2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #6

Round 6 on 2014/08/08 at 14:00

Vietnám Magyarország
Quang Liem Le (2710) Lékó Péter (2740)
Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen (2634) Balogh Csaba (2637)
Duc Hoa Nguyen (2501) Almási Zoltán (2690)
Huynh Minh Huy Nguyen (2507) Polgár Judit (2676)

2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #6 Board Pairings – Open click on image

Kína Magyarország
Hou Yifan (2661) Hoang Thanh Trang (2485)
Ju Wenjun (2559) Mádl Ildikó (2347)
Zhao Xue (2508) Gara Anita (2327)
Tan Zhongyi (2468) Gara Tícia (2321)

2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #6 Board Pairings – Women click on image

08 August – Round 6

Round 6 board pairings: Carlsen’s challenge


Magnus Carlsen is playing a super-tournament on top board for Norway | photo: David Llada

In terms of team clashes Round 6 of the Chess Olympiad is perhaps not quite the blockbuster we’ve been used to – Armenia-England looks the most finely-balanced top encounter – but we’ve got nothing to complain about when it comes to individual games. Magnus Carlsen takes on his great rival Fabiano Caruana, while other big games include Mamedyarov-Jobava, Kasimdzhanov-Kramnik, Le Quang Liem-Leko and Adams-Aronian.
Players of the stature of Magnus Carlsen have often been reluctant to play in Olympiads when their team is not among the favourites. They tend to end up playing weaker players and risk heavy ratings losses if something goes wrong. Carlsen himself suffered in the 2010 Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, but so far in Tromsø that hasn’t been an issue. After meeting Radek Wojtaszek (2735) in his third game he came up against Armenian world no. 2 Levon Aronian (2805), and now he faces Italian world no. 3 Fabiano Caruana.

Or if you take live ratings  into account (updated each day, not each month) it gets even stranger!

Among matches the top table pairing of Azerbaijan-Georgia sees a meeting of regional rivals and friends (Azerbaijan oil money funds the Georgian Chess Federation), while England-Armenia (Adams-Aronian on top board) is clearly a match to watch! Can the strong England side further damage the chances of Armenia defending their Olympiad title?


Rustam Kasimdzhanov has enjoyed a fine tournament so far | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

Intrigue elsewhere includes the top pairing of Uzbekistan-Russia, with Rustam Kasimdzhanov taking on Vladimir Kramnik. Both players are in fine form, with former FIDE World Champion Kasimdzhanov having defeated Arkadij Naiditsch and Vassily Ivanchuk in consecutive rounds. A win against Kramnik would take Rustam to his highest ever rating. After pointing this out to him yesterday at dinner… and quickly apologising for possibly jinxing him, Rustam replied, “There’s no such thing as jinxes”!

07 August – Rest day

Another chance to play Fantasy Chess Olympiad 2014


Yorkshire Chess yesterday launched a second Fantasy Chess Olympiad (FCO) competition giving chess fans another chance to pick their dream team for the Tromsø Olympiad.

The main FCO competition attracted 696 entries from 71 countries and is now in full swing. After four rounds the contest is led by ‘knightrenzel’ from the United States. However, with six rounds still to go the competition remains wide open.
Now a second competition has been launched for chess fans who missed the entry deadline for the main FCO, those who entered teams that are not performing well and existing participants who are hungry for more!

The ‘Week2Sprint’ competition will begin when round 6 of the Tromsø Olympiad gets under way giving players six rounds to score points based on the teams they select as well as the accuracy of predictions they make about overall results.

Interest in the main competition was beyond the organisers’ expectations, as Dave Shapland of Yorkshire Chess explains:

We’ve been delighted with the positive response we’ve received both from chess fans and from sponsors. Thanks to the generous donations of our partners we’ve amassed a huge prize pool for the competition. This has enabled us to award prizes for the highest scoring team in each round and run some daily ‘predict-the-result’ competitions.

It’s also been interesting to see how many of the players in Tromsø have entered FCO teams. Perhaps some of them will use their rest day to select teams for the ‘Week2Sprint’!

As the FCO moves into its second week the focus will increasingly turn towards the fundraising ambitions the organisers have for the project. Instead of charging an entry fee they are asking players to donate to chess development and education projects. All donors will be entered into a prize draw to be made at the end of the FCO and there are some high-value prizes up for grabs.

Yorkshire Chess also plan to award ‘Most Valuable Player’ medals to the individuals in Tromsø who score the most FCO points for their managers. Due to the peculiarities of the FCO points scoring system the identities of the Open and Women’s section MVPs could very well be different to those of the individual medal winners in Tromsø.

An online entry form is available for players to submit their teams for the ‘Week2Sprint’. The closing date for entries is 13.00 (GMT) on Friday the 8th of August.