Armenia Retains Lead In Open; India Widens Lead In Women’s; Gukesh 7/7

The Twelfth-seeded Armenia held the top-seeded U.S. to a 2-2 attract a dramatic conclusion to a tense match involving a touched-piece blunder by GM Sam Shankland. Armenia retained the lead with 13 match factors after the seventh spherical of the forty fourth FIDE Chess Olympiad as GM Gabriel Sargissian defeated GM Fabiano Caruana on the highest board, and all different video games additionally ended decisively.

Uzbekistan, India 2, India, the U.S., Germany, and Kazakhstan are among the many groups tied for second by way of Thirteenth locations with 12 match factors.

GM Dommaraju Gukesh of India 2 maintained his clear document of 7/7 with a win with the black items over GM Carlos Albornoz of Cuba. IM Conor Murphy (2404) of Eire continued his spectacular run to defeat GM Fawzy Adham of Egypt to take care of a 6/6 rating.

By defeating world championship candidate GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2750) of Poland, GM Mark Paragua (2461) enabled his nation, the 62nd-seeded Philippines, to carry fifth-seeded Poland to a 2-2 draw. In different noteworthy performances, Fifteenth-seeded France held seventh-seeded the Netherlands to a 2-2 draw whereas Fortieth-seeded Kazakhstan defeated fourth-seeded Spain by a 2.5-1.5 rating.

India surged forward with 14 match factors within the FIDE Women’s Chess Olympiad with a 2.5-1.5 win over Azerbaijan even after IM Gunay Mammadzada defeated GM Koneru Humpy on the highest board. Ukraine, Armenia, and Georgia are tied for second-fourth locations on 12 match factors.

WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa (2376) of Poland defeated Beloslava Krasteva (2249) of Bulgaria to take care of a rating of 7/7 in a noteworthy efficiency.  Nonetheless, the Fifteenth-seeded Bulgaria carried out creditably on different boards to carry the fourth-seeded Poland to a 2-2 draw. The Twenty seventh-seeded Greece defeated Eleventh-seeded India 2 by a 2.5-1.5 rating, and Twenty third-seeded Czech Republic held Thirteenth-seeded Spain to a 2-2 draw. 

Olympiad Intensity

Chess calls for intense focus. Each participant brings to the desk a degree of depth that permits them to present their most effort to the sport. In such moments, it’s typically sufficient simply to watch the participant to be entertained. It’s not even crucial to take a look at the place on the board to benefit from the sport.

The Olympiad match corridor is an enviornment the place you get to see the widest types of gamers from totally different components of the world giving their greatest. A participant’s board presence, will to win, willpower to present their most, and their utmost degree  of focus are all a spectator’s delight, to not point out a photographer’s. 

WGM Elina Danielian of Armenia. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

IM Jovanka Houska of England. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

GM Michael Adams of England along with his teammate GM Luke McShane (left). Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

GM Laurent Fressinet of France. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

IM Eesha Karavade of India. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

WGM Mary Ann Gomes watched over by her teammate WGM Divya Deshmukh of India. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

GM Zhaoqin Peng of the Netherlands. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

GM Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

WGM Dina Belenkaya of Israel. Photograph: Stev Bonhage/FIDE.

GM Enamul Hossain of Bangladesh. Photograph: Madele Belinki/FIDE.

Open Part

Essentially the most essential match of the day was the highest board conflict between match chief Armenia and the top-seeded U.S. GM Levon Aronian was rested for the encounter, not being pitted against Armenia, his country of birth. 

Just under an hour and a half into the match, GM Wesley So’s game against GM Hrant Melkumyan took a dramatic turn when So’s 18.Bh6 seemingly looked like a blunder, although played after more than 10 minutes of thinking. Melkumyan succumbed to the lure and played 18…e4 in just a couple of minutes. Because So came up with a beautiful concept in return, the game is analyzed in our Game of the Day:

Game of the Day

So’s beautiful sacrifice involving a queen sacrifice was highly praised by GM Peter Svidler who commented: “This position will be in every exercise book for the rest of eternity. It will be included in every single tactics collection from today until we no longer play chess!”

So’s winning moment—a creation for eternity. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE. 

The match steadily became more tense into the fourth hour of play, as GM Arturs Neiksans declared on’s live commentary: “There is drama happening on all three boards!”

The quick win by So was overshadowed by the top board encounter, where Caruana seemed to have blundered while approaching time control, as Sargissian won a pawn on the 34th move and went on to convert his advantage:

GM Leinier Dominguez fought hard in a topsy-turvy game to finally gain the upper hand against GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan toward the end of the first time control to give the U.S. a critical win.

Thus, it was left for the encounter between Shankland and GM Robert Hovhannisyan to decide the fate of the match, where the latter was trying to convert his sizeable advantage when low on time. Neiksans exclaimed, looking at the slow play by the Armenian: “Hovhannisyan is burning time!…(He) has spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out the plan. But has he!?”

Shankland fought long and hard from what appeared to be a lost position at one point and arrived at the following position at the end of the sixth hour of play:

Shankland had just played 90.b3 and seemed to have achieved a draw, as the resultant queen vs. queen and bishop should be a theoretical draw. When Hovhannisyan played 90…Qg2, Shankland assumed that his opponent had played 90…Qh1+ and immediately replied with 91.Kc2 in a reflexive action.

Shankland immediately realized the blunder and had to resign, as he had touched the white king and was forced to play 91.Kc1, when Black would win with 91…Qb2 92.Kd1. Instead, 91.Qc4+ would have drawn the game, and given his team a 2.5-1.5 victory in the match.

IM John Donaldson (captain of the U.S. staff) and Sam Shankland, instantly after the dramatic happenings. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.

The highest board of the India vs. India 3 was a conflict between two shut pals, GM Pentala Harikrishna and GM Surya Ganguly, who’ve performed one another for greater than a dozen instances of classical video games in 20 years, with not a single sport ending decisively. Though Hari appeared to have a slight benefit, the sport led to a draw, with GM S.P. Sethuraman-GM Vidit Gujrathi additionally following swimsuit.

On the third board, GM Arjun Erigaisi defeated GM Abhijeet Gupta when the latter blundered in a degree place:

When questioned concerning the sport within the press convention, Erigaisi admitted that he realized 24.g5 was a mistake after enjoying it. In the sport place after 31.Qd4, he felt he had sensible possibilities by increasing on the queenside with a2-a3 adopted by b3-b4, though the place remained degree.

Arjun Erigaisi, relying on sensible possibilities. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

On the fourth board, GM Sunilduth Narayanan constructed up a gradual assault on the kingside towards GM Abhimanyu Puranik. However then occasions developed dramatically:

S.L. Narayanan scored a topsy-turvy win. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

Gukesh scored his seventh straight victory as India 2 defeated Cuba by a rating of three.5-0.5:

The 52nd-seeded Philippines held the fifth-seeded Poland to a 2-2 draw, helped by Paragua (2461) who defeated Duda (2750) with the black items. 

Away from the very prime boards, Murphy of Eire defeated Adham of Egypt within the seventh spherical, including to the six wins within the six video games he has performed up to now, with a efficiency score of 3165. His different wins have been towards GM Amin Tabatabaei (Iran), GM Matthias Bluebaum (Germany), and IM Lee Jun Hyeok (South Korea). 

Women’s Part

Mammadzada created an enormous upset by defeating Humpy on the highest board within the Azerbaijan vs. India encounter:

Mammedzada vs. Humpy on the highest board within the Azerbaijan-India match. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

On the second board, after making an attempt arduous in an equal-looking rook endgame, GM Harika Dronavalli missed an opportunity within the endgame:

Neiksans got here up with a intelligent quote on rook endgames: “In the rook endgame, if you have an extra pawn, then it is definitely a draw. But if it’s equal, then you are winning!”

Harika watching over Humpy’s sport. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.

IMs R. Vaishali and IM Tania Sachdev once more scored essential victories for India, and Vaishali was elated in describing her sport on the press convention. She claimed that the rook ending with 4 pawns vs. three pawns was the precise place that she had studied in coaching camp with GM Boris Gelfand previous to the Olympiad:

WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa of Poland has performed in each spherical up to now and received all of her video games. Her rating of 7/7 is a large contribution to the whole factors scored by her staff. That is her win from the seventh spherical:

WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa of Poland. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/

See full outcomes right here.

The forty fourth FIDE Chess Olympiad and Women’s Chess Olympiad are over-the-board staff occasions the place nationwide chess federations compete in classical video games for gold medals, trophies, and the title of strongest chess nation on the planet. The occasion consists of an 11-round Swiss match the place every participant from a nationwide staff performs towards one other participant from the opposing nationwide staff. Groups obtain “game points” for profitable or drawing video games and “match points” for profitable or drawing a match. Groups with probably the most match factors for every part turn into the champions of their part, with a 3rd award going for the staff with probably the most factors from each sections mixed.

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