2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #9

2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #9
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

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Round Nine - Open Section

Full Results

Top story of today was the election of the new FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich. He becomes the 7th to hold that position and his election concludes a thrilling campaign battle with Georgios Makropoulos.

However one cannot ignore the fact that “Polska” was the theme of the round! Poland beat the USA in a tight battle to take sole lead of the tournament and pushing the Americans to second. Poland won on the strength of Kacper Piorun’s win over Hikaru Nakamura. This left it to Fabiano Caruana to try to win his game against Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

Caruana was able to get the R+B vs. R ending but the Polish phenom held and earned the match victory. Polish (open team) has not won a medal in the Olympiad since 1939, the even of World War II. The women won a silver in Baku and the men want to add to the national treasure of accomplishments!

Here was the ending caught by ChessBase India…

Video ChessBase India

In other news China and Armenia won their matches and fall in 3rd and 4th positions. It will be a very thrilling final two rounds with spoilers waiting in the wings.

For round ten, key matchups are:

China-Poland
Armenia-United States of America
Russia-England
France-Croatia
Vietnam-Germany
Azerbaijan-Ukraine
Netherlands-India

Women Section

Round Nine - Women Section

Full Results

China continues to roll through the field with yet another win over Kazakhstan. This time it was the bottom boards carrying the load as the young Kazakh team could not hold the Chinese. Lei Tingjie is sitting on 7.5/9 and is in medal contention.

Azerbaijan-Ukraine was a drawn match trading wins on boards 1 and 3 and the USA got past Hungary with Tatev Abrahamyan winning nicely against Ticia Gara. Armenia took a 3-1 verdict over Iran and Russia is still trying to sneak into the medal picture with a 3-1 win over Romania.

After a disappointing 6th round loss to Armenia, the Russians have won three matches in a row with big scores.

For round 10, we have:

China-United States of America
Ukraine-Russia
Azerbaijan-Armenia
Vietnam-Hungary
Spain-Kazakhstan

Video by GM Danny King

FIDE Presidential Election

Video by Batumi Chess

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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