CHESS

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The 43rd Chess Olympiad takes place Ba­tumi, Ge­or­gia next year, and it is of in­ter­est to note that Cape Town was a se­ri­ous can­di­date to host this mam­moth event. The 42nd Chess Olympiad took place in Baku last year and saw the USA win their first ti­tle since 1976 on tie-break from Ukraine af­ter both scored 20 points. The Amer­i­can team was boosted by the heavy­weight trio of Fabio Caru­ana, Hikaru Naka­mura and Wes­ley So. Rus­sia, who took clear 3rd on 18 points would have been dis­ap­pointed in again not achiev­ing top hon­ours. In­dia, with­out Anand as usual, were 4th while World Cham­pion Mag­nus Carlsen’s team Nor­way fin­ished a very cred­itable 5th. In the Women’s Olympiad China won on 20 points ahead of Poland and Ukraine on 17 points. De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Rus­sia fin­ished fourth on 16 points level with In­dia, USA, Viet­nam, Azer­bai­jan and Is­rael. In the Open sec­tion South Africa fin­ished in 97th po­si­tion whilst Egypt 62nd and Zam­bia 64th fin­ished the best out of the African teams. The South African Ladies team fin­ished in 72nd bol­stered by Anzel Laub­scher’s su­perb score of 7/10 on board 2. The win­ner of the Gold Medal on Board 1 was the highly orig­i­nal Ge­or­gian GM, Baadur Jobava. Here we see him de­mol­ish Pono­mar­iov in typ­i­cal fash­ion. Jobava,Ba (2665) - Pono­mar­iov,R (2709) [A45] 42nd Olympiad 2016 Baku AZE 2016

(Not one for main­line the­ory White es­says a lesser known line of the Veresov)

(A tremen­dous shot tak­ing ad­van­tage of the dark squares) (17...Nh5 18.Qg5 Nc6 19.Rxe6 fxe6 20.Be2 Qc7 21.Bxh5 Kh8 keeps White’s ad­van­tage to a min­i­mum. Now it is car­nage) (As Rxf7+ is threat­ened and if 21…Rb8 22 Re1 leaves Black help­less) “In life, un­like chess, the game con­tin­ues af­ter check­mate” (Isaac Asi­mov)

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