Polish male chess team won a hard-fought match against Ukraine and remains undefeated at the 2018 Chess Olympiad while women’s team comfortably defeated Turkmenistan.
Chess Olympiad is a biennial tournament for teams from all over the world. This year’s edition takes place in Batumi, Georgia, with 180 nations participating.
At the previous Olympiad two years ago, Polish men’s team reached a high, 7th place and was looking to improve that result.
So far, it has done particularly well and after a victory over Ukraine 2.5 to 1.5 it remains undefeated at the tournament.
The youngest in the team, considered one of the world’ best junior players 20-year-old Jan Krzysztof Duda defeated the world’s top 10 grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk. With the three other Poles (Kamil Dragun, Kacper Piorun, Radosław Wojtaszek) drawing their matches, Poland scored the first tournament victory over Ukraine in its history.
Polish men’s team is currently second in the group with maximum points, after previously defeating Guatemala, Indonesia, Portugal, Russia, and France.
Women’s team, on the other hand, claimed a much easier victory over Turkmenistan. Monika Soćko, Jolanta Zawadzka, Karina Szczepkowska and Klaudia Kulon have all won their matches comfortably.
Polish women’s team defends a silver medal from two years ago. At this year’s Olympiad, however, it suffered a defeat from the Indian team and drew with Turkey and Austria. It is currently placed 28thin in its group, three points behind the leading US.
The 43rd Chess Olympiad will last until October 5.