Batumi Olympiad

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:21 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
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who may know more about it than he does.
Clock times currently would seem to support this. Adams has used more than half an hour whilst Karyakin has more time than when he started.
It would appear (move 25) that Karjakin has used quite a bit of time too now, and it's not clear to me that he's got much for it
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:35 pm

Three of the games appear to be petering out to draws. Kramnik appears to be the player most likely to win. Maybe Howell's time trouble will unsettle him and he will gift us a win...

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:43 pm

From the Chessbomb comments:
I was there the day Luke - then aged 11 - was dropped on his head by Chris Dunworth. We reckoned at the time it could ultimately cost him 50 ELO points.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:04 pm

Dragun is in real trouble against Li (who's already missed a win) and it's looking like Duda might need to pull off a win to avoid defeat for Poland. He's playing Ding.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:09 pm

Meanwhile Shankland, who would be my player of the year, has won and the USA, with two draws already on other boards, look nailed on for the win. Last round, USA v China?
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Paul Cooksey » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:22 pm

Another candidate for player of the year is Duda. I suspect he took a risk today because of the match situation but is likely to get punished by Ding

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by IanCalvert » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:55 pm

How are ENGLAND TIGERS doing against RUSSIA HEFFALUMPS?

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:57 pm

I'd missed that Armenia were playing Azerbaijan. Perhaps the chances in that one lie with Armenia but at the moment it's quite likely that all the top three matches will be drawn.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:59 pm

IanCalvert wrote:
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How are ENGLAND TIGERS doing against RUSSIA HEFFALUMPS?
Badly. Jones drew on board 4. Adams will draw against Karjakin. McShane is an exchange up, but can't make progress. Kramnik is an exchange up and winning against Howell.

The other two critical matches have finished with decisive results: China beat Poland and USA beat Armenia. So China-USA for the gold medal in the last round. Probably Russia versus France in the next score group down.

England, Armenia and Poland (and maybe some other teams) will be left fighting for scraps. England may get another tough pairing and face the prospect of losing their last two matches and finishing somewhere around their seeding or a bit below.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by LawrenceCooper » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:04 pm

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
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IanCalvert wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:55 pm
How are ENGLAND TIGERS doing against RUSSIA HEFFALUMPS?
Badly. Jones drew on board 4. Adams will draw against Karjakin. McShane is an exchange up, but can't make progress. Kramnik is an exchange up and winning against Howell.
Confirmation that Adams has drawn.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Phil Neatherway » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:13 pm

According to stockfish, McShane is struggling. So it looks like a 1-3 defeat.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:19 pm

I think France are going to [edit] beat Croatia, so at the moment they may be going to join Russia and Poland on 16 a point behind the USA and China.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:22 pm

Yeah, McShane is trying for a win given the match situation. He could have sat there and held a draw.

France are beating Croatia, surely?

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:26 pm

Yes, sorry, that made no sense!
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:35 pm

Ah, I forgot France would join that score group. There will probably be five teams on 15 points (Armenia, England, Germany, India, Kazakhstan), three on 16 points (Poland, France, Russia), and two on 17 points (USA and China).

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