2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 4
Both Kenyan teams to the 2022 Chennai Olympiad were in a celebratory mood yesterday, with the Open team edging out Jordan 2.5-1.5 and the Ladies demolishing the Republic of Palau 4-0.
The Republic of Palau is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean comprising some 340 islands.
Ben Nguku v Sameer Mansour
Martin Njoroge v Alwashsh Ibrahim
Other African chess news
Uganda lost 3.5-0.5 to Portugal, while Tunisia also lost to Chile by the same score. Tanzania continued to struggle and lost 3-1 to Puerto Rico.
Somalia, on the other hand, lost 3-1 to Algeria.
The day’s biggest story was Zambia edging out Egypt, which saw African social media explode with congratulatory messages. Egypt is the top African chess nation with several Grandmasters and International Masters.
Richmond Phiri v GM Abdelrahman Hesham
Timothy Kabwe v IM Kareim Wageih
Chitumbo Mwali v GM Adham Fawzy
The day’s shocker was Fabiano Caruana losing to rising star 17-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan, currently rated almost 100 points behind. The win by the young Nodirbek helped his country to draw against the USA 2-2.
GM Fabiano Caruana v Nodirbek v GM Fabiano Caruana
Interesting personalities from the Olympiad
WIM Julia Lebel-Arias from Monaco plays her 18th Olympiad. She was representing Argentina, then France, and, finally, Monaco.
She is a 4-time Argentine Women’s Champion and a 3-times French Women’s Champion.
You can watch her interview: – Interview with WIM Julia Lebel-Arias.