Monday 17 August 2020

Australia just miss out on promotion

 Australia has just missed out in qualifying for Division A of the 2020 FIDE Online Olympiad, after a rough day 3 of the competition. Holding a 2 point lead over closest rival Indonesia, the campaign began to go off the rails after Indonesia beat them 5-1 in round 7. Australia were better in a number of games in that match, but fell apart under time pressure. The win by Indonesia allowed them to join Australia on 10 match points, and move ahead on game points (which was the first tie-break).

Australia then scored a bit of an upset in the following round, drawing 3-3 with Germany, while Indonesia lost to pool leaders Bulgaria. However in the final round, Australia were up against Belarus, who had under performed over the first 2 days. They clearly found their form at just the wrong time for Australia, winning 3.5-2.5. Indonesia then walloped Bangladesh 5.5-0.5 to overtake the Australians in the final standings, and joined Bulgaria and Germany as the three teams going through.

Full crosstable, results and games can be found here

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