Olympiad quiz: and the winners are...

by Johannes Fischer
9/15/2016 – Before the Olympiad in Baku began on 1st September, ChessBase invited its readers to answer three questions to predict which team would win the open, which team would win the Women's Section and who would win gold for the best result on board one in the Open. Hundreds of readers replied but no one had the right answer to all three questions. As so often, it was Baadur Jobava who surprised everyone.

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Below are the questions with the right answers.

1. Which team will win gold in the Open tournament ?

Answer: USA

The US team won gold in the Open (Photo: Maria Emelianova)

2. Which team will win gold in the Women's Section?

Answer: China

China won gold in the Women's Section (Photo: Maria Emelianova)

3. Which player will win gold for the best score on first board in the Open?

Answer: Baadur Jobava

Baadur Jobava (center) won gold for the best individual result on board one, Leinier Dominguez (left) won
silver, Fabiano Caruana bronze. (Photo: Maria Emelianova)

A lot of readers correctly predicted the USA (one reader even with an enthusiastic USA!, USA!, USA! as answer to the first question) as winner of the Open and China as winner of the Women's Section, but most people believed that World Champion Magnus Carlsen would score best on board.one in the Open.

Magnus Carlsen scored 7.5/10 and led Norway to a fantastic fifth place, but with a performance of
2805 he was "only" the sixth best player on board one and lost a couple of Elo-points. (Photo: Pascal Simon)

A few readers bet on Alexander Morozevich, Levon Aronian or Vassily Ivanchuk who did not even play in the Olympiad. While this shows deep respect for these players it did not increase the chances to get all three questions right. A lot of readers also voted for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave,  Fabiano Caruana and Pentala Harikrishna as mostly like to score best on first board.

However, it was Baadur Jobava who had the best performance on board one. Jobava led the team of Georgia, scored 8.0/10 and had a rating performance of 2926.

Initially, all readers who had predicted the three winners correctly should take part in a lottery to have a chance to win one of the three Masterclass DVDs about Garry Kasparov offered as a prize.

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In addition, all readers who had sent in any answer at all were promised to take part in a lottery with the chance to win a one-year ChessBase Premium Membership. But as no one got all answers right we decided that everyone who had made the effort to join the quiz should be rewarded with a chance to enjoy the Kasparov Masterclass. Consequently, everyone who had dared a prediction took part in the lottery.

And the winners are...

Sylvain Gouillart, Lubomir Chripko, and Zoltan Laszlo all win a Kasparov Masterclass DVD, while Nicolas Rousset can enjoy the many advantages of a ChessBase Premium Account. Congratulations!


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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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