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Report on Round 3- Batumi Olympiad

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Round 3 – Kenya vs Ethiopia – Open Section

We all know about the great rivalry between Kenya & Ethiopia when it comes to long distance running.

Kenya has won 2 gold medals & Ethiopia has won 4 gold medals in the Olympic marathon races.

This rivalry resumed in Batumi but this time over 64 squares rather than 26 miles.  This was round 3 and the date was 26th September 2018.

Leading from the front was CM Ben Magana (aka ‘Big Ben‘) who took on CM Girum Teklewold Altaye.

Kenya managed to squeeze past Ethiopia with a score of 2.5 – 1.5 points.  CM Magana was victorious and Joseph Mehtu scored his most important maiden Olympiad victory.

Dr Victor Ng’ani lost his game while Ricky Sang managed to squeeze a draw right at the end.

Draw & results for round 3.
Draw & results for round 3.

Round 3 – Kenya v Kosovo – Ladies Section

The Ladies played well to secure an important draw against Kosovo.

Draw & results for round 3.
Draw & results for round 3.
Team Coach Moses Andiwoh keenly watches the action during the round 3 encounter with Kosovo.
Team Coach Moses Andiwoh keenly watches the action during the round 3 encounter against Kosovo.

2022 Chess Olympiad

The Congress which starts on the 3rd of October 2018 will evaluate bids for the 2022 Chess Olympiad.  Three cities have placed a bid and include Tunis, Seoul and Minsk.  Minsk is the capital city of Belarus.

I will bet my last dollar on Minsk.  The city seemed all geared up and even had a stand at the Exhibition Hall.  The President of the Belarus Chess Federation is the charming Ms Anastasia Sorokina.

Standing from left President of Belarus Chess Federation Ms Anastasia Sorokina and IA Shohreh Bayat who is the Secretary of the Iran Chess Federation.
Standing from left President of Belarus Chess Federation Ms Anastasia Sorokina and IA Shohreh Bayat who is the Secretary of the Iran Chess Federation.

If the city of Minsk wins the bid then it will mean that a total of 4 consecutive Chess Olympiads will be held in former USSR.

2016 -Baku, Azerbaijan.

2018 – Batumi, Georgia.

2020 – Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

2022 – Minsk, Belarus.

Legends of Georgia Chess

In the afternoon Susan Polgar interviewed two stalwarts of Georgian chess.

Nona Gaprindashvili was Ladies World Champion from 1962 to 1978 followed by Maia Chiburdanidze from 1978 to 1991.

3 World Champions! Nona Gaprindashvili, Susan Polgar,& Maia Chiburdanidze during the press conference. Interview done during round 3.
3 World Champions! Nona Gaprindashvili, Susan Polgar,& Maia Chiburdanidze during the press conference. Interview done during round 3.

For more news on the 2018 Batumi Olympiad please visit –2018 Batumi Olympiad.

Exhibition Hall

The Exhibition Hall which is located next to the Playing Hall is a beehive of activity.  We bring this short video clip to give you a feel of what is going on – Video of 2018 Batumi Olympiad Exhibition Hall.

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