Quickchats and R6 preview

by Alejandro Ramirez
8/7/2014 – It is a rainy free day in Tromso and most people are catching their breath, especially after the Bermuda Party. There are many matches that are particularly interesting in round six, and there are many that will be crucial to the standings. Azerbaijan has a great chance of increasing their lead while the relatively weak team of Kazakhstan plays Cuba. We bring you a preview and some interviws.

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Round Six Preview

6. Runde am 08.08.2014 um 14:00
Nr. Snr   Team Team Pkt. MP Erg. : Erg. MP Pkt. Team     Snr
1 8     Azerbaijan 14½ 9   :   9 15½ Georgia     21
2 29     Serbia 15 9   :   9 14½ Bulgaria     18
3 20     Italy 13½ 7   :   7 11½ Norway     14
4 13     Cuba 15 9   :   9 15 Kazakhstan     49
5 33     Uzbekistan 14 9   :   8 15½ Russia     1
6 42     Bosnia & Herzegovina 14½ 8   :   8 15½ France     3
7 24     Croatia 14½ 8   :   8 13½ Indonesia     72
8 7     China 14 8   :   8 15½ Egypt     38
9 31     Vietnam 15½ 8   :   8 14 Hungary     5
10 11     Netherlands 14½ 8   :   8 14 Iran     39
11 58     Norway 2 14 8   :   8 14½ Czech Republic     16
12 10     England 14 8   :   8 15 Armenia     4
13 32     Romania 15 8   :   8 14 Belarus     27
14 44     Belgium 13 7   :   7 14 Germany     12
15 19     India 14 7   :   7 13 Moldova     45
16 23     Latvia 11½ 7   :   7 13½ Turkey     26
17 2     Ukraine 13½ 7   :   7 13 Switzerland     51
18 9     Israel 13½ 7   :   7 12 Canada     37
19 15     Poland 14½ 7   :   7 13 Peru     22
20 25     Greece 11½ 7   :   7 13½ Qatar     57

The Azerbaijani team will have to face Georgia. With a significant rating advantage it is clear that the Azeris are the favorites, but with dangerous players such as Jobava in the line-up Georgia simply cannot be underestimated.

Serbia and Bulgaria would not have been most people's choice for a second board game, but with impressive results both of these teams have certainly earned their spot. Bulgaria's Valentin Yotov (spelled Iotov in the official lists, but he prefers the spelling with the Y) is currently on 5-0, the only player in the Open section with this score.

Cuba has had a strong showing so far and they play the relatively weak team of Kazakhstan. The Latin Americans are certainly the clear favorites to take this match.

There are plenty of teams that will try to play catch-up as they are being paired against relatively weaker squads. It will be interesting to see who comes out leader tomorrow, but don't be surprised if it is Cuba.

Women's Section

6. Runde am 08.08.2014 um 14:00
Nr. Snr     Team Pkt. MP Erg. : Erg. MP Pkt. Team Team   Snr
1 1     China 18 10   :   10 16½ Hungary HUN
 
13
2 49     Venezuela 11 6   :   6 13 Norway NOR
 
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3 15     Serbia 14 9   :   10 15½ Russia RUS
 
2
4 16     Netherlands 13½ 9   :   9 13½ Poland POL
 
8
5 18     Slovakia 14 8   :   8 15½ France FRA
 
9
6 21     Iran 17 8   :   8 14 Greece GRE
 
32
7 31     Italy 12 8   :   8 14½ Indonesia INA
 
23
8 7     United States of America 14½ 8   :   8 14 Estonia EST
 
47
9 6     Romania 13½ 8   :   8 14½ Switzerland SUI
 
42
10 10     Armenia 14½ 8   :   8 13½ Cuba CUB
 
19
11 4     Georgia 14 7   :   7 10½ Latvia LAT
 
25
12 30     Colombia 14 7   :   7 12½ Belgium BEL
 
61
13 5     India 15 7   :   7 13½ Spain ESP
 
11
14 3     Ukraine 13 7   :   7 14½ Bulgaria BUL
 
14
15 20     Vietnam 13 7   :   7 14½ Sweden SWE
 
29
16 17     Kazakhstan 12½ 7   :   7 14½ Mongolia MGL
 
28
17 45     Canada 12 6   :   6 14½ Belarus BLR
 
40
18 64     Iceland 11½ 6   :   6 13½ Israel ISR
 
26
19 27     Czech Republic 14 6   :   6 11½ Turkey TUR
 
33
20 37     Slovenia 13 6   :   6 11 Ecuador ECU
 
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China will face Hungary to retain their lead and it is hard to say that this match will not go the Asian country's way. The rating difference seems to be simply too much; with Hou Yifan's fantastic play combined with the sheer strength of their other boards it would be a big surprise if Hungary can do better than a 3-1.

Russia gets a relatively accessible team in Serbia who has had a good showing; The heroes of the first four rounds, Indonesia and Iran, have a chance to go back to the top as they face teams that are not so strong in Italy and Greece respectively. The USA is trying to bounce back to the top boards and after a 2.5-1.5 win against Azerbaijan they will try to beat Estonia, which they should, to go back to the very top of the scoreboard.

We will be bringing a report on the Free Day's activities and some insights in the Bermuda Party in our next report.

Photos by Alejandro Ramirez


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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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Niima Niima 8/8/2014 10:13
Thank you Danny King for the enjoyable interview with Elshan Moradiabadi.
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