Round #3

Radjabov, Azerbaijan escape loss… Cuba holds off rally by Latvia

Interesting Pairings

Ukraine 4-0 Czech Republic
Azerbaijan 2½-1½ Canada
Cuba 2½-1½ Latvia
India 3½-½ Philippines
USA 3½-½ Iran

We are now moving into the rounds were strong teams are facing each other.  The
Ukraine has their game on "cruise control" beating a strong Czech Republic team 4-0.  However, their next round the testing ground as they face the powerful Russian squad who are surely going to tout their best lineup. In a interesting contest, Canada appeared on their way to an upset win over Azerbaijan as GM-elect Pascal Charbonneau was winning against Teimour Radjabov. However, time pressure forced Charbonneau into a series of mistakes and the young Canadian could not convert his extra piece. 

Cuba edged Latvia as a fierce battle took place on the top table. Lázaro Bruzón had to fend off what appeared to be a vicious onslaught. A powerful counterattack resulted in mass exchanges, but when the smoke clear the Cuban was standing with an extra exchange.  With beautiful technique, Bruzón converted the win.  In other action, India crushed the Philippines setting the stage for a third consecutive Olympiad battle with the USA. India won the two previous encounters and will have Viswanathan Anand going for them against a US team which blitzed Iran 3½-½.

Interesting Round #4 Pairings

Armenia - Bosnia & Herzegovina

In other action, Jamaica played the Dominican Republic team for the second consecutive year, but unlike last year's 2-2 draw, the "Reggae Boyz" of chess lost a close match. Shane Matthews scored the lone win by toppling IM Jose Dominguez.  South Africa gave their #2 man a rest, but still won convincingly over Guatamala 3-1.  They will face Iceland in the 4th round. The first encounter between two sub-Saharan African teams ended in a draw with Kenya and Botswana splitting the match points 2-2. Nigeria finally made it to Mallorca, but the match with Afghanistan was truncated because neither side fielded a 4th player. Barbados plays Austria after a 4-0 thrashing of Bermuda and another brilliant victory by Philip Corbin.

Report by Dr. Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum

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Team Results

Selected Games

Larry Ebbin (BER) - FM Philip Corbin (BAR), 0-1
GM Lázaro Bruzón (CUB) - GM Daniel Fridman (LAT), 1-0
IM Pascal Charbonneau (CAN) - GM Teimour Radjabov (AZE), ½-½
GM Michael Adams (ENG) - GM Sune Berg Hansen (DEN), 1-0
GM Helgi Olafsson (ISL) - FM Nabil Doghri (TUN), 0-1


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