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Report on Round 2 – Batumi Olympiad

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Kenya v Zambia – Open

In round 2 Kenya was up against our brothers down south – Zambia.  This round saw Zambia snatch a narrow win over Kenya with a score of 2.5 – 1.5.

Draw & results for round 2.
Draw & results for round 2.

CM Ben Magana managed to snatch a draw against the formidable IM Andrew Kayonde (aka ‘AK47‘).  IM Kayonde was a pawn ahead but CM Magana played well to force a draw.

Team Zambia. Top left Prince Daniel Mulenga, Siame Kela Kalule. Bottom left Musatwe Simutowe & IM Andrew Kayonde.

Dr Ngani bagged his first win in his maiden appearance at the Olympiad with a fine win over Musatwe Simutowe.

Dr Victor Ngani bring home a point for Kenya.
Dr Victor Ngani bring home a point for Kenya.

Kenya v Costa Rica – Ladies

Draw & results for round 2.
Draw & results for round 2.

The Kenyan ladies found it tough against the Central American country of Costa Rica.  WCM Joyce Nyaruai managed to salvage a draw.

Uganda v Somalia – Open

Draw & results for round 2.
Draw & results for round 2.

Uganda bounced back with an emphatic 4-0 win against our northern neighbour Somalia.

Uganda v Malawi – Ladies

Draw & results for round 2.
Draw & results for round 2.

The Ugandan ladies squeezed past through Malawi with a 2.5-1.5 victory.

Team Uganda meets the cutest paparazzi. Standing from left - Shakira Ampaire, Phiona Mutesi (from Queen of Katwe), Christine Namaganda, Peninah Nakabo, Gloria Nansubuga. Nahui Llada poses with the team. Photo by David Llada.
Team Uganda meets the cutest paparazzi. Standing from left – Shakira Ampaire, Phiona Mutesi (from Queen of Katwe), Christine Namaganda, Peninah Nakabo, Gloria Nansubuga. Nahui Llada poses with the team. Photo by David Llada.

Chess Masala

The FIDE Presidential elections is generating a lot of heat.  The Dvorkovich camp and Markopolous camp have set up respective stands in the Exhibition Hall.

The Ethics Commission meets on 28th September 2018 to discuss the complaint filed by the Marko side against AD.  An insider told me that this commission will only review to see if the evidence is sufficient to warrant a full hearing.  The full hearing will only happen after the election date which is set for 3rd October 2018.

The Dvorkovich camp has been giving out bags full of goodies.  A chess set, clock, campaign brochure and other promotional items.

The Dvorkovich goodie bag.
The Dvorkovich goodie bag.

The Marko camp have an outstanding artist Temur Dadiani doing caricatures full time!

Temur Didaini poses with Wissali Hilali of Tunisia with a caricature he did of her.
Temur Didaini poses with Wissali Hilali of Tunisia with a caricature he did of her.

Most dramatic moment

The most dramatic moment in round 2 was really off the board and unexpected.  Nilkesh Jain a journalist with Chessbase India proposed to his Colombian girlfriend WIM Angela Franco Vallencia just before the round started!

The charming WIM Angela Franco Vallencia with Nilkesh Jain moments after the proposal.
The charming WIM Angela Franco Vallencia with Nilkesh Jain moments after the proposal.

Watch the video here – Nilkesh makes his move!