Baku Chess Olympiad Report 11 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

It was a day of mixed results for South Africa in round three. In the women’s section South Africa unexpectedly lost to Zimbabwe. The games were even or winning on most boards but somewhere during the last hours of play Caissa smiled upon Zimbabwe. Denise found the freeing move d5 but simplified one move too early. Anzel played a good game and brought the point home. She has now scored 2 victories in a row. Michelle had the two bishops against the two knights and then inexplicably exchanged the better one. Her pawn structure was compromised and she then lost. Lauren had time trouble issues and made a mistake in that section of the game. Today the girls are playing Malawi. Let us wish the girls well.

In the Open Section Watu played his attacking Lion of Africa style and soon had his opponent at sixes and sevens. He then came up with an interesting move Bf5 which threatened Be4. The presence of the bishop and the rook on the seventh led his opponent to throw in the towel early!

Daniel Cawdery played a combative game against his opponent and once he invaded the seventh it was all over.

Calvin Klaasen appeared to be nursing a small advantage but it wasn’t enough to bring the point home and he agreed to a draw.

Grandmaster Kenny Solomon had a good game and was attacking his opponent mercilessly. His opponent made Kenny fight though and then simplified into being two exchanges down. He had a few pawns to throw in and Kenny struggled to convert. I took a few lessons here which I will talk about later.

2. Africa

1. Nigeria lost to The Phillippines 4-0. GM Torre from the Phillippines is now playing in his 23rd Olympiad !

2. Portugal beat Angola 4-0

3. Algeria beat Thailand 3.5 to 0.5

4. Switzerland beat Madagascar 4-0

5. Egypt beat Panama 4-0. Have a look at the game of board one. GM Bassem played a brilliant endgame. Have a look at the finish!

6. Mozambique lost 4-0 to Lithuania. I was watching the game and saw the finish. The mozambiquan player missed a tactic. GM Rozentalis saw the tactic and then saw GM Grivas and me watching. He then checked to see if it was on and then promptly played the move.

7. Scotland beat Ivory Coast 3.5 to 0.5

8. Zimbabwe lost 3-1 to Albania. IM Rodwell Makoto is playing well and drew with GM opponent.

9. Myanmar lost 3-1 to South Africa.

10. UAE beat Libya 3.5 to 0.5

11. Tunisia beat Sudan 2.5 to 1.5

12. Ghana lost 0.5 to Cyprus 3.5

13. Botswana lost 4-0 to Mexico

14. Ethiopia beat Maldives 3.- 1

15. Mauritania beat Guernsey 2.5 to 1.5

16. Palestine beat Tanzania 3.5 to 0.5

17. South Sudan beat Oman 3.5 to 0.5

18. Morocco lost 1.5 to 2.5 against Indonesia

19. Togo lost to São Tomé Príncipe 1-3

20. Malawi beat Somalia 2.5 to 1.5

21. Eritrea defaulted against Namibia 4-0

22. Congo defaulted 4-0 against Mauritius

23. Zambia lost to the IBCA 1.5 to 2.5

Women’s section

1. Morocco 1 vs Brazil 3

2. Panama 1 vs Egypt 3

3. Algeria drew with Ireland 2-2

4. Botswana lost 0.5 to Malaysia 3.5

5. Ethiopia lost 0.5 to Zambia 3.5

6. Angola beat Mozambique 3.5 to 0.5

7. Sudan 0 versus FYROM 4

8. Namibia lost 0 versus Tunisia

9. Mozambique beat Ghana  3-1

10.. Zimbabwe beat 3-1

11. Swaziland lost 4-0 to Nepal.

12. Lesotho beat Kuwait 4-0

13. Guyana beat Tanzania 4-0

3. Lessons learnt for me yesterday

Patience and more patience

Most grandmasters play probing moves. They slowly build up their position before they attempt anything. No one rushes any position. Players evaluate and consider their moves deliberately. There is never a flourish to finish. That is the lesson I take away today.

I spent loads of money on new books yesterday. I love my books and I am trying to update my library constantly.

Last night the Open team and Winston celebrated Kenny’s 100th game at the Olympiads. We invited an old friend Johnny Walker who offered his assistance in beating Austria later today. Austria has a 2700 super GM on board one and we agreed that today would be a good test for our Centurion!

It was Lauren’s birthday yesterday. Denise bought some cake and at lunchtime we celebrated and sang for Lauren who turned 22.

Tomorrow I shall write more about other matters relating to the Land of Fire and other quirks of the event.


Reporting live from Baku, Azerbaijan

Dr Lyndon Bouah

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