US Chess Olympiad Teams Set for Batumi


Open Chess Squad

GM Fabiano Caruana

GM Wesley So

GM Hikaru Nakamura

GM Sam Shankland

GM Ray Robson

Coach: GM Aleksander Lenderman

Captain: IM John Donaldson

Chess Olympiad Team captain IM John Donaldson told US Chess:

I like the U.S. Olympiad Chess Team’s chances of being only the second country besides Armenia to repeat as champions in the post-Kasparov era. It won’t be easy as Russia and China will also field teams with similar average ratings to the U.S. and India (with Anand), Azerbaijan and Ukraine will be over 2700 average rating per board. It’s really great Fabiano is back again heading the team. The Olympiad should be the perfect final tune-up before the World Chess Championship.

It also helps our chances that we have the entire chess team back from 2016 and Sam Shankland has recently made a huge leap forward.

Women’s Chess Squad

GM Irina Krush

IM Anna Zatonskih

WGM Tatev Abrahamyan

FM Jennifer Yu

WGM Sabina Foisor

Coach: GM Robert Hess

Captain: GM Melikset Khachiyan