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2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 4

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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.

Round 4 result.
Round 4 result.

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.

Yusuf Mdoe of Tanzania. Photo credit Mark Livshitz,
Yusuf Mdoe of Tanzania. Photo credit Mark Livshitz,
GM Amin Bassem of Egypt.
GM Amin Bassem of Egypt. Photo credit FIDE.

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.

Round 4.
Round 4.
Richmond Phiri v GM Abdelrahman Hesham

Timothy Kabwe v IM Kareim Wageih

Chitumbo Mwali v GM Adham Fawzy

Other news

GM Fabiano Caruana (left) shakes hands with GM Nodirbek .
GM Fabiano Caruana (left) shakes hands with GM Nodirbek . Photo credit FIDE.

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

The playing hall. Photo credit FIDE. 2022 Chennai Olympiad
The playing hall. Photo credit FIDE.

Interesting personalities from the Olympiad

WIM Julia Lebel-Arias. Photo credit FIDE. 2022 Chennai Olympiad
WIM Julia Lebel-Arias. Photo credit FIDE.

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.

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.

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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