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Chess (#1216)

Devangshu Datta 

The Olympiad kicked off on Thursday at the Baku Crystal Hall, with 176 nations, including seven debutants. Anti-cheating measures include bans on pens and mobiles, and random body checks using non-linear scanners to detect hidden devices. Move transmission is also delayed.

As always, Russia is the Open section favourite on paper. But the #1 team last took gold in 2002. Vladimir Kramnik, Sergei Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Ian Nepomniachtchi will be hoping to end the drought though Karjakin will be more focussed on his upcoming title match. Magnus Carlsen is also ...

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First Published: Sat, September 03 2016. 00:05 IST