The winners of the two previous editions face today another gold in the last round of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi (Georgia). In the penultimate, China knocked down (3-1) the tough Poles, undefeated for nine days and winners of Russia and the US, while the Americans bowed to Armenia (2.5-1.5). The US and China lead at one point to Poland and France, and also to Russia, which could still save itself from the disaster and get on the podium.
The injury of Liren Ding, who sits in a special chair and walks with crutches, has not affected his athletic performance. After winning the thriving Polish Jan Duda, 20, the first Chinese board (4th in the world list) also aspires to individual gold, and in fact it will be played in the last round against Fabiano Caruana, 2nd in that classification and 2nd of the world, who could not pass the draw against Levon Aronian, and therefore will not be able to become the number one Even if I win Ding.
Russia did its homework to alleviate one of its worst performances in history, and won England (2.5-1.5). As its tie-off coefficient is bad, the probability that it can still win gold is close to the miraculous; even silver and bronze are far away: he must beat France, and hope that the US-China duel ends in a draw, on the one hand, and that Poland loses to India, on the other.
The two Spanish teams had an unfortunate penultimate round. The masculine one ended up falling before the Czech Republic although the predictable result during several hours was another one. Manuel Pérez Candelario defeated Laznicka and accumulated seven points in nine games, although far from the individual medal.
Who can do it, including gold (in the third board), is Ana Matnadze, after defeating the Kazakh Najbayeva in a match that, as the games were an hour before the end, should have ended in a surprising triumph of Spain . But Monica Calzetta escaped a half point when she had Selikbai on the ropes, and Sabrina Vega ended up losing to Saduakásova. Nevertheless, the Spaniards, tenth in the initial list, now share the 8th place and can achieve an exceptional position if they beat Poland in the last round.