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Hungarian Silver at Tromsö Chess Olympiad

admin 2014.08.15.

The Hungarian men’s team managed to secure the second place and won the silver medal the 2014 Chess Olympiad, held in Tromsö, Norway, while for the first in the sport’s history the gold went to the Chinese team. The team of Péter Lékó, Csaba Balogh, Zoltán Almási and Richárd Rapport scored 17 points altogether.

Hungary finished with a 2-2 draw against Ukraine, but the 17 points were almost not enough, as Russia, India and Azerbaijan all had similar scores, but after the tiebreaker it was clear that Hungary deserves the silver. With seven victories, three draws and one defeats, the Hungarian team managed to repeat its best performance of Blend 2002.

Tamás Horváth, head coach said to MTI:

“It was a difficult competition, but we expected it. We were among the best throughout the competition, and so we deserved this second place. At every Olympics there is a team that, out of nowhere, does great in the finishing stages of a competition and secures a place on the podium, and this time India was this team , but fate was not unfair to us, and so the tiebreaker favored us.”

Final table:


via MTI, photos from chessnews.ru, chess24.com