nxe5 27.Re4 f6 28.f4 Nd3 29.Rxa4 Kf7 0-1

                      Round 9, September 10, Board 2
                      Wojtaszek, Radoslaw – Preotu, Razvan
                      B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky Attack

                      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.c3 Nf6 5.Bd3 e6 6.O-O a6 7.Bc2 b5 8.d4 Bb7 9.Re1 Be7 10.Nbd2 Qc7 11.Nf1 O-O 12.Ng3 Rfc8 13.Bd3 b4 14.Bd2 cxd4 15.cxd4 d5 16.e5 Ne4 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Bxe4 Bxe4 19.Rxe4 Qc2 20.Re2 Qxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Rc2 22.Rb1 Nb6 23.Kf1 Nd5 24.Ke1 a5 25.Kd1 Rcc8 26.Rc1 a4 27.Rxc8+ Rxc8 28.Bc1 b3 29.axb3 a3 30.Ne1 a2 31.Nc2 Rxc2 0-1

                      Round 9, September 10, Board 3
                      Burtasova, Anna – Zawadzka, Jolanta
                      C55 Two Knights Defence

                      1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d3 h6 5.Bb3 d6 6.c3 g5 7.Nbd2 g4 8.Ng1 d5 9.Ne2 Be6 10.Ng3 Qd7 11.Ndf1 O-O-O 12.Qe2 h5 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Ne3 h4 15.Ngf5 dxe4 16.Nxe7+ Qxe7 17.dxe4 Rdg8 18.Nd5 Bxd5 19.exd5 Rxg5 20.dxc6 bxc6 21.Qa6+ Kb8 22.Qxc6 e4 23.O-O-O Rc5 24.Qa6 Qe5 25.Kb1 Ra5 26.Qc4 Rf8 27.Qb4+ Rb5 28.Qxf8+ Kb7 29.Qxf7 1-0

                      Round 9, September 10, Board 4
                      Cyfka, Karina – Ouellet, Maili-Jade
                      D37 QGD, Hastings variation

                      1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.Rc1 c6 7.e3 Nbd7 8.h3 Re8 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Nf8 11.O-O Ng6 12.Bh2 Bd6 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.Qc2 Bd7 15.Rb1 Rac8 16.b4 b6 17.Rfd1 Qe7 18.Ba6 Rcd8 19.b5 c5 20.dxc5 Qxc5 21.Rbc1 Bc8 22.Ne2 Bxa6 23.bxa6 Qa5 24.Qd3 Ne4 25.Rc7 Nc5 26.Qf5 Ne7 27.Qh5 g6 28.Qh4 Qxa6 29.Ned4 Rd7 30.Ng5 h5 31.Qf4 Rf8 32.Rxd7 Nxd7 33.g4 hxg4 34.hxg4 Qa4 35.Rf1 Nc8 36.Kg2 Qb4 37.Qh2 Kg7 38.Rh1 Nd6 39.Nge6+ fxe6 40.Qh7+ Kf6 41.g5+ Ke5 42.Nc6+ Ke4 43.Nxb4 1-0

                      Round 9, September 10, Board 5
                      Gedajlovic, Max – Teclaf, Pawel
                      A40 Queen’s Pawn, Keres Defence

                      1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nc3 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.d5 exd5 9.cxd5 d6 10.e4 Ba6 11.Re1 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Nbd7 13.Nd2 a6 14.a4 Qc7 15.f4 Rfe8 16.Nc4 Bf8 17.e5 dxe5 18.d6 e4 19.Nxe4 Qc6 20.Ne5 c4 21.Qd4 Nxe5 22.Nxf6+ gxf6 23.fxe5 Bxd6 24.Qh4 Bxe5 25.Bh6 Kh8 26.Re4 Qxe4 0-1

                      Round 9, September 10, Board 6
                      Malicka, Maria – Demchenko, Svitlana
                      B40 Sicilian Defence

                      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb5 Qb6 6.Be3 Bxe3 7.fxe3 Nc6 8.Qd2 Nf6 9.Nd6+ Kf8 10.Nc3 Ng4 11.Nc4 Qd8 12.Be2 h5 13.Nd6 Nce5 14.Bxg4 Qh4+ 15.g3 Qxg4 16.O-O f6 17.Qd4 Kg8 18.Rf4 Qg6 19.Kh1 b6 20.Nc4 Nc6 21.Qd2 Kh7 22.Raf1 Rd8 23.Nd6 Ba6 24.Rg1 Ne5 25.b3 Qh6 26.Ne2 g5 27.Rf2 Qg6 28.Nd4 Rg8 29.c4 Rab8 30.Rgf1 Rgf8 31.Nf3 Ng4 32.Rg2 Bb7 33.Qd4 Qg7 34.h3 Nh6 35.Nd2 Qg6 36.Rgf2 f5 37.Nxb7 Rxb7 38.exf5 Nxf5 39.Qe5 d6 40.Rxf5 dxe5 41.Rxf8 Rd7 42.R1f2 g4 43.h4 Kg7 44.Kh2 Rxd2 45.Rxd2 Kxf8 46.Rf2+ Ke7 47.Rd2 Qe4 0-1

                      Poland-Canada 3-3

                      Rankings (TB1 and TB2)

                      1 Poland 16, 37.5
                      2 USA 16, 36.5
                      3 Canada 13, 31.0
                      4 Peru 12 28.5
                      5 Cuba 8, 27.0
                      6 Netherlands 8, 24.5
                      7 Brazil 6, 23.0
                      8 Colombia 5, 23.5
                      9 England 4 20.5
                      10 Turkey 2 18.0


                      • #26
                        Canada impressed!!


                        • #27
                          Razvan beat Wojtaczek as Black!! Awesome pawn tactics!! I'm going to include that position in my pawn tactics for students showing how GM Razvan plays!

                          and Canada had a great performance!


                          • #28
                            FIDE Online Olympiad 2021

                            September 11, 2021

                            Top Division – Day Three

                            This report taken from:


                            You should go to the original report – they have a photo of our Anna Burtasova using her tablet for a mandatory second camera.

                            Russia advances to the playoffs with a perfect score

                            September 10, 2021 – The Top Division of the Online Olympiad finished today after three days of intense top-level chess. A total of 1717 players, playing from 150 countries all over the world, with 888 titled players, including 209 Grand Masters and 244 International Masters.

                            Three weeks after the tournament began, we are closing in on the event's final stage: the Play-Off by Knock-Out. No more groups, no more comebacks: if you lose, you're out!

                            This stage will run from Monday, September 13th (Quarter-finals) to Wednesday, September 15th (Final). Each duel will consist of two matches, and in the event of a tie (each team wins one of the two matches, or both matches are drawn) it shall be broken with one 3/2 blitz match, followed by Armageddon if needed.

                            After today's results, the pairings are:

                            Duel 1: Kazakhstan vs USA

                            Duel 2: Ukraine vs India

                            Duel 3: Russia vs Hungary

                            Duel 4: China vs Poland

                            *Fair-play panel confirmation is pending

                            Top Division - Pool A

                            An unfortunate last round loss against Armenia by 2-4 relegated China (14/18) to second place in group A and allowed Kazakhstan to win the group outright with 16/18 points.

                            A round earlier, Iran, who had lost most of its chances to qualify by tying with Greece, had defeated Kazakhstan, and it looked as if China would prevail; they were leading on tiebreak by quite a substantial margin.

                            But you can never count out a country with such a chess tradition as Armenia. Although out-rated on all boards by a considerable margin, they overcame the ELO difference with strong play. The two main surprise results were WIM Siranush Ghukasyan defeating WGM Qian Huangon on board four while WFM Mariam Mkrtchyan defeated WGM Jiner Zhu on board six.

                            With these results, A1 winner Kazakhstan will face D2 runner-up United States of America and A2 runner-up China will play against D1 winner Poland in the quarterfinals.

                            IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kazakhstan) finished the event with an impressive 7/7 on board six. However, GM Ju Wenjun (China) scored 7˝ /8 on board four for a superior final result.

                            Iran's GM M.Amin Tabatabaei finished the tournament with an undefeated score of 7˝ /9 on board five while his teammate IM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh lost one of her last day for 7/9.

                            Top Division - Pool B

                            Logic prevailed this afternoon in group B. India defeated Hungary by 4-2 in the first round of the day and consolidated their lead. A 5-1 win over Moldova, followed by an exciting last-round draw against Slovenia (already as group winners), gave the Indian team a 16/18 score and first place.

                            Hungary will join them in second place with 15/18, three points ahead of Azerbaijan. Although they conceded the top position to India in the first round of the day, they continued to play strong and defeated Sweden and Moldova.

                            Shenzhen China also did very well and with wins over Egypt, France and Sweden edged out these teams (Slovenia for Sweden) on tiebreak for fourth place.

                            The quarterfinal pairings will be B1 winner India against C2 runner-up Ukraine and B2 runner-up Hungary against C1 winner Russia.

                            One of India's secrets has been sharing the burden of the effort through all the players. Each of them has participated at least three times – most of them have played five – and only board six WGM Vaishali R. has played her sixth game, scoring an undefeated 4˝ /6.

                            Hungary has also used all their players, ranging from two games to six, with strong performances by WIM Bianka Havanecz (reserve second female) with 5/6 and main junior board GM Adam Kozak with 5˝ /6.

                            However, the best score of the group has been GM Zhao Xue from Shenzhen China on board three, with an outstanding undefeated 8/9 score.

                            Top Division - Pool C

                            The undisputed winner of group C is the team from Russia. Their final score, 18/18, has left no doubt about the strength of the squad: the icing on the cake was a 6-0 last round win against Latvia, having already secured first place.

                            They have spread the task fairly between most of the team members and have only lost 4 in 54 games (2 of them by GM Alexander Grischuk). An incredible feat!

                            Even more outstanding is that their six female players have not lost even a single game of the 27 they have played!

                            The G-factor: WGM Keya Garifullina and GM Valentina Gunina scored 5/5 each!

                            Ukraine took the second qualifying spot with 15/18, in good measure due to a very close 3˝ -2˝ win against Spain in the last round. The Spaniards had just lost all their chances to qualify by losing to Russia by a tight 4-2 (the "best" result by any of Russia's opponents) but even so they put up a show until the end.

                            Spains's U-18 Maria Eizaguerri won the 2021 Spanish mixed U-18 Championship

                            Germany came very close to qualification (14/18), winning their last three matches, but did not manage to come back from Day One's bad performance.

                            The final standings of the group offer the following quarterfinal pairings: C1 winner Russia against B2 runner-up Hungary and C2 runner-up Ukraine against B1 winner India.

                            GM Andrey Esipenko's 6˝ /7 result on the U-20 board five was Russia's top score, but also very impressive were reserve female players GM Valentina Gunina and WGM Leya Garifullina scoring 5/5 100% results apiece.

                            Italy's Luca Moroni Jr. also turned in an excellent performance with an undefeated 6/7 score on board two.

                            Top Division - Pool D

                            Poland and USA converted their rating advantage into qualification, dominating this group from start to finish. Both teams finished with 16/18 in first and second place, with Poland taking first place on tiebreak. A fair result as they also won their match by a clear 4˝ -1˝.

                            Canada, in third place, fought until the end, but couldn't recover from a seventh-round defeat against Peru. More was expected of the Netherlands, with quite a good team (2434 medium rating), but their performance this year was below par.

                            Poland will play in the quarterfinals against China while USA will take on Kazakhstan in what promises to be two very exciting play-offs.

                            GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda's recent victory in the World Cup has given him a tremendous amount of confidence. His outstanding result in this event – 8˝ out of 9 – is a homage to his talent and, as they say, "Fortune favours the brave".

                            Also scoring very well for Poland was board four IM Karina Cyfka with 8/9. Finally, GM Awonder Liang finished with 7˝ /9 as USA's top result on board five.

                            Pairings of the rounds, live games, PGN files and other useful information can be found on the FIDE Online Olympiad website. Please note that all results and standings remain provisional until the fair play panel submit its daily report.