Chess Olympiad in Georgia | Round5

Chess Olympiad in Georgia | Round5


Chess Olympiad: Czechia Beats China, Poland Rolls On In Round 5

The annual "Chess Train" always leaves from Czech Republic, and in most years goes through Poland. The thing is, it's not supposed to leave until next month.

Instead, Czech Republic and Poland are already both full steam ahead here in Batumi, Georgia at the 43rd Chess Olympiad. Today the Czech team beat China with an undefeated 3-1. Poland, a day removed from beating Russia, rebounded after losing on top board to win by the same score over France.

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Members of the U.S. team have been seen joking with one another before nearly every round, and today was no exception. Fabiano Caruana (left) got the last laugh against Boris Gelfand (right) once play began. | Photo: Maria Emelianova

[Event "43rd Olympiad 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2827"] [BlackElo "2703"] [ECO "B31"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (with ...g6, without ...d6)"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Board "1"] [Whitefideid "2020009"] [Whiteteam "United States of America"] [Blackfideid "2805677"] [Blackteam "Israel"] [CurrentPosition "r1bq1rk1/p1n1p1bp/1pp3pB/2p1p3/8/2NP1N1P/PPPQ1PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 1 13"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.h3 Nf6 7.Nc3 O-O 8.O-O Ne8 9.Be3 b6 10.e5 f6 11.Re1 Nc7 12.Qd2 fxe5 13.Bh6 Rxf3!? ( 13...Bxh3 ) 14.Bxg7 ( 14.gxf3 Bf6 ) 14...Kxg7 15.gxf3 Bxh3 16.Rxe5 e6 17.Rg5 { Caruana said at some point he just starting attacking with brute, but it worked! } ( 17.a4 ) 17...Qf6 18.Rg3 Bf5 19.Kg2 h5 20.Rh1 Rh8 21.Ne4 Qxb2 22.Qf4 Nd5 23.Qd6 e5? { Sealing off Black's queen from defending key squares like f6. } ( 23...h4 24.Qd7+ Kg8 25.Rxh4 Rxh4 26.Qd8+ Kg7 27.Qxh4 Qxc2 $13 ) 24.Rh4 ( 24.Rg1 { is diabolical but best } 24...h4 25.Rxg6+! Bxg6 26.Kh2 Rh6 27.c4! Nf4 28.Qe7+ Kh8 29.Qf8+ Kh7 30.Nf6# ) 24...Qd4 25.Kg1 Rf8 26.Rxh5 Bxe4 27.Qd7+ Kf6 28.Qxc6+ Kg7 29.Qd7+ Kf6 30.fxe4 Nf4 31.Rf5+ gxf5 32.Qxf5+ Ke7 33.Rg7+ 1-0
[Event "43rd Olympiad 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Duda, Jan-Krzysztof"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2780"] [BlackElo "2739"] [ECO "C42"] [Opening "Petrov"] [Variation "classical attack"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Board "1"] [Whitefideid "623539"] [Whiteteam "France"] [Blackfideid "1170546"] [Blackteam "Poland"] [CurrentPosition "5rk1/pr3ppp/1n6/2p2q1b/8/2N1QN2/PP3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 4 23"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bf5 7.O-O Be7 8.c4 dxc4 9.Bxc4 O-O 10.Re1 Nc6 11.d5 Nd6 12.dxc6 Nxc4 13.Qa4 Nb6 14.Qf4 Bg6 15.cxb7 Rb8 16.Nc3 Bd6 17.Qg4 Qd7 18.Qh4 Rxb7 19.Bf4 Bxf4 20.Qxf4 c5 21.Rad1 Qf5 22.Qe3 Bh5 23.Rd8! { Not winning but a fun way to get MVL going. } 23...Nd7 24.Rxf8+ Nxf8 25.Ne5 Rxb2 26.h3 Bg6 { It's getting tough to defend. White's position may not look like much for the pawn, but Black's back rank is tenuous. } ( 26...f6 { is weird but may hold the balance after } 27.Nc6 Qg5 ) 27.Nd5 ( 27.Nc6 Qd7 28.Ne7+ Kh8 29.Rd1 Qc7 ) 27...Qc2? ( 27...Qe6 ) 28.Ne7+ Kh8 29.Qf3 f6 ( 29...Rxa2 30.Qxf7! Bxf7 31.Nxf7# ) 30.Qd5 Qxf2+ 31.Kh2 Qxg2+ { Black has to return material to stop the mate on g8. } 32.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 33.Kxg2 fxe5 34.Rxe5 Bd3 35.Rxc5 g6 36.Ra5 a6 37.Nd5 Ne6 38.Nb4 Bc4 39.Nxa6 g5 40.a4 Kg7 41.Nc7 Nf4+ 42.Kh2 1-0
[Event "43rd Olympiad 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Black "Bacrot, Etienne"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2727"] [BlackElo "2678"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "classical variation (5.Bf4)"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Board "2"] [Whitefideid "1118358"] [Whiteteam "Poland"] [Blackfideid "605506"] [Blackteam "France"] [CurrentPosition "r1bq1rk1/pp1nbppp/2p1p3/3p4/2PP1P2/2N2N2/PP2BPPP/2RQ1RK1 b - - 0 10"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Be2 c6 8.O-O Nh5 9.Rc1 Nxf4 10.exf4 { If you are looking for another example of this exact pawn structure for White, and how useful it can be, just go back to round four's report and GM Irina Krush's game. } 10...b6 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Bd3 Bb7 13.Qe2 { Black's problem is, and will continue to be, the light-squared bishop. } 13...a6 14.Rfe1 Bd6 15.Ne5 b5 16.Nb1 { A normal but still pleasing re-routing of the knight. } 16...Nf6 17.Nd2 Qb6 18.Ndf3 Rac8 19.Rxc8 Bxc8 20.Qe3 h6 21.h4 Ne4 22.Rc1 ( 22.Bxe4? dxe4 23.Qxe4 Bb7 { Black is more than happy to ditch a pawn to get a piece! Well, to activate a dead piece. } ) 22...f6?! { Black tires of passive defense but this eventually leads to an outpost and weakening of e6. } 23.Ng6 Re8 24.Nd2 f5 25.Nb3 Qd8 26.h5 Bb7 27.Ne5 Qe7 28.Be2 Rc8 29.g3 Qe8 30.Kg2 Nf6 31.Nd3 Rxc1 32.Qxc1 Kh7 33.Qd1 Ne4 34.Ne5 Nf6 35.Nc5 Qc8 36.b4 { Pretty much your textbook position of how to play with knights against bishops. } 36...Bc6 37.g4 Be8 38.Bd3 Kh8 39.f3 a5? { OK now again, Black needed to be passive. } ( 39...Ng8 { for example } ) 40.bxa5 Bxc5 41.Qc2 Qa8 42.Qxc5 Qxa5 ( 42...Kg8 43.Qc7 { and the a-pawn is too far away for Black's minors to help } ) 43.Qf8+ Kh7 44.gxf5 Qd2+ 45.Kh3 { Tripled pawns can protect kings! } 45...Qe1 46.fxe6+ Ne4 47.Bxe4+ { One last accurate move } ( 47.fxe4? Qh1+ 48.Kg3 Qg1+ { is drawn since } 49.Kf3 Bxh5+ 50.Ng4 Bxg4# ) 47...dxe4 48.Qxe8 1-0
[Event "43rd Olympiad 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Wei, Yi"] [Black "Stocek, Jiri"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2742"] [BlackElo "2574"] [ECO "B69"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer attack, 7...a6 defence, 11.Bxf6"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Board "3"] [Whitefideid "8603405"] [Whiteteam "China"] [Blackfideid "304760"] [Blackteam "Czech Republic"] [CurrentPosition "2r1k2r/3bbp1p/1qnp1p2/p3pP2/1p2P3/5NP1/PPPQ3P/1KNR1B1R w k - 2 17"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Be7 9.f4 Bd7 10.Nf3 b5 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Kb1 Qb6 13.g3 b4 14.Ne2 a5 15.f5 e5 16.Nc1 Rc8 17.Qd5 ( 17.Qh6 { To prevent castling might have been an improvement. It doesn't seem so at first, but Black's king actually needs the option to castle to get to safety. } ) 17...Na7 18.Nd2 Bc6 19.Qd3 a4 20.Nc4 Qc5 { Already Black is making progression toward the king, while White is not. } 21.Qf3 Nb5 22.Qe3 { Just wow. How many moves is that with the wandering white queen? It's like Wei Yi just gifted his opponent three tempos in a position where one could be deadly. } ( 22.Ne3 ) 22...Nd4 { Of course no queen trade, not when you're going to win the race. } 23.Bd3? d5! { Activating the light-squared bishop and Black always has an escape valve (0-0) if the center becomes too open. } 24.Nd2 a3 25.exd5 Bxd5 26.Ne4 Qc6 27.Nb3 O-O 28.Rhe1 Nxc2 29.Qh6 { There's no such thing as fashionably late in the Najdorf. } 29...Bxb3 30.Ng5 Bxa2+ ( 30...fxg5 31.f6 { is the idea, but it still doesn't work! } 31...Bxa2+ 32.Kxa2 b3+ 33.Kb1 ( 33.Kxb3 Rb8+ 34.Ka2 Rxb2# ) 33...a2+ 34.Kc1 a1=Q+ 35.Kd2 Bb4+ 36.Ke2 Qg2# ) 31.Kc1 Nxe1+ 32.Kd2 Nf3+ 0-1
[Event "43rd Olympiad 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2780"] [BlackElo "2820"] [ECO "C80"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "open, 6.d4"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Board "1"] [Whitefideid "13300474"] [Whiteteam "Armenia"] [Blackfideid "13401319"] [Blackteam "Azerbaijan"] [CurrentPosition "1rbq1rk1/4b1pp/p4p2/3p4/p2Q4/1PN1R3/P1P2PPP/R1B3K1 b - - 0 16"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 Be7 7.Re1 b5 8.Rxe4 d5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Rxe5 bxa4 11.Qe1 f6 12.Re3 c5 13.Qd1 O-O 14.Nc3 Rb8 15.b3 cxd4 16.Qxd4 Bd6!? { This ends up offering the d- and a-pawns! } ( { Let's be honest, how many of us would have just played } 16...axb3 { or } ) ( 16...Bb7 ) 17.Qxd5+ Kh8 18.Rd3 Qe8 19.Bb2 ( 19.Nxa4 Qe1# ) 19...Be5 20.Nxa4 { The materialistic computer likes White but there is an ominous lack of pieces around his king. } 20...Rb5 21.Qf3 ( 21.Qc4 Be6 22.Qh4 ) 21...Bb7 22.Qe3 { You can see why Aronian chose this path for the queen -- it looks like some things are about to get traded, until... } 22...Be4! 23.Rd2 ( 23.Qxe4 Bxh2+ 24.Kxh2 Qxe4 { is the point } ) ( 23.Rad1 Bxd3 24.Qxd3 $13 { is one way to diffuse the attack, that is, if you see it coming! } ) 23...Bxg2!! { Classic Shak. } 24.Kxg2 Qg6+ 25.Kf1 ( 25.Kh1 Bxh2! 26.Nc5 Qh5 $17 ) 25...Bxh2 { Threatening ...Re8 and then mate with ...Qg1. } 26.Re1 ( 26.Nc5 ) ( 26.f4 Bxf4 27.Qe7 Rg8 { is a mess but White's king still looks perilous. } ) 26...Rg5 27.Ke2? ( 27.Nc3 Qh5 28.f3 { was the best hope of surviving but Black still has his teeth out } ) 27...Re8 28.Kd1 Rg1! ( 28...Rxe3? 29.Rd8+ Re8 30.Rexe8+ Qxe8 31.Rxe8# ) 29.Be5 Bxe5 30.Re2 h5 31.Qd3 Qg2 32.Nb6 Rxe1+ 33.Rxe1 Qxf2 34.Nd5 Rd8 35.c4 Qxa2 36.Qf3 g6 37.Re3 Kg7 38.Qh3 Qf2 39.Rd3 Qg1+ 40.Kc2 Qh2+ 41.Qxh2 Bxh2 42.Rh3 Be5 43.Kd3 a5 44.Ke4 Kf7 45.Kf3 Rh8 46.Kg2 g5 47.Ne3 Ke6 48.Kf1 f5 0-1 ‏
[Event "Olympiad Women 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs"] [Black "Yu, Jennifer"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2367"] [BlackElo "2268"] [PlyCount "124"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Whiteteam "Mongolia"] [Blackteam "United States of America"] [Whiteteamcountry "MGL"] [CurrentPosition "2b2Q2/r6k/2pBp1pp/1pP1P1q1/4B1n1/1P4P1/5PK1/7R w - - 2 46"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 b5 6.O-O Bb7 ( 6...e6 7.a4 Bb7 8.Ne5 a6 9.b3 cxb3 10.Qxb3 Be7 11.Nc3 b4 12.Rd1 a5 { Mchedlishvili,M (2603) -Eljanov,P (2711) Riadh 2017 } ) 7.b3 cxb3 8.axb3 e6 9.Bb2 Nbd7 10.Qc2 Nd5 $146 ( 10...Be7 11.Rd1 Qb6 12.Ne5 Rc8 13.Nxd7 Nxd7 14.e4 O-O 15.Nc3 Rfd8 { Clarac,J (2129)-Peralta,F (2549) France 2007 } ) 11.Nc3 Be7 12.Ne4 O-O 13.Rfc1 a5 14.h4 h6 15.Ne5 Nb4 16.Qc3 Nd5 17.Qd2 Bb4 18.Qc2 Rc8 19.Nc5 Nxc5 20.dxc5 Qe7 21.Nd3 Rfd8 22.Be5 Ra8 23.e4 Nf6 24.Bd6 Qe8 25.Qb2 Qd7 26.Nxb4 axb4 27.Qd4 Ne8 28.e5 Nc7 29.Qxb4 Nd5 30.Qd4 Qe8 31.Be4 Rxa1 32.Rxa1 Ra8 33.Re1 Bc8 34.h5 Ra7 35.Bd3 g6 36.Qg4 Kg7 37.Qf3 Qd8 38.Kg2 Ra2 39.Rh1 Qg5 40.hxg6 Ne3+ 41.Kg1 Ra1+ 42.Kh2 Ng4+ 43.Kg2 Ra7 44.Be4 ( 44.Ra1! ) 44...fxg6 45.Qf8+ Kh7 46.Bb1 ( 46.Qxc8 { just wins because } 46...Ra2 47.Rf1 Ne3+ 48.Kg1 Nxf1 { actually is a forced mate: } 49.Qd7+ Kg8 50.Qe8+ Kh7 51.Qf7+ Kh8 52.Bf8 ) 46...Qd2 47.Rh4? ( { Here } 47.Qf3 { is just over. } ) 47...Qd5+ 48.Qf3 Rf7! { The best chance... } 49.Qxd5?! { ...and it works. } ( { White could still win a pawn with } 49.Bxg6+! Kxg6 50.Rxg4+ Kh7 51.Qe4+! { (neither player wants to take the other's queen) } 51...Kh8 52.Rh4 Kg7 53.b4 ) 49...exd5 { White is not better anymore... } 50.f4? { ...and this is a fatal weakening of the kingside. } 50...Kg7 ( 50...Ra7! ) 51.Kf3 h5 52.Rh1 Ra7 { Everything went wrong for White. } 53.f5 Bxf5 54.Bxf5 Rf7? ( 54...gxf5 ) 55.e6 Rxf5+ 56.Ke2 Rf2+ 57.Kd3 Rf3+ 58.Kd2 Rf2+ 59.Kd3 Rf3+ 60.Kd4?? Nf2 61.Rf1 Kf6 62.Be5+ Kxe6 0-1

Irina Krush played a hedgehog and is on 4/4 now. | Photo: Maria Emelianova

[Event "Olympiad Women 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel"] [Black "Krush, Irina"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B41"] [WhiteElo "2377"] [BlackElo "2423"] [PlyCount "149"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Whiteteam "Mongolia"] [Blackteam "United States of America"] [Whiteteamcountry "MGL"] [CurrentPosition "b3rr1k/B1bn2p1/P3pq1p/1P1p4/2p2P2/6QB/1N2R1PP/5R1K b - - 4 39"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7 7.a3 b6 8.Be3 Bb7 9.f3 d6 ( 9...Nc6 10.Rc1 Bc5 11.Qd2 O-O 12.Be2 Rac8 13.b4 Bxd4 14.Bxd4 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 d6 16.O-O Rfd8 { Ponomariov,R (2694)-Fedorchuk,S (2648) Riadh 2017 } ) 10.Rc1 Be7 11.b4 O-O 12.Be2 Nbd7 13.O-O Rfc8 14.Qd2 Rab8 15.Rc2 Ne5 16.Na4 Ba8 17.Rfc1 Qd7 18.Nb2 Qe8 $146 ( 18...Qd8 19.Nb3 h5 20.Nd1 Qe8 21.Nf2 Bf8 22.Bd4 { ½-½ Ibarra Jerez,J (2496)-Illescas Cordoba,M (2603) Ceuta 2008 } ) 19.Nb3 h6 20.Qe1 Qd8 21.Kh1 Nfd7 22.a4 a5 23.c5 bxc5 24.b5 Qf8 25.Nxa5 f5 26.exf5 Qxf5 27.Nac4 Nxc4 28.Rxc4 d5 29.R4c2 c4 30.Qg3 Kh8 31.f4 Rf8 32.Bd4 Bf6 33.Bg4 Qe4 34.Ba7 Rbe8 35.Re2 Qg6 36.a5 Bd8 37.a6 Bc7 38.Bh3 Qf6 39.Rf1 Bxf4? ( 39...Bb6! 40.Bxb6 Nxb6 { nicely controls the passers, and only Black can be better. } ) 40.Qe1! { Attacking both e6 and Bf4 (with the threat 41.g3). } 40...Qg6 41.Bd4?! ( { The straightforward } 41.Rxe6! { was the way to go: } 41...Rxe6 42.Qxe6 Qxe6 43.Bxe6 { with a winning endgame. } ) 41...c3? ( 41...Bd6 ) 42.Bxc3 ( 42.Qxc3 ) 42...d4 { Krush goes all-in to create threats toward the white king, and her gamble will get rewarded. } 43.Bxd4 Qh5 44.Kg1?! ( { The computer keeps an edge for White with } 44.Nd3! Bd6 45.Rxf8+ Nxf8 46.Re3 Qxb5 47.Qa1 ) 44...Qxb5 45.a7 e5 46.Bf2 Nc5 { Krush takes over, and doesn't let go. } 47.Bg3 Ne4 48.Bxf4 exf4 49.Bg4 Qc5+ 50.Kh1 Qxa7 51.Nd3 g5 52.Qb4 Nf6 53.Rxe8 Rxe8 54.Qc3 Qg7 55.Bf5 Nd5 56.Qxg7+ Kxg7 57.Ra1 Ne3 58.Bd7 Bxg2+ 59.Kg1 Re7 60.Nc5 Bd5 61.Kf2 Bf7 62.h3 Re5 63.Rc1 Rd5 64.Bc6 Rd2+ 65.Kg1 Rc2 66.Rxc2 Nxc2 67.Kf2 Kf6 68.Bd7 Ke5 69.Nd3+ Kd6 70.Bg4 Bg6 71.Nc1 Ne3 72.Be2 Bf5 73.h4 g4 74.Ba6 g3+ 75.Ke1 0-1
[Event "Olympiad Women 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Zhukova, Natalia"] [Black "Khotenashvili, Bela"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D31"] [WhiteElo "2403"] [BlackElo "2469"] [PlyCount "166"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Whiteteam "Ukraine"] [Blackteam "Georgia 1"] [Whiteteamcountry "UKR"] [CurrentPosition "2r3bk/8/1p2PbPp/p6p/2qNQP2/P6P/1PN5/1K2R3 w - - 1 53"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 ( 6.e3 Bf5 7.Nge2 Nd7 8.Ng3 Bg6 9.Be2 Ngf6 10.h4 h5 11.Bg5 Ne4 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 { Navara,D (2741) -Harikrishna,P (2739) Linares 2018 } ) 6...Nf6 7.e3 Nh5 8.Be5 Nd7 9.Be2 Nxe5 10.dxe5 g6 11.Bxh5 gxh5 12.Nf3 f6 13.e4 d4 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.O-O-O O-O $146 ( 15...Bg4 16.e5 Bxf3 17.gxf3 Bxe5 18.Qf5 Qf6 19.Qxh5+ Kd7 20.Ne4 Qf4+ 21.Kb1 b6 { Vakhidov,J (2578)-Kasimdzhanov,R (2703) Tashkent 2016 } ) 16.Ne2 c5 17.Qxc5 Be6 18.Kb1 Rc8 19.Qa3 Be7 20.Qd3 Bc4 21.Qd2 d3 22.Nc1 Qb6 23.Nxd3 Bf6 24.e5 Bg7 25.Qe3 Qg6 26.Nh4 Qa6 27.Nc1 Be6 28.Nb3 Qc4 29.Nf3 a5 30.Rc1 Qb4 31.Nfd4 Bd5 32.Rxc8 Rxc8 33.Rc1 Re8 34.a3 Qb6 35.f4 Kh8 36.Nd2 Rd8 37.Nc2 Qg6 38.Qc5 b6 39.Qc7 Rf8 40.g3 Be6 41.Nf3 Rc8 42.Qd6 Bf8 43.Qd2 Bg8 44.Nd4 Qe4 45.Qe3 Qd5 46.e6 Bg7 47.Re1 Qc5 48.Qe4 Bf6 49.h3 Qc4 50.g4 h6 51.g5 Bh7 52.g6 Bg8 53.Nf5? ( { The winning plan was } 53.f5 Kg7 54.Rd1 Qc5 55.Nf3 Kh8 56.Rd7 Bg7 57.Nfd4 ) 53...Bxe6 54.Qxc4 Bxc4 55.Nd6 Rc6 56.Nxc4 Rxc4 57.f5?! ( 57.Rf1 Kg7 58.f5 ) 57...Rc5?! ( 57...Rf4! ) 58.Re8+ Kg7 59.Ne3 Rb5 60.Kc2 Bg5? { Giving White another chance. } ( 60...Rxb2+ 61.Kd3 Rf2 ) 61.Nc4? ( 61.a4! Rc5+ 62.Kd3 { was winning again. } ) 61...Rxf5 62.Re6 Rf2+ 63.Kd3 Rh2 64.Rxb6 Rxh3+ 65.Ke4 Rh4+ 66.Kd5 Bf6 67.Ne5 Bxe5 68.Kxe5 Rg4 69.b4 axb4 70.axb4 h4 71.Ra6 h3 72.Ra3 Rh4 73.Ra1 Kxg6 74.b5 Kg5 75.Rh1 Kg4 76.b6 Rh5+ 77.Ke4? { Now White even loses. } ( 77.Kd6 { draws because of } 77...h2 78.b7 Rb5 79.Kc6 Rb2 80.Rxh2! ) 77...Rb5 78.Rg1+ Kh4 79.Kf3 h2 80.Rh1 Kh3 81.Kf2 Rxb6 82.Rc1 Rf6+ 83.Ke2 Kg2 0-1

Vassily Ivanchuk's baby blue eyes have stared at Olympiad chessboards for 30 years running. | Photo: Mike Klein

[Event "43rd Olympiad 2018"] [Site "Batumi GEO"] [Date "2018.09.28"] [Round "5.5"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Anton Guijarro, David"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2710"] [BlackElo "2639"] [ECO "E14"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "4.e3"] [EventDate "2018.09.24"] [Board "1"] [Whitefideid "14100010"] [Whiteteam "Ukraine"] [Blackfideid "2285525"] [Blackteam "Spain"] [CurrentPosition "2r1n1k1/p3rpp1/1pp4p/3p4/3P2P1/1P2P3/P1R1NPP1/2R3K1 b - - 0 25"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e3 b6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.O-O O-O 8.b3 Re8 9.Ba3 Bg4 10.Bxd6 Qxd6 11.Nc3 c6 12.Rc1 Nbd7 13.Be2 Rac8 14.Qc2 Ne4 15.Nd2 Nxd2 16.Qxd2 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 Nf6 18.Rc2 Rc7 19.Rfc1 Ree7 20.Qf3 Ne8 21.Ne2 Rc8 22.Qf4 Qg6 23.h3 h6 24.Qg4 Qxg4 25.hxg4 Rec7 { Not a fun ending for Black as he is glued to the backward pawn. But can White punch through? Yes! } 26.Nf4 Kf8 ( 26...Nd6 27.Nxd5 ) 27.Nd3 Ke7 28.Nb4 ( 28.Ne5 Kd6 ) 28...Kd6 29.Na6 Rb7 30.b4 b5 ( 30...Nf6 31.b5 c5 32.dxc5+ bxc5 33.Nxc5 Rxb5 34.Nb7+ ) 31.Nc5 Rb6 ( 31...Rbc7 { and now White may choose a setup with Rc2-c3-a3-a6 and Nc5-b3-a5 and then play for e4 to break through! } ) 32.Nd3 f6 33.Rc3 Kd7 34.Nc5+ { a7 is still a problem } 34...Ke7 35.Ra1 Ra8 36.Nb3 Nd6 37.a4 Nc4 38.Rc2 Kf7 39.Rca2 Kg6 40.axb5 Rxb5 41.Rxa7 Rxa7 42.Rxa7 Rxb4 { White had to reduce the number of pawns to gain an active rook, but luckily there's still a weak c-pawn to target. } 43.Nc5 Nd6 44.Rc7 Rb6 45.Ne6 Ne8 46.Re7 Rb8 47.f4 f5 48.g5 hxg5 49.fxg5 Nd6 50.Rxg7+ Kh5 51.Rh7+ Kg4 52.g6 f4 53.g7 Nf5 54.exf4 Re8 55.Kf2 Ra8 56.Rh3 Ra2+ 57.Kg1 Ra8 58.Kh2 Re8 59.Rc3 Rg8 60.Ra3 Re8 61.Ra6 Nxg7 62.Nxg7 Re7 63.Ra3 Kxf4 64.Rf3+ Kg4 65.Nf5 Re4 66.Ne3+ Kg5 67.Nc2 1-0

43rd World Chess Olympiad 2018 (Batumi GEO)  Sun 23rd Sep 2018 - Sat 6th Oct 2018 - Official Site - Results

43rd Olympiad 2018 (11 Rds Olym Team TC: 90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games |

Members of the U.S. team have been seen joking with one another before nearly every round, and today was no exception. Fabiano Caruana (left) got the last laugh against Boris Gelfand (right) once play began. | Photo: Maria Emelianova


Alina l'Ami I learn so much in my travels...today I found out that Swaziland is now called eSwatini!!

Photo by Seyran Baroyan, Round 3

Photo by Seyran Baroyan, Round 3

Photo by Seyran Baroyan, Round 3

Elina Danielian Armenia's first board.

Photo: David llada Elina Danielian Armenia's first board.

Photo: David llada Melissa Castrillon (COLOMBIA) Round 3

Photo: David llada Laura Unuk (SLOVENIA)

Photo by Seyran Baroyan, Round 3

Photo by Seyran Baroyan, Round 3

Photo: David llada Teodora Injac (SERBIA)

Photo by Seyran Baroyan, Round 3

 
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