January 2021
January 21, 2021

Tazbir leads Poland to inaugural title

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Marcin Tazbir (Photo by Przemysław Jahr)

Poland 1 clinched the inaugural Online Chess Olympiad for People with Disability with a thumping 3-1 win over Russia in their second-leg final last night.

The Russians had beaten the top ranked Polish side 2.5-1.5 in the first leg of the final but found their top ranked opponents tougher to crack yesterday.

GM Marcin Tazbir set the ball rolling for the Poles when he defeated FM Stanislav Babrykin in the opening match. The duo had drawn their match the day earlier. The win put both sides level on points.

Marcin Molenda notched up a second defeat of Marina Kaydanovich in as many days on the second board to pull the Polish side ahead.  However, Alexey Smirnov showed his mastery over Lukasz Nowak for a second time, to pull the Russian level again.

Anna Stolarczyk, who had lost to Denis Palin the day earlier, ensured the crown was Poland’s, defeating Palin in the crucial final match.

The win gave Poland 1 a 4.5-3.5 overall victory.

Third place went to Ukraine 3, who defeated Poland 3 for the second time. After carving out a 2.5-1.5 win the previous day, Ukraine picked up a more comfortable 3-1 win the third place playoff yesterday.

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