FCO 2014 R2: Norway lead!

Norway_FlagRound 2 results are now in and Norway holds the lead!

Today was all about Norway wasn’t it? Whilst Norway 2 played brilliantly against the Ukrainians, Magnus Carlsen’s Norway 1 disappointed the home fans with their 2-2 draw against Finland today. But in the meantime their compatriot ‘Nestbest’ scored 35 points for the second day in a row to lead FCO 2014 on 70 points (87.5%)!

The highest score of the day was achieved by Germany’s ‘Chess destroyer’ who managed 36 points to equal the score of yesterday’s Round 1 leader from Argentina the ‘Oscar Panno Team’. They slipped away from the top of the table today with a mediocre 24 in round 2. Both these two top scorers of rounds 1 and 2 have won prizes for their achievements – 1 year V.I.P membership to Chesslive.com. We’ll be in touch with the winners shortly to organise distribution of these.

‘Chess destroyers’ now lie in joint 2nd-3rd with Poland’s ‘BEZNEURONAS’ on 67 points. Three points further back lie the USA’s top team ‘New York Mates’.

It’s still very early stages in this year’s competition and sometimes the teams that score well in the early stages fall away. Certainly they won’t be able to carry the same momentum for the whole 11 rounds unless they manage to pick a team of players who all win every game!

We also ran a snap prediction competition today to celebrate the World Champion’s first game of his home Olympiad. The question we asked was “How many games in round 2 of the Open section will be drawn?” We aren’t in a position to announce a winner just yet but we’ll post again as soon as we can. Whoever does win can look forward to receiving a package of Magnus-themed goodies courtesy of Chess Club Live including a Magnus Carlsen skateboard!

We’ll be running more of these competition throughout the Olympiad so keep your eyes on these web pages and our twitter account to spot your chance to win. You don’t need to be playing in FCO 2014 to enter, these are open to anyone!

We hope all our participants are enjoying having an extra reason to root for their favourite players in Tromso. See you all again for Rounds 3!

PLEASE NOTE: We are doing our very best to iron out some inconsistencies in the results data but inevitably some inaccuracies will remain for the next couple of rounds. If you think there is an error in the calculation of your team’s score then please email us and tell us the name of your team and what the problem is. We’ll do our best to respond and correct any errors as quickly as possible. Thankfully, so far, there have been few.

 

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