Thursday 27 September 2018

2018 Olympiad - Day 3

Day 3 of the 2018 Chess Olympiad saw PNG go down 1-3 to Ghana. We lost games on the top 2 boards and drew 3&4. My game started off well when I managed to win a pawn in the opening, but as usual lost control of the position, and then missed tactics in time trouble. We were slightly better in the remaining two games, but were unable to convert them into full points.
As for the Olympiad itself, it is a bit of a mixed bag. As with recent editions, the security and control of spectators is somewhat heavy handed. Getting into the venue is difficult due to security checks, and even with my media pass, finding the media room took me 2 whole days!
The hotel that we (and a number of lower ranked teams) are staying at is nice and relaxed, but located about 20km's from the venue. This would normally make it difficult for us, but the PNG team has hired a menacing looking black Mercedes, so we tend to travel in style!
Today PNG play Timor Leste towards the back of the tournament hall, and hopefully we can score our first match win of the tournament.

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