live action and medal watch from Dresden
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Welcome to the live updates from the Chess Olympiad in Dresden on Chessdom.com! Only one hour is left to the start of the games and tension is building up. Many nations have a chance to grab a medal today. To get a preview of the medal possibilities, take a look at our rest day medal watch.
Today we will also discuss with 10 minutes updates the most interesting events in the other games, the norm takers (and there are many!), the most interesting games, the board standings, and all the details from the playing hall.
The race to the end of the competition will be a difficult one. Our good friends from e3e5.com cite Armenian media saying that the President of the country, who is also a President of the chess federation, will arrive today in Dresden to support the team. Ruslan Ponomariov on the other hand talked about the possibilities of Ukraine on getting a medal and evalutes the “chances for gold as 45%”.
According to the new Olympiad rules the final standings are decided by the match points of each team. In case of equal points, the first tiebreak is, “The position of teams that finish with the same number of match points shall be determined by the Sonnenborn-Berger system which is the sum of the match points of all opponents, excluding the opponent who scored the lowest number of match points, while each opponent’s match score is multiplied by the team’s game result against this opponent. The idea behind this new rule is to combine, in the first procedure of the tie breaking, both the strength of the opponents and the number of game points scored against each one of them. The more game points scored against stronger opponents, the better for the team. This way we also give the teams a substantial incentive to win as many game points as possible in each match and not to be satisfied with the minimal win of 2.5:1.5. The exclusion of the weakest opponent is made in order to neutralize the effect of non played matches on the final results.”
Our friend Amiel Rosario cites a press conference from yesterday, “You may also like to hear what Karpov thinks about the new match points system. He said simply: “This I don’t like”. “. It will be interesting to know our readers opinion as well, feel free to share in the live chat below.
Top match-ups in both sections:
Poland (POL) – Ukraine (UKR) 0 : 0
IM Socko Monika 2434 - GM Lahno Kateryna 2488
IM Rajlich Iweta 2404 - WGM Zhukova Natalia 2488
WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2378 - IM Ushenina Anna 2496
WIM Majdan Joanna 2284 - IM Gaponenko Inna 2473
China (CHN) – Armenia (ARM) 0 : 0
GM Wang Yue 2736 - GM Aronian Levon 2757
GM Bu Xiangzhi 2714 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2679
GM Ni Hua 2710 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642
GM Li Chao B 2622 - GM Petrosian Tigran L 2629
The best players sorted according Rating Performance (Rank after Round 10):
1. GM Chiburdanidze Maia (2489 Georgia) – 2697
2. IM Fierro Baquero Martha L (2361 Ecuador) – 2613
3. WIM Linares Napoles Oleiny (2261 Cuba) – 2603
4. WIM Majdan Joanna (2284 Poland) – 2592
5. IM Zatonskih Anna (2440 United States of America) – 2591
6. WGM Hou Yifan (2578 China) – 2588
7. IM Socko Monika (2434 Poland) – 2574
8. GM Cramling Pia (2550 Sweden) – 2569
9. IM Kosintseva Nadezhda (2468 Russia) – 2567
10. IM Mkrtchian Lilit (2443 Armenia) – 2562
11. GM Stefanova Antoaneta (2548 Bulgaria) – 2549
12. IM Dzagnidze Nana (2503 Georgia) – 2538
1. GM Sargissian Gabriel (2642 Armenia) – 2893
2. GM Gelfand Boris (2719 Israel) – 2862
3. GM Aleksandrov Aleksej (2617 Belarus) – 2830
4. GM Jakovenko Dmitry (2737 Russia) – 2826
5. GM Vallejo Pons Francisco (2664 Spain) – 2823
6. GM Akopian Vladimir (2679 Armenia) – 2823
7. GM Topalov Veselin (2791 Bulgaria) – 2821
8. GM Leko Peter (2747 Hungary) – 2813
9. GM Short Nigel D (2642 England) – 2812
10. GM Movsesian Sergei (2732 Slovakia) – 2811
11. GM Almasi Zoltan (2663 Hungary) – 2805
12. GM Rodshtein Maxim (2609 Israel) – 2801
China – Armenia: The first board between Wang Yue and Levon Aronian is an unorthodox Slav defence where Aronian pushed an early 8…g5 – surely an original solution! Bu Xiangzhi is playing Petroff defence against Vladimir Akopian. One would think that the Chinese have decided to play safe and wait for an opportunity to win the match in later stage, but Li Chao with black on board four unleashed Sicilian Dragon on Tigran L. Petrosian. A classical Marshall Attack is being played in Ni Hua – Gabriel Sargissian.
USA – Ukraine: Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura are already repeating moves on the 2nd board, hopefully it’s not a quick draw! Vassily Ivanchuk is playing a slightly offbeat French defence against Gata Kamsky, but we shouldn’t forget that he already beat many strong players, including Garry Kasparov, in those rare French lines. American-Ukrainian Sasha Onischuk has already sacrificed a pawn in the Gruenfeld Indian defence. Pavel Eljanov accepted the offer. Zahar Efimenko – Yuri Shulman is Rubinstein variation of the Frence defence.
Karjakin refused repetition and continued playing.
Israel – Netherlands: Gelfand – Van Wely quickly runs into a dead equal endgame. Second board Smeets – Roiz with a Breyer Ruy Lopez is however much more interesting. Avrukh – Stellwagen is an Caro Kann/Quenn’s Gambit hybrid with isolated central pawn, while highly efficient Maxim Rodshtein is playing Gruenfeld Indian on the 4th board.
France – Azerbaijan: Bacrot and Radjabov have discussed a sharp bayonet attack in the King’s Indian, but after many exchanges the game finished in a draw. Mamedyarov successfully avoided Vachier-Lagrave’s favorite Gruenfeld and then the French transposed into Benoni to start charging forward on the kingside. Oddly, Guseinov-Tkachiev shows no moves on the official website.
GM Hansen Lars Bo 2570 – GM Nyback Tomi 2639 ½ : ½, top board in Denmark-Finland
Poland – Ukraine: Monika Socko and Kateryna Lahno are playing a quiet Anti-Gruenfeld variation. Zhukova – Rajlich is already a crazy position where white is probably claiming some advantage. On the third board, Anna Ushenina has won a pawn with a cute combination.
Kamsky and Ivanchuk are carefully maneuvering with the kings. Onischuk – Eljanov is resembling Nakamura – Mamedyarov from one of the earlier rounds, perhaps the US team prepared this specific variation against Gruenfeld?
Some games in the open section have finished: GM Berkes Ferenc 2645 – GM Zhigalko Andrey 2568 ½ : ½ (Hungary-Belarus), IM Braun Arik 2567 – GM Gurevich Mikhail 2634 0 : 1 (Germany 2-Turkey), GM Kotronias Vasilios 2587 – GM Aagaard Jacob 2528 1 : 0 (Greece-Scotland). But the ladies are battling it out! Still no finished games on the top 20 tables in women section.
Slovenia scores first point against Poland: GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2599 – GM Pavasovic Dusko 2597 0 : 1 (Dusko pulled a very nice win from seemingly equal position). GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694 – GM Movsesian Sergei 2732 ½ : ½ and GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2603 – GM Petrik Tomas 2487 1 : 0 in India-Slovakia.
Kamsky wins against Ivanchuk to give an early lead to the USA! Wang-Aronian and Gelfand-Van Wely finished in draws.
In the women section Netherlands is surprisingly leading against Russia: WIM Van Weersel Arlette 2209 – IM Korbut Ekaterina 2459 1 : 0
Vietnam takes a lead against Serbia: GM Dao Thien Hai (VIE) 2510 – GM Perunovic Milos (SER) 2580 1 : 0. Meanwhile, Grischuk-Illeskas was the first draw in Russia-Spain.
Onischuk wins against Eljanov to extend USA lead to 2:0! Armenia is looking good against China, Akopian-Bu was drawn, but Petrosian is winning.
Russians are massively giving up against Spain. So far, three draws on the lower boards and Kramnik-Shirov is still ongoing. Croatia is leading against England, the experienced Zdenko Kozul beat this-far fantastic Nigel Short. Their history goes way back to 1989 when Kozul beat him in Belgrade Investbanka with black.
Tigran L. Petrosian wins on the 4th board against Li Chao to most likely bring a second consecutive gold medal to Armenia!
Now everything comes down to Gabriel Sargissian who can claim a draw without problems.
Georgia beats Serbia in the women section to secure at least silver medal! If Poland-Ukraine ends 2:2 (currently 0.5:1.5), they even take a gold!
Ukraine outplays Poland 2.5-1.5 in the women section to reach a first place tie with Georgia! Whether they defend 2006 gold medal, it only depends on the additional tiebreak which will be known after all games are finished. USA could take bronze if they win against France and keep better TB2 over Poland.
Marie Sebag strikes back against Irina Krush and now the score in USA-France is 1.5-1.5. If this match is tied, Poland takes the bronze. But American WGM Goletiani has an extra piece in the remaining game.
Top results in women section:
Poland (POL) – Ukraine (UKR) 1.5 : 2.5
IM Socko Monika 2434 - GM Lahno Kateryna 2488 ½ : ½
IM Rajlich Iweta 2404 - WGM Zhukova Natalia 2488 0 : 1
WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2378 - IM Ushenina Anna 2496 0 : 1
WIM Majdan Joanna 2284 - IM Gaponenko Inna 2473 1 : 0
Germany 1 (GER) – Sweden (SWE) 3 : 1
IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471 - GM Cramling Pia 2550 ½ : ½
IM Kachiani-Gersinska Ketino 2371 - WIM Agrest Svetlana 2258 ½ : ½
WGM Michna Marta 2399 - WIM Tetenkina Irina 2243 1 : 0
WFM Ohme Melanie 2237 - Agrest Inna 2215 1 : 0
Georgia (GEO) – Serbia (SRB) 3 : 1
GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2489 - IM Maric Alisa 2405 1 : 0
IM Dzagnidze Nana 2503 - IM Bojkovic Natasa 2420 ½ : ½
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2473 - WGM Stojanovic Andjelija 2357 ½ : ½
IM Khukhashvili Sopiko 2409 - WGM Chelushkina Irina 2360
Yuri Shulman beats Zahar Efimenko for the final USA-Ukraine 3.5-0.5! Now the TB2 decides on the bronze medal in the open section and it will be very close!
Israel wins against Netherlands 2.5-1.5 and claim silver medal! Our friend Michael Roiz brought the crucial point. Congratulations!
Women USA clinch 2.5-1.5 against the strong France and are now tied with Poland on match points! Most likely, USA takes bronze on the better TB2.
Armenian media already celebrating the winners:
In the final round of the 38th Chess Olympiad that took place in Dresden today the national team of Armenia defended their leading title while playing against the chess team of China and became the winners of the 38th Chess Olympiad.
Heading into today’s eleventh and final round of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Armenia, the defending champion, was tied with Ukraine, the previous champion. Israel and China were only a match point behind. Today Armenia faced China while Ukraine took on the United States.
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan left for Dresden to be present at the final round of the Chess Olympiad.
What Wimbledon is for tennis, the Tour de France for cycling or the World Cup for soccer fans – such is the Chess Olympiad for the world of chess fanatics.
Peter Leko pulled a 130-move win to claim the prize for the best result on the first board! Gabriel Sargissian from the winning team Armenia also wins the prize for the best 3rd board.
Final standings (open section): 1. Armenia, 2. Israel, 3. USA
Final standings (women section): 1. Georgia, 2. Ukraine, 3. USA
Armenia defended the gold medal and has now firmly established itself as the world’s best team over the last couple of years. Their result gains even more weight as they were seeded 9th, and sadly lost a valuable player, Karen Asrian, earlier this year.
With a fantastic 3.5-0.5 last round feat against direct opposition from Ukraine, the USA team repeats the success from the last Olympiad and wins bronze medal!
Israel is new team in the top, having grabbed the silver medal off from China. Israel played without two strong Grandmasters, Emil Sutovsky and Ilya Smirin, but Boris Gelfand and Maxim Rodshtein were brilliant with 7.5/10 and 7.0/9 respectively.
In the women section, Georgia reclaims the gold after they lost it to China in 1998. They have had a fantastic finish, with five consecutive wins, and finally surprassed the defending champion Ukraine on better tiebreak score. Ukraine is firmly holding on the top, but this time they also lacked some luck and lost the gold in the final inches of the race. USA edged Russia and Poland on TB2 and won the bronze, which is their second women team Olympic medal after the 2004 Calvia silver.
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