2018 Olympiad: Rd1 Canadian Games

2018 Chess Olympiad: Batumi, Georgia
September 23 - October 7, 2018

The Chess Olympiad is an 11 round Swiss-system 4-player team tournaments, held in two sections: Women and Open. It is held every two years and is the largest elite level tournament on the chess calendar. In 2016 a total of 304 teams were entered in the two sections, with the USA taking the Open and China winning the Women's. The 43rd Chess Olympiad is currently running in Batumi, Georgia -- on the east coast of the Black Sea, just north of Turkey.

Round 1

Canadian Men/Open (ranked 28 of 185)

  1. GM Eric Hansen
  2. GM Razvan Preotu
  3. IM Nikolay Noritsyn
  4. GM Aman Hambleton

Captain: FM Victor Plotkin

Canadian Women (ranked 40 of 150)

  1. WIM Agnieska Matras-Clement
  2. WGM Qiyu Zhou
  3. WIM Maili-Jade Ouellet
  4. WFM Svitlana Demchenko
  5. Lali Agbabishvilli

Captain: GM Gergely Szabo

Round 1 Results: 


Canada was higher seeded than both opponents, which led to the usual sort of super solid attempts by the lower-rated players and attempts to provoke by the Canadians.

Canada 3 - Nepal 1 (#118)

  • GM Aman Hambleton lost with white on board 4 to a FIDE-rated 1937 player.
  • Bareev sat out.

Canada Women 3.5 - Uganda 0.5 (#114)

  • Phiona Mutesi (the "Queen of Katwe") lost to Agnieszka on board 1. This is the second time she's played a Canadian in the Olympiad, previously losing in Khanty-Mansysk  to Dina Kagramanov.
  • Demchenko held to a draw.
  • Agbabishvili sat out.

Games with notes below in player.



Results (via Chess-results)


Live Commentary (games start 3pm local = 7am EDT)


the Chessbrah channel has GMs Yasser Seirawan and Robin van Kampen doing live commentary, with special focus on Chessbrahs GMs Eric Hansen and Aman Hambleton

English Commentary with GM Ivan Sokolov and IM Sopiko Guramishvili; also available on chess 24, commentary in Russian (GM Shipov), or Spanish or Italian. 

Offical site (alternate source for chess24)

Round 1 post-game interview with GM Eric Hansen


The player has the Canadian games from round 1 of the 2018 Olympiad, plus one interesting game from a top board, where China's Li Chao was defeated by a player he outrated by 460+ points after a fascinating Rook ending
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