News & Reports Aug 13, 2014 | 6:16 PMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Fantasy Chess Olympiad 2014: Final reckoning

David Navara has 5 wins and 5 draws, and is definitely some people's most valuable player! | photo: Anastasiya Karlovich

As the final round of the Tromsø Olympiad comes into view, so too does the home stretch of the 2014 edition of the Fantasy Chess Olympiad (FCO). It’s been an incredibly successful event with nearly 900 teams from 71 countries entering across the two competitions.

by Dave Shapland

Title contenders

As the final round approaches the leaders of the main FCO are ‘I Bribed Kirsan But All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt’ from the USA. They have led for most of the competition and have an impressive 257 points. However, they haven’t managed to make a clean break from their pursuers and are tailed by ‘Red Star Cox Green’ from the UK, who are just 5 points behind. It looks like the points scored for predictions entrants made about the medal winners will come into play to help decide who our FCO 2014 champions will be.

In the ‘Week2Sprint’ competition, which started last Friday, the outcome looks more clear cut as ‘It’s a Sprint, Not a Marathon’ have performed incredibly consistently in amassing 135 points and they  take a 12 point lead into the final round.

All of the results in both competitions can be browsed and searched on the Fantasy Chess Olympiad results page.

Most Valuable Player awards

16-year-old Jan-Krzysztof Duda has 7 wins and 3 draws on board 3 for Poland, which would push his rating above 2600 | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

Just like the real thing, the Fantasy Chess Olympiad rewards the excellence of the best individual performers in Tromsø. However, instead of calculating Elo points we take into consideration how many FCO points players have scored and how many times they have been picked by our managers. This means that our leading individual performers table looks slightly different from those being used to hand out the real medals! Nevertheless, the title of “People’s Champion” of the Open or Women’s section is not to be sniffed at – and we will be awarding a medal to the winners in each section.

With one round to go Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Estonia’s Tarvo Seeman are in the box seat in the Open section having scored an impressive 31 FCO points out of a possible 40. Right behind them come Yu Yangyi of China, Sam Shankland of the USA and Farrukh Amonatov of Tajikistan, who all have 30 points. There is the mouth-watering prospect of Duda and Yu Yangyi facing each other on the top table in round 11, so this is going to be an amazing final round for us to watch.

Pia Cramling has an amazing 8 wins and 2 draws, having played in every round | photo: David Llada

In the Women’s section Pia Cramling of Sweden has scored a staggering 33 points out of 40! However, she is by no means certain to take the prize because Peru’s Deysi Cori is just a point behind her. Cramling will surely play Black in the last round, however, and so the fate of the medal is in her hands!

Our Most Valuable Players page has more details about the players still in contention for our substandard, internet-ordered medals.

More prizes up for grabs!

If you didn’t take part in this year’s FCO then shame on you!  But there’s still time to take part and potentially win one of a clutch of amazing prizes that are still on offer. Our ‘FCO 2014 Best Team Name’ poll is still open and will be until 23:59 (GMT) tomorrow night. Besides having a good chortle at our 10 shortlisted team names, anyone that votes will be entered into a prize draw and anyone can vote, but only once and there’s no intimidation or bribery allowed ok!

… and finally! Anyone can still donate to our chess education and development and give themselves a chance of winning some truly amazing prizes in our ‘Donor’s Prize Draw’. We have a 5-night stay in a luxury hotel, chess artwork, tablets loaded with chess software and a whole stack of premium membership to hand out… and much more! Any donation small or large will have an equal chance of winning, so if you’ve enjoyed taking part in the Fantasy Chess Olympiad, or had fun watching from the side lines, please help us to raise some funds to develop our favourite game in the world!

Donations will be closing at 18:00 (GMT) on Monday the 18th of August, after which the draw will be made, so please hurry if you want to donate.

Enjoy tomorrow’s final round!

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