Batumi 2018, 1: Isolated heroes
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Batumi 2018, 1: Isolated heroes

Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Vladimir Kramnik, Ding Liren, Vishy Anand, MVL and more stars were rested for Round 1 of the Batumi Olympiad, but it didn’t stop a massacre. The favourites won in all 162 matches in the Open and Women’s sections, with none of them dropping more than a point. Some of those points were dramatic, though, with China’s Li Chao the highest rated casualty as he fell to 464 points lower rated Candidate Master Mohamed-Mehdi Aithmidou from Morocco.




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