Team Russia Wins Second FIDE Online Olympiad
The final of the FIDE Online Olympiad between Russia and the USA was played on the 15th of September. The Russian team beat the opponents 3.5-2.5 in both matches to win the FIDE Online Olympiad for the second time in a row.
Match 1: Jeffery Xiong - Daniil Dubov 1/2-1/2, Vladislav Artemiev - Ray Robson 1-0, Awonder Liang - Andrey Esipenko 1-0, Alexandra Kosteniuk - Nazi Paikidze 1/2-1/2, Irina Krush - Aleksandra Goryachkina 0-1, Polina Shuvalova - Thalia Cervantes Landeiro 1/2-1/2
Match 2: Daniil Dubov - Jeffery Xiong 1/2-1/2, Dariusz Swiercz - Vladislav Artemiev 1/2-1/2, Andrey Esipenko - Awonder Liang 0-1, Alexandra Kosteniuk - Irina Krush 1-0, Anna Zatonskih - Kateryna Lagno 1/2-1/2, Thalia Cervantes Landeiro - Leya Garifullina 0-1.
Andrey Filatov, CFR President, Head coach of the Russian national men's chess team:
- I congratulate our players, all Russian people, all our fans and chess amateurs on our team's winning the FIDE Online Olympiad! There is no greater honour and happiness than to bring gold medals to one's country. Our athletes' devotion to chess and the well-coordinated work of our coaches made this victory happen. I wish the best of luck to all of them in the events to come!
The second FIDE Online Olympiad 2020 is held on Chess.com, one of the biggest playing platforms. One hundred fifty-three countries have been taking part in the event from the start. Each team consists of six players and six reserves, in a mixed format with a minimum of three female players and two junior players. The qualifying events were played till the 10th of September. Team Russia entered the field in the Top Division on the 8th of September.
Representing the Russian team are:
Men: GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Daniil Dubov, GM Vladislav Artemiev, GM Vladimir Fedoseev
Women: GM Aleksandra Goryachkina, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, GM Kateryna Lagno, GM Valentina Gunina
Juniors: GM Andrey Esipenko and IM Volodar Murzin
Girls: IM Polina Shuvalova and WGM Leya Garifullina.
The team captain is GM Alexander Motylev.
Team Russia took first place in Pool C, having won all the matches. On the way towards the final, the Russian team defeated Ukraine (4.5-1.5), Germany (6-0), Czech Republic (5-1), Paraguay (4.5-1.5), Israel (5-1), Argentina (6-0), Italy (5-1), Spain (4-2), and Latvia (6-0).
Two best teams of each pool advanced to the knock-out stage (Play-off). In the quarterfinals Team Russia defeated Hungary, having won both matches 3.5-2.5. In the semi-final, the Russians won against the Chinese team, one of the rating favourites. Our players won the first match 3.5-2.5 and the second 4-2 to advance to the final.
Tournament on Chess-results
Photos by Eteri Kublashvili