USA favourites as Olympiad set to begin in Batumi
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USA favourites as Olympiad set to begin in Batumi

The 43rd Chess Olympiad starts this weekend, with 1600 players descending on Batumi, Georgia for the biggest event in chess. The surprise this year is that the defending champions USA are also the top seeds, a role held by the USSR or Russia every time they’ve played since their debut in 1952. Magnus Carlsen is missing from the Norwegian team, but Vishy Anand plays for India for the first time in 12 years. In total, a record 336 teams are registered for the 11-round open and women’s tournaments that begin on Monday.




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  • Reports Aug 15, 2018 | 11:26 AM 5

    St. Louis R&B, Day 4: MVL closes the gap

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  • Reports Aug 14, 2018 | 10:35 AM 6

    St. Louis R&B, Day 3: Shak & Naka lead after rapid

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  • Reports Aug 13, 2018 | 10:03 AM 3

    St. Louis R&B, Day 2: Mistakes were made

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  • Reports Aug 12, 2018 | 2:19 AM 4

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  • General Aug 11, 2018 | 11:09 AM 4

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