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!

You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.
— José Raúl Capablanca

Chess Olympiad: Azerbaijan, Poland Still Perfect

Mind you, the top seed USA is still lurking behind in just the 3rd place (after tiebreaks). Their strategy might be to let the competition terminate each other and they deliver the last blow in the end.