The United States decisively defeated an overmatched Bosnia & Herzegovina team by a score of 3.5 to 0.5 in the sixth round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad, rebounding from a draw against Israel in the previous round. The victory improves Team USA’s standing to five wins and one draw (11 points overall) and puts the United States in a great position with only five rounds remaining.
Fabiano Caruana played the first board for the Americans and delivered another great performance, defeating Denis Kadric with the black pieces in 34 moves, showing he is ready for Magnus Carlsen in November. Wesley So continued his great Olympiad on board 2, winning his fourth game out of six attempts, defeating Dalibor Stojanovic in 34 moves as well. Ray Robson, who is usually an alternate reserve, played the fourth board and won his match against Rijad Burovic. The only blemish on the scoreboard was a draw from Hikaru Nakamura against Dejan Marjanovic. Sam Shankland was the American who sat out this round, after being the only American to lose in the previous round.
When the round was finished, only two teams (Azerbaijan and Poland) remained with a perfect score of 6 wins and 12 points. Azerbaijan was one of the pre-tournament favorites to win it all, but Poland is a big surprise to many in the chess world, as they have upset Russia, France, and now Ukraine in the last three rounds to remain undefeated.
America sits alone in third place after six completed rounds, only a single point behind the two leaders. China is in fourth place and has 10 overall points, after a win over Iran. Russia and India both have nine points after drawing their match against each other 2-2.