Tromso: R4 preview and interviews

by Alejandro Ramirez
8/5/2014 – The battles rage on in Norway with some incredible matches. France faces Azerbaijan, but right next to them the duel between Carlsen and Wojtaszek is taking place. Even on the "lower" boards the games are intense; in board 14 Latvia plays England, which means Adams-Shirov! We bring you a pictorial report, the game that ended in five minutes and an interview with Chuchelov.

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Day Four

Round Four has started in the Tromso Olympiad. There were considerably less zero tolerance forfeit losses, but the following bizarre game has already occured:

The game between Rhoda Masiyazi (Zimbabwe) vs. Akua Kosife Esse (Togo) finished after only 3 moves: 1.e4 f6 2.d4 g5 3.Qh5#. As much as the player from Togo would like to visit the city of Tromso, it seems rather disrespectful to come to the Olympiad and "play" such a game. Something very similar actually happened in the previous round.

The highlights are definitely in the Open section. The Women's still doesn't have as many clashes between the top of the top, although there are some interesting ones going on such as Germany vs. Russia.

In the Open the top level games can be found anywhere. France is playing Azerbaijan in board one, spearheaded by the clash between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Despite not having 6/6, Norway will always play on the second board; and that also features a brilliant encounter in Carlsen-Wojtaszek. Russia finally faces a very, very strong team and China will certainly not be an easy opponent; despite the fact that Li Chao, Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Hao are not playing.

Even down in the lower boards the chess is hot. Cuba faces India, and in an interesting strategic decision India is resting their top board, Parimarjan Negi, as he lost yesterday to Fabiano Caruana.

A couple of boards behind that Latvia faces England, the top board being the classical 90's match between Adams and Shirov.

Bangladesh, not a particularly top team but one that fields four grandmasters, is facing the powerhouse of Ukraine. On board one somehow there is already a draw as Ivanchuk has yet to win a game since round one.

Interview with Chuchelov

A young player hopes to be the next Magnus Carlsen. For now he is happy being sandwiched in a photo with
Elina Danielian (Armenia), Kateryna Lagno (Russia) and Lilit Mrktchian (Armenia).

One of the important organizers of the tournament: Elise Forsa, Tromso local

Terao Juliana Sayumi, from Brazil

Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda has seen a massive rating boost in the past few months.
Colombia is playing Kazakhstan today.

Former Women's World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova faces Monica Socko in a very tough Bulgaria vs. Poland match

Armenia's loss yesterday sent them to board 24 where they face Costa Rica

Elshan Moradiabadi, always adding style

Mexico beat Estonia yesterday and today they will play Georgia today

Round Four Pairings

Open:

Round 4 on 2014/08/05 at 14:00
No. SNo     Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team     SNo
1 3     France 10½ 6   :   6 10 Azerbaijan     8
2 29     Serbia 10½ 6   :   6 10 Czech Republic     16
3 14     Norway 5   :   5 9 Poland     15
4 1     Russia 11½ 6   :   6 10 China     7
5 11     Netherlands 10½ 6   :   6 10 Israel     9
6 18     Bulgaria 10 6   :   6 10½ Romania     32
7 33     Uzbekistan 6   :   5 10 Germany     12
8 26     Turkey 9 5   :   5 10 Italy     20
9 21     Georgia 10 5   :   5 9 Mexico     46
10 44     Belgium 5   :   5 9 Switzerland     51
11 49     Kazakhstan 5   :   5 Moldova     45
12 13     Cuba 10 5   :   5 9 India     19
13 48     Paraguay 9 5   :   5 10 Vietnam     31
14 10     England 9 5   :   5 Latvia     23
15 55     Bangladesh 8 5   :   5 9 Ukraine     2
16 35     Argentina 9 4   :   5 Greece     25
17 24     Croatia 8 4   :   4 Mongolia     59
18 69     Ecuador 8 4   :   4 9 Denmark     40
19 79     South Africa 4   :   4 USA     6
20 75     Portugal 7 4   :   4 8 Hungary     5

France will have a tough round again as they face Azerbaijan. Despite being on board four, an amazing match will take place there. The Russian squad will face off against China; a team that despite not having their top rated players is strong and playing well... they just took out Hungary! Next to them the match Netherlands and Israel is a complete toss-up.

Another close match will be India vs. Cuba. India's board one lost today against Caruana (Italy) and might have to face Dominguez next. Not an easy time!

Women:

Round 4 on 2014/08/05 at 14:00
No.       Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team     SNo
1       Iran 12 6   :   6 10½ Slovakia     18
2       Norway 8 4   :   4 Czech Republic     27
3       China 11 6   :   6 10½ Azerbaijan     22
4       Indonesia 10½ 6   :   6 11 Armenia     10
5       Germany 6   :   6 10½ Russia     2
6       Netherlands 9 6   :   6 10½ Georgia     4
7       Hungary 11 6   :   6 10 Cuba     19
8       Philippines 5   :   5 8 Spain     11
9       Bulgaria 5   :   5 8 Poland     8
10       Colombia 10 5   :   5 Kazakhstan     17
11       India 5   :   5 Serbia     15
12       Ukraine 9 5   :   5 Turkey     33
13       England 8 4   :   4 Belarus     40
14       France 4   :   4 ICCD     55
15       Vietnam 8 4   :   4 Malaysia     77
16       Switzerland 4   :   4 7 Bangladesh     59
17       Brazil 4   :   4 8 Romania     6
18       Uruguay 4   :   4 8 Croatia     35
19       Argentina 9 4   :   4 8 Moldova     44
20       Bosnia & Herzegovina 7 4   :   4 Lithuania     36

Iran's 12-0 puts them on the top board of the Women's section, and will face Slovakia who is only half a board point behind... despite these board points not being the first tiebreak in the final standings, the board the teams are playing on seem to be largely based on this. China will face a relatively weaker team in Azerbaijan, whose women's team is not as elite as their open squad.

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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