USA won against Armenia and Poland lost to China in the penultimate round of Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018. Russia even routed England in the 10th round to earn them at least a shot at the title.
Right before the final round, USA and China are tied for first place. It will be directly decided as they face each other in the final round, unless they draw their match, which will give Russia, France and Poland the chance to join the fray.
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.
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.
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 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
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In Round 9, it’s going to be USA vs. Poland.