43rd Chess Olympiad: Pi­noys, Pi­nays start with shutout wins

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THE

open­ing round of t he 43rd Chess Olympiad s t a r t e d Mon­day in Ba­tumi, Ge­or­gia, with both Philip­pine men and women teams notch­ing crush­ing vic­to­ries against their re­spec­tive foes.

The men’s team, led by GM Julio Catal­ino Sadorra, de­mol­ished Repub­lic of San Marino 4-0 while their fe­male coun­ter­parts, led by WGM Janelle Mae Frayna, also blanked Mozam­bique by the same score. With the wins, the Philip­pines joined 88 other teams which also won their re­spec­tive matches in the lead of the 184- team, 11- round in­ter­na­tional Swiss event.

The Philip­pine teams will next be fac­ing tougher op­po­si­tion in Round 2, with the men paired with Slo­vakia. The women’s squad, on the other hand, goes up against Slove­nia.

Most of the top seeded teams like USA and Rus­sia l i ke­wise shut out t heir op­po­nents, al­though the big­gest up­set of the round must be t he vic­tory of can­di­date-mas­ter Mo­hamed- Me­hdi Aith­mi­dou (2244) of Morocco over GM Li Chao (2708) of China in 87 moves of a Si­cil­ian Smith-Morra Gam­bit on Board 4. The Chi­nese squad, how­ever, went on to over­whelm the Moroc­cans 3-1. Some of the milder up­sets I saw at a glance are the draws in­flicted by lowly rated play­ers against su­per- GMs Vass­ily Ivanchuk and Baadur Jobava. But we’ll tackle this up­sets

later.

Rossini,P (1678)-Sadorra,JC (2553)

[C02] Ba­tumi (1.1) 2018

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 Qc7 9.Qe2 g6 10.0-0 Bg7 11.Re1 Ne7 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bxe7 Kxe7 14.Nd2 Rhb8 15.b3 a5 16.a4 Qb6 17.Qg4 Qb4 18.Qxb4+ Rxb4 19.Rac1 h5 20.Re3 Bh6 21.Re2 c5 22.Rb1 c4 23.bxc4 Bxd2 24.Rxb4 Bxb4 25.cxd5 exd5 26.h3 Bxa4 27.c4 d4 28.f4 h4 29. f5 gxf5 30. Bxf5 Bb3 31.Re4 d3 32.e6 d2 33.exf7+ Kxf7 34.Be6+ Kf6 0-1

Gar­cia,JE (2439)-Ber­ardi,G

(1766) [B38] Ba­tumi (1.2) 2018

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 5.e4 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be2 d6 9.0- 0 a6 10. f3 Nd7 11. Nd5 e6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Nc3 Qe7 14. Qd2 Rd8 15. Rad1 Nf8 16.Bc5 dxc5 17.Qxd8 Bd4+ 18. Rxd4 Qb7 19. Rd2 Bd7 20. Qe7 Re8 21. Qxc5 e5 22. Na4 Be6 23. Rfd1 Nd7 24.Rxd7 Bxd7 25.Qb6 Qc8 26. Nc5 Be6 27. Qb7 Qxb7 28.Nxb7 Rb8 29.Rd8+ Rxd8 30.Nxd8 Bd7 31.c5 a5 32.Bc4 Be8 33. a4 Kf8 34. Nb7 f5 35. Nxa5 fxe4 36. fxe4 Ke7 37.b4 Kd8 38.b5 cxb5 39.axb5 Kc7 40. b6+ Kb8 41. c6 h5 42.Ba6 1-0

Vil­hete,VF (1752)-Frayna,JM (2287)

[D20] Ba­tumi (1.1) 2018

1.d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 a6 4. a4 Nc6 5.d5 Na5 6. e4 e6 7. Nf3 Nf6 8. Be2 Bb4 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.e5 Qd8 12.dxe6 Qxd1+ 13.Rxd1 Bxe6 14.0- 0 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Nb3 16.Nd4 Nxd4 17.Rxd4 Rd8 18.Rfd1 Ke7 19.a5 Rxd4 20.Rxd4 Rd8 21.Rxd8 Kxd8 22.f4 b6 23.Kf2 bxa5 24.Bd1 Bd7 25. Ke3 a4 26. Bc2 a3 27.Bb1 Ba4 28.Kd2 Bb3 0-1

Se­co­pito,C (2157)-Efen­takis,K (1451)

[D37] Ba­tumi (1.2) 2018

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 h6 7.Bf4 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 g5 12.Bxc7 Qxc7 13.Ne5 Bb4+ 14. Kf1 a6 15. Bxc6 Bxc6 16. Rxc6 Qb7 17. Qa4 Be7 18.Rxb6+ Kf8 19.Rxb7 Bd8 20.Rxf7+ Kg8 21.Qe8# 1-0

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