England aiming for place in top group as 163-team Olympiad gets under way

Squad won plaudits for silver medals at the 2020 world teams but this event promises to present a tougher challengeIt was as recently as March 2019, though like much else pre-Covid it seems an era ago, that the England team won their first major chess medals for 22 years, silver behind Russia at the world team championship in Astana, Kazakhstan.This weekend, with games starting at 6pm on Friday, comes the first phase of another opportunity in the nine rounds of section E of the B group in the 163-nation online Olympiad. Related: Chess: Magnus Carlsen continues record winning run going into Tour finals Related: Chess: Magnus Carlsen aiming to continue his 15-match winning streak Continue reading…

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