Online Olympiad: Armenia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine reach quarterfinals

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
8/28/2020 – Eight teams are left standing in the FIDE Online Olympiad, with the quarterfinals, semifinals and final scheduled to take place between Friday and Sunday. In the preliminary knockout to decide four of the eight spots in the quarterfinals, Armenia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine knocked out Greece, Bulgaria, Germany and China respectively. Two matches went to Armageddon. | Pictured: Members of the Hungarian team at the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad | Photo: David Llada

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China knocked out in Armageddon

FIDE Online Olympiad 2020Twelve teams reached the playoffs of the 2020 FIDE Online Olympiad. Four of them were directly seeded into the quarterfinals after winning their Top Division groups, while eight needed to go through a preliminary knockout to get a spot among the Final 8. This preliminary stage was played on Thursday, with Armenia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine moving on to the quarterfinals.

The biggest surprise of the day was the elimination of China. Despite lining up most of their strongest players, with the one exception of Wang Hao, the defending Olympic champions lost their match against Ukraine. 

Each match was played to the best of three mini-matches (or sets, if we go by the tennis jargon used at the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour). The first two mini-matches consist of six games, as per the rules used in previous sections. Every team must include:

  • at least 1 player U-20 (born in 2000 or later)
  • at least 2 women
  • at least 1 girl U-20 (born in 2000 or later)

In case of a tie, a single Armageddon game decides the winner. A random draw decides a category of players (open, women, juniors, or girls) and each team chooses one of their representatives from that category to play the deciding encounter. White gets 5 minutes; Black gets 4 minutes and draw odds.

FIDE Online Olympiad 2020

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All quarterfinal matches will be played on Friday, August 28:

  • 11:00 UTC India - Armenia
  • 14:00 UTC Russia - Hungary
  • 16:00 UTC Azerbaijan - Poland
  • 16:00 UTC USA - Ukraine

Ukraine 2 : 1 China

 GM Ding, Liren 2791 1-0 GM Ivanchuk, V. 2678
 GM Wei, Yi 2732 ½-½ GM Korobov, A. 2688
 GM Hou, Yifan 2658 1-0  IM Gaponenko, I. 2396
 GM Ju, Wenjun 2560 ½-½  GM Zhukova, N. 2328
 GM Liu, Yan 2524 0-1  GM Shevchenko 2592
 WIM Ning, Kaiyu 2327 0-1  FM Berdnyk, M. 2324
 GM Ding, Liren 2791 ½-½  GM Ivanchuk, V. 2678
 GM Yu, Yangyi 2709 ½-½  GM Korobov, A. 2688
 GM Tan, Zhongyi 2510 0-1  IM Osmak, Iulija 2438
 GM Lei, Tingjie 2505 ½-½  IM Gaponenko, I. 2396
 GM Liu, Yan 2524 ½-½  GM Shevchenko 2592
 WGM Zhu, Jiner 2459 1-0  FM Berdnyk, M. 2324
GM Liu, Yan 2524 0-1  GM Shevchenko 2592
 

Hungary 2 : 1 Germany

 GM Erdos, Viktor 2618 ½-½  GM Wagner, D. 2581
 GM Banusz, Tamas 2628 ½-½  GM Fridman, D. 2615
 WGM Papp, Petra 2338 0-1  IM Paehtz, E. 2473
 WGM Gara, Ticia 2371 1-0  FM Schulze, Lara 2314
 GM Kozak, Adam 2503 1-0  IM Vogel, Roven 2456
 WFM Demeter, D. 2033 ½-½  WIM Muetsch, A. 2219
 GM Erdos, Viktor 2618 0-1  GM Wagner, D. 2581
 GM Banusz, Tamas 2628 ½-½  GM Fridman, D. 2615
 GM Hoang, T. T. 2407 0-1  IM Paehtz, E. 2473
 WGM Papp, Petra 2338 1-0  FM Schulze, Lara 2314
 GM Kozak, Adam 2503 1-0  IM Vogel, Roven 2456
 WFM Gaal, Zsoka 2221 0-1  WIM Muetsch, A. 2219
 GM Erdos, Viktor 2618 1-0  GM Wagner, D. 2581
 

Greece 0 : 2 Armenia

 GM Mastrovasilis 2604 0-1  GM Aronian, L. 2773
 GM Halkias, S. 2563 0-1  GM Sargissian 2682
 IM Tsolakidou 2391 1-0  GM Danielian, E. 2407
 WGM Botsari, A. 2222 0-1  IM Mkrtchian, L. 2388
 IM Theodorou, N. 2554 ½-½  GM Martirosyan. 2622
 FM Avramidou, A. 2267 0-1  WGM Sargsyan, A.. 2402
 GM Banikas, H. 2601 0-1  GM Aronian, L. 2773
 GM Halkias, S. 2563 ½-½  GM Sargissian 2682
 IM Tsolakidou 2391 1-0  GM Danielian, E. 2407
 WGM Botsari, A. 2222 ½-½  IM Mkrtchian, L. 2388
 IM Theodorou, N. 2554 ½-½  GM Martirosyan. 2622
 FM Avramidou, A. 2267 0-1  WGM Sargsyan, A.. 2402
 

Bulgaria 0 : 2 Poland

 GM Delchev, A. 2550 0-1  GM Duda, J. 2753
 GM Enchev, I. 2491 0-1  GM Wojtaszek, R. 2717
 GM Stefanova, A. 2462 1-0  GM Socko, Monika 2428
 IM Salimova, N. 2372 1-0  IM Cyfka, Karina 2411
 IM Petrov, M. 2525 0-1  IM Gumularz, S. 2506
 WIM Radeva, V. 2302 ½-½  WIM Sliwicka, A. 2317
 GM Delchev, A. 2550 0-1  GM Duda, J. 2753
 GM Enchev, I. 2491 0-1  GM Wojtaszek, R. 2717
 GM Stefanova, A. 2462 0-1  GM Socko, Monika 2428
 IM Salimova, N. 2372 1-0  IM Cyfka, Karina 2411
 IM Petrov, M. 2525 0-1  IM Gumularz, S. 2506
 WIM Radeva, V. 2302 1-0  WIM Sliwicka, A. 2317
 

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Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.
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lajosarpad lajosarpad 8/29/2020 02:52
We cannot really trust the results of these matches. Take the Hungary-Germany match for instance. I am very happy that Hungary won, but the whole match was decided by an armageddon game, which is worse than a coin toss. A coin toss is at least not making folks believe that the result was hard earned.
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