Chess Olympiad 2018 – Can Anand stop Team USA?

Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund Started

On Sunday, the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, which takes place in Germany from 14–22 July 2018, started. The tournament features eight top grandmasters, playing a round robin format. You can see the line-up below:

Chess Olympiad 2018 – Can Anand Stop Team Usa?

In the first two rounds, all but one of the eight games ended in a draw. The only victory came from 20-year-old Polish Super GM and highest-rated junior player in the world, Jan-Krzyzstof Duda (2740), who managed to beat Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and become the early  tournament leader.

Chess Olympiad 2018 Teams Announced

The Chess Olympiad 2018 will be held in Batumi in Georgia this September. Two years ago, the US team took gold  in Baku. The Chess Olympiad 2018, however, promises to be even stronger.

Team USA will be among the favorites again. Starring Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So and Sam Shankland, who recently crossed the 2700-barrier, the US team will have an average rating well over 2700. However, teams like Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and India are equally strong. With Vishy Anand participating in the Chess Olympiad this year, India are sure to be among the favorites. The five-member Indian men’s team consists of Viswanathan Anand (2759), P. Harikrishna (2732), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (2710), B. Adhiban (2671) and K. Sasikiran (2666).

Other teams will be announcing their line-ups over the course of this week, giving us an idea of which mouth-watering battles to look forward to – and allowing Team USA to start preparing.

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Chess Olympiad 2018 – Can Anand Stop Team Usa?
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Last week’s puzzle:

Did you find the winning sequence from last week’s chess puzzle?

This week’s puzzle:

This week’s chess puzzle is taken from a game between Flohr and Grob, played in Arosa in 1933. Salomon Flohr, one of the world’s best players at the time, resigned here as White. He could not find any defense to Black’s threat of Qf1 mate as the White queen has to protect the bishop on d5.

Chess Olympiad 2018 – Can Anand Stop Team Usa?
White to move – How to defend against Black’s threat of Qf1 mate?

It is White to move. Can you spot a defense for White?

Answer next week.

2 comments on “Chess Olympiad 2018 – Can Anand stop Team USA?

  1. Charlie says:

    Kh1 if Qf1+ Bg1

    1. Bernard says:

      If Kh1, then black should move Qxb2, then so on…

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2 comments on “Chess Olympiad 2018 – Can Anand stop Team USA?

  1. Charlie says:

    Kh1 if Qf1+ Bg1

    1. Bernard says:

      If Kh1, then black should move Qxb2, then so on…

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