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2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 10

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2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 10

Round ten of the 2022 Chennai Olympiad was a successful one for Kenya. The Open team dismissed Timor Leste 3.5-0.5 while the Ladies crushed Guatemala 3-1.

Maps of Timor Leste.
Maps of Timor Leste.

The Open team is currently in the 110th position out of 186 teams, while the Ladies are ranked 62nd out of 161 teams.

The other big news for Kenya was that Martin Njoroge has earned a conditional FM title, which crystallises when he crossed the 2100 rating.

Ben Nguku and Robert Mcligeyo also earned conditional CM titles, which will crystallise when they cross the 2000 rating.

WCM Sasha Mongeli. Photo credit FIDE.
WCM Sasha Mongeli. Photo credit FIDE.
Ben Nguku v Tito dos Reis

Other African news

Somalia went down 4-0 to Cyprus, while Madagascar crushed Ghana 4-0.

Tanzania held Saudi Arabia to a 2-2 draw while Uganda lost 3-1 to Finland.

IM Toivo Keinanen v FM Harold Wanyama

Nigeria Ladies Team. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku.
Nigeria’s Ladies Team. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku.
Nigeria's Open team. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku.
Nigeria’s Open team. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku.
From left IM Fy Antenaina Rakotomaharo and CM Heritiana Andrianiaina both of Madagascar. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku
From left IM Fy Antenaina Rakotomaharo and CM Heritiana Andrianiaina both of Madagascar. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku
Team Eritrea. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku.
Team Eritrea. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku.

Other news

The biggest upset of the day was when GM Dommaraju Gukesh of India lost in a dramatic game on board one to GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan.  The loss enabled Uzbekistan to snatch a draw against India B and stay at the top going into the last and final 11th round. The video below captures the final dramatic moments. 

“The most craziest comeback I’ve ever seen,” says ?? GM Arturs Nieksans.

Moment that will go down in history. GM Dommaraju Gukesh holds his head in agony when he realises that Nf3 was a blunder while GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov is shocked!
Moment that will go down in history. GM Dommaraju Gukesh holds his head in agony when he realises that Nf3 was a blunder while GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov is shocked! Photo credit FIDE.

Uzbekistan now faces the Netherlands while 2nd place Armenia takes on Spain. India B will take on the formidable German team.

GM Dommaraju Gukesh v GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov

The start of round 10. Look at the media attention on the star player GM Dommaraju Gukesh. Photo credit FIDE.
The start of round 10. Look at the media attention on the star player GM Dommaraju Gukesh. Photo credit FIDE.

Other news Ladies

Kazakhstan collapsed 0.5-3.5 to the Indian team, while Poland held Georgia to a 2-2 draw.

Steamrolling WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa, of Poland who has been having a fantastic event with nine wins from 9 rounds, only managed a draw this time against IM Lela Javakhishvili of Georgia. She is the only Olympiad player with 9.5 points from ten rounds.

India now faces the USA while Ukraine takes on Poland. India’s victory will undoubtedly mean that they will clinch the gold medal.

WIM Elena Maria Rodriguez Arrieta of Costa Rica.
The charming WIM Elena Maria Rodriguez Arrieta of Costa Rica. Photo credit FIDE.
IM Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia.
IM Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia. Photo credit FIDE.
GM Zhansaya Abdumalik of Kazakhstan.
GM Zhansaya Abdumalik of Kazakhstan. Photo credit FIDE.

Unsung heroes

A small dedication to the unsung heroes of the Olympiad – some of the talented photographers who brought the images of the 2022 Chennai Olympiad to life!

From left Babatunde Ogunsiku of Nigeria and Lana Afandiyeva of Azerbaijan. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku.
From left Babatunde Ogunsiku of Nigeria and Lana Afandiyeva of Azerbaijan. Photo credit Babatunde Ogunsiku.
Anna Volkova of Russia posing with her Indian salwaar kameez and henna on her hand. Photo credit David Llada.
Anna Volkova of Russia posing with her Indian salwaar kameez and henna on her hand. Photo credit David Llada.
Maria Emelianova of Russia.
Maria Emelianova of Russia.
Mark Livshitz of Israel. Photo credit David Llada.
Mark Livshitz of Israel. Photo credit David Llada.
David Llada (left) of Spain and Lennart Ootes of Holland who were the official FIDE photographers. Both gentlemen have visited Kenya.
David Llada (left) of Spain and Lennart Ootes of Holland who were the official FIDE photographers. Both gentlemen have visited Kenya.

Links

The 2022 Chess Olympiad: Opening Ceremony.

2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 1 report.

2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 2 report.

2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 3 report.

2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 4 report.

2022 Chennai Olympiad Round 5 report.

2022 Chennai Olympiad Round 6 report.

2022 Chennai Olympiad Round 7 report.

2022 Chennai Olympiad Round 8 report.

2022 Chennai Olympiad Round 9 report.

More photos of the Opening Ceremony.

2022 Chess Olympiad on chess-results.com.

2022 Chess Olympiad – African teams on the way.

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Article by Kenya Chess Masala.