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The US came to the Baku Olympiad with a dream team, including three top 10 players in Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So. They took the Open gold for the first time since the Haifa Olympiad in 1976 (when the USSR boycotted). But Ukraine (20) was just behind on tiebreak. Russia (18) managed third, failing to justify its top seeding yet again. By the end, the Indians were wistfully humming that old standard, "with a little bit of blooming luck". Both teams missed medals by a whisker. In the Open, they tied for 4th-11th with the best tiebreak, scoring 16 points (7 ...

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Chess (#1218)

Devangshu Datta 

The US came to the Baku Olympiad with a dream team, including three top 10 players in Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So. They took the Open gold for the first time since the Haifa Olympiad in 1976 (when the USSR boycotted). But Ukraine (20) was just behind on tiebreak. Russia (18) managed third, failing to justify its top seeding yet again. By the end, the Indians were wistfully humming that old standard, "with a little bit of blooming luck". Both teams missed medals by a whisker. In the Open, they tied for 4th-11th with the best tiebreak, scoring 16 points (7 ...

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Chess (#1218)

The US came to the Baku Olympiad with a dream team, including three top 10 players in Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So. They took the Open gold for the first time since the Haifa Olympiad in 1976 (when the USSR boycotted). But Ukraine (20) was just behind on tiebreak. Russia (18) managed third, failing to justify its top seeding yet again.By the end, the Indians were wistfully humming that old standard, "with a little bit of blooming luck". Both teams missed medals by a whisker. In the Open, they tied for 4th-11th with the best tiebreak, scoring 16 points (7 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses). The one bad loss was a 3.5-0.5 thumping from the US in a match that should have been tied 2-2. Against Ukraine, India lost by a minimum margin of 2.5-1.5. The final round draw versus Norway should have been a win, and the other draw was against Russia. S P Sethuraman is very aggressive and his instability on the fourth board was critical. Sethuraman was totally winning against Sam Shankl The US came to the Baku Olympiad with a dream team, including three top 10 players in Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So. They took the Open gold for the first time since the Haifa Olympiad in 1976 (when the USSR boycotted). But Ukraine (20) was just behind on tiebreak. Russia (18) managed third, failing to justify its top seeding yet again. By the end, the Indians were wistfully humming that old standard, "with a little bit of blooming luck". Both teams missed medals by a whisker. In the Open, they tied for 4th-11th with the best tiebreak, scoring 16 points (7 ... image
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