Philippines wins over Zambia – R9 Batumi 2018

It must have been Philippines’ strategy, after all, to lose their games to Croatia, Estonia and Lebanon in Rounds 3, 4 and 5, respectively, in order to breeze through their matches towards the end of the tournament.

With this Round 9 win, Philippines (Seed No. 54) is now at number 31 in the ranking, and is set to face Ecuador (Seed No. 78) in the penultimate 10th round.

If things go well, Philippines might even land in the top 20 at the end of this Olympiad.

Upset in Round 9 – Poland over USA (Batumi 2018)

The 11th seed Poland pulled a surprise in Round 9 as they stunned the top seed USA into submission. Hikaru Nakamura was the calamity at Board 3.

Yeah, 151 ratings difference — upset, indeed!

Poland is now the sole leader at the end of Round 9. Two more rounds to go!

Here’s how the upset happened:

Philippines vs. Zambia

This should be easy for PHI in the 9th Round of the Batumi Olympiad (Open).

Teimour Radjabov vs. Wesley So – Round 8 Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018

Ever wonder how Wesley So lost to Teimour Radjabov in Round 8 Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 (USA vs. Azerbaijan)?

Radjabov was up a pawn by move 32, and the rest was skills to get himself the win.

Philippines beats Uruguay (3-1)

With 2 wins and 2 draws, Team Philippines (Seed No. 54) beat Uruguay (Seed No. 67) in the Open section of Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 Round 8. Three more rounds to go for the tournament, and PHI is currently at 47th place.

Up next will be Zambia (Seed No. 95)

USA Leads 2018 Chess Olympiad after Round 8

USA beats Azerbaijan in Round 8 of Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 to take the sole lead after 8, with 3 more rounds to go. This despite Wesley So’s loss to Teimour Radjabov in Board 2.

Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 Open Ranking (Top 15) after Round 8

Check out more rankings here.

In Round 9, it’s going to be USA vs. Poland.

Philippines vs. Uruguay

It’s the 8th Round of Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018, and Philippines (Seed No. 54) is up against Uruguay (Seed No. 67), in the Open section of the Olympiad. Check out the board pairings in the link above.

USA vs. Azerbaijan

I do think that whoever wins this match-up will eventually bag home the Batumi Olympiad title. For a bolder prediction: this will all boil down to the single game: Caruana vs. Mamedyarov, World No. 2 vs. No. 3!