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Batumi Olympiad Tournament

Andre Stratonowitsch9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Mashala Kabamwanishi9.5/10(+9 -0 =1)[games]
Amir Zaibi8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Nils Grandelius8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Anish Giri8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Nodirbek Yakubboev8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[games]
Ngoc Truongson Nguyen8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[games]
Diego Flores8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Montasar Abo Moliana8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Lewis Martin8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Jure Skoberne8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Bashir Eiti8/10(+8 -2 =0)[games]
Giorgi Sibashvili8/9(+8 -1 =0)[games]
Alireza Firouzja8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Raymond Song8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Dejan Marjanovic8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Yusup Atabayev8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Asyl Abdyjapar8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Ebrima Bah8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Mircea-Emilian Parligras8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
David Howell7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Jonathan Westerberg7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Joseph Mwale7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Urtnasan Nasanjargal7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Bader Al-Hajiri7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Martin Walker7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Jorge Cori7.5/8(+7 -0 =1)[games]
Ilia Smirin7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
David Anton Guijarro7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ferenc Berkes7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Wesley So7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
(905 players total; 873 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Batumi Olympiad (2018)

The 43rd FIDE World Chess Olympiad took place from 24 September to 5 October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia. The biennial tournament was an 11-round Swiss open, with one rest day on 29 September. The Open section featured 185 teams from 183 countries, with the 919 players including almost the whole world chess elite, and there was also a Women's section: Batumi Olympiad (Women) (2018).

The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. Each team consisted of five players, with four playing each match. Draw offers were not allowed until move 30. The standings were determined by match points, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw; then modified Sonneborn-Berger scores (match points of each opponent, excluding the opponent who scored the lowest number of match points, multiplied by the number of game points in the match against the opponent); then game points. (1)

The first ten rounds started at 15:00 local time (13:00 CEST; 11:00 UTC; 07:00 USA/Eastern); the final round began at 11:00 local time.

China ended up taking double gold in this event by dominating the Women's section and edging out the United States with a tiebreak in the Open section, while Russia took third place.

Official site: http://batumi2018.fide.com/
Pairings and results: http://chess-results.com/tnr368908....

(1) Chess24: Batumi Chess Olympiad https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 161; games 1-25 of 4,007  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Al Kaoury vs Tiviakov  0-1342018Batumi OlympiadB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. Harikrishna vs J E Giron  1-0332018Batumi OlympiadC10 French
3. M M Aithmidou vs C Li 1-0872018Batumi OlympiadB20 Sicilian
4. Bu Xiangzhi vs Y Saber 1-0312018Batumi OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
5. So vs R C Sanchez Alvarez 1-0342018Batumi OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. C Burgos Figueroa vs Sasikiran ½-½522018Batumi OlympiadA25 English
7. Vianney Archeveq Koualet-Bebondi vs J Dempsey  0-1622018Batumi OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. McShane vs S Miguel ½-½512018Batumi OlympiadC50 Giuoco Piano
9. J Baules vs Nakamura 0-1252018Batumi OlympiadE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Shankland vs O A Leon Archibaldo  1-0392018Batumi OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Efren Andres Ramos vs Robson  0-1632018Batumi OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. A Ssegwanyi vs Karjakin 0-1312018Batumi OlympiadE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. Nepomniachtchi vs P Kawuma 1-0292018Batumi OlympiadC11 French
14. Walter Okas vs Vitiugov  0-1252018Batumi OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Jakovenko vs Haruna Nsubuga 1-0302018Batumi OlympiadB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. Y Yu vs M Tissir 1-0442018Batumi OlympiadE73 King's Indian
17. A Onkoud vs Wei Yi  0-1302018Batumi OlympiadA09 Reti Opening
18. A El Jawich vs L'Ami  0-1272018Batumi OlympiadC44 King's Pawn Game
19. J van Foreest vs A Kassis  1-0282018Batumi OlympiadB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. Giri vs F Eid  1-0282018Batumi OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. F Berkes vs Faniry Rajaonarison  ½-½602018Batumi OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. Miora Andriamasoandro vs Z Almasi  0-1362018Batumi OlympiadB20 Sicilian
23. F Rakotomaharo vs V Erdos  ½-½182018Batumi OlympiadC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Gledura vs Milanto Harifidy Ralison  1-0382018Batumi OlympiadA05 Reti Opening
25. W Lorenzana vs K Dragun  0-1452018Batumi OlympiadB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
 page 1 of 161; games 1-25 of 4,007  PGN Download
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Oct-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: <Count Wedgemore: No! No Berxit!! #Better Together :)>

He He. Agreed!
I don't think, or hope, it will ever come to that, but I must admit I giggle every time I see the advertisement.

Especially the "Rhubarb test" ;)

Oct-18-18  Count Wedgemore: <Diademas> LOL. The whole idea is brilliant, really.
Oct-18-18  That Roger: So what do you guys think? Every possible series of moves white plays has drawable moves by black, or there is at least one undefendable, guaranteed win by white?
Oct-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <So what do you guys think? Every possible series of moves white plays has drawable moves by black, or there is at least one undefendable, guaranteed win by white?>

If you are talking about the initial position the general knowledge says it is a draw,but white has a certain initiative,like the one who serves first in tennis.But there is no forced win for white.

Oct-18-18  That Roger: <But there is no forced win for white.> How is this known? So every white win by every +2700 elo player and engine in history has been analyzed for a good amount of time with engines that have found that black could have played moves to draw?

So every single possible line white can play can be drawn by black?

Maybe forcing is the wrong word because obviously when white makes a move black has non forced choice, but I guess the term is correct if in the scenario of considering the force being the absolute best move for black, if white can play a series of moves where the best engines and players in the world determine the best possible moves for black, and the outcome is a white win.

Oct-18-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Why waste time over trying to resolve that which, so far, has proven irresoluble? Chess is not a mathematical proof.
Oct-19-18  That Roger: <perfidious>
its merely a very interesting question because there must be an answer and it must be one or the other and I would like to know if any chess player here or person with extreme chess interest would have any educated guess or educated knowledge. Is it theoretically/practically impossible for there to be a forced/guaranteed/undefendable winning series of moves for white where black players the guaranteed absolutely proven best possible moves

And this line of thinking gets to the heart and soul of the totality of chess theory and opening repertoire, the history of forced lines, engine analysis, etc.

Oct-19-18  Absentee: <That Roger: <perfidious> its merely a very interesting question because there must be an answer and it must be one or the other and I would like to know if any chess player here or person with extreme chess interest would have any educated guess or educated knowledge. Is it theoretically/practically impossible for there to be a forced/guaranteed/undefendable winning series of moves for white where black players the guaranteed absolutely proven best possible moves

And this line of thinking gets to the heart and soul of the totality of chess theory and opening repertoire, the history of forced lines, engine analysis, etc.>

The answer equates to solving chess. It doesn't matter how interested or knowledgeable a player is, there's no such thing as an educated guess. It's a problem in combinatorics and one we're not even remotely close to approaching, never mind solving.

Oct-19-18  starry2013: Computers always say white has a very minor advantage on the opening move. I wonder how much that's just an automatic starting evaluation put in by the programmers.

People always say chess is a draw, and in theory every move can be equalised by black. White has the advantage of one tempo so I suppose the onus is on black to combat that. But it's conceivable that in some lines black might actually come up with something more surprising before white does. It's a game of thrust and counter-thrust but as a game goes on it must be harder for white to maintain the move advantage as the position slows down.

Oct-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <I wonder how much that's just an automatic starting evaluation put in by the programmers.>

I dont know(either) how the engines measure that,but in reality white is winning more games than black.As simple as that.(Everything equal). <but as a game goes on it must be harder for white to maintain the move advantage as the position slows down.>

Yes,this is the course of many games.

Oct-19-18  starry2013: I wonder how much psychology is involved as well though with some people thinking black is about just being defensive.
Oct-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: <Sokrates: BOKMÅL ("book language") connected to the informal RIKSMÅL ("state language") is derived from Danish and the eastern part of ancient Nordic. It's the language of Ludvig Holberg, Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun and today it is still dominating in a blended form with nynorsk>

Language in Norway has always been a hotly debated theme. After the start of the Kalmar Union (1397), amplified by the Reformation (1536) and cemented by absolutism in 1660, Danish became the only written standard in Norway. This continued all the way up to 1885 when by act of parliament, Nynorsk (Landsmål) and Riksmål (later Bokmål) both became official written standards.

Bokmål, as written today, is still very close to Danish. Any Norwegian can read a Danish text without problems, but may have a hard time deciphering spoken Danish.

Nynorsk: When this was introduced in the 1850s, in a wave of national sentiments, it got embraced by the cultural and economic elite. This would soon change.

Nobel prize winner Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson emerged as the champion for conservative forces that opposed this new direction. This controversy still lives. It reached its zenith in the 1950s, but is still a source of polarization amongst us.

My mother used to be a librarian at the University that holds a large collection dubbed the "Stridsarkivet" (the struggle files). This has nothing to do with the war, but all to with the irreconcilable fronts of this "language-war".

From around 1900, Bokmål has been seen as the sophisticated urban languge, and Nynorsk as its backward sibling. When I attended school in the 70s Nynorsk got the monicker "fjøslatin" (cowshed latin). Strangely this was in Bergen, a staunchly Bokmål city, even though our dialect is much closer to Nynorsk.

These sentiments still live, and Nynorsk has a low status in urban Norway.

<Well, diachronical language science is a huge and very interesting area>

Agreed!
If you want to continue this conversation, I suggest my forum. We are way off topic. It also has the added benefit of letting us communicate in Gods own language :)

Oct-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <That Roger:

So what do you guys think? Every possible series of moves white plays has drawable moves by black, or there is at least one undefendable, guaranteed win by white?>

White only has 1 tempo so it's doubtful he has a forced win.

Wins are typically created by:

1)missed tactics
2)structural weakness
3)lost material
4)poor planning
5)wasted tempo

None of that should happen with perfect play.

The interesting thing is, if there was
a forced win, black should win if he got to move first, since the position is symmetrical.

Nov-22-18  mark1212: To play the chess games, the thing is that, the player needs to be concentrated and the chess game app has been added in the play store and the user of the games can add their feed back on https://oniton.com/blog/windows-mod...
Jul-27-22  Sally Simpson: Where is the thread on the 2022 Olympiad. This one appears to be finished.
Jul-28-22  Sally Simpson: OK.

The powers that be are too busy arguing with each others sock puppets to set up a new Olympiad thread so we can use this one.

I know the first round draw is held up due to some teams being lost on the globe somewhere.

A few teams might not be coming as a protest but as they are not as strong or as large as Russia or China nobody knows who they are, what exactly they are protesting about and to be honest, nobody really cares.

Jul-28-22  Sally Simpson: The latest news to reach me is that one of the African nations taking part want to sacrifice a cow before round one and dib their chess pieces in cows blood.

Of course the cow is sacred in India so they have been asked to use a stray dog instead.

Fifty stray dogs have been rounded up and they are looking the one that looks most like a cow.

Jul-28-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: How about 50 games in which Tal sacrificed a knight?

Mooooving on....

Jul-28-22  Sally Simpson: Update... or so I've been told.

The Tibetans are furious (dogs are gods in Tibet) and threatening to walk home.

So it has been decided that each of the 50 stray dogs (including the one looking like a cow) will be given to a selection of teams as a mascot.

The USA have been given a stray Dalmatian. To name it player each wrote their choice on a piece of paper and dropped it into a hat. It transpires that everyone had written 'Spot.' It's hilarious moments like this that make Olympiads so memorable....if only we have am Olympiad 2022 thread to share it.

(I'm wondering if Nakamura will be streaming instantly after each Olympiad game or will he be out walking the dog.)

Denmark have been given a bored looking mongrel with mange. They have called it 'Carlsen.'

Jul-28-22  Sally Simpson: ...and this no show regarding an Olympiad 2022 thread is all your fault Miss Scarlett.

I see what what did regarding changing the time on the site to GMT. (I understand the patriotism and to a certain extent I'm with you...Rule Britannia etc...)

But you must go through the official channels (did you read that bit...good grief) so now all the in crowd are in the huff and I've nowhere to go to chat to my chums about the 2022 Olympiad.

Stop tempering with things and upsetting the colonials.

Jul-28-22  Sally Simpson: BBC have a superb piece on the 2022 Olympiad focusing mainly on India who are strongly tipped to be on the podium.

Even their 'B' team looks strong.

Some wonderful pictures of the venue and opening ceremony.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-as...

Jul-28-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I'm glad the Beeb got around to mentioning:

<Opening and closing ceremonies have a day each to themselves and matches will run from 29 July-9 August.>

This is a pet peeve of mine. Dates of tournaments, as used here on <cg>, ought to omit such ceremonial days.

Jul-28-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: <MissScarlett? Or make the ceremonial days a LOT more glamorous, and hence worth scheduling to watch. But what I have seen particularly of award/closing ceremonies is too dreary and halfhearted to give that kind of recognition to.
Jul-29-22  Sally Simpson: Recap:

Carlsen is bored being world champion.
Nakamura is bored playing in Olympiads.
Dionysius is bored with opening ceremonies.

I'm bored being onboard with my chess board and no one to play with.

Jul-29-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: Try with woman, <Sally> ;)
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