Although WIM Janelle Mae Frayna was able to stand her ground against grandmasters in the last two rounds of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, the other team members weren’t lucky enough as they faced their much stronger opponents.
Asia’s first Grandmaster, GM Eugene Torre, never failed to deliver so far in two rounds of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. He won his game anew, this time in Round 2 against GM Jose Fernando Cubas of Paraguay in Board 3 of their match.
Sadly, that was the only win for Philippine team in Round 2 of Open Section. Julio Catalino Sadorra drew his game in Board 1. The rest lost their games.Replay »
As is the usual case with the Swiss system, in Round 1 the top seed gets to face the middle seeded player/team. Thus, the higher half of the tournament participants in terms of their seed number are usually pitted against the much lower rated/seeded player/team in the first round.
We expect not much tension yet in Round 1.
As such, let’s check out the team pairings in the pages that follow.
It’s the beginning of the month, and thus a new ratings update. A lot of rearrangements happen in the Top 20, but the composition is basically still the same.
Fabiano Caruana gained 1 ELO rating point to catch up with Vladimir Kramnik at 2808. Wesley So gained 11 ELO rating points (2782) from his stellar performance in Sinquefield Cup, but that was not enough to catch up with Hikaru Nakamura at number 6 (2789). Anish Giri shaved off some 14 points, from 2769 to 2755, and slid down from number 9 to number 12 in September.
Below is the Top 20 table, but you may check out the full Top 100 here.