After 10 completed rounds, China and the United States are tied for the lead at the 2018 Chess Olympiad with only one round to go. China defeated Poland 3-1, while the United States defeated Armenia 2.5-1.5 to set up this pivotal matchup between two chess powerhouses. The winner of the China versus USA match in the final round will win Gold at this year’s Chess Olympiad.
In the China-Poland match, Ding Liren extended his amazing unbeaten streak to 89 games, winning against Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Li Chao beat Kamil Dragun. The United States was victorious against Armenia after a decisive victory from Sam Shankland against Hrant Melkumyan. The rest of the matches ended in peaceful draws.
Only five teams remain with a chance at winning the Chess Olympiad. China and the United States lead the competition with 17 points, while France, Russia, and Poland are a point behind with 16 points. The three teams that stand a point behind have a slim chance of winning the Olympiad and will need help from the two leaders. First, they will need to win their match with a big margin, and then have China and the United States end in a 2-2 draw.
These results will lead to three or more teams ending up with 18 points, and then it will go to tiebreakers, where the team that has scored the most overall game points will be crowned winner of the Chess Olympiad.
With so many results still possible and no winners decided yet, it will lead to an exciting final round at the 2018 Chess Olympiad!