Batumi Olympiad Round 2: Improve your chess with the Olympians

by Sagar Shah
9/26/2018 – There was a proposal of marriage before Round 2 at the Olympiad but, of course, it is also a hotbed of high-quality chess. We could produce an entire book with interesting tactical and strategic positions for your improvement., but instead we have given a few positions for you to train and improve your chess. At the same time you get all the updates of the big news of round two, the main one being Uzbek women getting the better of Russia!

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Some training positions

Before we move to the actual news of what happened in the tournament, there are two things to share with you. First, are some training positions for you to flex your mind and improve your game. All of these have been taken from the 2nd round of the Olympiad. Not many hints have been given as we want your task to be as close to a game of chess that you are playing. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An Indian and Colombian Engagement!

This is the second thing to share with all of you. Niklesh Jain of India proposed to Angela Franco of Colombia minutes before the start of 2nd round of the Batumi Olympiad 2018! Niklesh is the editor-in-chief of ChessBase India Hindi and he is present at the Olympiad as a journalist. Angela is a member of the Colombian national team. It was a surprise for Angela, while Niklesh had planned it all! It was an amazing moment not just for Niklesh and Angela but the chess community in general. A Colombian got engaged to an Indian at the biggest possible event in chess where people from 189 countries are taking part! Gens Una Sumus! PS: Don't miss the expressions of the Chinese players in the background who couldn't believe that they were seeing this!

Niklesh Jain proposes to Angela Franco. Exclusive video!

Women's section

The real big news of the second round was Russia losing to Uzbekistan in round two. The first three boards ended in draws and the decisive win was scored by Nodira Nadirjanova on the fourth board.

Bo. 31
 
  Uzbekistan (UZB)
Rtg - 1
 
  Russia (RUS)
Rtg 2½:1½
19.1 WGM
 
Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim
2369 - GM
 
Kosteniuk, Alexandra
2559 ½ - ½
19.2 WGM
 
Kurbonboeva, Sarvinoz
2202 - GM
 
Goryachkina, Aleksandra
2535 ½ - ½
19.3 WIM
 
Gevorgyan, Irina
2265 - GM
 
Gunina, Valentina
2528 ½ - ½
19.4 WIM
 
Nadirjanova, Nodira
2167 - WGM
 
Pogonina, Natalija
2469 1 - 0

Nodira Nadirjanova proved to be the hero for the Uzbek team as she scored the critical win to help her team win by a score of 2½-1½ over the mighty Russians | Photo: Niklesh Jain

 

Ukraine very nearly survived from the jaws of defeat against Turkmenistan | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Zhukova scored the important win on board three and rest of the games ended in a draw. But Anna Muzychuk and Anna Ushenina were lost in their games!

There was one game in the women's section which is important to be mentioned here. It was Shen Yang with the white pieces against Colombian Melissa Gomez.

 

White has just played the king to e2. What should be the result of the game? Mind you, think deep!

The solution is just unbelievable! Have a look at how you can weave a mating net even with much less material on the board.

 

Results of round two (women)

Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team
TKM Turkmenistan 4 2 : 2 4 Ukraine UKR
IND India 4 2 4 : 0 2 4 Venezuela VEN
GER Germany 4 2 2 : 2 2 4 Georgia 3 GEO3
AZE Azerbaijan 4 2 4 : 0 2 4 Belgium BEL
HUN Hungary 4 2 : 2 4 FYROM MKD
SWE Sweden 4 2 ½ : 2 4 Georgia 2 GEO2
ESP Spain 4 2 : 2 4 Bangladesh BAN
ISL Iceland 4 2 1 : 3 2 4 Netherlands NED
MGL Mongolia 4 2 3 : 1 2 4 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH
VIE Vietnam 4 2 4 : 0 2 4 ICCD ICCD
BOL Bolivia 4 2 0 : 4 2 4 Romania ROU
POR Portugal 4 2 0 : 4 2 4 Cuba CUB
SRB Serbia 4 2 3 : 1 2 4 Algeria ALG
MAS Malaysia 4 2 0 : 4 2 4 Turkey TUR
ENG England 4 2 3 : 1 2 4 Scotland SCO
MNE Montenegro 4 2 ½ : 2 4 Czech Republic CZE
GRE Greece 4 2 4 : 0 2 4 Wales WLS
FIN Finland 4 2 ½ : 2 4 Iran IRI
UZB Uzbekistan 4 2 : 2 Russia RUS
CHN China 2 3 : 1 2 4 Colombia COL

Results of round two (open)

Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team
GEO3 Georgia 3 4 2 : 2 4 United States of America USA
RUS Russia 4 2 3 : 1 2 4 Ireland IRL
URU Uruguay 4 2 0 : 4 2 4 France FRA
ISR Israel 4 2 : ½ 2 4 Costa Rica CRC
INA Indonesia 4 2 0 : 4 2 4 Poland POL
SCO Scotland 4 2 0 : 4 2 4 Netherlands NED
TJK Tajikistan 4 2 1 : 3 2 4 Czech Republic CZE
GER Germany 4 2 : ½ 2 4 Myanmar MYA
CRO Croatia 4 2 : ½ 2 4 Monaco MNC
JOR Jordan 4 2 0 : 4 2 4 Peru PER
ARG Argentina 4 2 : ½ 2 4 Mexico MEX
SGP Singapore 4 2 ½ : 2 4 Romania ROU
TUR Turkey 4 2 : ½ 2 4 Kosovo KOS
LUX Luxembourg 4 2 ½ : 2 4 Iran IRI
ESP Spain 4 2 : ½ 2 4 Dominican Republic DOM
KGZ Kyrgyzstan 4 2 ½ : 2 4 Greece GRE
SLO Slovenia 4 2 4 : 0 2 4 South Africa RSA
IRQ Iraq 4 2 : 2 4 Vietnam VIE
AND Andorra 4 2 0 : 4 2 4 Brazil BRA
SWE Sweden 4 2 : ½ 2 4 Tunisia TUN

Solutions to the problems

Solution 1 and 2

The first two training positions at the start of the article are from the game between Andrew Greet and Anish Giri. This game has been analyzed in depth by GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly. We will let you enjoy the annotations below, but first the solutions.

 
 
 
 

Aryan Tari played the move Nd4 and Mchedlishvili had no option but to resign. I was very surprised that Baadur Jobava didn't play on board one for the team of Georgia. This resulted in a 2:2 draw against Norway.

 
 
 
 

The idea to trap the queen with Bf4 and Be2 reminds us of a battlefield where a warrior goes too deep into enemy territory finding no way to go back!

 
 

If Nikoloz Petriashvili would have found the best move, it could have been possible for the young Georgians to hold or beat USA. The young Georgians played in a very spirited manner with Noe Tutisani holding Fabiano Caruana on board one and Nikolozi Kacharava having a better position against Ray Robson.

 

Alexandr Fier is going to find his name in many tactics books in the years to come because of this position.

 

Once Black takes back on e6, do you see the finishing tactic?

 

It was Wesley So who provided the much-needed win for the Americans | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Anand's first Olympiad victory at the after 12 years

Vishy Anand's last Olympiad was in Turin in 2006. He played his first Olympiad game after twelve years against GM Markus Ragger and won it in excellent style. Check out this brilliant game with the help of Ganguly's analysis and then enjoy Anand's interview after the game.

 

Vishy Anand on his win over Markus Ragger

Round 3 team pairings for open (all teams on 4 match points)

Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team
FRA France 8 4   :   4 7 Algeria ALG
POR Portugal 7 4   :   4 8 Poland POL
NED Netherlands 8 4   :   4 United States of America USA
PER Peru 8 4   :   4 China CHN
AZE Azerbaijan 4   :   4 8 Slovenia SLO
BRA Brazil 8 4   :   4 England ENG
VIE Vietnam 4   :   4 8 Bangladesh BAN
ISL Iceland 4   :   4 Israel ISR
GER Germany 4   :   4 Serbia SRB
PHI Philippines 4   :   4 Croatia CRO
BIH Bosnia & Herzegovina 4   :   4 Argentina ARG
UKR Ukraine 6 4   :   4 Romania ROU
ARM Armenia 6 4   :   4 Turkey TUR
IRI Iran 4   :   4 6 Belarus BLR
MDA Moldova 6 4   :   4 Spain ESP
GRE Greece 4   :   4 6 Switzerland SUI
EGY Egypt 6 4   :   4 Sweden SWE
GEO2 Georgia 2 6 4   :   4 7 Russia RUS
CZE Czech Republic 7 4   :   4 6 Chile CHI
CAN Canada 4   :   4 7 India IND

Complete list

The most interesting match is surely the Netherlands versus the USA. Anish Giri will take on Fabiano Caruana on board one. When we interviewed Anish Giri after round two, he gave his opinion about the US team. Here is what he said:

Anish Giri speaks about his round two game, his approach towards the Olympiad, the strength of Netherlands team. He speaks about the US team at 11 minutes 30 seconds.

Other interesting matches are between the young Iranian team that will take on a strong Belarus team. Also, Brazil against England would be an interesting fight.

Round 3 team pairings for women (all teams on 4 match points)

Team Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team Team
SRB Serbia 7 4   :   4 8 India IND
ENG England 7 4   :   4 8 Azerbaijan AZE
LTU Lithuania 7 4   :   4 8 Vietnam VIE
ROU Romania 8 4   :   4 Ukraine UKR
CUB Cuba 8 4   :   4 China CHN
TUR Turkey 8 4   :   4 Poland POL
GRE Greece 8 4   :   4 Armenia ARM
ARG Argentina 8 4   :   4 Hungary HUN
GEO2 Georgia 2 4   :   4 Spain ESP
CZE Czech Republic 4   :   4 Italy ITA
SVK Slovakia 4   :   4 Iran IRI
FRA France 6 4   :   4 7 Georgia 1 GEO1
USA United States of America 7 4   :   4 Canada CAN
SLO Slovenia 6 4   :   4 7 Netherlands NED
MGL Mongolia 7 4   :   4 6 Belarus BLR
UZB Uzbekistan 4   :   4 Indonesia INA
GER Germany 6 3   :   4 Israel ISR

Complete list

Spain versus Georgia 2 is going to be a close fight. Other matches of interest are England against Azerbaijan and India takes on Serbia.

Two of the games in this report have been annotated by GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly and he has helped us tremendously in finding the training positions. He is six-time National Champion for India, Asian Champion and has been Anand's second in numerous World Championship matches.

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Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He is also a chartered accountant and would like to become the first CA+GM of India. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder of the ChessBase India website.
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Bipolar Bipolar 9/27/2018 08:54
Congratulations Jain and Angela! Beautiful!
psamant psamant 9/27/2018 11:21
Hey, where is the article on round 3? Round 4 is about to begin in a few hours!!!
I know it is very difficult and requires a lot of work. But, your articles and analysis is eagerly awaited... so please make haste :-)
macauley macauley 9/27/2018 09:27
@savantKing99 - Thanks. Fixed the wrong result.
fons3 fons3 9/26/2018 09:34
Great interview with Giri.
Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 9/26/2018 07:48
@ thirteen : I quite agree with you, but if you click on the little Black (or White ; it can depends) button just besides the h1 square, it will flip the board. Many people seem not to know that this button allows to flip the board...
savantKing99 savantKing99 9/26/2018 05:58
it is a pitty I can't here post attachements. Then I can show it then I see a wrong result of the game: Geet-Giri
savantKing99 savantKing99 9/26/2018 05:53
I see Greet-Giri result: 1-0?? but it is 0-1
HollyHampstead HollyHampstead 9/26/2018 04:54
Did she accept the proposal of marriage?
thirteen thirteen 9/26/2018 01:04
I'm sure that I'm not the only Chessbase amateur reader that very much prefers to flip the board upon playing through those offered-up training positions games, with the black side advantage/win/to play. With just about every other 'tweak' available, this absent one is an important and necessary hard to justify, but missing button. Come on you guys. Elementary or not?
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