Baku 2016, 9: USA & Ukraine lead | Jobava stars
Baadur Jobava has beaten Topalov, Vallejo, Ponomariov and now Rapport on his way to a 7/8 score and 3013 rating performance. His next opponent? Caruana! | photo: David Llada, Baku Chess Olympiad
Magnus Carlsen could do nothing to stop the USA cruising to a 3:1 victory over Norway in Round 9 of the Baku Olympiad. Ukraine beat India to stay level on points, but the Americans have better tiebreaks and will relish their upcoming clash with Georgia – the inimitable Baadur Jobava can only play on one board! Russia impressed against Azerbaijan to stay in the hunt if their rivals stumble, while in the women’s section China are the team to beat after they scored a hard-fought win over the USA.
Jan Gustafsson is back for the final three rounds of the Olympiad, and his recap of Round 9 includes analysis of all the key games, with special attention given to Baadur Jobava’s victory over Richard Rapport. Here’s a teaser of that:
Don’t miss the video recap:
In this report we’ll go through the action and highlight a few games not mentioned by Jan.