Sunday 23 August 2020

A close finish in store

Pool B of the 2020 FIDE Online Chess Olympiad starts in a couple of hours, and a very exciting finish is in store. In almost all previous pools of the Online Olympiad, there have been 1 or 2 countries which have been clear favourites for promotion, and have lived up to that expectation. In this case there are 5 teams within 2 points of each other, and a lot of them will play their closest rivals today. When supervising the games yesterday, I thought one team or other was looking good for qualification, only to be brought back to the pack in the following round. 
If you want to follow the last round action for this pool (and all the others), you can either follow live commentary at or look at the games on (under events) or

Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar (2761) - Ivanchuk,Vasyl (2686) [A00]
2020 FIDE Online Olympiad (4.4), 22.08.2020

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