Philippines Lost to Italy in Round 7 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

GM Eugene Torre has yet to be defeated in the Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad so far. He’s had 2 draws and 5 wins so far in seven rounds, including his latest win against GM Axel Rombaldoni of Italy. But that was not enough to boost the team as the Philippines lost to Italy, 1 ½ to 2 ½ in Round 7 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

Replay the games of Round 7 below: [replay]

Philippines draws with Norway in Round 6 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open

The Philippines may have come as the underdog in this match, but they were able to hold their ground against a team that on average is 165 points its senior, Norway, in Round 6 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. The match resulted to a dead even 2-2.[replay]

On Board 1, GM Julio Catalino Sadorra was even able to hold the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, to a draw, even if the latter was almost 300 ELO points above his own. The rest of the players drew their respective games as well:

This draw boosted the Philippines Open team ranking even further to number 19 after Round 6.

Replay all the games of Round 6, Philippines vs. Norway:[replay]

Philippines Board Match-ups in Round 6 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

As mentioned earlier, it’s gonna be a tough match for the Philippines team in the Open section (Seed No. 53), as they face the team of the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, Norway (Seed No. 12), in Round 6 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

GM Julio Catalino Sadorra will face the World Champion himself in Board 1:

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The Philippines Women team (Seed No. 46) will face a probably lighter opposition in Mexico (Seed No. 57) in Round 6:

The role of Olympiad Captains

Paul Truong writes about the role of Olympiad captains:

If one accepts the role of Captain of an Olympiad team, the #1 responsibility is to WIN, WIN, WIN! We are not there to have fun. We are not there to party. We are not there to please any individual player’s ego. We are there to WIN as a team! We are there to fight as a team. We are there to win for our countries. We can celebrate and have fun after it is over.

I am just shocked to see that some Captains will allow disruption, lack of unity, lack of team work, and worst of all, allow some players to choose which day, which opponent, and which color they want to play. Some players do not want to play a particular round to “protect” ratings. Are you kidding me?

I wonder which captains, from which countries, is he referring to?

Philippines Beats South Africa in Round 5 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)

Philippines wins anew in Round 5 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open section, this time against the 79th seed South Africa. With a score of 3½ against ½, only GM John Paul Gomez drew his game, the rest were wins, including the 4th win of GM Eugene Torre in 5 rounds. [replay]

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With this win, this puts the Philippines in 23rd place after 5 rounds, thus is set to meet tougher opponents in the next round.

True enough, it’ll be Philippines vs. Norway, home to the highest rated player in the world and the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, in Round 6.

Replay all the games of Philippines vs. South Africa below: [replay]