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Diary from the Tromso Olympiad – Day 9

Round 9

What a horrible day. Jakob has just resigned in what looks like a drawn ending. How easy it is to hold, I don’t know, but this is not what we deserved. I will see what FinalGen says.

The game plan was three draws and then Jakob win on board 3 against David Howell. A big ask, but you cannot go into a match without a winning strategy.

Nikos prepped me really well and I could throw it out at move 2! Luckily Gawain Jones could not remember where he should damage me and ended up allowing me to liquidate to an opposite coloured bishop ending. There were a few details and at some point he over-pressed, but I missed it. Draw.

Davor just neutralised Adams as planned. He was a bit worse at some point, but held it together.

Mads got his prep in and was solid as anything. Sadler went too far in his efforts to get something going and at some point Mads was even better. It required a bit of calculation. Three moves later he resigned.

Jakob’s game was very complicated and it looks like he just beat the guy at some point. But at the end he made some horrific decisions in the ending, allowing his opponent first to hold, then to even take the initiative. It was still a draw when Jakob resigned. Maybe even not so difficult to hold, though it looked hard optically.

So, 3-1 for England. A big disappointment.

On good news – Andrew won against Lubomir Ftacnik. He has played really well here.

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  1. J.
    August 12th, 2014 at 00:02 | #1


    great PR for the new pawn structure book

  2. Paul
    August 13th, 2014 at 09:54 | #2

    Is the 3rd Polgar book written from the perspective of a recently retired player?

  3. Jacob Aagaard
    August 14th, 2014 at 17:16 | #3

    I don’t think so. Maybe we should ask for a few more pages before we send it to the printer.

  4. Trefor
    August 14th, 2014 at 23:23 | #4

    If the 3rd book is anywhere close to the standard of the first two it will be fantastic, I can’t wait πŸ™‚

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