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Fire on the Boards in Tromso

  • NM HowToTameADragon
  • | Aug 3, 2014
  • | 4958 views
  • | 12 comments

Hi guys,

From August 1st through the 14th - the Chess Olympiad will be going on in Tromso, Norway

So far, almost two rounds are completed, and there have been some blunders, time trouble, and some amazing tactical games

Blunders

If playing the favorites in the olympiad wasn't stressful enough (russia), A Basil (2135) was playing board 1,  up against GM Alexander Grischuk, and he cracked under the pressure, losing in just 16 moves!


Another blunder that occured was in the match between the US and Colombia in Round 2 in the game between Alexander Onischuk and Cristhian Rios, Onischuk won in 25 moves.

Time Trouble Problems

In round 1, Armenia (the reigning champions) were paired against Japan. GM Movsevian was black against FM Kojima. Kojima was winning for most of the game and even missed a forced mate, but in time trouble, Kojima blundered mate

Toms Kantans was paired against Mariano Madrigal - he was clearly better for the most part till he reached move 26 - where he blundered in time pressure
Tactics
My favorite game so far is the round 2 matchup of Judit Polgar (playing in the open section) and Andres Guerrero Vargas. Judit won an exiting Najdorf


In the lead of the tournament with a perfect score of 2/2
Are teams including:
Russia
Armenia
USA
Azerbaijan (my pick to win)
Hungary
France
China
Israel
England
Netherlands
Germany
Cuba
Poland
New Zealand
Czech Republic
Italy
Etc.
Comment your prediction of who you think will win
Thanks,
HowToTameADragon

Comments


  • 5 weeks ago

    AkshitaGorti

    Nice post!

  • 6 weeks ago

    vruatsa

    My pleasure :) 

  • 6 weeks ago

    NM HowToTameADragon

    @vruatsa - Got it! thanks

  • 6 weeks ago

    vruatsa

    Thanks for the information. I hope Colombia does much better in the next rounds.

    Ps: It's COLOMBIA, not Columbia 

  • 6 weeks ago

    Mean-Mr-Mustard

    My guess is Nakamura only went for the draw because his position was already not at all the kind of position he wanted out of the opening, combinded with the fact that he had just arrived in Tromso that day and was probably feeling tired. The real question concerning the American team is what is the matter with Kamsky? He lost yesterday from a position that he normally would make look like an easy draw, and then today he lost with white against an IM! Kamsky often talks about retiring once he turns 40.  Possibibly he is simply tired of chess.

  • 6 weeks ago

    b2b2

    Rd 3 Women's Moral Victory:  China 3 - USA 1

    The USA men should follow the women's lead and play to win every board!

    - Irina Krush battled Yifan Hou for 91 moves before succumbing.
    - Anna Zatonskih missed 26....Nd2, and queenside liquidation yielding draw.
    - Tatev Abrahamyan and Katerina Nemcova fought well and both drew.

  • 6 weeks ago

    b2b2

    Disappointing Day:  Netherlands 2.5 - USA 1.5

    WHAT IS GOING ON?

    John Donaldson (USA Team Captain) should explain why Hikaru Nakamura forced a 15 move draw with Anish Giri.  Followed by Varuzhan Akobian playing the Berlin. 

    Is this the plan against the top teams (Russia, Armenia, China, Ukraine, etc.)?  Is there so little confidence in Hikaru and Varuzhan?

  • 6 weeks ago

    Mean-Mr-Mustard

    1. France

    2. China

    3. Russia

  • 6 weeks ago

    NM HowToTameADragon

    @koudai Done

    @Abhishek - Nice choice - they're led by one of my favorite top players (GM Vachier-Lagrave)

  • 6 weeks ago

    koudai8

    In the first diagram,

    Grischuk, Alexander (2795) vs. Basil, Alshouha (2132) should be reversed.

  • 6 weeks ago

    Abhishek2

    France

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