23 September 2016

USA Captain Donaldson

Susan Polgar: 'It appears that we do have the official tiebreaks!' After the previous Video Friday clip, 2016 Olympiad Opening Ceremony, I wanted to feature the closing ceremony, but it was exceptionally underwhelming.

Press Conference With John Donaldson - Captain Of Team USA - Baku World Chess Olympiad 2016, Round 11 (19:50) • 'Published on Sep 13, 2016.'

The description added (probably copied from Wikipedia),

The tournament features eight out of the top ten players from the FIDE rating list published in August 2016; only former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand and Levon Aronian are missing the Olympiad. [...] The strongest team of the tournament are Russia with an average rating of 2760. [...] United States are the second strongest team with three top ten players, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So, along with Ray Robson and Samuel Shankland. So and Shankland have recently proved that they are in good form after winning the Sinquefield Cup 2016 and the Biel Chess Festival 2016, respectively.

For photos of the players, see last week's USA Gold!.

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