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
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
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:
Azerbaijan (my pick to win)
Comment your prediction of who you think will win