Flash Report: Uzbekistan Wins Open, Ukraine Wins Women’s

This is the flash report for the final round of the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad. The full report will be published on this page soon.

Continuing with their good form in the event, Uzbekistan and Armenia prevailed over higher seeds Netherland and Spain respectively in the 11th and final round to tie for first-second places with 19 match points in the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad, with Uzbekistan prevailing on tiebreaks. 11th-seeded India 2 defeated ninth-seeded Germany with an emphatic 3-1 score to win the bronze medal with 18 match points.

The last round of the FIDE Women’s Chess Olympiad saw top-seeded and overnight leader India beaten with a 3-1 score by the seventh-seeded U.S. on the top table. In two straight fights between the second point-group countries, Ukraine and Georgia triumphed over Poland and Azerbaijan, respectively. With these results, Ukraine clinched first place while Georgia finished the event in second. India took the bronze medal on tiebreaks after tying with Kazakhstan and U.S. for the third-fifth places. 

Open Section

GM Dommaraju Gukesh of India 2 won the gold medal for the top board prize with a score of 9/11 and a performance rating of 2867. GM Nihal Sarin (India 2, 7.5/10, PR 2774), GM David Howell (England, 7.5/8, PR 2898), GM Jakhongir Vakhidov (Uzbekistan, 6.5/8, PR 2813), and GM Mateusz Bartel (Poland, 8.5/10, PR 2778) were the other gold medal winners for the second-reserve boards.

The Game of the Day, annotated by GM Davorin Kuljasevic, will be added soon.

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Women’s Section

Legendary GM Pia Cramling of Sweden won the gold medal for the top board prize with a score of 9.5/11 and a performance rating of 2532. GM Nino Batsiashvili (Georgia, 7.5/10, PR 2504), WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa (Poland, 9.5/11, PR 2565), Bat-Erdene Mungunzul (Mongolia, 8.5/10, PR 2460), and WGM Jana Schneider (Germany, 9/10, PR 2414) were the other gold medal winners for the second-reserve boards.

The Indian first team won the Gaprindashvili Cup by means of finishing third in the open and fourth in the women’s, thus with a total Rank Sum of seven. U.S. (5+4= Rank Sum 9) and India 2 (3+8= Rank Sum 11) finished second and third, respectively.

See full results here.

The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad and Women’s Chess Olympiad are over-the-board team events where national chess federations compete in classical games for gold medals, trophies, and the title of strongest chess nation in the world. The event consists of an 11-round Swiss tournament where each player from a national team plays against another player from the opposing national team. Teams receive “game points” for winning or drawing games and “match points” for winning or drawing a match. Teams with the most match points for each section become the champions of their section, with a third award going for the team with the most points from both sections combined.

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