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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:34 pm

Worst England result ever in an Olympiad? I remember 2.5-1.5 against Japan in Skopje 1972 long before Japan got good.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:35 pm

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Pablo Byrne on Twitter draws our attention to Aithmidou-Li
Huge drama in the rook and pawn ending as Aithmidou is winning, lets it slip and then finds himself winning again
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:36 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
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Ben Hague, contrary to a post I've deleted, probably hasn't dropped half a point against the Seychelles.
I haven't checked the others, but Ben Hague's game looks like a draw to me.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:42 pm

Hungary seem to have dropped two draws as well.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:45 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:36 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:06 pm
Ben Hague, contrary to a post I've deleted, probably hasn't dropped half a point against the Seychelles.
I haven't checked the others, but Ben Hague's game looks like a draw to me.

You're quite right, I wasn't paying attention.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by John Moore » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:46 pm

Aman Hambleton appears to have lost to a player from Nepal.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:49 pm

John Moore wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:34 pm
Worst England result ever in an Olympiad?
I expect there are plenty of other candidates. With the pairings now based primarily on match points, winning 3-1 rather than 4-0 matters rather less than it used to.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:50 pm

Pang of Hong Kong, 1981, draws against Chilean GM Henríquez.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:02 pm

John Moore wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:34 pm
Worst England result ever in an Olympiad? I remember 2.5-1.5 against Japan in Skopje 1972 long before Japan got good.
Not sure they're that great even now?
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:13 pm

Always interesting to see what the players got in their goodies bag. Long gone are the days of Kirsan when it was champagne and caviar.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:18 pm

Quevedo beating Foisor in the women's competition is quite a result.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:22 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
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Always interesting to see what the players got in their goodies bag. Long gone are the days of Kirsan when it was champagne and caviar.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Richard Bates » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:25 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:49 pm
John Moore wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:34 pm
Worst England result ever in an Olympiad?
I expect there are plenty of other candidates. With the pairings now based primarily on match points, winning 3-1 rather than 4-0 matters rather less than it used to.
Really? Doesn’t it mean they’ll get a much tougher opponent in round 2 than they would otherwise have got? (because the pairings are done by rejigging the seedings according to match points). Whereas under the pure game point system a slightly sub-par result would have given an easier opponent to compensate.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by LawrenceCooper » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:26 pm

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Nick Burrows asks whether England have chess training camps.
Usually the English adults don't. Perhaps the nearest the English women came to that was when they met in my living room along time ago when Pter Wells was their captain.
There are financial constraints and the open team is fiercely individualistic.
The women have had training weekend(s) in recent years.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:29 pm

John Moore wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:34 pm
Worst England result ever in an Olympiad?
I don't see how a match win can be a worst ever result, or even a particularly bad one. It scores a full match point and may also secure easier opposition in the coming rounds.

One of their worst starts must have been in my first Olympiad, Moscow 1994. They won in the first round against Mongolia but then went loss-draw-draw ( John Nunn, who is affected more than most by unspeakable food, lost twice with White ). Had they managed to beat Russia 2 in the final round they would have won medals.

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