42nd Chess Olympiad, Baku 2016The 42nd World Chess Olympiad 2016 was held in Baku (Azerbaijan) 1st-13th September. Free Day: 7th September. Swiss, 11 rounds.
Olympiad Open Final Standings: 1. USA, 2. Ukraine - 20 out of 22 scores, 3. Russia - 18.
United States of America, Olympic Champions: Fabiano Caruana (7 out of 10), Hikaru Nakamura (7.5/11), Wesley So (8.5/10), Samuel Shankland (5.5/8), Ray Robson (3/5). Captain - John Donaldson.
Open Teams: Russia (Kramnik, Karjakin), United States of America (Caruana, Nakamura, So), China (Wang, Li), Azerbaijan (Mamedyarov), Ukraine (Eljanov), France (Vachier-Lagrave), Poland (Wojtaszek), England (Adams), Hungary (Rapport, Almasi), Netherlands (Giri), India (Harikrishna), Germany (Meier), Norway (Carlsen).
Round 11: USA-Canada 2.5-1.5 (Caruana obtained a huge edge in the Caro-Kann vs Bareev and won; So beat Lesiege; Kovalyov-Nakamura 1/2, from the opening to the ending; Hansen grabbed a pawn vs Shankland and won), Ukraine-Slovenia 3.5-0.5 (Beliavsky had good play in the endgame vs Eljanov, but lost; Volokitin had an extra pawn vs Sebenik and won; Korobov beat Borisek), Russia-Italy 3-1 (Kramnik had an edge vs Vocaturo and won; a sharp fight in Rombaldoni-Tomashevsky 1/2; Grischuk beat Moroni), India-Norway 2-2 (Harikrishna-Carlsen 1/2, the Italian Game, Magnus grabbed a pawn), Peru-England 2-2.
Round 10: Georgia-USA 1.5-2.5 (So took the initiative vs Pantsulaia with 15...b5! and won; Mchedlishvili had a good game and beat Nakamura; Shankland had a clear edge vs Sanikidze and won), Czech Republic-Ukraine 1-3 (Eljanov beat Navara), India-Russia 2-2 (Harikrishna beat Karjakin; Kramnik obtained an advantage vs Adhiban and won), England-Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5, Latvia-Canada 1-3, Norway-Iran 3.5-0.5 (Carlsen-Ghaem Maghami 1-0, Magnus had a strong knight in the centre, 21.Nxf7 was also good).
Round 9: Ukraine-India 2.5-1.5 (Korobov beat Sethuraman), USA-Norway 3-1 (Caruana-Carlsen 1/2, the rare Scandinavian Defence, with equality), Iran-England 2-2, Azerbaijan-Russia 1-3 (Mamedyarov-Karjakin 1/2, Shakhriyar had better chances in the endgame; Kramnik attacked with c4-c5 and got an edge after 18...Qe7 and won vs Radjabov), Netherlands-Czech Republic 1.5-2.5, Hungary-Georgia 1.5-2.5, Faroe Isles-China 0-4 (Ding-Rodgaard 1-0, the French Defence).
Round 8: Russia-USA 2-2 (Karjakin had two bishops vs Caruana, a draw, 34.fxg7+ was better; So beat Nepomniachtchi; Grischuk beat Robson), Georgia-Ukraine 1-3 (Jobava attacked with the strong 17.Bh6! vs Ponomariov and won), England-India 1.5-2.5 (Jones sacrificed the exchange, but Vidit gave it back; Sethuraman grabbed a pawn vs Short and won; Adams had good compensation for the exchange), Azerbaijan-Latvia 2.5-1.5, Norway-Peru 3-1 (Carlsen-Cordova 1-0, Magnus had a slight advantage, 36...Qd1+ was better), China-Hungary 1.5-2.5 (Almasi beat Li Chao in the Nimzo-Indian).
Round 7: India-USA 0.5-3.5 (So beat Vidit; Nakamura had two bishops vs Adhiban and won; Shankland obtained an advantage with the strong 13.h5! vs Sethuraman, but 14.Na4 and 15.Nxd5 were better, after 15.Rxh5= equality, then Sam grabbed 2 pawns and won), Latvia-Netherlands 3-1 (Shirov-Giri 1/2, a quick spectacular draw), Russia-Czech Republic 3.5-0.5 (Nepomniachtchi-Hracek 1-0, the Sicilian Defence like Caruana-Mamedyarov, Shamkir 2016, Ian won again, 7 out of 7!; Karjakin had better chances in the Spanish vs Navara and won), Georgia-Romania 3-1, England-China 3-1 (Adams beat Wang, Short beat Li), Ukraine-Canada 2.5-1.5, Turkey-Norway 1.5-2.5 (Solak-Carlsen 0-1, Magnus played the interesting 8...Na7, had a small edge after 13...e6! and checkmated).
Round 6: India-Netherlands 2.5-1.5, USA-Ukraine 2.5-1.5 (Caruana grabbed a pawn and beat Eljanov. Ponomariov-Nakamura 1/2, a theoretical duel in the Modern Benoni), Czech Republic-Georgia 2-2, Canada-Belarus 2.5-1.5, Germany-Russia 1-3 (Kramnik sacrificed a piece vs Meier with 15.O-O-O! and won), China-Argentina 2.5-1.5, Norway-Philippines 2-2 (Carlsen-Sadorra 1/2).
Round 5: Ukraine-China 2.5-1.5 (Eljanov-Wang 1/2, a typical structure in the Nimzo-Indian, e.g. Botvinnik-Capablanca, AVRO 1938), Netherlands-Belarus 2.5-1.5 (Stupak-Bok 0-1, very original, with the white king on e3 in the middlegame), Serbia-USA 1-3 (Nakamura quickly beat Markus; Ivanisevic-Caruana 1/2, the Bogo-Indian Defence, Fabiano played 12...Ng8 and 13...Qh4 in the opening, grabbed the exchange), Azerbaijan-India 1-3, Russia-Egypt 3-1, Norway-Belgium 3-1 (Carlsen-Winants 1-0, the Bogo-Indian Defence, Luk played like Magnus in the game Vachier-Lagrave - Carlsen, Leuven 2016, but here World Champion preferred 7.Be2, Luk created the Modern Benoni position and seized space on the queenside with 14...b5, 27...b4= was better).
Round 4: Ukraine-Russia 2.5-1.5 (Eljanov-Kramnik 1/2, with equality; Volokitin beat Grischuk; Nepomniachtchi beat Korobov; Tomashevsky lost to Ponomariov, 33.Ng3 or 33.Nb5 was better, with a clear edge to White), India-Cuba 2.5-1.5, USA-Czech Republic 2-2 (Caruana-Navara 1/2, with counterplay; Laznicka grabbed a pawn vs Nakamura, a draw), Romania-Azerbaijan 1-3, China-Italy 3-1, England-Netherlands 0.5-3.5 (Adams-Giri 1/2, with counterplay; Bok beat Jones), Greece-France 2-2 (Bauer sacrificed a piece vs Mastrovasilis, a draw), Australia-Norway 1.5-2.5 (Smerdon-Carlsen 1/2, unclear, Magnus planned to attack on the queenside, but David played 15.b4 and 16. Nd4 with the idea to attack on the kingside with Rg1, if Magnus takes on g2, a draw by perpetual check, 21.Bxh7+ was better).
Round 3: Moldova-Russia 1-3 (Karjakin had better chances in the Berlin endgame vs Bologan, a draw), Cuba-Poland 2.5-1.5, Azerbaijan-Hungary 3-1 (Mamedyarov beat Rapport, with equality in the Slav Defence, but in the ending Shakhriyar had an extra pawn), England-Canada 2.5-1.5 (Adams-Bareev, Michael had an advantage in the French Defence and won; Kovalyov beat Howell in the rook endgame), USA-Argentina 3-1 (Mareco grabbed two pawns vs Nakamura, a draw by perpetual check; Caruana beat Peralta), Brazil-China 1-3, Germany-Ukraine 1.5-2.5, France-Spain 2-2, Romania-Norway 2.5-1.5 (Lupulescu-Carlsen 1/2, Constantin had a slight edge, Magnus defended on the kingside, in the endgame won two pawns, but a draw).
Round 2: Russia-Turkmenistan 4-0 (A nice win by Nepomniachtchi, Kramnik attacked on the queenside and won), Scotland-USA 0.5-3.5 (McNab drew with Shankland, Greet-Caruana 0-1, a sharp fight), China-Belgium 3.5-0.5, FYROM-Azerbaijan 0-4, Albania-Ukraine 0.5-3.5, Indonesia-England 1.5-2.5, Ireland-France 0.5-3.5 (Baburin vs Vachier-Lagrave, the Gruenfeld Defence, a draw in the endgame), Norway-Bangladesh 2.5-1.5 (Carlsen beat Hossain 1.e3, Magnus attacked on the kingside with pawns).
Round 1 (2nd September): Nigeria-Russia 0-4, USA-Andorra 4-0 (So beat De La Riva Aguado in the pawn endgame), Kosovo-China 0-4, Azerbaijan-Zimbabwe 4-0, Ukraine-Jordan 4-0, Iraq-Poland 0-4, France-Guatemala 4-0, Bolivia-India 0-4, Hungary-Japan 3.5-0.5 (Nanjo drew with Almasi), England-IBCA 4-0 (Howell beat Meshkov in the endgame), Bulgaria-Sudan 2-2.
Olympiad Women Teams: China (Hou Yifan), Russia (Kosteniuk), Ukraine (Muzychuks), Georgia (Dzagnidze), India (Harika), USA (Krush), Hungary (Hoang), Germany (Paehtz).
Round 11: China-Russia 2.5-1.5 (Hou-Kosteniuk 1/2, with equality; Pogonina obtained a big edge vs Guo and won; Tan beat Goryachkina; Ju beat Gunina), Hungary-Poland 0.5-3.5, Ukraine-Bulgaria 3-1, USA-India 2-2.
Round 10: Poland-China 1.5-2.5, India-Ukraine 2-2, Russia-Georgia 2.5-1.5, Mongolia-USA 2-2, France-Hungary 1.5-2.5, Bulgaria-Germany 2.5-1.5.
Round 9: USA-China 1.5-2.5, Israel-Poland 0.5-3.5, Vietnam-Russia 1.5-2.5, Ukraine-Azerbaijan 3.5-0.5, Hungary-Bulgaria 2-2.
Round 8: Russia-USA 1.5-2.5 (Kosteniuk obtained an advantage with the elegant 16.Na7! vs Krush, but lost), Poland-Netherlands 2.5-1.5, Hungary-Ukraine 2-2 (Lazarne Vajda beat Mariya Muzychuk), China-Azerbaijan 3.5-0.5 (Hou Yifan beat Mamedjarova).
Round 7: Russia-Poland 2-2, China-Ukraine 2.5-1.5, USA-Romania 2.5-1.5, Azerbaijan-India 2.5-1.5, Netherlands-Georgia 2.5-1.5.
Round 6: Ukraine-Russia 2-2, Romania-China 2-2, Kazakhstan-Hungary 2-2, Georgia-Azerbaijan 2-2, Poland-Vietnam 3-1.
Round 5: Serbia-Ukraine 1-3, Russia-Kazakhstan 3.5-0.5, Israel-Romania 1.5-2.5, Vietnam-India 2-2, China-Italy 3-1 (Hou Yifan quickly beat Zimina).
Round 4: Hungary-Russia 1.5-2.5 (Pogonina beat Gara), Ukraine-France 3.5-0.5 (Anna Muzychuk won quickly), India-Israel 2-2, Azerbaijan-Romania 2-2, Latvia-China 1.5-2.5 (Reizniece-Ozola beat Hou Yifan).
Round 3: China-Vietnam 2-2 (Hou Yifan beat Pham, Nguyen Thi Mai Hung checkmated Zhao Xue), Russia-Uzbekistan 3-1, Cuba-Lithuania 1.5-2.5, Poland-Azerbaijan 1.5-2.5, USA-Ukraine 1.5-2.5 (Ushenina beat Nemcova).
Round 2: Montenegro-China 0-4, Ukraine-Moldova 3.5-0.5, Ecuador-Russia 0-4, Azerbaijan-Mexico 2.5-1.5, Georgia-Philippines 1.5-2.5 (Fronda beat Khotenashvili, Secopito beat Melia).
Round 1: China-Luxembourg 4-0, Portugal-Ukraine 0-4, Russia-Scotland 4-0, ICCD-Georgia 0-4.
© 2000-2016 Boris Schipkov
© 2000-2016 Boris Schipkov