Tuesday 2 August 2022

2022 Chess Olympiad - Day 4

 After 4 rounds of the 2022 Chess Olympiad, 5 teams still share first place with 4 wins from 4 matches. Spain, Armenia, England, Israel and India 2 are all on 8 match points, with India 2 ahead on tie-break. Top seeds USA and India are on 7 points (both having drawn yesterday), while Norway have fallen of the pace, despite a brilliant win by Magnus Carlsen against Mongolia on Board 1.

The Australian Open team had a 4-0 win of Ecuador, putting them on 6 points. The play Belgium in round 5, a team they are seeded ahead of. A win in this match will likely seem them move into the top 20 reaching the halfway point of the tournament. The Women's team lost 3-1 to the highly ranked USA team, but it was still a good performance, with the USA having to work very hard to overcome determined resistance,

New Zealand won their second match of the tournament to move to 4 points, while Guam leads the smaller Oceania countries on 3 points. PNG, once the strongest of these Federations, suffered another loss, and currently sit at the bottom of the table.

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