Monday 27 July 2020

2020 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad Day 2

After the second day of the 2020 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad, the potential qualifiers from the Base Division are becoming clearer. In Pool A (which I am an arbiter for), Myanmar has won all 6 matches so far and will qualify. Below them Brunei (10), Oman (9), Fiji (8) and Pakistan (7) are battling for the remaining 3 promotion spots. Fiji and Pakistan have a match in hand as the entire country of Somalia lost their internet connection yesterday, and they will hopefully be playing these deferred games today. The crucial match will be Fiji v Pakistan as this will probably decide the final qualifier.
In Pool B Lebanon are easily winning, and some are tipping them to qualify from their next division (Div 4) as well. Bahrain, Burundi and Qatar are the next 3 teams, and should qualify, although Liberia (3 points back) have a slightly easier set of Day 3 pairings and may make a late charge.
Pool C is quite competitive, although Cyprus (12) should have no problem going through to the next division. Then there is a group of 6 teams who all have chances, depending upon the final day results.
I was going to feature an interesting game from one of the divisions, where a player was checkmated with 30 of the 32 pieces still on the board (it was a smothered mate btw). But on closer inspection, I saw that the winner hung their queen at one point (which was then missed by the opponent), and slightly quicker mate, (with all pieces on the board) was missed. Instead I will direct you to which show the standings for Pool A, as well as giving you links to the other pools. There is also a link on the page to allow you to view and download the games played so far.

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