The US Falters in Round Three
August 4, 2014
Tromso view,  Photo Tony Rich

The American teams both faltered for the first time at the Olympiad today. The women lost 1-3 to China and the men lost to The Netherlands 1.5-2.5.

After a long journey, Nakamura finally arrived in Tromso, but drew quickly against Anish Giri's Sicilian.


Kamsky went down on board two against Erwin L'Ami while Onischuk won vs. Loek Van Wely.

GM Varuzhan erred in an instructive endgame vs. Van Kampen. ...Bf5 allowed the forcing sequence Bxb6 and Ke3! when black will eventually find himself in zugzwang and White's king will enter.


GM Hou Yifan, who is now rated 2661, defeated GM Irina Krush while Wenjun Ju won against IM Anna Zatonskih.


GM Hou Yifan, Photo Tony Rich

So far, attendees seem to be pleased with the tournament site.