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2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 1

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2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 1

Kenya received its first baptism of fire during Round 1 in the 2022 Chennai Olympiad.

They faced highly rated Chile, a team ranked number 42 compared to Kenya’s seeded number 142. Chile has a squad of three Grandmasters and one International Master in the Olympiad with an average rating of 2510. Kenya’s average rating was 1928.

Team Kenya getting ready for round 1.
Team Kenya getting ready for round 1. Photo credit Mark Livshitz, Lennart Ootes, Steve Bonhage & David Llada.
Pairing for round one.
Pairing for round one.
Martin Njoroge v Matias Perez Gormaz

From left Martin Njoroge, Isaac Mukoko & Githinji Hinga.
From left Martin Njoroge, Isaac Mukoko & Githinji Hinga. Photo credit Mark Livshitz, Lennart Ootes, Steve Bonhage & David Llada.
Cristoba Heriquez Villagra v Ben Nguku

Githinji Hinga v Ivan Morovic Fernandez

Ben Nguku (left) and coach CM Ben Magana.
Ben Nguku (left) and coach CM Ben Magana with a worried look! Photo credit Mark Livshitz, Lennart Ootes, Steve Bonhage & David Llada.

The Ladies’ team, on the other hand, snatch a vital one point against Romania to end up losing with a score line of 3-1. Cynthia Awino Obondo, with a rating of 1493, was the team’s star with a victory against WFM Alessia-Mihaela Ciolacu, rated 2163.

Kenya taking on the Romania ladies team at the 2022 Chennai Olympiad.
Kenya taking on the Romania ladies team. Photo credit Mark Livshitz, Lennart Ootes, Steve Bonhage & David Llada.

Glenda Madelta in action. She is the current World Amateur Champion U1700.
Glenda Madelta in action. She is the current World Amateur Champion U1700. Photo credit Mark Livshitz, Lennart Ootes, Steve Bonhage & David Llada.

Other bits of news

Uganda got off to a flying start with a 4-0 nil win against Equatorial Guinea in the Open section, while the Ladies team lost 4-0 to Cuba.

The Tanzanian teams had an interesting round one encounter. The Open and the Ladies team faced Bangladesh, with the Tanzanians losing both sections with a 4-0 score.

Egypt, the powerhouse of African chess, defeated Saudi Arabia 3.5-0.5, while their Ladies’ team dispatched Cyprus with a 4-0 victory.

However, the major highlight for Africa was IM David Silva of Angola holding GM Levon Aronian of the USA to a draw on board one.

IM David Silva v GM Levon Aronian

Another exciting game of the day from the other boards saw IM Tania Sachdev of India struggling in an epic 103-move game to defeat IM Rukhshona Saidova, of Tajikistan who is making her maiden Olympiad appearance.

IM Tania Sachdev of India in her epic game against IM Rukhshona Saidova.
IM Tania Sachdev of India in her epic game against IM Rukhshona Saidova. Photo credit Mark Livshitz, Lennart Ootes, Steve Bonhage & David Llada.

Rukhshona Saidova v Tania Sachdev

The playing hall at the 2022 Chennai Olympiad. Photo credit Mark Livshitz, Lennart Ootes, Steve Bonhage & David Llada.
The playing hall at the 2022 Chennai Olympiad. Photo credit Mark Livshitz, Lennart Ootes, Steve Bonhage & David Llada.

Links

The 2022 Chess Olympiad: Opening Ceremony.

More photos of the Opening Ceremony.

2022 Chess Olympiad on chess-results.com.

2022 Chess Olympiad – African teams on the way.

Team Uganda set for 2022 Chennai Olympiad.

Liberia Olympiad Team set for Chennai.

South Sudan Olympiad Team set for Chennai.

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