It is the first for the United States since 1976. UPDATE: China has won the gold medal in the women’s division.
The United States men’s team has won the gold medal in the open section of the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. China has clinced the gold in the women’s division.
It is the team’s first gold medal since 1976, at Haifa, Israel. But that Olympiad was marred by a boycott by the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries, which were not happy with the Olympiad being held in Israel.
Prior to 1976, the United States swept the gold medals in 1931, 1933, 1935, and 1937.
The United States clinched the gold by narrowly beating Canada in the final round, 2.5-1.5. It did it with Fabiano Caruana, on Board 1, beating Evgeny Bareev; Hikaru Nakamura on Board 2 drawing with Anton Kovalyov; and Wesley So on Board 3 beating Alexandre Lesiege. Sam Shankland, playing Board 4 for the United States, lost to Eric Hansen.
The United States and Ukraine were tied for the lead going into the final round. Though Ukraine beat Slovenia, 3.5-0.5, thereby tying the United States in team points, the United States had better tie-breakers. The United States also beat Ukraine in a face-to-face match in Round 6.
Russia was third to capture the bronze.
In the women’s section, China had a 2-point lead pior to the last round and were playing Russia, the closest persuer. China only needed to draw the match, but it won, 2.5-1.5, as Ju Wenjun, on Board 2, beat Valentina Guinina, and Tan Zhongyi beat Aleksandra Goryachkina. On Board 1, Hou Yifan, the reigning Women’s World Champion, drew with Alexandra Kosteniuk, a former Women’s World Champion. Russia’s defeat knocked them out of the medals. Poland, the No. 7 seed, took silver, while Ukraine finished with the bronze.
It is China’s first gold in the women’s section since 2004. Prior to that, China had won in 2002, 2000, and 1998. China’s victory breaks a string of three straight golds for Russia (2010, 2012 and 2014).
A full report with analysis of games will follow later.
FIDE and World Chess announces today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.
After 9 days of intense chess battles at the last leg of the World Chess Grand Prix series 2017 in Palma de Mallorca, the two winners of the series were finally determined: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, overall 340 points in the series) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 336,4 points). They qualified for the Candidates Tournament – the next part of the World Chess Championship cycle, which leads up to the Championship match.
The sole leader of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Levon Aronian made a quick draw with Evgeny Tomashevsky today, inviting the group of rivals to join him at the top. But same as in the previous rounds all games on the top boards finished peacefully and not a single player came close to catching up with him.
After seven rounds Aronian is in the lead with 4,5 points. A group of 8 players is half a point behind, including Vachier-Lagrave. In order to qualify for the Candidates, the Frenchman needs to win at least one more game. Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Riazantsev, Pavel Eljanov won against Jon Ludvig Hammer, while Teimour Rajabov outplayed Li Chao. After the victory the Azerbaijani Grandmaster still hopes to qualify, but in that case has to win both games.
Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned out to be the most exciting round of the tournament so far, with six decisive games out of nine.
In the Third Round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca games between the four leaders, Vachier-Lagrave-Aronian and Rajabov-Giri, finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.
The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE 2017 World Chess Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca – a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players