The Georgian resort city of Batumi, located on the Black Sea near the Turkish border, will host the 43 Chess Olympiad. More than 1,600 players from 185 countries will compete in the bi-annual event, which is separate from the Summer and Winter Olympics. The two-week-long tournament, running from Sept. 24 to Oct. 6, will see the United States’ team attempt to defend the gold medals it won as the top finisher in 2016 in Azerbaijan, its first victory in 40 years. Perennial powerhouses Russia, China and Ukraine, along with newcomers Azerbaijan and India, are among the other top-ranked chess teams in an event that traces its history back to 1927. The United States will field the same team that won two years ago: Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Sam Shankland and Ray Robson. Caruana, Nakamura and Robson all …

Source: GameKnot online chess news