Vietnam too much for Philippines to handle in the Final Round

Unfortunately, for team Philippines, the streak was cut to 5 wins only, as Vietnam was too much for them to handle in the final round of Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 (Open). All games ended decisively, and Vietnam won 3-1. Thus, Vietnam finished 7th in the ranking, while Philippines settled for 37th place — still a satisfactory performance considering they’re 54th seed.

China wins Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 (Open)

When the dusts finally settled, 3 teams: USA, China and Russia, tied for the top place. And just like in the previous Olympiad, the grand winner was settled via a tiebreak system — no tiebreak matches whatsoever. A karma, indeed, for USA – just as how they won the last Olympiad, China dethroned them via other teams’ performances, and not necessarily by their own efforts.

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).