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Italy makes a major upset defeating Norway in the R3 of the 2022 Chess Olympiad

With World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen playing the first board, the Norwegian team was one of the favorites to win the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022. Nonetheless, Italy today made a major upset defeating Norway with a convincing 3-1 score.

The heroes of the team were GM Lorenzo Lodici and GM Francesco Sonis who won their games on the third and fourth boards. GM Daniele Vocaturo had a pleasant position against GM Magnus Carlsen and the game eventually ended in a draw. GM Luca Moroni Jr had no trouble having Black pieces against GM Aryan Tari and the game converted into a drawish Queen’s endgame. Replay the games here

Round 3 board pairings (open section) / Round 3 Chess Olympiad LIVE – with GM Peter Svidler and GM Peter Leko

GM Loek van Wely – Captain of the Italian team; Photo by: FIDE/ Lennart Ootes
Magnus Carlsen looking unhappy with his position; Photo by: FIDE/ Lennart Ootes


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