Tuesday 28 July 2020

2020 FIDE Online Olympiad - Day 3

The final 3 rounds of the Base Division of the 2020 FIDE Online Olympiad have been played, and the 12 teams going through to the next round have been decided.
In Pool A, Myanmar qualified as expected, but the 2nd place finish of Brunei was a bit of a surprise. Pakistan and Oman tied for 3rd on 13 match points, with Pakistan ahead on game points. 5th place Fiji could be proud of their efforts especially as an extra win against either Pakistan or Oman would have qualified them instead (They narrowly lost both matches 2.5-3.5).
In Pool B Lebanon was the dominant team , with Qatar and Bahrain finishing 2nd and 3rd. Liberia and Burundi tied for 4th on 10 match points, with Liberia going through with 28.5 game points to 27. Burundi's drawn match with San Marino was the difference, especially as San Marino only fielded 3 players in each match (as they had no female players).
Pool C was even closer, with 3 teams tied for 4th. Cyprus was the runaway winner of this group, with Aruba in 2nd and Haiti third. Mauritania, Libya and Saint Lucia all tied on 10 match points, but it was Mauritania's 3 6-0 wins over the bottom teams that provided them with a much better game point total than the other 2.
Division 4 starts this Friday (31st July) at 6pm Canberra time. With 5 pools in this Division, the start times are every 2 hours, with Pool A consisting mainly of Asian teams. After that the groups are generally geographical, with care taken to make the group strengths even.

Sikivou,Taione (1865) - Yousuf,Azeem Makhdoomi (1779) [A00]
2020 FIDE Online Olympiad Chess.com (7.5), 27.07.2020

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