USA Loses to Poland, Women Win vs. Hungary, Dvorkovich New FIDE President

The relatively empty playing hall betrayed the tension that accumulated on the top boards before the start of round nine in Batumi. The delegates, journalists, and “VIPs” that usually crowd the main intersection close to the top teams’ match-ups were busy today with the FIDE Elections. Akardy Dvorkovich was elected head of FIDE by a vote of 103 to 78, the first time in over two decades that FIDE has a new president. https://twitter.com/ChessBase/status/1047491314550497280 The rustling and rumbling in the press center was mostly revolving around that, but of course there was plenty of action over the boards and not only in the ballots! Today was an incredibly intense day. The two last boards to finish were USA boards, both at over 100 moves of chess played. The stress level on the captains is at an extraordinary level, but they have managed their teams excellently. Today had a great result, and a very disappointing one. Our women’s team was pitted against Hungary, a traditionally strong team headlined by former European Champion Tranh Trang Hoang. Their boards two and three are the famous Gara sisters, Anna and Tricia, one year apart in age and never more than 50 points apart in rating! On last board, they fielded the talented Juliana Terbe.
Jennifer Yu, Melikset Khachiyan, Irina Krush, and Mike Klein. Photo: Alejandro Ramirez
After a successful round yesterday, it seemed natural for team USA to repeat their line-up with Tatev Abrahamyan and Jennifer Yu and on boards three and four respectively. The first board duel was also the first one to finish. An unambitious approach by Anna against her opponent, who has had an absolutely monster tournament, resulted in an easily drawn exchange French. Wasting a white in a way, but stopping their best player seemed like a fair trade.
[pgn][Event "Batumi Women's Chess Olympiad"]
[Date "2018.10.03"]
[White "Zatonskih, Anna"]
[Black "Hoang, Thanh Trang"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C01"]
[WhiteElo "2431"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "Hungary"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "HUN"]1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Bd6 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. O-O Nge7 7. Nc3 a6 8.
Re1 Nb4 9. Ne5 Nxd3 10. Nxd3 O-O 11. Bf4 Bf5 12. Ne2 Ng6 13. Bxd6 Qxd6 14. Ng3
Bxd3 15. Qxd3 Rfe8 16. c3 Re6 17. Re3 Rae8 18. Rae1 Qf4 19. Nf1 Qg4 20. Rxe6
Rxe6 21. Rxe6 fxe6 22. Ne3 Qg5 23. Qd1 Nf4 24. g3 Qg6 25. Kf1 Nh3 26. Qg4 Ng5
27. h4 Qb1+ 28. Kg2 Qe4+ 29. Kf1 Qb1+ 30. Kg2 Qe4+ 31. Kf1 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
Second to finish was Jennifer Yu’s extremely solid Petroff yet again. Her opponent was unable to create even the smallest of chances, and a solid draw ensued.
[pgn][Event "Batumi Women's Chess Olympiad"]
[Date "2018.10.03"]
[White "Terbe, Julianna"]
[Black "Yu, Jennifer"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C42"]
[WhiteElo "2260"]
[BlackElo "2268"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Hungary"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "HUN"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nc6
8. Qd2 Be6 9. O-O-O Qd7 10. Kb1 a6 11. h4 h6 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Rg8 14. Be2
c5 15. Be3 d5 16. g4 O-O-O 17. g5 hxg5 18. hxg5 Kb8 19. Bf4+ Bd6 20. Bf3 Ka8
21. Rh4 Qc7 22. Bxd6 Rxd6 23. Qf4 Rgd8 24. Qe5 f6 25. gxf6 gxf6 26. Qh2 Qa5 27.
Rh8 Ka7 28. Rxd8 Qxd8 29. b3 d4 30. cxd4 Rxd4 31. Rxd4 Qxd4 32. Qc7 Bd5 33.
Bxd5 Qxd5 34. Qf4 Qe6 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
Tatev Abrahamyan. Photo: Goga Chanadiri
The duel between Tricia Gara and Tatev Abrahamyan was a very strange one from the opening. Black surprised Tatev with the Petroff defense, and White responded by surprising Tricia with a transposition into the four knights. It was clear that neither player was familiar with the opening, misplacing their pieces and losing tempi compared to normal plans. Once Tatev found her footing, however, she played an absolutely wonderful game, and what a moment to do so! Her rook penetration on the kingside cost black one pawn, and then another, but things were still far from clear. After the time control, Tatev was up two pawns, but her opponent’s king was centralized, the opposite colored bishops created chaos, and it was not easy to advance the pawns.
[pgn][Event "Batumi Women's Chess Olympiad"]
[Date "2018.10.03"]
[Round "9.3"]
[White "Abrahamyan, Tatev"]
[Black "Gara, Ticia"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C47"]
[WhiteElo "2361"]
[BlackElo "2321"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "Hungary"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "HUN"]1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8.
exd5 cxd5 9. O-O O-O 10. h3 c6 11. Bg5 Rb8 12. Qf3 Bd6 13. Na4 h6 14. Bxf6 Qxf6
15. Qxf6 gxf6 16. Rad1 Be6 17. b3 Rfd8 18. Nc3 Re8 19. Ne2 Be5 20. f4 Bc7 21.
Ng3 Ba5 22. Rf3 Kf8 23. Nh5 Bd8 24. Rg3 Ke7 25. Rg7 Ba5 26. f5 Bd7 27. Nf4 Kf8
28. Rh7 Bc7 29. Nh5 Be5 30. Rxh6 Ke7 31. Nxf6 Bxf6 32. Re1+ Be6 33. fxe6 fxe6
34. Bf5 e5 35. Rh7+ Kd6 36. Rxa7 e4 37. Rd7+ Ke5 38. g4 Rb4 39. c3 Rbb8 40. Rf1
Rbd8 41. a4 c5 42. Rf7 Bh4 43. Bd7 Rh8 44. R1f5+ Kd6 45. c4 dxc4 46. bxc4 Rb8
47. Rd5+ Kc7 48. Rxc5+ Kb6 49. Re5 Rhd8 50. c5+ Ka5 51. c6+ Kb6 52. Rxe4 Bg3
53. Rb4+ Kc5 54. Rb5+ Kd4 55. Kg2 Bd6 56. Bf5 1-0[/pgn]
Irina Krush had problems from the very beginning, and, despite her opponent’s strange decision to exchange her central e4 pawn for a weak b5 pawn on the queenside, White’s chances remained quite good. Underestimating the danger to her position, a blunder nearing time trouble cost her. White’s technique with the extra piece was highly questionable, and, by the second time trouble, it wasn’t fully clear if White was going to make any progress at all. When things became sharp and required precise calculation, both sides had no time left. White blundered the game but required precision from black. Unable to find it, Irina got her piece back, but it was mistimed: the ensuing rook endgame was simply lost for black. It seemed like Hungary would manage their 2-2, but on the sixth hour of play, anything can happen. This was the very last game of the round to finish, in both sections, after an amazing 118 moves, and it was 108th move that blundered the game away for white. An unbelievable blunder allowed Irina to draw the game, and USA won a nail-biter!
[pgn][Event "World Chess Olympiad 2018"]
[Site "Batumi"]
[Date "2018.10.03"]
[Round "9.2"]
[White "Gara Anita"]
[Black "Krush Irina"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B41"]
[WhiteElo "2370"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[PlyCount "235"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:42"]
[BlackClock "0:02:06"]1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Qc7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Be2 Bb4 8. Nc2
Be7 9. O-O b6 10. f4 Bb7 11. Qd3 d6 12. b4 O-O 13. Bb2 Nc6 14. a3 Rfd8 15. Rac1
b5 16. cxb5 axb5 17. Qe3 Na7 18. Nxb5 Nxb5 19. Bxb5 Bxe4 20. Nd4 Qb6 21. Bc6
Bxc6 22. Rxc6 Qa7 23. Kh1 d5 24. Rfc1 Bd6 25. Qf3 Qb7 26. b5 Ne4 27. R1c2 Qe7
28. b6 h6 29. Nb5 Qb7 30. Nxd6 Nxd6 31. h3 Ra6 32. Qc3 Nf5 33. Rc8 Qxb6 34.
Rxd8+ Qxd8 35. g4 d4 36. Qc8 Ra8 37. Qxd8+ Rxd8 38. gxf5 exf5 39. Kg2 d3 40.
Rd2 g5 41. Kf3 Kh7 42. Bf6 Rg8 43. Rxd3 Kg6 44. Rd6 Kh5 45. Bd4 Rb8 46. Rb6 Ra8
47. Bc5 Rc8 48. Bb4 Rc4 49. Bd2 Rd4 50. Be3 Ra4 51. Rb3 Kh4 52. Kg2 Kh5 53. Kg3
Re4 54. Rc3 Ra4 55. Bc1 Rd4 56. Rf3 Kg6 57. Rb3 Rc4 58. Bd2 Rd4 59. Bb4 Rxf4
60. a4 Rc4 61. a5 Rc6 62. Be7 f4+ 63. Kf3 Kh5 64. Bd8 Kh4 65. Ke4 Rc4+ 66. Kf5
Rd4 67. Bb6 Ra4 68. Bf2+ Kh5 69. Bb6 Kh4 70. Rd3 Ra2 71. Bd8 Kh5 72. Rf3 Rd2
73. Bb6 Ra2 74. Rd3 Kh4 75. Bc7 Ra4 76. Bd8 Kh5 77. Ke5 Ra2 78. Bb6 Kh4 79. Kd5
Ra1 80. Kc4 f5 81. Kd5 g4 82. Bd8+ Kh5 83. Ke5 g3 84. Kxf4 g2 85. Bb6 Rf1+ 86.
Ke5 g1=Q 87. Bxg1 Rxg1 88. Ra3 Kg5 89. a6 Re1+ 90. Kd5 Rd1+ 91. Ke5 Re1+ 92.
Kd4 Re8 93. a7 Ra8 94. Ke3 Kh4 95. Kf4 h5 96. Kxf5 Rf8+ 97. Kg6 Rg8+ 98. Kf7
Ra8 99. Kf6 Rf8+ 100. Ke7 Ra8 101. Kd6 Rd8+ 102. Kc7 Rg8 103. Ra5 Rh8 104. a8=Q
Rxa8 105. Rxa8 Kxh3 106. Kd6 h4 107. Ke5 Kg3 108. Rg8+ Kf3 109. Rh8 Kg3 110.
Ke4 h3 111. Ke3 Kg2 112. Rg8+ Kf1 113. Rf8+ Kg1 114. Ke2 h2 115. Rg8+ Kh1 116.
Ra8 Kg2 117. Rg8+ Kh1 118. Kf2 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
The team celebrated with a small glass of wine for the adults, to release some stress. After all, Georgia is known for its amazing wine! USA will face the Chinese team tomorrow. Despite missing Hou Yifan and Tan Zhongyi, they still field an amazingly strong team. In the open section, USA faced Poland, the only team within a match point of ours. A win here would have separated us from the other teams by a full match win. Poland, however, continues to prove extremely resilient! Four hours into the game tensions were extremely high on all boards, except for our board four’s endgame. Sam Shankland missed excellent chances on board four against Jacek Tomczak:
[pgn][Event "Batumi Chess Olympiad | Open"]
[Site "Batumi"]
[Date "2018.10.03"]
[Round "9.4"]
[White "Shankland, Samuel"]
[Black "Tomczak, Jacek"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B13"]
[WhiteElo "2722"]
[BlackElo "2614"]
[Annotator "Alejandro Ramirez"]
[PlyCount "102"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "Poland"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "POL"]1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bb5 {One of the million side
lines that white can choose against the Caro-Kann. It has been used by the
likes of Grischuk, Rapport, Anand and others.} Qa5+ {This move, however, is
pretty weird. Sure, the knight is not ideal on c3, but why force its
development? Even weirder, it is the computer's top choice. It's tough to
explain chess to beginners nowadays with games like this...} (5... Bg4 {is
normal.}) 6. Nc3 Bg4 7. Bd2 Qd8 $2 (7... Rc8 {like in Hovhannisyan-Petrosyan
from 2018. Hovhannisyan is playing for Armenia in this Olympiad, and
coincidentally enough, is not the only Hovhannisyan in this tournament: the
other one is playing reserve board for Belgium.}) 8. Ne5 $1 {Black must have
missed this cute tactic. Now he is severely behind in development.} Bd7 (8...
Bxd1 9. Nxc6 Qb6 (9... bxc6 10. Bxc6+ Qd7 11. Bxd7+ Kxd7 12. Nxd1 {is an extra
pawn for White.})) 9. Bxc6 Bxc6 10. Qf3 (10. Qh5 $1 {Is a computer move, but a
very powreful one} g6 11. Qf3 Nf6 12. g4 {it seems like White is just down a
tempo compared to the game lines, but g6 is a weakness as the bishop needs to
eliminate the knight on e5.} h6 13. h4 Bg7 (13... e6 14. g5 hxg5 15. Bxg5 Be7
16. h5 $1 $18) 14. O-O-O {and the kingside attack will just crush black.})
10... Nf6 11. g4 h6 12. h4 e6 13. O-O-O Bd6 14. Bf4 $1 (14. g5 Bxe5 15. dxe5 d4
{doesn't work for White by one tempo}) 14... Qc7 15. Bh2 {closing the h-file
and preparing g5.} (15. Kb1 {was a slightly more useful move, but it leads to
different types of positions as it has no immediate threat.}) 15... O-O-O 16.
Nxc6 Qxc6 17. Bxd6 Qxd6 18. g5 hxg5 $6 (18... Ne8 19. Qxf7 hxg5 20. hxg5 Rf8
21. Qg6 Qf4+ 22. Rd2 Qf5 $14 {is an extra pawn for white, but with weaknesses
on g5 and f2 it is very hard to convert.}) 19. hxg5 Rxh1 20. Rxh1 Ne4 21. Qxf7
Nxc3 22. bxc3 {The pawn matters, and White's king is safe since Black can't
reach b2 and d2 at the same time, so the king will hide in one or the other.}
Rd7 23. Rh8+ Kc7 24. Qe8 Kb6 25. Qf8 Re7 26. Rg8 (26. Rh3 $1 {haunting black
with c4 ideas, and also Rf3 is an awesome move, followed by g6 and Rf7.}) 26...
Qc7 27. Kb2 Qd7 28. Qd8+ {the simplification is not a bad decision, but
keeping the pieces on the board also made sense.} Qxd8 29. Rxd8 Kc6 30. g6 e5
31. dxe5 $4 {Giving Black unnecessary play} (31. Rg8 {is surely a winning
endgame.}) 31... Rxe5 32. Rg8 $2 (32. Rc8+ Kb6 33. Rg8 Rf5 34. Rxg7 Rxf2 {is a
draw, but it's a better pretense of a winning attempt.}) 32... Rf5 33. Rxg7
Rxf2 34. Rf7 Rg2 35. g7 Rg1 {It is not difficult to evaluate this endgame as a
draw. White can't get his king out of the cage.} 36. c4 d4 37. c5 b6 38. cxb6
axb6 39. Kb3 Kc5 40. Ka4 Rg2 41. Kb3 Rg3+ 42. Kb2 Rg1 43. Ra7 Kc6 44. Ka3 Kc5
45. Ka4 Rg4 46. Rc7+ Kd6 47. Rc4 Rxg7 48. Kb5 Kd5 49. c3 dxc3 50. Rxc3 Rg2 51.
Kxb6 Rxa2 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
With time pressure lifted, the positions on the top three boards was easy to evaluate. Fabi was pressing against Polish super star Jan-Krzyszstof Duda, only 20 years of age but already a top grandmaster. Wesley was doing the same against Anand’s second and world elite Radoslaw Wojtaszek, but our board three was going down in flames, and the ending that the Polish player simplified was lost for us.
[pgn][Event "Batumi Chess Olympiad | Open"]
[Site "Batumi"]
[Date "2018.10.03"]
[Round "9.3"]
[White "Piorun, Kacper"]
[Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "2612"]
[BlackElo "2763"]
[Annotator "Alejandro Ramirez"]
[PlyCount "119"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Poland"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "POL"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]1. e4 d5 {Essaying a type of Scandinavian, it is clear that Nakamura, who
hadn't tasted a victory since round one, was out for blood.} 2. exd5 Qxd5 3.
Nc3 Qd8 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. Bf4 Nc6 9. Qd2 b6 10. Rad1
Bb7 11. Rfe1 e6 12. Bh6 Ne7 13. Bxg7 Kxg7 14. Ne5 Rc8 15. Qf4 a6 16. Rd3 b5 17.
a3 Qd6 18. b4 Rcd8 19. Red1 Nfd5 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Qh4 f6 22. c4 g5 23. Rg3 Ne7
24. Qh5 Be4 25. Re3 {An incredibly complex position to play with minutes.
Nakamura was ahead on the clock, but both positions are dangerous. White is
quite over expanded, but black's king is in danger.} Bf5 $6 (25... Bg6 26. Nxg6
hxg6 27. Qf3 Nf5 $13) 26. c5 $1 {Giving up d5 to kick the queen away to the
queenside.} Qd5 27. Bf3 Qa2 28. Nc6 $1 Nxc6 29. Bxc6 Qc4 $1 {White had ideas
of pushing pawns on the kingside with a dangerous attack, Nakamura must create
counterplay.} 30. Be4 Bxe4 $6 (30... Rxd4 31. Bxf5 Rxd1+ 32. Qxd1 exf5 33. Re7+
Rf7 {looks drawish, but it is somewhat scary to give up the two open files.})
31. Rxe4 e5 32. h4 h6 33. Qf3 Qd5 34. h5 $1 {This pawn is very important as
Black's king will never be safe as long as there are queens on the board.} exd4
$4 {Giving up the d-file is a terrible mistake.} (34... Kg8 $1 $14 {or
basically any waiting move, though the position is still unpleasant.}) 35.
Rdxd4 Qf7 (35... Qxd4 36. Rxd4 Rxd4 37. Qf5 {is clearly lost}) 36. g4 Rxd4 37.
Rxd4 Qe6 38. Qd3 {White's attack, thanks to the weakness on f7 and the open
d-file, cannot be contained.} f5 39. Rd7+ Rf7 40. Qd4+ Kh7 41. Rd8 Rg7 42. Rf8
(42. Qd3 $1 {is a superb finishing touch. gxf5 is a monster threat and the
rook endgame after} Qe4 43. Qxe4 fxe4 44. Re8 {is way simpler than the one in
the game.}) 42... Qc4 43. Qxc4 (43. Qd1 $1 {retains the attack, but the
transition is also good} Qxg4+ 44. Qxg4 fxg4 45. Rf6 $18) 43... bxc4 44. Rxf5 {
now Hikaru can at least dream of a draw as he has a passed pawn to work with.
Still, objectively this is lost.} c6 45. Re5 Rd7 46. Re4 Rd1+ 47. Kg2 Rc1 48.
Kf3 Kg7 49. Ke3 Kf6 50. Kd4 c3 51. Re8 c2 52. Kc3 a5 53. Rc8 axb4+ 54. axb4 Ke5
55. Rxc6 Rb1 56. Kxc2 Rxb4 57. f3 Kd4 58. Rxh6 Rc4+ 59. Kd2 Rxc5 60. Re6 1-0[/pgn]
Wesley So. Photo: David Llada
Wesley pressed and pressed, and it certainly was a very well-played Najdorf by our player, but it wasn’t enough to break down Radoslaw’s defenses. After trying for a long time in an opposite colored bishop endgame, Wesley had to concede the draw. Wesley felt that he made a mistake on move 35, but the game was of course not easy to evaluate.
[pgn][Event "Batumi Chess Olympiad | Open"]
[Date "2018.10.03"]
[White "So, Wesley"]
[Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B90"]
[WhiteElo "2776"]
[BlackElo "2727"]
[PlyCount "176"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "Poland"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "POL"]1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3
Be7 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. g4 b5 12. g5 Nh5 13. Nd5 Bxd5 14. exd5 f6 15.
gxf6 Bxf6 16. Kb1 Nf4 17. Na5 Nb6 18. Nc6 Qc7 19. Bxf4 exf4 20. c3 Rae8 21. Rg1
Re3 22. Rg4 Rxf3 23. Qg2 Re3 24. Rxf4 Qf7 25. Bd3 Rfe8 26. Nb4 Qh5 27. Qg4 Qxg4
28. Rxg4 Re1 29. Rg1 Rxg1 30. Rxg1 Re3 31. Rg3 Re1+ 32. Kc2 Be5 33. Rh3 a5 34.
Nc6 Nxd5 35. Bxh7+ Kf7 36. Bd3 Nf4 37. Rf3 b4 38. cxb4 axb4 39. Nxb4 Ke6 40.
Bf1 g5 41. h3 d5 42. Nd3 Nxd3 43. Bxd3 Rg1 44. b4 Rg3 45. Rxg3 Bxg3 46. a4 Be1
47. Kb3 Kd6 48. a5 Bd2 49. Be2 Be1 50. Bf3 Bd2 51. Ka4 Be1 52. Bg2 Bd2 53. Bf1
Be1 54. Bd3 Bd2 55. Bg6 Be1 56. Bf7 Bd2 57. Be8 Be1 58. Bb5 Bd2 59. Kb3 Be1 60.
Ka3 Bd2 61. Ka4 Be1 62. Be8 Bd2 63. b5 Kc5 64. b6 Be1 65. Bb5 Bd2 66. Ba6 Be1
67. Bb7 d4 68. Ba6 Bd2 69. Bb5 Be1 70. Be8 Bd2 71. Bd7 Be1 72. Bg4 Bd2 73. Bf5
Be1 74. Bc8 Bd2 75. Be6 Be1 76. Bf7 Bd2 77. Bg6 Be1 78. Be8 Bd2 79. b7 Bf4 80.
Kb3 Bb8 81. Ka4 d3 82. Bh5 d2 83. Bf3 Ba7 84. Be2 Kc6 85. a6 Kb6 86. Kb4 Bb8
87. Kc3 d1=B 88. Bxd1 Kxa6 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
Fabiano Caruana. Photo: David Llada
It all came down to Fabiano Caruana’s game to save the team. Five hours into the game, Black’s extra piece was incredibly difficult to convert. The transition to a rook and bishop vs. rook endgame was excellently timed, and the engine suddenly announced a forced mate! With only one minute on the clock, Caruana missed it! The Polish team was given a golden opportunity to take the match if Duda held the endgame. Six hours passed since the beginning of the game, and the few people left in the playing hall crowded around the game. The few journalists left surrounded the game, John Donaldson meanwhile kept his cool. Alas, Duda defended perfectly, giving the World number two no chances to win after 50 grueling moves in the endgame. One hundred and eight moves, but the draw gave Poland the win. “The feeling at the end was like losing, even though it was a draw,” said Fabi after the game.
[pgn][Event "Batumi Chess Olympiad | Open"]
[Date "2018.10.03"]
[White "Duda, Jan-Krzysztof"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A28"]
[WhiteElo "2739"]
[BlackElo "2827"]
[PlyCount "236"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Poland"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "POL"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e3 Bb4 5. Qc2 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 Qe7 7. d4 Ne4 8.
Qd3 exd4 9. Nxd4 O-O 10. Be2 Qb4+ 11. Kf1 Qe7 12. f3 Nc5 13. Qc3 d6 14. Nxc6
bxc6 15. b3 a5 16. Bb2 f5 17. Rd1 Be6 18. Kf2 a4 19. b4 Nd7 20. Rd2 f4 21. Rc1
Rae8 22. Rd4 fxe3+ 23. Qxe3 c5 24. bxc5 Nxc5 25. Kg1 Qf7 26. Qf2 Bf5 27. Bf1
Re7 28. Ba3 Re5 29. Qd2 Rfe8 30. Rd5 h6 31. Bxc5 dxc5 32. Qa5 Qe7 33. Rdd1 Qg5
34. Kh1 Qe3 35. Qxc7 Qf2 36. Qa5 Qxa2 37. Ra1 Qb3 38. h3 Kh7 39. Rd5 Bc2 40.
Qd2 Bg6 41. Qa5 Qb4 42. Rxa4 Qxa5 43. Rxa5 Rxd5 44. cxd5 Re1 45. Kg1 Bd3 46.
Rxc5 Rxf1+ 47. Kh2 Rd1 48. Kg3 Bf1 49. Kf2 Kg6 50. h4 Bd3 51. h5+ Kf5 52. Rc7
Kf6 53. Rc6+ Kg5 54. Rc7 g6 55. hxg6 Bxg6 56. Rd7 Rd2+ 57. Kg3 Bd3 58. Re7 Bf5
59. Kh2 h5 60. d6 h4 61. Rg7+ Kf4 62. Rg8 Rxd6 63. g3+ Kxf3 64. gxh4 Rd2+ 65.
Kg1 Bg4 66. Rf8+ Kg3 67. h5 Bxh5 68. Rg8+ Bg4 69. Rf8 Rd6 70. Rf2 Rd1+ 71. Rf1
Rd2 72. Rf8 Re2 73. Rf7 Re1+ 74. Rf1 Re2 75. Rf8 Be6 76. Rf6 Bh3 77. Rg6+ Bg4
78. Rf6 Rg2+ 79. Kf1 Rh2 80. Kg1 Re2 81. Rf8 Re5 82. Rf2 Bf3 83. Rg2+ Kf4 84.
Ra2 Re1+ 85. Kf2 Rh1 86. Ra7 Rh2+ 87. Kg1 Rg2+ 88. Kf1 Be4 89. Ra3 Rb2 90. Kg1
Bf3 91. Ra7 Kg3 92. Rg7+ Bg4 93. Rf7 Rb8 94. Rf2 Bf3 95. Rg2+ Kf4 96. Ra2 Be4
97. Ra3 Rb2 98. Rh3 Rg2+ 99. Kf1 Bf3 100. Rh8 Ra2 101. Rb8 Kg3 102. Rg8+ Bg4
103. Re8 Ra1+ 104. Re1 Ra5 105. Re8 Rd5 106. Re7 Rd8 107. Re3+ Bf3 108. Re7 Kf4
109. Kf2 Rd2+ 110. Ke1 Rh2 111. Ra7 Re2+ 112. Kf1 Rd2 113. Rc7 Kg3 114. Rg7+
Bg4 115. Re7 Rf2+ 116. Kg1 Rd2 117. Kf1 Re2 118. Rxe2 Bxe2+ 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
Tomorrow USA will try to rebound against another tough opponent: Armenia, with the likely match up of Aronian vs. Caruana on the top board.

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