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Rounds 4 & 5 of the 43rd Olympiad – Batumi 2018

Rounds 4 & 5 of the 43rd Olympiad – Batumi 2018

2 glorious days

Indeed. Most probably the win over Namibia in the 4th round was somewhat theoretically expected, the win over the strong Philippines is glorious and a deserved one.

The Namibian team, seeded as 128th, tried their best, and they succeeded to tie their games on board 2, 3 and 4. Only Fadi succeeded in bringing the Lebanese team to the victory zone. Notice that Amr and Tony games were nearly winning. But it’s ok. The most important is the team.

But today’s win over the Philippines must make the headlines. With 2 GMs, 1IM and an FM aligned, they underestimated the Lebanese players. May be their FM was shocked by the rapid play of Mahdi on board 4 (he knows his played variation of the English opening inside out), or their GMs were stunned by the creative play of Fadi and Amr, as the former sacrificed the exchange and got an excellent advantageous middle game position, and Amr‘s rock solid defense supported by a well-calculating ability.

Their only consolation was their win on board 3, where Maroun was on the verge to make a tie, but, unfortunately didn’t succeed.

With this win, the Lebanese team reaches the middle stage of the Olympiad with strong feet.

All the good luck guys.

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