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January 21, 2021

Russia to take on top ranked Poland

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Poland 1 and Russia 1, the first and sixth ranked teams respectively, will square off in the final of the FIDE Online Olympiad for People with Disabilities.

In the second semifinal match Poland 1, headed by Grandmaster Marcin Tazbir repeated their previous days success and dispatched Ukraine 3 again (3½-½) scoring victories on boards 2, 3, and 4.

After a draw in the first match, Russia 1 braced up and delivered in the second one convincingly defeating Poland 3 (3-1).

Alexey Smirnov and Denis Palin outclassed their opponents Szymon Kasperczyk and Malwina Szewczyk on boards 3 and 4, whereas Stanislav Babarykin skillfully held Pawel Piekielny to a draw.

Maciej Szalko reached an overwhelming position against Marina Kaydanovich, but after missing several winning moves had to settle for a half-point.

Alongside the main battle for gold between Russia 1 and Poland 1, Ukraine 3 and Poland 3 will play a match for third place.

Second semifinal matches: Russia 1 2-2 Poland 3; Poland 1 3½-½ Ukraine 3

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