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The 41st Chess Olympiad concluded last Thursday in Tromso, Norway. It was a big and a well-organised event featuring almost 2,000 players from 180 countries.

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

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The 41st Chess Olympiad concluded last Thursday in Tromso, Norway. It was a big and a well-organised event featuring almost 2,000 players from 180 countries.

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Russia won the women's tournament for the third consecutive time, scoring 20 points out of 22, ahead of China and Ukraine.

In the Open Section, China - ranked seventh before the tournament got underway - won gold for the first time, finishing with 19 points.

Hungary, India, Russia and Azerbaijan all finished with 17 points each. Hungary got the silver medals, while the bronze medals went to India. Yet another disappointing result for the Russians, who have not won the Chess Olympiad since 2002, despite being the clear favourites.

Defending champions Armenia also did not fare well in Tromso, finishing back in eighth place. It's a biennial tournament, so the next Olympiad in 2016 wil be played in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The following curious miniature is from the match Latvia vs Colombia in the Women's tournament.

Berzina - Franco Valencia

1.e4 c6 2.d4 g6

3.f4 d5 4.e5 Nh6

5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 Qa5+

7.c3 e6 8.0-0 c5

9.Kh1 Nc6 10.dxc5 Qxc5

11.Nbd2 Nf5 12.Nb3 Qb6

13.Ng5 h6 14.Nh7! h5

15.Nf6+ Ke7 (D)

Here, instead of playing 16.c4 with mutual chances, White made a rather naive move - and paid a high price for her carelessness:

16.Bxg4?? Ng3+! 0-1

White resigned as she was getting checkmated.

Sunday Independent

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