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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:30 pm

Top board in the women's event: Rodríguez Arrieta of Costa Rica draws with Russia's Goryachkina, graded 592 points above her, and might well have done better than that.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:33 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
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.
Agreed, any Premiership manager will tell you it doesn't make any difference if you win ugly, just make sure you win. In this regard I'm taking a leap assuming John Nunn doesn't mind winning ugly.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:10 pm

Li Chao has lost to an untitled Moroccan.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:19 pm

IM Yarmonov, Igor 2376 - GM Radjabov, Teimour 2751 ½ - ½ among other interesting results

Presumably if Luke's trying to play himself into form we need to pick him again tomorrow

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England v Scotland in the women's event
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Nick Burrows » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:37 pm

I was hoping Ireland would get stronger opponents

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:49 pm

.Nick Had they managed to beat Russia 2 in the final round they would have won medals.,

Howver, n ick, it was 14 matches in those days. Indeed, Moscow 1994 England were in danger of winning. I remember discussing with David Jarrett the idea of our having a celebratory dinner if we won.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:04 pm

We were even nearer to winning it in 1986......
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:05 pm

Nick Burrows wrote:
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I was hoping Ireland would get stronger opponents
Yeah, at first our chairman thought we had the Yanks but we can play them later after beating Russia.

Seriously, it's a great opportunity for our new champion Alex Lopez who has been on great form lately. Because he rested today (late arrival due to flight issues) I am not sure whether he will be on board 2 or 1. I hope it's two because then he'll have White.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:25 pm

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:49 pm
Indeed, Moscow 1994 England were in danger of winning.
I must say that I don't recall that bit. Oh, you must mean if we had beaten Russia 1.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by David Sedgwick » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:30 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.
Either Zibbit was unlucky, or he was dissembling slightly. In addition to the things he showed, my goody bad also contained a 375ml bottle of Georgian white wine.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Richard Bates » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:34 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:30 pm
Chris Rice wrote:
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.
Either Zibbit was unlucky, or he was dissembling slightly. In addition to the things he showed, my goody bad also contained a 375ml bottle of Georgian white wine.
One would assume there would have to be some "personalisation" - i can't imagine putting alcohol in everyone's bag would have been treated appreciatively.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by David Sedgwick » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:42 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:34 pm
David Sedgwick wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:30 pm
Chris Rice wrote:
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.
Either Zibbit was unlucky, or he was dissembling slightly. In addition to the things he showed, my goody bad also contained a 375ml bottle of Georgian white wine.
One would assume there would have to be some "personalisation" - i can't imagine putting alcohol in everyone's bag would have been treated appreciatively.
That's a very valid point, but I'm not sure whether it had occurred to the Georgians.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:43 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:34 pm
One would assume there would have to be some "personalisation" - i can't imagine putting alcohol in everyone's bag would have been treated appreciatively.
Perhaps, but why leave out the Icelanders, of all people?

More importantly, I didn't get a goody bag at all.

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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:49 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:42 pm
Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:34 pm
David Sedgwick wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:30 pm

Either Zibbit was unlucky, or he was dissembling slightly. In addition to the things he showed, my goody bad also contained a 375ml bottle of Georgian white wine.
One would assume there would have to be some "personalisation" - i can't imagine putting alcohol in everyone's bag would have been treated appreciatively.
That's a very valid point, but I'm not sure whether it had occurred to the Georgians.
For what it's worth I believe the proportion of Georgia's population who are Muslim is rather higher than is the case in the United Kingdom.
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Re: Batumi Olympiad

Post by Richard Bates » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:26 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:43 pm
Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:34 pm
One would assume there would have to be some "personalisation" - i can't imagine putting alcohol in everyone's bag would have been treated appreciatively.
Perhaps, but why leave out the Icelanders, of all people?
For the sake of their livers? ;)

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