Guyana is represented at the 42nd Olympiad

These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess. -Kobe Bryant, basketball player

Last Friday afternoon, the brilliant chess games of the 42nd Olympiad began in Baku, Azerbaijan. Guyana is among 181 nations participating in this elaborate extravaganza with some youthful and creditable talent. Dating back to 1924, the Chess Olympiad represents a two-week battle for team and individual medals. In addition, it’s also a multicultural event that demonstrates how chess crosses the boundaries of nationality, age, gender and background.

The 42nd Olympiad is the Olympics for chess players. Russia is the top seed, with an average

ChessLogoELO rating of 2760. The team is led by Vladimir Kramnik, who had announced his arrival on the global chess scene with a sensational performance at the 1992 Olympiad in Manila, Philippines. Included only at the insistence of Garry Kasparov, Kramnik scored a stunning 8.5 points out of nine to help Russia, competing for the first time as a country following the disintegration of the Soviet Union, take the gold medal. He was only 17 years old at the time. The United States with an average rating of 2740, is seeded second in the competition. Boasting three of the world’s top ten players, Caruana, Nakamura and So, the Americans are one of the favourites to capture the gold.

China is seeded third with an average rating of 2735. At the previous Olympiad in Norway, China distinguished itself by capturing its maiden gold medal. In defence of its gold, the Chinese team is led by the world’s number 14 chess player, Ding Liren. Only 20 countries have ever won a medal in the male category of the Olympiad in its 82-year-old history.

The male Guyana team in sequential board order for the Olympiad is as follows: Anthony Drayton, Taffin Khan, Ronuel Greenidge, Haifeng Su and Roberto Neto. The female team in the same order is: Maria Thomas, Jessica Clementson, Yolander Persaud, Sherrifa Ali and Julia Clementson.

Guyana’s women play Singapore in the first round. Singapore is led by a Woman International Master. The men’s first round team for Guyana was not posted at the time of writing.

 

The culturally rich opening ceremony of the 42nd Chess Olympiad took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Thursday evening. A number of Azerbaijan’s renowned artists, choreographers and composers lent their artistry to what could be described as a grand spectacle. The ceremony featured some aspects of the chess tradition in Azerbaijan. Guyana is there with a male and female chess team among the 181 nations that are participating. In the photo, our female team highlights the Guyana flag which was carried during the ceremony. From left, Jessy Clementson, Sherrifa Ali, Yolander Persaud, Maria Thomas and Julia Clementson.
The culturally rich opening ceremony of the 42nd Chess Olympiad took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Thursday evening. A number of Azerbaijan’s renowned artists, choreographers and composers lent their artistry to what could be described as a grand spectacle. The ceremony featured some aspects of the chess tradition in Azerbaijan. Guyana is there with a male and female chess team among the 181 nations that are participating. In the photo, our female team highlights the Guyana flag which was carried during the ceremony. From left, Jessy Clementson, Sherrifa Ali, Yolander Persaud, Maria Thomas and Julia Clementson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chess games

The following games were contested at the Girls’ World Junior Championship in Bhubaneswar, India, last month.  Dinara Saduakassova from Kazakhtan was crowned the new world junior champion.

White: P V Nandhidhaa

Black: Dinara Saduakassova

  1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 g6 3. Bxf6 exf6 4. c4 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nc3 Qa5 7. g3 c6 8. Bg2 Ba3 9. Qc2 Bf5 10. e4 Be6 11. Nge2 Na6 12. d4 h5 13. O-O Rc8 14. Nf4 Bd7 15. e5 Nb4 16. Qd2 Nd5 17. Bxd5 cxd5 18. Nfxd5 Kf8 19. Rab1 Bb4 20. Nxb4 Qxb4 21. Rbc1 fxe5 22. dxe5 Bh3 23. Nb1 Qxd2 24. Nxd2 Ke7 25. Rfe1 Rhd8 26. Ne4 Rxc1 27. Rxc1 Rd4 28. f3 Bf5 29. Ng5 Rd7 30. f4 Be6 31. Rc2 Bf5 32. Rc1 Be6 33. Rc2 Bf5 34. Rc1 1/2-1/2.

20160903chess puzzelWhite: P V Nandhidhaa

Black: Lakshmi R Divya

  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 Be7 8. Bg2 Nfd7 9. Nce2 O-O 10. O-O Nc6 11. c3 Nde5 12. f4 Ng6 13. Be3 Bd7 14. Qd2 h6 15. Rad1 Rc8 16. Bh1 b5 17. Ng3 Kh7 18. Qf2 Qc7 19. f5 Nge5 20. Nh5 Nc4 21. Bc1 g6 22. f6 Bd8 23. Qh4 g5 24. Bxg5 hxg5 25. Qxg5 Rg8 26. Qh4 Rg6 27. g5 Kg8 28. Rde1 Qa7 29. Nf4 Nxd4 30. Kh2 Be8 31. cxd4 Nd2 32. Rf2 Qxd4 33. Nxg6 fxg6 34. Qf4 Qe5 35. Qxe5 dxe5 36. Rxd2 Ba5 37. Red1 Bxd2 38. Rxd2 Kf7 39. Bf3 Rc4 40. b3 1-0.

White: Seshadri Srija

Black: Bayarsaikhan Yanjinlkham

  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Be3 Rc8 10. f4 exf4 11. Rxf4 Ne5 12. Nd5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Be7 14. Qd2 Qc7 15. c4 O-O 16. Rc1 b6 17. Nd4 Rfe8 18. Rff1 Bd8 19. b3 Neg4 20. Bf4 Ne4 21. Qd3 h5 22. Bxg4 hxg4 23. Rce1 Nf6 24. Nf5 Be7 25. Rxe7 Qc5+ 26. Kh1 Red8 27. Be3 Qb4 28. Bd2 Qa3 29. Nh6+ gxh6 30. Rxf6 Qb2 31. Rexf7 Qa1+ 32. Rf1 1-0.

White: P V Nandhidhaa

Black: Dinara Saduakassova

  1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 g6 3. Bxf6 exf6 4. c4 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nc3 Qa5 7. g3 c6 8. Bg2 Ba3 9. Qc2 Bf5 10. e4 Be6 11. Nge2 Na6 12. d4 h5 13. O-O Rc8 14. Nf4 Bd7 15. e5 Nb4 16. Qd2 Nd5 17. Bxd5 cxd5 18. Nfxd5 Kf8 19. Rab1 Bb4 20. Nxb4 Qxb4 21. Rbc1 fxe5 22. dxe5 Bh3 23. Nb1 Qxd2 24. Nxd2 Ke7 25. Rfe1 Rhd8 26. Ne4 Rxc1 27. Rxc1 Rd4 28. f3 Bf5 29. Ng5 Rd7 30. f4 Be6 31. Rc2 Bf5 32. Rc1 Be6 33. Rc2 Bf5 34. Rc1 1/2-1/2.

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