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2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 8

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2022 Chennai Olympiad – Round 8

The Kenyan Open team drew their match against Puerto Rico yesterday while the Ladies team squeezed past Monaco 3-1 during the 8th round of the 2022 Chennai Olympiad.

Round 8 results.
Open round 8 results.
Round 8 results.
Ladies round 8 results.
Ben Nguku v Jaime Rodriquez Santiago

Martin Njoroge v Diego Zilleruelo Irizarry

Team Kenya looking a bit sad.
Team Kenya looking a bit sad.

Other African chess news

A surprising result was Jamaica, ranked 108th crushing Nigeria 4-0, ranked 78th.

Tanzania drew 2-2 with Ghana, while Egypt went down to Spain 3.5-0.5.

Uganda lost 3-1 to Bulgaria, with FM Harold Wanyama holding IM Momchil Petkov, rated 2510, to a draw!

IM Momchil Petkov v FM Harold Wanyama

Nase Lungu of Zambia was back in the news after his famous draw against GM Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway in round five. In round eight, he defeated GM Emanuel Berg of Sweden!

Nase Lungu v GM Emanuel Berg

Nase Lungu of Zambia. Photo credit FIDE.
Nase Lungu of Zambia. Photo credit FIDE.
Muniro Hussein Ismail of Somalia
Muniro Hussein Ismail of Somalia. Photo credit FIDE.
Jose Evrard Koumba Mounguen of Gabon.
Jose Evrard Koumba Mounguen of Gabon. Photo credit FIDE.

Other news

GM Dommaraju Gukesh continues to bulldoze his way through the event with another win against GM Fabiano Caruana, helping his India B team score a decisive 3-1 victory over the USA.

This is what Chessbase India had to say about the victory over the star studded team.

School boys beat the strongest ever team in the history of chess!
The above headline might look like a click-bait one, but if you think about it, it is true! Gukesh, Nihal, Pragg and Raunak hardly go to school, but if they did, they would all be somewhere below the 12th grade. And what about the American team? The USA team with Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So and Lenier Dominguez are all under 15 in the world rankings! In all senses this was a David vs Goliath fight!
GM Dommaraju Gukesh (left) with another win against GM Fabiano Caruana during the 2022 Chennai Olympiad round 8.
GM Dommaraju Gukesh (left) with another win against GM Fabiano Caruana during the 2022 Chennai Olympiad round 8. Photo credit FIDE.
Gukesh D v Fabiano Caruana

Open standing after round 8 in the 2022 Chennai Olympiad.
Open standing after round 8 in the 2022 Chennai Olympiad.

Armenia squeezed past India with a narrow 2.5-1.5 win to retain the lead at the top.

In the Ladies section, India held Ukraine to a 2-2 draw to retain the lead.

WIM Mariam Mkrtchyan of Armenia. Photo credit FIDE.
WIM Mariam Mkrtchyan of Armenia. Photo credit FIDE.
Ladies standing after round 8 in the 2022 Chennai Olympiad.
Ladies standing after round 8 in the 2022 Chennai Olympiad.

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.

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.