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China won the Women’s Chess Olympiad on tie-breaks over Ukraine. They showed up in Batumi without the highest rated woman chess player in the world, Hou Yifan, and also the former Women’s World Champion Tan Zhongyi, but anyway still got the job done. Current women’s world champion GM Ju Wenjun won the individual gold for board 1 while board 3 WGM Huang Qian and board 4 GM Lei Tingjie got the silver medals.
During the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad there was a Brilliancy Prize awarded every round chosen by a special judging committee led by GM Susan Polgar. After all 11 rounds have been played the committee will then choose the “Overall Brilliant Game”. The winner was GM Tiger Hillarp Persson for his marvelous “the King is an attacking piece” demonstration.
For those BW readers who were able to witness the 1992 Manila Olympiad, I am sure you will recall that Vladimir Kramnik was the big story. He was plucked out of obscurity, a mere FIDE Master, to join Garry Kasparov, Alexander Khalifman, Sergei Dolmatov, Alexei Dreev and Alexei Vyzmanavin to represent Russia in the first post-USSR Olympiad.
Back in 1975 we had the Philippines vs China Friendship Matches where a 10-man Filipino squad (Grandmaster [GM] Eugene Torre, International Master [IM] Rodolfo Tan Cardoso, IM Renato Naranja, IM Rosendo Balinas Jr, Glenn Bordonada, Rico Mascariñas, Roger Abella, Rafaelito Maninang, Cesar Caturla, and Phil Junior Champion Frederic Tumanon) met the best player of China, ostensibly to test the playing level of China in preparation for their first participation in the Chess Olympiad. Anyway, there were six matches of 10 games each, held in various cities around China and the Philippines won 35.0-25.0.
The Azeri team features an in-form Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2820 (3/4), Teimour Radjabov 2751 (3/4), Arkadij Naiditsch 2721 (3.5/5), Rauf Mamedov 2699 (4.5/5) and Eltaj Safarli 2676 (2/2). As you know both Armenia and Azerbaijan, two countries still technically at war, have a deeply-ingrained chess culture and any match between the two is always a tense affair. In Batumi it was Azerbaijan which won 2.5-1.5, and the game between the two teams’ leaders was worthy of the occasion.
The 43rd Chess Olympiad kicked off last Sunday, Sept. 23, in a lavish opening ceremony held at the Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili. Round 1 started the next day at the newly built Batumi Sport Palace. This event is a great feather in the cap of GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, a former European Chess Champion and now the Director of the Organizing Committee for the event.
The Iranians are really on a roll. Last August their national team of GMs Parham Maghsoodloo, Pouya Idani, M. Amin Tabatabaei, Alireza Firouzja and Masoud Mosadeghpour won the Asian Nations Cup ahead of the all-GM powerhouses from India (Baskaran Adhiban, SP Sethuraman, Krishnan Sasikiran, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Abhijeet Gupta) and China (Lu Shanglei, Wen Yang, Zhou Jianchao, Bai Jinshi, Xu Xiangyu).
The two Dmitry’s tied for first in the Russian Superfinals; there was a play-off the Grand Master (GM) Andreikin won the title of Russian Champion and a new car which went with it, a Renault Kaptur -- roughly, it looks like the new Toyota Rush. This is his second time -- in 2012 Andreikin figured in a gigantic six-way tie for first in the SuperFinals with Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Jakovenko, Evgeny Alekseev and Vladimir Potkin and he won the subsequent play-off. This was the beginning of Andreikin’s reputation of “nerves of steel.”
Our European campaigners took part in the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament in Holland and both IM John Marvin Miciano and GM Jayson Gonzales finished with 6.5/9, tied for 11th to 20th places. IM John Marvin Miciano was the revelation of the tournament as he held the solo lead at the halfway point of the tournament with five wins out of five games. Unfortunately, his strength gave out and he lost in the next two rounds. He recovered with a win and a draw to finish the tournament with 6.5/9.
Great victory for Mamedyarov in the category 20 Biel tournament. He was undefeated with five wins and five draws, clinched the victory with a round to spare and defeated Magnus Carlsen in their individual game. The tournament finished on August 1 and so the games were not on time for the August rating list, but if we impute the gains and losses from this tournament the FIDE Top 5 list would read...
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On Wednesday I reported on the final standings of the Russia Championship Higher League, the Top 5 of whom will qualify to play in the 2018 Russian Super Finals to be held later this year. One of our readers noticed the name of Ernesto Inarkiev among the qualifiers -- wasn’t he involved in an illegal move incident with world champion Magnus Carlsen? What was that all about?
Never heard of Yaroslavl? Well you should be ashamed of yourself. It is a city 250 kilometers northeast of Moscow. Founded in 1010 it became part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow in 1463 which, by the 18th century expanded itself to become the Russian Empire. Yaroslavl for a long time was Russia’s second largest city (behind Moscow) and during the Polish occupation of Moscow in 1612, became its de facto capital.
Shania Mae Mendoza, top board player for FEU Women’s team in the UAAP, is now the Philippine’s National Chess Champion for Women. In the Philippines’ Grand Finals Shania scored 5 wins (against Christy Bernales, Jerlyn Mae San Diego, Allaney Doroy, Mikee Suede and Michelle Yaon) and 4 draws to finish in solo first place.
June has been a great month for Ms. Shania Mae Mendoza. She won the Philippine Women’s Championship in Alphaland Makati, and then enplaned for Davao where she won the ASEAN Under-20 Championship. This brought with it the automatic Woman International Master (WIM) title as well as a Woman International Grandmaster (WGM) title norm. Two more norms and she will get the full WGM title.
The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) is a circuit of chess tournaments where the world Top 10 players compete for multiple prize pools. This started in 2015 and, as expected, world champion Magnus Carlsen became Tour Champion. In 2016, in a big shock heard around the world, the Filipino-American GM Wesley So became Tour Champion by winning both of the last two legs, the Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic. In 2017 it was back to Magnus Carlsen as the Tour Champion.
GM Samuel Shankland won his last two games to take solo first place in the American Continental Championship. This was his third consecutive tournament victory after winning the USA Championship (ahead of the triumvirate of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley so and Hikaru Nakamura, all world top-10 players) and the Capablanca Memorial. He is now ranked no. 27 in the world with a rating of 2727, which is why some people are now calling him “Triple 27.”
The De La Salle Lady Archers stormed through the UAAP Women’s Chess Team Championship and won the event with one round to spare. They were led by WIM Bernadette Galas (12/13) who is currently the Philippines’ Woman (not junior -- the adult version) Chess Champion, WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego (12.5/13) (4th place in the latest Woman’s Chess Championship) and Ella Grace Moulic (10.5/13). There is a strong possibility that both Galas and San Diego will be part of the team to represent the country in the Batumi Chess Olympiad to be held later this year.