China has won the Gold at the 2018 Chess Olympiad, with the United States finishing with the silver, and Russia taking the bronze. All three teams finished with 18 points out of a possible 22, but China had the better tiebreakers and ended up with the victory. The United States was denied back-to-back Chess Olympiad titles.
The most anticipated match of the entire Olympiad, China versus USA, ended in four peaceful draws. Both teams were evenly matched, and neither one wanted to take risks and took the cautious route to secure 18 points and a tie for first. Joining them was Russia, who made a great comeback after a terrible start, winning their last four matches, including a 2.5-1.5 win against France in the last round.
Poland was the surprise of the tournament, and they had a chance to win Gold with a win over India since they had the best tiebreakers out of the leaders, but a 2-2 draw meant they finished with 17 points, just missing the podium by one point, finishing 4th in the competition. Still a great result for a country that was not expected to finish at the top of the standings.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were England with 17 points, and nine countries with 16 points (India, Vietnam, Armenia, France, Ukraine, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria). Germany was the only team to not suffer a loss at this Olympiad, finishing with 5 wins and 6 draws.
China had a great Olympiad and proved they are the best in the world of chess, as they won the Gold in the Open section, as well as the Women’s section (Ukraine won the silver, and Georgia the bronze). Apart from the tiebreak drama, this was an extremely successful Chess Olympiad, and everyone is looking forward to the next one in 2020!