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Baku Chess Olympiad report 22 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

I find myself at Istanbul airport typing this express report. The Olympiad ended yesterday and we has to attend the Closing ceremony and get ready for departure hence my reticence at sending a quick report last night. I am planning to do an in-depth report over the weekend so let’s  recap the events of the last […]

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Baku chess Olympiad report 21 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

It is 23:00 pm as I am writing this. A heavy heart has befallen me. We were in an excellent position in the Open section and at various stages of today’s round we were leading the African group as our colleagues from other African countries faltered. Instead South Africa found itself wanting when it lost […]

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Baku Chess Olympiad Report 20 by Dr. Lyndon Bouah

Today was not a good day at the office for the Protea chess teams. In the women’s section Michelle was able to score a draw against her higher rated opponent. We were outrated by approximately 300 points or more on the boards against Slovenia. On the top board Denise played the Exchange Ruy Lopez and […]

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Baku chess Olympiad Report 19 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

Round 8 was played yesterday and proved to be a good test for the team. The ladies team beat Jamaica 3-1. Yeah mon that was a good victory. Lauren won a pawn early on and nursed the position. Michelle recovering well after a bout of illness scored a good victory. Jesse is playing strongly and […]

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Baku Chess Olympiad report 17 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

Anzel Laubscher beats record! Proteas beat New Zealand ! Anzel Laubscher continued her fine run of form when she notched her sixth consecutive victory. The previous record was held by Claire Bleazard who won 5 in a row in the Bled Olympiad in 2002. Anzel is playing on top board today against Jamaica. The ladies […]

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Baku chess Olympiad Report 16 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

South Africa women scored a good victory against Pakistan today and in the process WIM Anzel Laubscher equalled the record set by Claire Bleazard in 2002 when she scored her fifth consecutive win today. Anzel now has 5/6 and could challenge for the board two honours. Winning consecutive games is normally a sign that a […]

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Baku Chess Olympiad report 14 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

The legend versus the lion In round five yesterday Watu Kobese played Grandmaster Eugenio Torre from the Philippines This is the 23rd Olympiad for Torre who is world famous as the first Asian grandmaster. A complicated game with chances for both sides, Torre took the point home when Watu missed a potential win when he […]

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Baku Chess Olympiad Report 13 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

The organisers are taking the anti cheating procedures very seriously. When Watu’s game ended yesterday he was kindly requested to accompany the arbiter to the screening room where he was searched with a metal detector. The instrument even checked his ears! He was then requested to fetch his SA Tracksuit as well. They also checked […]

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