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🏆 Chennai Olympiad (2022) Chess Event Description
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Player: Patrice Verdier

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nadjim Mohamed vs P Verdier  0-1232022Chennai OlympiadB23 Sicilian, Closed
2. P Verdier vs A Smith  1-0332022Chennai OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. P Verdier vs D Laylo  0-1372022Chennai OlympiadD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. P Verdier vs Robert Mcligeyo  1-0242022Chennai OlympiadD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Aleksandar Tashev vs P Verdier  1-0532022Chennai OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. P Verdier vs Heskiel Ndahangwapo  0-1582022Chennai OlympiadE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
7. E Ungurs vs P Verdier  1-0442022Chennai OlympiadC05 French, Tarrasch
8. P Verdier vs Ahmed Naser Eldean  ½-½562022Chennai OlympiadE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. P Jodorcovsky Werjivker vs P Verdier  1-0222022Chennai OlympiadA57 Benko Gambit
10. P Verdier vs A A Delgado Rosas  0-1392022Chennai OlympiadA58 Benko Gambit
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Aug-11-22  Sally Simpson: Hi Atterdag,

I've not read many Polish journalists interviewing ex-Armenian players (now it's one) so I can only guess at what is the norm.

I think we agree it was a bit near the knuckle for a standard question in a chess mag. But Lev was not offended. He possibly expected it.

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  MissScarlett: < He possibly expected it.> Hiding his preparation, one might say.
Aug-11-22  Open Defence: Any idea why China declined to take part? I dont see any reason given in the articles on the internet
Aug-11-22  Olavi: <Open Defence: Any idea why China declined to take part? I dont see any reason given in the articles on the internet>

Covid policy.

Aug-11-22  Open Defence: A pity.. but understandable, a guardian article also cites visa issues but no further details

Aug-11-22  SymphonicKnight: It is clear that Olympiad Sonneborn-Berger (OSB) values are better than Board Points because of strength of schedule issues that come especially into play by the end of the tournament. Why should scoring 4/4 against a team averaging 1500 (and finishing with 3MP) be better than scoring 3/4 against a team averaging 2430 and finishing with 12 MP? With the OSB, the first win against the weaker team nets 12 OSB (4x3), while the second nets 36 (3x12). But even a 2300 rated team is expected to score 4/4 against the 1500 team, which does not approach the level of that team scoring 3/4 against the 2430 (which is modeled to 2600+).

Match points are first in the Olympiad, and board points only important insofar as they might show the disparity in strength, but strength-of-schedule must also be considered, and is rightly the higher priority to board points alone. Match points are first tiebreak, integrated into the second tiebreak with board points, and then board points alone considered third. The players know the rules, and should never settle for easy draws in terms of gaining a match point, when there are board points on the table that your competitors are going to pick up.

Comparing the USA to Moldova would be best accomplished by more common matches, but against common opponents USA scored 10½ wins while Moldova scored 7 wins against the same opponents (vs. India, Greece, Turkey, and Georgia, while those opponents cumulatively scored 5½ out of 16 vs USA and 9/16 against Moldova.

The rules are clear for the players trying to win. High scoring ratios are better, and even better against high scoring teams. USA neglected to score enough points against better teams to win the competition, but they still had a team performance rating around 2640, compared to the Moldovan performance of 2560. The average opposition faced by team USA exempting the lowest ranked opponent, was 18th in final placement, while that of Moldova was 42nd. And that stark reality is why the junior teams medaled, as did Armenia, because without courage you cannot win (although you may crash harder). Match points are most important alone first, then taken together with board points, indicating strength of schedule, and, finally, board points expressing dominance over 1 team.

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  MissScarlett: Did 44th Olympiad (2022)/David Howell quit playing after 8 rounds - when England were still in with an outside medal chance - through illness, exhaustion or a desire to secure the gold medal on board 3 (which he subsequently achieved)?
Aug-12-22  Sally Simpson: It appears to have been a team decision to come home with something. AT that stage a lot of strange results would have to happen for England to get a team medal.

The best with David playing and the result going the way they did, they beat Argentina and Italy without David and if David had played in the last match v Moldova and won it would have been 2-2. Finishing 6th or 7th =

Now David can put on his CV. 'An Olympiad Gold Medallist instead of '...once I was in a team that finished equal 7th in an Olympiad.'


Nigel Davis, team captain of the Barbados women's team. (another CV entry.) has put on FaceBook;

"Just one piece of advice for Olympiad captains - they should show genuine interest in how their team is doing. A lot of them gave the impression that they were only there for the free trip and refreshments..."

I'm reading that as some captains are marching their teams into the arena and as soon as the bell goes they are out of there and hitting the bars.

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  MissScarlett: Who was the England men's team captain?

This shows, by the way, how little I know about the internal workings of the English chess scene.

<I'm reading that as some captains are marching their teams into the arena and as soon as the bell goes they are out of there and hitting the bars.>

If memory serves, Jan Gustafsson, German team captain, told Leko and Svidler on commentary that captains weren't allowed to come and go into the playing hall as they pleased. I think he even said that that there was no right to re-entry, so he'd stay for the first couple of hours and then leave for some free time to himself. That said, I saw him present at the end of a couple of rounds, but they were latter rounds, so maybe he stayed put as the drama increased. Apparently, no books, let alone phones were allowed in, so you couldn't do anything but sit and suffer.

Aug-12-22  hashtag: <Who was the England men's team captain?> Malcolm Pein
Aug-12-22  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett,

I like my speculation better. The teams finish their games and then have to go around the down town bars to find their drunken captains to let them know how they got on.

Hi hashtag,

If you read the English Forums it appears there were many team captains, most sitting at home hammering their keyboards about team selection, what openings to play....

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  thegoodanarchist: <MissScarlett: ...

If memory serves, Jan Gustafsson, German team captain, told Leko and Svidler on commentary that captains weren't allowed to come and go into the playing hall as they pleased. I think he even said that that there was no right to re-entry, so he'd stay for the first couple of hours and then leave for some free time to himself.>

Yes, that was GM Gustaffson.

He was interviewed during an early round of the chess24 Olympiad stream.

Aug-13-22  Petrossian: Why there is no Rank 135? Cape Verde is 134, Bahrain is 136 but there is no 135!
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  MissScarlett: #135 is Cote d'Ivoire:

Mysterious. The fact they only played 8 matches doesn't seem significant because other teams on the list fail that test.

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  perfidious: Mebbe the team which placed 135th got caught with, um, stuff in their shoes--fat lot of good it did them, though.
Aug-13-22  devere: <Maybe it has to do with the heat that <kingscrusher> mentioned ?>

Was the tournament played in an air conditioned hall?

I recall that Capablanca was unbeatable in Havana due to climate, but that was before air-conditioning. Poor Capa. If he had insisted on playing Alekhine(and everyone else) in Havana, he might have been champion for life.

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  tamar: Some players even kept their jackets on, the air conditioning was so good. (acc to chessbase india)
Aug-13-22  Petrossian: <#135 is Cote d'Ivoire:> Thank you MissScarlett. It's strange that the official site is also missing #135.
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  MissScarlett: Not that strange considering <cg> obviously copied that site.
Aug-13-22  whiteshark: <Cote d'Ivoire> For reasons unknown to me, they didn't start playing until the 4th round:
Aug-13-22  soldal:

Teams and captains:

(England: Malcolm Pein)

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  HeMateMe: <This led to the arrest of the federation’s boss Zimurinda over accusations that include embezzlement of funds.">

Since when is that unusual behavior in world chess? For pete's sake, that's just a bank deposit!

The only difference between world chess and the World Wrestling Federation is steroids.

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  Dionysius1: I wonder what the effect would be if FIDE Chess Olympiads implemented the "Eddie the Eagle rule" from the International Olympic Committee, which requires Olympic hopefuls to compete in international events and be placed in the top 30 percent or the top 50 competitors, whichever is fewer.
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  fredthebear: This article says Pakistan does not have a grandmaster as of 2019, which would explain their low finish. I am unfamiliar with the source I am using, but it seems respectable (the picture of Kanye West seems out-of-place):
Oct-05-22  Chessius the Messius: Watch out for Rehan Khan Nasir.
Jumped from 1371 to 1536 in a year. Here's a pic of the little rascal:
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