Chess Olympiad 2008 medal race LIVE!

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Round 10: Standings Open / Standings women / Live coverage and photos

Annotated games: Mamedyarov – Nedev / Kramnik – Sasikiran

Photos: Olympiad photos

09:00 CET

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.

09:10 CET

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.

09:25 CET

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%”.

09:35 CET

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.”

09:40 CET

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.

09:55 CET

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

10:20 CET

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.

10:30 CET

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.

10:45 CET

Karjakin refused repetition and continued playing.

11:05 CET

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.

11:20 CET

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.

11:25 CET

GM Hansen Lars Bo 2570 – GM Nyback Tomi 2639 ½ : ½, top board in Denmark-Finland

11:50 CET

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.

12:10 CET

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?

12:20 CET

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.

12:35 CET

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.

12:50 CET

Kamsky wins against Ivanchuk to give an early lead to the USA! Wang-Aronian and Gelfand-Van Wely finished in draws.

12:55 CET

In the women section Netherlands is surprisingly leading against Russia: WIM Van Weersel Arlette 2209 – IM Korbut Ekaterina 2459 1 : 0

13:25 CET

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.

13:50 CET

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.

13:55 CET

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.

14:05 CET

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.

14:20 CET

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!

14:35 CET

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.

15:00 CET

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.

15:25 CET

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

15:30 CET

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!

15:35 CET

Israel wins against Netherlands 2.5-1.5 and claim silver medal! Our friend Michael Roiz brought the crucial point. Congratulations!

15:40 CET

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.

15:55 CET

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.

16:00 CET

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.

16:30 CET

Final standings (open section): 1. Armenia, 2. Israel, 3. USA

Final standings (women section): 1. Georgia, 2. Ukraine, 3. USA

16:55 CET

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.

17:00 CET

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.

17:05 CET

Thank you everyone for following the Olympiad live on Chessdom pages! See you soon!

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Olympiad Medal Watch

who can win which medal

The rest day before the early-morning last round (10:00 CET) is a good moment to summarize top teams’ chances on grabbing medals. In the open section, Armenia, Ukraine and China have leaped forward after winning the penultimate round. Gold and silver-medalists from the 2006 Turin Olympiad, Armenia and China, will conveniently match eachother in the last round to directly participate in the medal distribution. And while Armenians are holding the destiny in their own hands, as the win will certainly bring gold medal thanks to superior additional criteria compared to Ukraine, China has to win to secure “at least” bronze medal. Would there be more, it pretty much depends on the results of Ukraine and Israel.

Ukraine is paired against the storming USA, who were already written-off by the AP journalist. Win guarantees at least silver, while 2-2 tie will be at least bronze – or silver if Israel doesn’t win, or gold if in addition China knocks Armenia down. Turin-bronze USA can take bronze if: Armenia beats China, USA beats Ukraine, Israel loses to Netherlands, Russia-Spain finishes in 2-2 and 26 points in the first tiebreak of Netherlands somehow vanish (which includes too many other teams as variables).

Israel is well positioned thanks to the fantastic first tiebreak and they could even claim gold if they win and both Armenia and Ukraine lose. Win in any case brings at least bronze. Russia can still climb on the stage if they beat Spain, Israel loses (or draws, but then it will be tight on TB2) and China doesn’t win. Netherlands is in similar position, but they also need Russia not to win.

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Team Armenia at the 2007 ETCC

Rank after Round 10 (Open section)

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 9 Armenia 10 8 1 1 17 339,0 128,0 28,5
2 2 Ukraine 10 7 3 0 17 309,5 133,0 25,0
3 8 Israel 10 7 2 1 16 315,5 123,0 25,5
4 3 China 10 7 2 1 16 291,5 122,0 25,5
5 1 Russia 10 7 1 2 15 309,0 127,0 25,0
6 20 Netherlands 10 7 1 2 15 292,0 116,0 26,0
7 12 Spain 10 7 1 2 15 270,0 112,0 25,5
8 10 United States of America 10 7 1 2 15 266,0 114,0 25,5
9 4 Azerbaijan 10 6 2 2 14 305,0 125,0 26,5
10 37 Vietnam 10 6 2 2 14 296,0 119,0 26,5
11 5 Hungary 10 6 2 2 14 284,5 115,0 25,0
12 17 Georgia 10 7 0 3 14 277,5 119,0 25,5
13 14 Romania 10 7 0 3 14 265,0 113,0 24,0
14 15 England 10 6 2 2 14 261,5 120,0 24,0
15 23 Belarus 10 5 4 1 14 257,0 114,0 25,0
16 7 France 10 6 2 2 14 251,0 121,0 23,5
17 22 Serbia 10 7 0 3 14 251,0 117,0 23,5

Tie Break1: Matchpoints (2 for wins, 1 for Draws, 0 for Losses)

Tie Break2: Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break

Tie Break3: Sum Matchpoints (2,1,0) without lowest result (Olympiad)

Tie Break4: points (game-points)

Team-Pairings

Round 11 on 2008/11/25 at 10:00 CET

No. SNo Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team SNo
1 3 China 25.5 16 : 17 28.5 Armenia 9
2 35 Lithuania 23 13 : 13 24 Germany 1 11
3 10 USA 25.5 15 : 17 25 Ukraine 2
4 8 Israel 25.5 16 : 15 26 Netherlands 20
5 1 Russia 25 15 : 15 25.5 Spain 12
6 7 France 23.5 14 : 14 26.5 Azerbaijan 4
7 37 Vietnam 26.5 14 : 14 23.5 Serbia 22
8 5 Hungary 25 14 : 14 25 Belarus 23
9 17 Georgia 25.5 14 : 14 24 Romania 14
10 24 Croatia 22.5 13 : 14 24 England 15

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Women section

In the women section, the 9th-seeded Poland is alone on the top with one round to go. This fantastic result can appear surprising only to those who don’t know the fantastic friendship and spirit inside this team. Even in the individual tournaments, as we witnessed in Nalchik, Polish women would closely follow and provide moral support to their compatriots. Poland is paired against Ukraine, seeded 2nd, and is enjoying the luxury of being in commanding position. Draw against Ukraine would be gold unless Georgia beats Serbia, in which case Poland takes silver (TB2). Even a defeat, which they probably don’t even think of, might be a bronze, but only if Russia and USA don’t win, which wouldn’t really be a safe bet.

Ukraine will defend 2006 Olympiad gold if they beat Poland. In case of a draw, they win silver if Georgia-Serbia is also tied, otherwise it will be a bronze. Georgia is adding steam as the tournament progresses, having signed four consecutive wins, three of which were maximum 4-0. If they win tomorrow, and Poland draws, this will be the first team gold medal since 1996, when China took over. If Poland-Ukraine is decided, a win is certain silver. A draw against Serbia significantly complicates matters, as USA might surpass them with the unpredictable TB2.

Serbia has no other choice but to beat Georgians if they want a medal. If, in addition, Poland outplays Ukraine, that would be a silver, otherwise a bronze is guaranteed. Draw brings bronze only if Ukraine loses, and USA and Russia don’t win. USA and Russia could win and sneak in for a bronze if Ukraine loses, but Russia also has weaker tiebreaks and they need USA not to win against France.

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Teams Georgia (left) and Poland at the ETCC

Rank after Round 10 (Women section)

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 9 Poland 10 8 1 1 17 302,0 125,0 26,0
2 2 Ukraine 10 6 4 0 16 343,0 122,0 27,5
3 4 Georgia 10 7 2 1 16 330,5 121,0 28,0
4 10 Serbia 10 7 2 1 16 277,5 119,0 25,5
5 7 United States of America 10 7 1 2 15 321,0 119,0 28,0
6 1 Russia 10 6 3 1 15 298,0 121,0 27,0
7 3 China 10 6 2 2 14 328,0 133,0 25,5
8 6 Armenia 10 7 0 3 14 288,5 122,0 25,5
9 5 France 10 6 2 2 14 275,0 108,0 28,0
10 11 India 10 6 2 2 14 274,5 120,0 23,5
11 16 Romania 10 7 0 3 14 251,0 118,0 24,5
12 17 Netherlands 10 7 0 3 14 246,0 118,0 22,5

Team-Pairings

Round 11 on 2008/11/25 at 10:00 CET

No. SNo Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team SNo
1 9 Poland 26 17 : 16 27.5 Ukraine 2
2 12 Germany 1 21.5 12 : 12 25.5 Sweden 20
3 4 Georgia 28 16 : 16 25.5 Serbia 10
4 7 USA 28 15 : 14 28 France 5
5 17 Netherlands 22.5 14 : 15 27 Russia 1
6 16 Romania 24.5 14 : 14 25.5 China 3
7 11 India 23.5 14 : 14 25.5 Armenia 6

Chess Olympiad 2008 LIVE!

round 10 live from Dresden with updates

Round 1: Results Open / Results Women / Live coverage and photos

Round 2: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 3: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 4: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 5: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 6: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 7: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 7: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Annotated games: Mamedyarov – Nedev / Kramnik – Sasikiran

Photos: Olympiad photos

14:30 CET

Welcome to the round 10 live coverage of the Chess Olympiad on Chessdom.com! Yesterday we had an exciting round with many surprising events and today nothing less is expected. The leaders are very close to each other on the top of the standings and anyone may grab a medal in the remaining rounds.

14:45 CET

Two players today have a special round. GM Veselin Topalov broke the virtual 2800 rating after defeating GM Berg yesterday. GM Akopian also broke an ELO barrier and came into the 2700 club. For both players this is reentry (Topalov has been over 2800 after San Luis, while Akopian has been over 2700 from April 2005 to January 2008).

14:50 CET

It is an even more special day for GM Ivan Ivanisevic, one of the most progressing chess players. He has a birthday today. Best wishes from the Chesssdom team!

15:00 CET

And the games are on! Topalov starts his defence of the 2800 rating with a Caro Kann against Shirov, Ivanchuk – Gelfand and Roiz – Karjakin are Slav defence.


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Chess Olympiad 2008 LIVE!

round 9 live chat and coverage

Round 1: Results Open / Results Women / Live coverage and photos

Round 2: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 3: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 4: Results Open / Reslults women / Live coverage and photos

Round 5: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 6: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 7: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 7: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Annotated games: Mamedyarov – Nedev / Kramnik – Sasikiran

Photos: Olympiad photos

13:50 CET

Welcome to the round 9 live coverage of the Chess Olympiad on Chessdom.com! After 8 rounds it seems like Armenia and China are set to win the 2008 Chess Olympiad. However, this will not happen without solid battle with the chasing pack, who are only a few points behind.

The young team of China is cruising smoothly through the women section. However, they have strong competition close behind. China is with 14 MP and is playing with Serbia who have 13 MP. Other teams only a point away from the top place are Poland, USA, and Ukraine, while Romania, Georgia, Armenia, and Slovenia are with 12 MP.

Full pairings list women section

Armenia is leading the open section with 15 MP. Today they play with the second, Israel, who have only 1 MP less. On board 2 are Poland and Germany, each with 12 points, while board 3 is for Ukraine and Russia with 13 points. Quick calculation shows that if Armenia win they can be at least 2 points ahead of competition, while if they lose they can drop to 3rd position in the current standings.

Full pairings list for open section

14:50 CET

There are 10 minutes to the start of the games. Today we will pay special attention to the top board of Bulgaria as Veselin Topalov may cross the 2800 ELO rating.

15:00 CET

And games are on! English opening in Aronian – Gelfand and Bu Xiangzhi – Vachier Lagrave.

Karjakin and Svidler blasted very fast the first 10 moves in a Closed Ruy Lopez, while Kramnik and Ivanchuk are taking their time after 1. d4 from the Russian player.

15:15 CET

Gata Kamsky gave an interesting interview for Azerisport.

Azerisport: What is your overall impression about the Chess Olympiad?

Kamsky: This is a big and difficult tournament. Any mistake creates problems for the whole team. All the world’s strongest players are here, except of Anand.

Azerisport: How to do evaluate your team’s play thus far?

Kamsky: We are left behind the leaders, and it annoys me, because we have a good team. We simply lost points on a flat spot. However, we still have good chances to win a medal.

15:30 CET

Kim Minhee – Tanha Tamima 1 : 0 is the first result in the day. It is in South Korea – Afganistan match in the women section.

15:45 CET

Carlsen and Beliavsky are having an interesting start. The Norwegian GM could not get an opening advantage and the game is going into an equal positional fight. Beliavsky is the only player that managed to draw with Topalov so far at the Olympiad.

Aronian is enjoying a good opening, but he still has to decide the status of his central pawns. Kramnik and Ivanchuk have not reached move 10 after 45 minutes of playing.

16:00 CET

GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2719 – GM Leko Peter 2747 ½ : ½ After a very strong attack by Dominguez Perez, Leko was able to find a perpetual.

The second of Anand also signs a fast draw GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2599 – GM Khenkin Igor 2647 ½ : ½ .

19:30 CET

Veselin Topalov beats Emanuel Berg with black pieces to surpass 2800 elo barrier once again! Bulgaria also signs an overall 2.5-1.5 win against Sweden. Meanwhile, USA have demolished very strong Indian team – 3.5-0.5! (Kamsky, Nakamura and Akobian win)

19:35 CET

Women section: Serbia beats China 2.5-1.5!! Poland and Ukraine also win to join Serbians on the first place tie. Georgia crushes Slovenia 4-0.

19:55 CET

Israel is leading 2-0 against Armenia and Michael Roiz has an can’t-lose rook endgame, which should mean an overall win for Israel. Ukraine is holding 2-1 against Ukraine, but Grischuk is two pawns ahead against Eljanov in one of the most difficult rook endings (f and h-pawns).


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live coverage and reports round 8

Round 1: Results Open / Results Women / Live coverage and photos

Round 2: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 3: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 4: Results Open / Reslults women / Live coverage and photos

Round 5: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 6: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 7: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Annotated games: Mamedyarov – Nedev / Kramnik – Sasikiran

Photos: Olympiad photos

13:50

Welcome to the round 8 live coverage of the Chess Olympiad 2008. As in the previous days we will follow all the details from Dresden with live updates here on Chessdom.com.

After yesterday’s victory by Armenia, the battle for the top places is getting even more intense. Armenia is on top with 13 points, followed by Germany, Israel, and France with 12. Russia is with 11 points and looking to regain top positions again.

In the women section China is with 13 points, Ukraine with 12, and third place is shared by Russia, USA, Hungary, Serbia, Poland, and India with 11.

14:00

Here are the top 5 Players after ELO-Performance:

1 BUL GM Topalov Veselin 2889

2 ARM GM Sargissian Gabriel 2888

3 AUS GM Johansen Darryl K 2884

4 UZB GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2829

5 EGY FM Abdel Razik Khaled 2810

1. SWE GM Cramling Pia 2705

2 HUN IM Vajda Szidonia 2684

3 CHN WGM Hou Yifan 2660

4 MGL WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2623

5 BUL WGM Voiska Margarita 2607

14:05

AP has published an extensive report on the Olympiad. They say, “The Russian team — touted as the strongest ever assembled for a Chess Olympiad — was derailed in Thursday open division play in round seven of the tournament by the defending gold medal Armenian team 2.5-1.5, which took sole possession of first place.

In the only decisive game of the match, Gabriel Sargissian defeated Alexander Grischuk on board three.

The other three games were all draws, with Armenian Levon Aronian versus Vladimir Kramnik on board one, Vladimir Akopian versus Peter Svidler on board two, and Tigran L. Petrosian versus Dmitry Jakovenko on board four.

The win gave Armenia 6.5 match points out of seven. France, Germany and Israel are tied for second with 6 points. Russia remains at 5.5 points.”

14:25

Players over 2600 with biggest rating jumps:

Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2642 + 19,6

GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 2609 + 12,6

GM Short Nigel D ENG 2642 + 11,9

GM Beliavsky Alexander G SLO 2619 + 11,5

GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2672 + 11,3

GM Predojevic Borki BIH 2615 + 11,2

GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2664 + 10,5

GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2663 + 10,4

GM So Wesley PHI 2610 + 10,2

14:30

India have extensive reports on the performance of their players. Here is what the PTI reports, “On a mixed day for India at the 32nd Chess Olympiad, women’s team defeated Bulgaria to move up to joint third while their men counterparts slipped to tied 10th following their loss to France in the seventh round.

Asian women’s champion Tania Sachdev and Asian junior girls’ winner Mary Ann Gomes helped India women to a 2.5-1.5 victory over Bulgaria.

Tania atoned for her loss in the previous round to humble Emilia Dzingarova of Bulgaria on the second board.

D Harika held former women’s world champion Antoaneta Stefanova on the top board and Swati Ghate’s defeat on the third board to Margarita Voiska did not deter the Indians much as Mary Ann continued with her dream run to beat Raeva Elitsa on the fourth board.

The win helped the Indian women climb to joint third spot with 11 points and will meet Serbia in the next round.

China were held by the United States but still lead the women’s section with 13 points.

Ukraine follow next on 12 points while the USA, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Serbia and India are next in line.

The Indian men went down 1.5-2.5 to France after Grandmaster P Harikrishna could not survive the onslaught of young Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

On the top board, GM Krishnan Sasikiran played out a draw with Etienne Bacrot while on the third and fourth tables Surya Shekhar Ganguly and GN Gopal carved out similar results against Laurent Fressinet and Vladislav Tkachiev.”

15:00

And the games started!

15:03

1. e4 by Michael Adams in his match against GM Jobava. They quickly dived into Caro Kann (Panov – Botvinnik). Bacrot and Aronian are in the Anti Marshal Closed Ruy Lopez.

15:07

Gata Kamsky and Peter Svidler, the two players with the closest ratings (2729 and 2727) had a slow start. Kamsky seems to take his time on move 3.

15:10

Carlsen and Navara are also in the Closed Ruy Lopez, while Aronian and Bacrot have played over 15 moves.

15:15

Topalov has got space advantage in the opening with Zhigalko, but the game is still going equal.

15:17

Both Aronian and Bacrot have played this line and they are blitzing through the opening.

15:30

On the contrary, after 30 minutes of playing Kamsky and Svidler are at move 5! They are moving through rare lines of the Sicilian. At the same time Akopian offered a knight sacrifice, but Vachier-Lagrave refused.

After 31 blasting moves GM Ermenkov Evgenij (PAL) 2465 – IM Isaev Jamshed (TAD) 2400 ½ : ½ after 31 moves.

15:45

In the women section Elizabeth Paehtz and Monika Tsiganova will have a theoretical fight in one of the most used openings during this Olympics – the Guioco Piano.

15:48

GM Meier Georg (GER II) 2558 – GM Dominguez Perez Leinier (CUB) 2719 ½ : ½ after another 31 moves blitz. Very good performance for Georg Meier and slightly disappointing for Leinier Dominguez.

16:00

Topalov will be left with an extra a2 pawn after the exchanges. If he wins this game he will be steadily heading for a medal.

16:05

Bacrot and Aronian have exchanged the heavy artillery. They have opposite color bishops and the game might be heading to a draw. Topalov’s opponent in the challengers match in Sofia chose early Bd3 which put the game out of the very standart Sicilian lines.

16:15

Latvia take the lead against Uruguay in the women section WGM Erneste Inguna 2290 – De Leon Patricia 1748 1 : 0

16:30

David Navara sacrifices a piece for gaining control in the center in the game with Carlsen. It seems to be one of the most exciting games of the day.

16:45

While Aronian and Bacrot are heading to a draw, GM Gurevich Mikhail (TUR) 2634 – GM Miton Kamil (POL) 2604 ½ : ½

17:00

Top performance by IM Anna Muzychuk and she wins again. IM Muzychuk IM Muzychuk Anna 2508 – WIM Vasquez Ramirez Rocio 2284 1 : 0

17:30

Vietnam takes the lead against China after GM Dao Thien Hai wins against GM Wang Hao. However, the other boards should secure at least draw for China.

GM Akopian gives Armenia the lead. GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716 – GM Akopian Vladimir 2679 0 : 1 .

18:00

Topalov wins his game against S. Zhigalko, while Delchev draws with A.Zhigalko. 1,5:0,5 for Bulgaria in this match.

WGM Sabrina Vega Gutierrez and WIM Patricia Llaneza Vega make it 2:0 for Spain in the women section.

18:10

GM Wesley So draws his game with Jan Smeets. Gopal and Lenic draw their game in India – Slovenia. Poland surprisingly take the lead against Hungary 2:0.

18:15

FYROM on the lead GM Nyback Tomi 2639 – GM Georgiev Vladimir 2517 ½ : ½, IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2463 – GM Stanojoski Zvonko 2502 0 : 1 .

GM Shirov Alexei 2726 – GM Rahman Ziaur 2510 1 : 0 , Shirov puts Spain ahead of Bangladesh.

18:20

In the women section Harika gives a full point to India against Serbia. She managed to win against the experienced IM Alisa Maric.

18:30

GM Eljanov Pavel 2720 – IM Dive Russell John 2357 1 : 0 and GM Efimenko Zahar 2680 – FM Smith Robert W 2316 1 : 0 give Ukraine the lead against New Zeland.

18:31

GM Radjabov Teimour (AZE) 2752 – GM Palac Mladen (CRO) 2583 ½ : ½

18:50

Total disaster for the Bulgarian team after a good start of the day.

GM Topalov Veselin 2791 – GM Zhigalko Sergei 2592 1 : 0

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2696 – GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2617 0 : 1

GM Georgiev Kiril 2645 – GM Fedorov Alexei 2584 ½ : ½

GM Delchev Aleksander 2632 – GM Zhigalko Andrey 2568 ½ : ½

19:00

Cuba winning in the women section vs Portugal.

WIM Leite Catarina 2153 – WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza 2303 ½ : ½

WFM Pintor Ariana 2152 – WIM Ordaz Valdes Lisandra 2306 0 : 1

WFM Baptista Ana Filipa 2168 – WGM Pina Vega Sulennis 2286 1 : 0

WFM Coimbra Margarida 2105 – WIM Linares Napoles Oleiny 2261 0 : 1

19:15

China – Vietnam 2:2

GM Bu Xiangzhi 2714 – GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 2567 ½ : ½

GM Ni Hua 2710 – GM Le Quang Liem 2583 ½ : ½

GM Wang Hao 2696 – GM Dao Thien Hai 2510 0 : 1

GM Li Chao B 2622 – GM Tu Hoang Thong 2496 1 : 0

19:30

USA wins against Russia 3:1 in the women section.

IM Krush Irina 2452 – GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2525 1 : 0

IM Zatonskih Anna 2440 – IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2513 1 : 0

WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2359 – IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468 ½ : ½

WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2334 – IM Korbut Ekaterina 2459 ½ : ½

19:35

WGM Cosma Elena Luminita 2340 – GM Peng Zhaoqin 2455 0 : 1

WGM Voicu Carmen 2239 – FM Schuurman Petra 2324 1 : 0

WIM Paulet Iozefina 2307 – WIM Van Weersel Arlette 2209 1 : 0

WGM Motoc Alina 2313 – Schut Lisa 2153 1 : 0

19:45

Carlsen and Jon Ludvig Hammer lead Norway to the victory

GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 – GM Navara David 2633 1 : 0

GM Agdestein Simen 2588 – GM Hracek Zbynek 2613 ½ : ½

GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2545 – GM Laznicka Viktor 2591 *

IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522 – GM Babula Vlastimil 2608 1 : 0

19:51

Slovenia holds India to a draw.

GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2619 – GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694 ½ : ½

GM Pavasovic Dusko 2597 – GM Harikrishna P 2659 0 : 1

GM Lenic Luka 2569 – GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 2548 ½ : ½

IM Borisek Jure 2548 – GM Sandipan Chanda 2579 1 : 0


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Round 1: Results Open / Results Women / Live coverage and photos

Round 2: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 3: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 4: Results Open / Reslults women / Live coverage and photos

Round 5: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 6: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Annotated games: Mamedyarov – Nedev / Kramnik – Sasikiran

14:15 CET

Welcome to the live updates from the Chess Olympiad in Dresden on Chessdom.com! Today we have a very interesting top board pairing in the open section. Armenia will have to face the rating favorites from Russia. The full pairings list is at http://games.chessdom.com/dresden/chess-olympiad-round-7-open. In the women section the sole leaders China will play with the strong team of the USA. Full pairings list here http://games.chessdom.com/dresden/chess-olympiad-round-7-women

Feel free to send us questions about the events in Dresden, we will find out all details for you.

14:17 CET

We received a question why Radjabov missed the 5th round against Norway. He had food poisoning and that is why he missed the match. The next was rest day and he recovered for yesterday’s match with Armenia.

14:20 CET

The Olympiad tiebreak rules have also created many uncertainty among the audience. This is why we post the link one more time.

New Olympiad rules

Pay attention to points 6 and 7 where the details are explained.

14:30 CET

Close to 1000 interesting photos from the Olympiad can be found at Susan Polgar’s blog.

14:45 CET

Our good friend Amiel Rosario has nice updates from Dresden at The Closet Grandmaster

14:55 CET

Top pairings of today:

GM Aronian Levon 2757 - GM Kramnik Vladimir 2772

GM Akopian Vladimir 2679 - GM Svidler Peter 2727

GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642 - GM Grischuk Alexander 2719

GM Petrosian Tigran L 2629 - GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737

WGM Hou Yifan 2578 - IM Krush Irina 2452

GM Zhao Xue 2518 - IM Zatonskih Anna 2440

WGM Shen Yang 2450 - WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2359

Tan Zhongyi 2395 - WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2334

14:57 CET

The matches get closer in terms of rating as the pairing system arranges the teams in a new order. Some of the top pairings include:

Naiditsch Arkadij 2678 - GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2684

GM Wang Yue 2736 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786

GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694 - GM Bacrot Etienne 2705

GM Kamsky Gata 2729 - GM Leko Peter (Judith Polgar is having rest day)

GM Adams Michael 2734 - GM Radjabov Teimour 2752

GM Topalov Veselin 2791 - GM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2567

IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471 - IM Sedina Elena 2365

GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2525 - IM Socko Monika

GM Peng Zhaoqin 2455 - GM Lahno Kateryna

15:00 CET

And games have started!

15:03 CET

Semi Slav defence in Aronian – Kramnik. Adams and Radjabov is Sicilian. David Navara is in an interesting Anti King Indian system, that transposed into Fianchetto Grunfeld.

15:10 CET

Magnus Carlsen is in the interesting lines of the Trompowski attack. Caruana and Berg are playing French. Kamsky and Leko will have a dispute in the closed Ruy Lopez.

15:20 CET

Tunisia get the first point of the day on forfeit Matoussi Amina 1761 – WFM Al-Khelaifi Salama 1707 1 : 0.

15:25 CET

Very interesting beginning in Fridman – Parligras – it is a Sicilian defence, Maroczy Bind.

15:30 CET

Serbia and Finland with a super fast draw after 3 moves repetition. GM Solak Dragan 2595 – IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2463 ½ : ½ It is an exact repetition of a game that happened in the first rounds.

15:45 CET

Kramnik has deviated from the game of Caruana they have been following and 13. Qg7 isnot present in the database.

15:50 CET

Naiditsch managed to get solid space advantage and Nisipeanu is forced to retreat his knight. Postny and Illescas are blitzing through know lines in an equal position.

15:55 CET

Topalov gets a ruthless start against Zhao and already is in a better position. This one is not going in good direction for the Australian playrer.

15:57 CET

Dania Manuelle S. – Pulpan Oana 1682 0 : 1, Malta take the lead in the women section against Aruba.

16:03 CET

Grischuk with no opening problems against Sargissian, Petrosian is also equal with Jakovenko.

16:15 CET

Wang Yue is very aggressdive against Ivanchuk, is this the revenge for the Mtel Masters victory of Ivanchuk against Bu Xiangzhi?

16:17 CET

Magnus Carlsen tried the interesting 11… Qf4, but Rahman is quite solid and is looking good in the game.

16:30 CET

Karjakin is playing a good game against Bu Xingzhi. Now he will look for a quuens exchange and will have a good advantage.

16:41 CET

Topalov is in full control of the center and is slowly preparing further advance. After several inacurate moves by Aronian, Kramnik is increasing the advantage.

16:45 CET

IM Cuartas Jaime Alexander 2489 – GM Stefansson Hannes 2575 ½ : ½ in Colombia – Iceland.

16:47 CET

In the women section the Seychelles are leading 3:0 to Afganistan.

17:00 CET

Ecuador – Syria 1:1 after GM Matamoros Franco Carlos S 2525 – FM Bakr Jwan 2338 1 : 0 and Macias Murillo Bryan 2333 – IM Hakki Imad 2422 0 : 1.

17:05 CET

GM Solak Dragan 2595 – IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2463 ½ : ½ in Serbia – Finland match. At the same time Topalov has got a solid advantage, while Aronian is struggling against Kramnik.

17:09 CET

Norway opens the score in the women section Jorgensen Line Jin 1946 – Alderete Jazmin 1524 1 : 0. However, Carlsen is having problems in the open.

17:10 CET

Philippines open the score in the women section. Rodriguez Arrieta Maria Elena – Bernales Christy Lamiel 1998 0 : 1. The same happens in the open section IM Laurent Bruno 2370 – IM Gomez John Paul 2519 0 : 1 .

17:15 CET

WIM Khoudgarian Natalia 2149 – IM Muzychuk Anna 2508 0 : 1, yet another strong performance for Anna Muzychuk after the medal at the European Club Cup.

17:30 CET

Magnus Carlsen is slowly equalizing the game, as Jon Lidvig Hammer scores a full point for Norway.

17:35 CET

Germany continue with their brilliant performance, as Gustaffson walks away with a full point.

17:40 CET

India and France in a big battle for the top places Sasikiran Krishnan (IND) 2694 – GM Bacrot Etienne (FRA) 2705 ½ : ½

17:45 CET

Topalov is wrapping up his game against Zhao in what seems as a winning day for Bulgaria. He had a much easier way towards victory, but still he has solid advantage.

17:49 CET

Victory for WesleySo puts the Philippines 2 points ahead.

GM Movsesian Sergei (SVK) 2732 – GM Miezis Normunds (LAT) 2557 1 : 0 in SLovakia – Latvia match.

17:55 CET

France destroys Kazahstan in the women section.

GM Sebag Marie 2533 – WIM Dauletova Gulmira 2253 1 : 0

IM Skripchenko Almira 2455 – WGM Sergeeva Maria 2325 *

IM Collas Silvia 2352 – WFM Rysbayeva Aigerim 2180 1 : 0

WGM Leconte Maria 2349 – WCM Saduakassova Dinara 1863 1 : 0

18:00 CET

England takes the lead against Azerbaijan 7.1 GM Adams Michael 2734 – GM Radjabov Teimour 2752 ½ : ½, while
7.2 GM Short Nigel D 2642 – GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 1 : 0

18:05 CET

After imprecise play by Vladimir Kramnik, Aronian manages to equalize. He has good pawn structure, so he should be able to secure at least a draw.Sargissian is also enjoying slight advantage.

At the same time GM Geetha and GM Tkachiev draw their game.

18:10 CET

Kiril Georgiev and Veselin Topalov make it 2:0 for Bulgaria.

18:15 CET

WGM Michna Marta 2399 – WFM Ambrosi Eleonora 2128 1 : 0

18:25 CET

Kamsky’s position is falling apart and soon Leko will enjoy solid advantage.

At the same time Carlsen signs a draw, not a good result for the Norwegian.

18:35 CET

Many important games finished in the last 10 minutes. Kramnik and Aronian shook hands for a draw. Germany is on the way to a 3-1victory with good game by Baramidze, while China and the USA are still struggling in the women section after a draw on board 3 between Shen and Goletiani.

Kamsky also held his position and made a draw with Leko.

18:55 CET

Vietnam – Netherlands and New Zealand – Bosnia and Herzegowina are fighting mercilessly, not a single game has finished as of yet.

19:05 CET

Italy is 1-2 down against Sweden, but it looks like Fabiano Caruana will score an equalizer. First result in Vietnam – Netherlands, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son signs another win, this time against Loek Van Wely.

19:10 CET

Slovakia (SVK) – Latvia (LAT) 3 : 1

GM Movsesian Sergei 2732 – GM Miezis Normunds 2557 1 : 0

GM Ftacnik Lubomir 2571 - GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 2525 ½ : ½

GM Petrik Tomas 2487 – GM Lanka Zigurds 2491 1 : 0

IM Vavrak Peter 2478 – Samolins Vitalijs 2444 ½ : ½

19:15 CET

Azerbaijan (AZE) – Slovakia (SVK) 2.5 : 1.5

WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 2351- IM Repkova Eva 2400 0 : 1

WIM Umudova Nargiz 2219 – IM Hagarova Zuzana 2430 1 : 0

Isgandarova Khayala 2206 – WGM Pokorna Regina 2376 1 : 0

Kazimova Narmin Nizami 2171 - WFM Gregorova Zuzana 2163 ½ : ½

Germany 1 – Italy is currently 1-1: IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471 – IM Sedina Elena 2365 0 : 1 and WGM Michna Marta 2399 – WFM Ambrosi Eleonora 2128 1 : 0.

19:25 CET

Unlucky day for Australia, the angry Bulgarians beat them 4-0. New Zealand, on the other hand, is doing great against favored Bosnia, currently 1.5-0.5 for Kiwis (Chandler-Nikolic 1-0).

19:35 CET

Vietnam wins another game! GM Le Quang Liem 2583 – GM Smeets Jan 2604 1 : 0. England is looking good in the two remaining games against Azerbaijan. Serbia beats Finland 3-1.

19:45 CET

The super derby China – Ukraine finishes in a draw.

GM Wang Yue 2736 – GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786 ½ : ½

GM Bu Xiangzhi 2714 – GM Karjakin Sergey 2730 ½ : ½

GM Ni Hua 2710 – GM Efimenko Zahar 2680 ½ : ½

GM Wang Hao 2696 – GM Volokitin Andrei 2659 ½ : ½

19:47 CET

Grischuk blunders! Sargissian is set to win this game!

19:50 CET

Hungary wins against Mongolia

GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483 – WIM Yanjindulam Dulamsuren 2286 1 : 0

IM Vajda Szidonia 2380 – Enxtuul Altanolzii 1977 1 : 0

IM Madl Ildiko 2376 – Nyamtuya Onorjargal 1958 1 : 0

WIM Schneider Veronika 2315 – Munhchuluun Cegmed 1969 0 : 1

19:55 CET

Israel destroy SPain to climb up towards the top places

GM Gelfand Boris 2719 – GM Shirov Alexei 2726 1/2

GM Roiz Michael 2677 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2664 1/2

GM Postny Evgeny 2674 – GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2604 1 : 0

GM Rodshtein Maxim 2609 – GM Khamrakulov Ibragim S 2580 1 : 0

20:00 CET

Armenia have turned the day around! After not so convincing start and heavy positions on all boards, they will manage to get 3 draws and a victory by Sargissian. Armenia have taken down the rating favorites and continue on their way of defending the title!

20:05 CET

Armenia-Russia 2.5-1.5!

20:07 CET

Norway – Bangladesh 2:2

GM Rahman Ziaur 2510 – GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 ½ : ½

GM Hossain Enamul 2494 – GM Lie Kjetil A 2526 1 : 0

GM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2522 – GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2545 ½ : ½

FM Abu Sufian Shakil 2418 – IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522 0 : 1

20:10 CET

India – France 1,5:2,5

GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694 – GM Bacrot Etienne 2705 ½ : ½

GM Harikrishna P 2659 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716 0 : 1

GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2603 – GM Fressinet Laurent 2676 ½ : ½

GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 2548 – GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2664 ½ : ½

20:11 CET

The USA takes advantage of the rest day of Judith Polgar

GM Kamsky Gata 2729 – GM Leko Peter 2747 ½ : ½

GM Nakamura Hikaru 2704 – GM Almasi Zoltan 2663 ½ : ½

GM Onischuk Alexander 2644 – GM Balogh Csaba 2616 1 : 0

GM Shulman Yuri 2616 – GM Berkes Ferenc 2645 ½ : ½

20:15 CET

Women section – China – USA 2:2, India – Bulgaria 2,5:1,5.

GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2548 – IM Harika Dronavalli 2462 ½ : ½

WGM Djingarova Emilia 2352 – IM Tania Sachdev 2425 0 : 1

WGM Voiska Margarita 2318 – WGM Swathi Ghate 2320 1 : 0

WFM Raeva Elitsa 2251 – WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2298 0 : 1


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Welcome to the round 6 live coverage of the Chess Olympiad 2008 in Dresden. For five days we have followed the Olympiad with updates from Germany, while communicating with the audience through our contact form. Today we will continue doing it, however, there will be a new cool addition. Similar to Aerosvit 2008 tournament, we will have a live chat where you can freely express your opinion, comment the games, or discuss the events from Dresden. More updates will be posted right under the live chat and we will try to provide many news updates, photos, and interviews.

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Round 1: Results Open / Results Women / Live coverage and photos

Round 2: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 3: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 4: Results Open / Reslults women / Live coverage and photos

Round 5: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 5: Pairing Open / Pairings women / Live coverage and photos

Annotated games: Mamedyarov – Nedev / Kramnik – Sasikiran

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12:30 CET

Round 6 starts at 15:00 with leaders in both section facing each other. Board pairings are already known and it seems like another very exciting day in Dresden.

12:50 CET

Top board matches in round 6:

GM Kramnik – GM Short

GM Ivanchuk – GM Naiditsch

GM Radjabov – GM Aronian

GM Bacrot – GM Socko

GM Nikolic – GM Sasikiran

GM Berg – GM Gelfand

GM Nisipeanu – GM Topalov

GM Nyback – GM Carlsen

GM Wesley So – GM Shirov

GM Hoang Thanh Trang – GM Yifan Hou

IM Maric – IM Paehtz

IM Moser – GM Kosteniuk

IM Peptan – IM Krush

IM Danielian – GM Lahno

IM Houska – GM Stefanova

13:15 CET

AP has a good report on the success of Germany over Russia, “Russia’s chess team, hailed as the highest rated ever assembled for a Chess Olympiad, hit a bump Monday as 11th-seed Germany battled all four games against them to a draw in round five of the biennial tournament in open division play.

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik played the super-solid Petroff Defense against Germany’s No. 1 Arkadij Naiditsch. By move 24, the position was symmetrical with opposite-color bishops. But under the rules, draw offers are not allowed until after move 30. They shook hands on move 31.

On board two, Alexander Grischuk of Russia sacrificed a pawn against Germany’s Igor Khenkin. He had some initiative but after Khenkin gave back the pawn, the position was dead even and they also had nothing to do but play until move 31.

On board four, Daniel Fridman could do nothing with an extra pawn against Russia’s Dmitry Jakovenko. In the last game to finish, German Jan Gustafsson successfully defended a pawn-down endgame against Alexander Morozevich.”

German media are praising their team as well and everyone expects their clash with Ukraine today.

13:30 CET

Philippine media is also happy for the country’s appearance in the top 20 of the Olympiad. The country barged into the top 20 for the first time in the 38th World Chess Olympiad after grinding it out in a 2.5-1.5 victory over Iran in the fifth round Monday in Dresden, Germany.

Grandmaster Wesley So’s victory over GM Elshan Moradiabadi (85 moves, Slav) and International Master John Paul Gomez’s upset of GM Amir Bagheri (56 moves, Ruy Lopez) spearheaded the Filipinos’ tough win.

In the women’s division, the Philippines routed New Zealand 3.5-1.5 for a double celebration.

GM Bong Villamayor’s draw against GM Ehsan Ghaemmaghami (50 moves, Catalan) and GM Darwin Laylo’s first loss to GM Morteza Mahjoob (38 moves, Scandinavian) rounded up the result versus Iran.

The Nationals, who next face Spain, earned 7.0 total points to shoot up to joint 17th place.

13:35 CET

In an article titled “chessboard diplomacy”, Haaretz.com reports, “Israel’s national chess team defeated Egypt last night 2.5-1.5 at the biennial Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany in the teams’ first matchup in 27 years. In 1981, Egypt defeated Israel in a friendly game in Cairo.

Boris Gelfand, Israel’s top-ranked player and currently 20th in the world, won his match, as did teammate Boris Avruch.

Israel’s team, ranked eighth in the world, currently has six points, having tallied two wins and two draws in its first four rounds. The team is considered a medal contender, though not a favorite. Meanwhile, Israel’s women’s team defeated Bosnia 3-1 for its third win in four rounds. Earlier in the tournament, the Israeli women beat the United States team, one of the favorites for the title. “

Today we will see yet another diplomatic fight with Armenia facing Azerbaijan.

14:30 CET

30 minutes are left to the start of the round. The players should be in their seats before the games begin, as the new Olympiad regulations require.

14:55 CET

Top board matches

GM Kramnik Vladimir 2772 - GM Short Nigel D 2642

GM Svidler Peter 2727 - GM Howell David W L 2593

GM Morozevich Alexander 2787 - GM Jones Gawain C B 2548

GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 - GM Conquest Stuart C

GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483 - WGM Hou Yifan 2578

IM Vajda Szidonia 2380 - GM Zhao Xue 2518

IM Madl Ildiko 2376 - WGM Shen Yang 2450

WGM Rudolf Anna 2318 - Tan Zhongyi 2395

15:03 CET

The games have started. The playing hall is as crowded as usual, but players seem to be more comfortable than previous days.

15:15 CET

Pakistan win the first two games against Afganistan in the women section, as their opponents fail to show up.

15:20 CET

Kramnik and Short will have a theoretical battle in the Chigorin defense, an opening favorite to many Russian players. However, it seems that not many games have been played in exactly this line.

15:25 CET

Legendary GM Predrag Nikolic and the progressing GM Sasikiran are cruising through a Fianchetto Grunfeld. The game is promissing.

15:35 CET

Topalov and Nisipeanu know each other pretty well for their promotional match in Romania and the Mtel Masters 2007. They are still in the opening and the game can go in any direction.

15:45 CET

Derby match Alisa Maric – Elizabeth Paehtz is slowly moving through a Fianchentto Grunfeld. The players are taking their time.

15:50 CET

Still early in the game, Shirov and Wesley So are in an equal position. Shirov still has to activate his queenside, but he has enough time for that.

16:05 CET

No castling for Topalov in a sharp game against Nisipeanu.

16:07 CET

IM Barrientos and GM Balogh sign a fast draw after 15 moves. It was a 3 moves repetition.

16:15 CET

GM Shirov and GM Wesley So sign a quick draw as well leaving it to the lower boards.

16:25 CET

Cuba – USA: World Blitz champion Leinier Dominguez played a modest Ruy Lopez variation, most likely in order to avoid Gata Kamsky’s Marshall attack. The second board Nakamura-Bruzon is much more interesting as the two players are engaged in a sharp Slav defence, resembling Tolush attack. GM Alex Onischuk is employing ultra-solid Berlin defence in the Ruy Lopez, the position appears to be equal at the moment. On the 4th board we have another Slav defence, with Cuban GM Jesus Nogeiras treating it in slightly unusual manner. So, Americans are defending with Ruy Lopez, Cubans are using Slav, let’s see who comes out on the top.

16:35 CET

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu sacrificed a piece against Veselin Topalov, leaving the Black King in a very uncomfortable position in the open center. The two players have previously met at the 2007 Mtel Masters and in a 4-game friendly match in Bucharest.

16:45 CET

As always, Amiel Rosario is providing unique perspective from Dresden, this time on Bermuda party and accelerated pairings. Amiel will very often tell what nobody else would dare, his blog is a must read.

16:50 CET

Kamil Miton – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the second board in Poland-France was a crazy Naidorf Sicilian that eventually ended in a draw by repetition. We can’t remember last time seeing so many pieces hanging around.

17:00 CET

Baadur Jobava unexpectedly sacrificed an exchange against Wang Yue, but very soon his intentions became clear – create a strong passed pawn supported by pair of bishops.

17:10 CET

Ukraine-Germany: Vassily Ivanchuk is breaching through the queenside against Arkadij Naiditsch who is a bit late with the counterplay. Igor Khenkin, however, has just offered pawn sacrifice against Sergey Karjakin, hoping to use the advantage brought by a pair of bishops.

17:15 CET

England’s Gawain Jones earns a draw with black pieces against Alexander Morozevich. Emmanuel Berg and Boris Gelfand also drew, while Vietnam’s top board Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son defeated Iceland’s counterpart Hannes Stefansson.

17:30 CET

Serbia – Germany (women section): Legendary Alisa Maric managed to hold aggressive Elisabeth Paehtz inside the calm lines of the Gruenfeld fianchetto. Maric’s adversary from the good old days, Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska, is attacking on the kingside against World Championship participant Natasa Bojkovic. It looks like Andjelija Stojanovic is having some advantage on the third board, while, as usual, the game of Irina Chelushkina is turning into another thriller.

17:45 CET

India opened the score against Italy in the women section. The strong junior Maria Ann Gomes wins against Marina Brunello.

18:00 CET

GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483 – WGM Hou Yifan 2578 ½ : ½, a fighting draw in the derby match. USA takes the lead against Romania WGM Motoc Alina 2313 – WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2334 0 : 1.

18:15 CET

France opens a gap against Poland with a nice win by Bacrot. Romania and Bulgaria enter a heavy weight fight as Topalov takes down Nisipeanu, while Georgiev did not have any chance against Lupulescu.

18:25 CET

China with important lead against Georgia as Wang Yue wins against Jobava. Izoria and Bu Xiangzhi drew their game and China is leading 1,5:0,5.

18:35 CET

Bulgaria went down against the solid team of Romania. Topalov won his game against Nisipeanu, but GM Lupulescu and GM Vajda Levente turned things around. The game of Cheparinov is still going on, but it is not optimistic for Bulgaria. Romania is going steadily towards the top places.

19:00 CET

Norway and Finland draw their game.

GM Nyback Tomi 2639 – GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 1 : 0

IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2463 – GM Agdestein Simen 2588 1 : 0

IM Agopov Mikael 2449 – GM Lie Kjetil A 2526 0 : 1

IM Lehtinen Heikki 2385 – IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522 0 : 1

Live comments from the users, part 2

6:30

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Fridman will surely win! 3 Pawns in superb position against one knight, being upfront 2.87 according to my shredder!

6:31

[Comment From h-man]

could it be….? But Naiditsch…-sigh-….

6:33

[Comment From Cuba]

What about Nakamura-Bruzon???

6:33

[Comment From marti]

GM Gonzales Jayson 2469 – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2664 0 : 1

6:33

[Comment From bogo]

where do i get to see the live games?

6:34

[Comment From norway]

slovenia wins the games are 18.1 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2619 – IM Mas Hafizulhelmi 2439 * 18.2 GM Lenic Luka 2569 – FM Lim Yee-Weng 2396 Ѕ : Ѕ 18.3 IM Borisek Jure 2548 – FM Mok Tze-Meng 2308 1 : 0 18.4 IM Skoberne Jure 2501 – IM Liew Chee-Meng-Jimmy 2306 1 : 0

6:34

[Comment From Vietnam]

Would you mind linking me to where you are watching the games? I would like to root for my favorite team and see how they are doing.

6:35

[Comment From pebble]

Nakamura is winning

6:36

[Comment From topa tupa]

GM Vajda Levente wins and it is over for Bulgaria

6:38

[Comment From Ruiter]

I am a big Magnus fan – but I must say lately he has been very disappointing. He is sliding …

6:38

[Comment From Sudhir]

How are india matches fairing

6:39

[Comment From bogo]

nice defense by topa against nisi. too bad :(

6:39

[Comment From Vietnam]

Thanks.

6:39

[Comment From topa tupa]

5.1 GM Nikolic Predrag 2669 – GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694 0 : 1

6:39

[Comment From topa tupa]

good by Sasi

6:40

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Svidler – Howell 1/2 – 1/2

6:41

[Comment From Teo]

What is hapenning with Topalov?

6:41

[Comment From Terrance]

So I see Carlsen lost pretty badly

6:41

[Comment From topa tupa]

Toaplov lost :(

6:42

[Comment From topa tupa]

uf I mean he won, Bulgaria lost

6:42

[Comment From armenia the best]

Radjabov Aronian seems like a draw

6:44

[Comment From CebuRookie]

Philippines .5 – Spain 2.5

6:44

[Comment From bogo]

so cheparinov resigned?

6:45

[Comment From Terrance]

did he?

6:46

[Comment From bogo]

he still has that thorn on g6 against istratescu

6:46

[Comment From marti]

USA women win 3:0!!

6:47

[Comment From bogo]

topa tupa said bulgaria lost, that would mean istragescu got at least the draw. thats why i assumed he might have resigned. on a superificial analysis i don’t see how he could save the day (cheparinov that is)

6:48

[Comment From topa tupa]

topa tupa also says relays may be down so we do not know what is happening :(

6:48

[Comment From bogo]

lol

6:49

[Comment From marti]

topa tupa sounds like Africa tribe leader to me :)

6:50

[Comment From marti]

Ragger wins over Adly, very good victory

6:51

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Fridman – Efimenko is practically over, as Fridman has 4 Pawns against 1 knight and 1 pawn…. I’m wondering that Efimenko has not resigned yet (or if the annotations are correct) Naiditsch still holding out very well, being 0.48 behind according to Rybka

6:51

[Comment From mital]

India doing good!!!

6:52

[Comment From mital]

any updates on india matches apart from sasi and gomes wins…

6:52

[Comment From marti]

there was 1 draw of Ganguly

6:54

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Efimenko finally resigned, UKR-GER 1,5-1,5, now hoping for Naiditsch

6:54

[Comment From sporty]

2.2 IM Bojkovic Natasa 2420 – IM Kachiani-Gersinska Ketino 2371 Ѕ : Ѕ 2.3 WGM Stojanovic Andjelija 2357 – WGM Michna Marta 2399 Ѕ : Ѕ 2.4 WGM Chelushkina Irina 2360 – WFM Ohme Melanie 2237 1 : 0

6:55

[Comment From sporty]

Paehtz is a pawn up all depends on her.

6:56

[Comment From h-man]

Germany II has just gone down, though….congrats to Greece, strong team….

6:58

[Comment From M. Plattner]

As Kramnik and Jakovenko will probably win their games, RUS-ENG will be 3:1

6:58

[Comment From bogo]

ok gtg for 2 hours. i hope istratescu gets the point!

6:58

[Comment From Tony from India]

Great work by sasi

6:58

[Comment From Tony from India]

Its too bad he let Kramnik off the hook in last game

6:59

[Comment From O'Shany]

It seems that the Hungarian women will carry the biggest surprise today . 1,5-0,5 to China at the moment but the other two games…

7:00

[Comment From sporty]

France destroyed Poland! Can France go for a medal?

7:00

[Comment From mital]

Harika too draws!!! India women leading 1.5-0.5

7:01

[Comment From Vietnam]

Hungarian women are down 0.5-1.5

7:01

[Comment From superdude]

What’s going on in the top board of Ukranie – Germany ?

7:01

[Comment From superdude]

I can’t see the board …

7:01

[Comment From mital]

Chanda-dalibor on the verge of draw Rook Pawn end game..

7:02

[Comment From Tony from India]

On my board, harikas result is not showing. Guess its a draw. but I guess Swati Gate is struggling

7:03

[Comment From Tony from India]

Sorry, its Tania

7:04

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Naiditsch holding his defence position… still 7 Pawns for both players on the board after 47 moves, and no material advantage

7:04

[Comment From John]

the live transmission is crap and many results not showing :(

7:07

[Comment From John]

Norway FInland draw!

7:07

[Comment From John]

11.1 GM Nyback Tomi 2639 – GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 1 : 0 11.2 IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2463 – GM Agdestein Simen 2588 1 : 0 11.3 IM Agopov Mikael 2449 – GM Lie Kjetil A 2526 0 : 1 11.4 IM Lehtinen Heikki 2385 – IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522 0 : 1

7:11

[Comment From Eric]

unbelievable

7:13

[Comment From Ruiter]

It is a game Carlsen should NOT have lost . Once again – whats up with him???

7:16

[Comment From marti]

10.1 GM Van Wely Loek 2618 – GM Bologan Viktor 2682 1 : 0 10.2 GM Smeets Jan 2604 – GM Iordachescu Viorel 2572 1 : 0 10.3 GM Stellwagen Daniel 2605 – GM Svetushkin Dmitry 2588 Ѕ : Ѕ 10.4 GM LAmi Erwin 2610 – GM Khruschiov Alexey 2499 Ѕ : Ѕ

7:16

[Comment From h-man]

Israel and France scoring big points today….Carlsen under pressure, probably feeling more responsibility than is good for him…

7:18

[Comment From Ruiter]

I shudder to think what will happen to Carlsen at Doha.

7:20

France (FRA) Rtg – Poland (POL) Rtg 3 : 1

GM Bacrot Etienne 2705 – GM Socko Bartosz 2631 1 : 0

GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716 – GM Miton Kamil 2604 Ѕ : Ѕ

GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2664 – GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2599 Ѕ : Ѕ

GM Maze Sebastien 2577 – GM Gajewski Grzegorz 2577 1 : 0

7:21

[Comment From h-man]

maybe a little break would do him good….then again, whom wouldn’t?

7:21

[Comment From zyzio]

Maze – lucky loser

7:22

Agdestein also lost, that Ng5 by Smmalvuo was neat

7:24

[Comment From h-man]

Ouch- check out Kramnik-Short!!

7:24

Cheparinov is struggling to equalise against Romania

7:26

Great finish by Kramnik

7:27

Does 54. Bg7 work for cheparinov?

7:27

[Comment From Lusine]

how is the chances for Sargissian in Armenian team

7:28

[Comment From zyzio]

Poland – Georgia 2,5:1,5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:28

well done Poland!

7:29

Gashimov has some pawns fixed on light squares, that might be a source of counterplay for Sargissian

7:29

[Comment From zyzio]

Great Ladies

7:29

Poland ladies also closely support eachother in individual tournaments

7:29

[Comment From Vietnam]

Do you think England is able to salvage anythinf from the 4th board?

7:30

supporting*

7:30

no, only Jakovenko could play for a win

7:32

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Sweden-Israel 1,5 – 2,5

7:34

Dominguez saved half point against Kamsky, but USA win the match

7:35

Australia-Switzerland currently 1.5-1.5, Zhao Zong-Yuan beat Korchnoi!

7:36

Austria beat Egypt 3.5-0.5, surprisingly high score

7:39

[Comment From Jagdish Dube,USA.]

Today your programme has doubled my enjoyment as compared to the previous 5 days.Hope you will redouble very soon.Thanx.

7:40

Thank you:)

7:42

[Comment From Sudhir]

Indian Women win 2.5- 1.5

7:42

[Comment From marti]

3.3 WFM Novkovic Julia 2161 – IM Korbut Ekaterina 2459 0 : 1 3.4 Newrkla Katharina 2071 – WGM Pogonina Natalija 2474 0 : 1

7:45

[Comment From Costin]

Romania won against Bulgaria! what a game Istratescu vs. Cheparinov!!

7:47

[Comment From Johnny]

Antoaneta Stefanova is beaten by Jovanka Houska!!!!!

7:49

[Comment From marti]

and mongolia excel WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 – IM Borsuk Angela 2398 1 : 0 10.2 Enxtuul Altanolzii 1977 – WGM Igla Bella 2254 1 : 0 10.3 Nyamtuya Onorjargal 1958 – WIM Vasiliev Olga 2235 0 : 1 10.4 Munhchuluun Cegmed 1969 – WFM Efroimski Marsel 2052 1 : 0

7:49

[Comment From h-man]

Naiditsch is losing, right?

7:51

[Comment From Tony from India]

what is happening in Naiditshc game?

7:51

[Comment From M. Plattner]

not really

7:51

[Comment From marti]

could get a draw there Ivanchuk missed his chances

7:54

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Rybka says Naiditsch game is at +0.00

7:55

[Comment From Jagdish Dube,USA.]

Open events,Indias Sasikaran was the only winner. Rest have drawn against Bosnia.

7:55

[Comment From Costin]

Romania climbs up top 6!!

7:55

[Comment From Tony from India]

Now, it looks ivanchuck might loose

7:56

[Comment From M. Plattner]

I dont think so

7:57

[Comment From h-man]

Mongolia beat Denmark, RESPECT….

7:58

[Comment From marti]

29.1 Gundavaa Bayarsaihan 2458 – GM Hansen Lars Bo 2570 0 : 1 29.2 Oyunbaatar Tumendemberel 2306 – GM Nielsen Peter Heine 2662 Ѕ : Ѕ 29.3 Bayarmandah Balgan 2339 – GM Schandorff Lars 2520 1 : 0 29.4 Battulga Namhai 2317 – IM Rasmussen Allan Stig 2513 1 : 0

7:58

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Jakovenko wins

7:59

[Comment From Tony from India]

Hello jagdish, both men and women win for india.

8:01

[Comment From marti]

Israel beat Sweden 6.1 GM Berg Emanuel 2623 – GM Gelfand Boris 2719 Ѕ : Ѕ 6.2 GM Agrest Evgenij 2574 – GM Roiz Michael 2677 Ѕ : Ѕ 6.3 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2543 – GM Avrukh Boris 2657 Ѕ : Ѕ 6.4 GM Cicak Slavko 2564 – GM Rodshtein Maxim 2609 0 : 1

8:01

[Comment From Tony from India]

So russia is a sure leader. what happened in armenia match?

8:04

[Comment From marti]

Armenia have draw secured I think

8:04

[Comment From marti]

but Gashimov game still going on

8:04

[Comment From Costin]

Armenia is wining ,,,

8:05

[Comment From Costin]

even with a draw in the last match

8:07

[Comment From h-man]

Schland!

8:07

[Comment From Tony from India]

So evanchuk draws

8:08

[Comment From marti]

Draw in Ivanchuk and match is drawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:09

[Comment From M. Plattner]

JAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Germany the big surprise! Thats great!

8:09

[Comment From werder]

das ist gut!!!!! JAAAAAA

8:09

[Comment From werder]

uber alles!

8:10

[Comment From Johnny]

so Germany still stays in the medals fight

8:11

[Comment From h-man]

I thought I’d never do this, but…..okay…..ole ole……

8:11

[Comment From marti]

loool:)

8:12

[Comment From Greg]

wohooo!

8:13

[Comment From Guest]

hello just logged in

8:13

[Comment From parsnip2009]

hi all

8:14

[Comment From parsnip2009]

is short playing kramnik?

8:14

[Comment From M. Plattner]

After Nr. 1 (Russia) and Nr. 2 (Ukraine) – what comes tomorrow? Nr.3= China? :-) Jetzt ist alles drin

8:14

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Kramnik won

8:16

[Comment From h-man]

kaaa-ching! Now for football…..GER – ENG 2-0, ENG missing 2 penalties….

8:17

[Comment From armenia]

easy plattner. no 2 is Armenia..

8:17

[Comment From Jagdish Dube,USA.]

Women section India leads Italy 2-1.4th game looks draw but not displayed for a long time.

8:18

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Armenia is Nr. 9 (I mean ELO)

8:18

[Comment From Guest]

Australia beat Bahrain in stoppge time 1-0!

8:18

[Comment From Guest]

are close to qualifi

8:19

[Comment From h-man]

And ARM just won, congrats there……and there…..life’s great…..

8:19

[Comment From Tony from India]

Germany might play poland or India,

8:19

[Comment From Tony from India]

Sorry, france or India

8:20

[Comment From armenia]

@admin: thanks again for this blog. Armenia beat Azerbaijan and made my day! Next target is Russia and we are almost there :) Bye everybody. Good night. Cheers.

8:20

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Bosnia-India 1,5 – 2,5

8:21

[Comment From mital]

India is putting up a real great show..I am Missing my favourite Vishy here..With him around India Would hv beaten mighty russians!!!anyways hoping he will return next year

8:21

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Georgia – China 1,5 – 2,5

8:23

[Comment From Tiger]

Sorry, did anybody know, Jakovenko win?

8:24

[Comment From Tony from India]

Looks like so. But live game doesnt show result

8:24

[Comment From gazza]

ivanchuk the great

8:25

[Comment From Costin]

will win soon

8:25

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Nearly all games are over. Jakovenko won, according to another internet site

8:25

[Comment From gazza]

but armenia is my favorite

8:26

[Comment From Tony from India]

Hi mital, enjoy our win

8:26

[Comment From Tony from India]

Join tomorrow

8:26

[Comment From gazza]

what about magnus, bad day??

8:27

[Comment From h-man]

bye everybody

8:27

[Comment From gazza]

romania-bulgaria, what a fight

8:29

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Canada (48) – Iraq (90) 1,5 – 2,5 Big Surprise

8:29

[Comment From gazza]

croatia still playing, some information on last game??

8:29

[Comment From marti]

INDEED! poor Canada, not their Olympiad

8:31

[Comment From marti]

croatia looks drawish, with what they win the match

8:33

[Comment From gazza]

thanks marti

8:35

[Comment From Jagdish Dube,USA.]

Tony, thanx.I was following all the Indian games simultaneously & reported before U.

8:36

[Comment From gazza]

bye everybody, waiting for round 7 and big fight on boards

8:37

[Comment From marti]

good night from me too

8:37

[Comment From Russia fan]

good night from the best country in chess ;)

8:37

[Comment From Costin]

finaly, iakovenko’s game is over…..victory for russia….again

8:37

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Croatia – Indonesia 2,5 – 1,5

8:40

With that we will be wrapping up our coverage for today. Join us tomorrow for live chat and updates. We open the discussion several hours before the games start. Have a nice evening and thank you for following with Chessdom.com

8:42

[Comment From M. Plattner]

Bye everyone

8:43

[Comment From Johnny]

great coverage, thanks Chessdom people!

8:43

[Comment From marcos]

hope tomorrow is better for Italy. Thanks Chessdom for the live chat!

Chess Olympiad 2008 round 5 live coverage

live news, updates, and reports from Dresden

Michael Adams square 2

Happy birthday GM Adams!

12:45 CET

Welcome to the day 5 live coverage of the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad. Here you will find minute by minute updates on the events in Dresden, underlining important games, bringing you fresh photos from the playing hall, explaining you the new Olympiad rules, sharing interviews, news, and many more details.

Feel free to send us your questions and comments to our contact form.

Round 1: Results Open / Results Women / Live coverage and photos

Round 2: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 3: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 4: Results Open / Reslults women / Live coverage and photos

Round 5: Pairing Open / Pairings women / Live coverage and photos

Annotated games: Mamedyarov – Nedev / Kramnik – Sasikiran

12:55 CET

Today the leaders in the competition will see each other on the top boards. These are Germany 1 and Russia in the men section and China – Poland in the women section (all of them with full match points). Here are the pairings that we will closely follow in today’s Chess Olympiad 2008 live coverage.

GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2678 - GM Kramnik Vladimir 2772

GM Khenkin Igor 2647 - GM Grischuk Alexander 2719

GM Gustafsson Jan 2634 - GM Morozevich Alexander 2787

GM Fridman Daniel 2630 - GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737

IM Socko Monika 2434 - WGM Hou Yifan 2578

IM Rajlich Iweta 2404 - GM Zhao Xue 2518

WIM Majdan Joanna 2284 - WGM Shen Yang 2450

WIM Przezdziecka Marta 2327 - Tan Zhongyi 2395

Of course we will have frequent updates about all the other derby matches of the day. Armenia with Aronian on board 1 will play against Netherlands of Van Wely. Peter Leko will not have easier task as Hungary will play against Ukraine. Norway, who got a draw against England yesterday thanks to a win by Carlsen, wil have their most difficult match so far – against Azerbaijan with Radjabov and Mamedyarov.

Althout not with full points at this moment, the team of Russia remain favorites in the women section. The World Champion Alexanda Kosteniuk is back on board 1 for a tough match against Georgia. India and Hungary is yet another derby, with Tania Sachdev – Hoang Thanh Trang battle on board 1.

13:15 CET

A lot of fighting chess was seen yesterday in round 4. AP reports, “Ninth seed Armenia, winner of the last Chess Olympiad, held second seed Ukraine to a 2-2 tie in open division play Sunday, drawing all four games in their match in the fourth round of this year’s event.

The highlight of the day was a 68-move tussle between Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk, rated third in the world, and Armenian Levon Aronian, rated seventh. Both players had their chances in a game that went all the way down to just the two kings on the board when they shook hands.”

One of the surprises in the women section was the victory of Indonesia over Greece, who have been performing very well until that moment. Indonesian media reports, “Indonesia’s women chess team stunned the Greece team in a dramatic 2.5-1.5 win in the third round of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, late Saturday.

Sixty-seventh seed Indonesia was tied 1.5-1.5 against 19th-seed Greece when Indonesian Kadek Iin outsmarted Alexandra Stiri of Greece in the 47th move to win one crucial point for the red-and-white squad.

Indonesia will challenge top seed Russia on Sunday.

Team manager Riskie Dharma Putra said in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post that cash bonuses would be awarded to the players should they could beat or hold the top seed. “

13:18 CET

England also had their shot after Gawain Jones started well the match. However, Norway was able to come back and equalize.

Today England meet the strong team of Italy. The first board will be for Michael Adams who has a birthday today! Best wishes from the Chessdom team!

Michael Adams

13:30 CET

India gets the deserved attention in many mainstream media for their good performance yesterday. Here is what the Times of India write, “Asian champion Tania Sachdev continued her superb form to beat Ketino Kachiani-Gersinka, while Mary Ann Gomes accounted for Sarah Hoolt t
o help the Indian women’s team beat Germany ’1′ 3-1 in the fourth round of the 38th Chess Olympiad.

However, the Indian men lost narrowly to top seed Russia in the open section after P Harikrishna’s heroic efforts that netted him a victory over Peter Svidler went in vain.

The 1.5-2.5 loss at the hands of the best team in the Olympiad saw the Indians slip to joint 10th spot on six points out of a possible eight while Russia maintained a clean slate.

The lead is now shared by Russia and Germany ’1′ on eight points each and there are seven teams following them with 7 points in their scoresheet.

Today India will play against the 54th seeded Austria, while the women will play against Hungary.

GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694 - GM Ragger Markus 2518

GM Harikrishna P 2659 - GM Kindermann Stefan 2517

GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2603 - IM Atlas Valery 2465

GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 2548 - IM Neubauer Martin 2422

IM Tania Sachdev 2425 - GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483

WGM Mohota Nisha 2311 - IM Vajda Szidonia 2380

WGM Swathi Ghate 2320 - IM Madl Ildiko 2376

WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2298 - WIM Schneider Veronika 2315

13:45 CET

Contrary to what is expected, Bulgarian media do not cover yesterday’s win of Topalov and Co. The first two disappointing rounds have given a cold shower to the enthusiasm in the media. Surely Bulgaria is still among the favorites for the top 10 (especially with the good performance of Iotov with 4,0/4 and Delchev 3,5/4), but it will take time to gain the interest of the audience there again.

Today Bulgaria have a difficult match against Slovenia in both sections with GM Beliavsky – GM Topalov and GM Stefanova – IM Muzychuk derby matches.

cheparinov topalov

13:55 CET

If you would like to browse around some official photos from the Olympiad click here for the nice photo galleries of Paul Truong and Susan Polgar.

14:15 CET

The match Ukraine – Armenia had the largest penetration among radio and TV stations. The combination of exciting chess and first board action made it the show of the day yesterday. Armenian radio reports, “The men’s chess team of Armenia played a 2:2 draw with Ukraine in the 4th round of the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden. All four games ended in a draw.

After four rounds the Armenian team ranks 3rd along with six other teams. Germany and Russia share the first and second places.
In the women’s section the Armenian team lost to China 3.5:0.5. The Armenian women’s team is currently 16th with six points. Teams of China and Poland are leading with eight points.”

Today both teams have exciting matches on board 1 again. Ivanchuk will play with Leko, while Aronian will meet Van Wely.

14:30 CET

The Olympiad start in 30 minutes, stay tuned for live action from Dresden!

14:45 CET

Interesting pairings of the day:

GM Naiditsch – GM Kramnik

GM Polgar – GM Karjakin

GM Carlsen – GM Mamedyarov

GM Adams – GM Caruana

GM Bu Xiangzhi – GM Aagaard

GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son - GM Dominguez Perez

GM Nielsen – GM Zhigalko

GM Ivanisevic – GM Bacrot

GM Kveinys – GM Nisipeanu

GM Movsesian – GM Jobava

IM Paehtz – IM Dembo

GM Kosteniuk – GM Chiburdanidze

WGM Calzetta – IM Peptan

WGM Mamedjarova – IM Maric

IM Fierro Baquero – GM Peng Zhaoqin

IM Cmilyte – IM Houska

GM Stefanova – IM Muzychuk

14:50 CET

10 minutes are left to the start of the games and the playing hall is already full.

15:00 CET

The round has started in Dresden!

15:05 CET

The birthday boy Michael Adams entered in a French Tarrash game against the talented Fabiano Caruana. Magnus Carlsen and Mamedyarov will have a dispute in the English opening, while Gustafsson and Morozevich are going for the Grunfeld exchange.

Judith Polgar one more time employs the Petroff.

15:10 CET

Azerbaijan are quite confident for their game against Norway. They have given a free day to their top board Radjabov. Will they manage to take easy victory here or Norway will prove that this is their Olympiad?

15:15 CET

Curiously enough, Naiditsch and Kramnik have entered the Petroff one more time. A few months ago the German player destroyed Kramnik in a Petroff game. 4th board of the same match, Dmitry Jakovenko – Daniel Fridman is also a Petroff.

15:25 CET

The Gruenfeld Indian defence is obviously in the spotlight again, Veselin Topalov is another top rated player to use it – against Alexander Beliavsky.

15:30 CET

Cudos to Van Wely for entering the ultra-sharp Botvinnik Semi-Slav instead of the “safer” Moscow variation that has been the first choice for most of the elite players.

15:40 CET

Our friend Amiel Rosario, who is also in Dresden, has interesting observations about the press conferences posted on his blog. Meanwhile, his compatriot GM Ian Rogers is blogging on Hits and Misses at the Olympiad over at the USCF website.

15:55 CET

So far, Norway is living up to the promise given by GM-elect Jon Ludvig Hammer. They really do give a hard time to the top rated teams. Few words about the match Norway-Azerbaijan: Magnus Carlsen is currently fighting Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the English opening, one of his favorite “secret weapons” to beat heavyweights, Veselin Topalov included. Simen Agdestein is certainly happy to use the classical Chigorin Ruy Lopez, opening of his youth. Gadir Guseinov is expert for this particular “offbeat” Sicilian variation, but one should remember that Kjetil Lie brought the sensational Norwegian victory over China. Finally, Mamedov-Hammer started as Italian opening, but is now taking the shades of Ruy Lopez pawn structures.

16:15 CET

Peter Dengler interviewed Icelandic coaches Sigurbjon Bjornsson and Omar Salama for the official website:

PD: How is the performance of your teams so far and what are your goals?

SB: Well, there is always some competition amongst the Nordic teams who will be ranked best. There is no goal set by the federation but the players have set that for themselves. However it will be very tough considering for example the lineup of Norway lead by Magnus Carlsen.

16:25 CET

Naiditsch-Kramnik diluted into a draw, but Alexander Grischuk is taking his time on finding response to Igor Khenkin’s unusual Queen’s Gambit Accepted.

Daniel Fridman square

GM Daniel Fridman at the press conference (photo by Susan Polgar)

16:45 CET

Fabiano Caruana is expanding on the queenside against Michael Adams. He solved the main problem of the French defence, the light-squared Bishop, but White might become aggressive on the kingside with Ne2-g3-h5. Curiously, on the second board of England-Italy, Nigel Short is using a system in Alekhine defence that was championed by late Tony Miles. Relations between Short and Miles were the best.

16:55 CET

France is struggling against Serbia to find its way back to the top. Thus far, Milos Perunovic and Laurent Fressinet have signed a draw, but Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is pressing against Dragan Solak on board two.

Polgar, Bruzon, Dominguez

Susan Polgar talking to Lazaro Bruzon and World Blitz champion Leinier Dominguez Perez

17:15 CET

Maltese top board, IM Torben Sorensen, who chopped of a half point from Poland’s GM Bartosz Socko yesterday, lost to 2007 World Junior champion Ahmed Adly of Egypt.

17:30 CET

Big derby Russia-Georgia in the Women section. World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is trying to make something out of an extra exchange, but Maia Chiburdanidze’s position is very robust.

18:00 CET

India takes the lead, GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar – IM Atlas Valery 1 : 0. Also, GM Kjetil Lie held GM Gadir Guseionov to a draw.

18:15 CET

Carlsen-Mamedyarov was an extremely interesting affair, with Magnus sacrificing a piece for three pawns, but the game was eventually drawn. Aronian-Van Wely was another draw, while Ivan Cheparinov seizes full point against Slovenia’s Dusko Pavasovic.

18:25 CET

Elisabeth Paehtz and Yelena Dembo drew their game, but Germany secured overall win against Greece with two points on the lower boards. Open section: thanks to Nisipeanu and Vajda, Romania clinches a victory against Lithuania.

Vallejo Pons Cheparinov

Paco Vallejo Pons wishing luck to Ivan Cheparinov

Vallejo Pons Topalov

…and to Veselin Topalov

18:40 CET

Armenia is leading 2-1 against Netherlands (Sargissian-Stellwagen 1-0). Nigel Short wins with Black for England’s advantage, while China is currently holding 1.5-0.5 against the team of respected chess writers – Scotland.

18:45 CET

Maia Chiburdanidze scores with Black against Alexandra Kosteniuk, Monika Socko holds Yifan Hou to a draw.

18:55 CET

Small surprise in the Women section, Uzbekistan is beating higher rated Cuba by 2.5-0.5. Azerbaijan is currently holding Serbia to 1-1.

Franco Bachmann

Top boards for Paraguay: GM Zenon Franco and GM Axel Bachmann

19:05 CET

Dragan Solak resisted Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s assault, but Vlad Tkachiev demolished Bojan Vuckovic on board four, giving a 2-1 lead to France against Serbia. It all comes down to Ivanisevic-Bacrot where Serbian Grandmaster is trying to convert the small endgame advantage.

19:15 CET

England and India secure overall wins against Italy and Austria respectively.

Armenia (ARM) – Netherlands (NED) 2.5 : 1.5

GM Aronian Levon 2757 - GM Van Wely Loek 2618 ½ : ½

GM Akopian Vladimir 2679 - GM Smeets Jan 2604 ½ : ½

GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642 - GM Stellwagen Daniel 2605 1 : 0

GM Petrosian Tigran L 2629 - GM LAmi Erwin 2610 ½ : ½

19:25 CET

Lithuania (LTU) – Romania (ROU) 0.5 : 3.5

GM Kveinys Aloyzas 2533 - GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2684 0 : 1

GM Rozentalis Eduardas 2577 - GM Istratescu Andrei 2633 ½ : ½

GM Sulskis Sarunas 2572 - GM Lupulescu Constantin 2594 0 : 1

IM Zagorskis Darius 2509 - GM Vajda Levente 2582 0 : 1

Serbia (SRB) – France (FRA) 1.5 : 2.5

GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2658 - GM Bacrot Etienne 2705 ½ : ½

GM Solak Dragan 2595 - GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716 ½ : ½

GM Perunovic Milos 2580 - GM Fressinet Laurent 2676 ½ : ½

GM Vuckovic Bojan 2561 - GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2664 0 : 1

Paraguay (PAR) – Finland (FIN) 1 : 3

GM Bachmann Axel 2555 - GM Nyback Tomi 2639 ½ : ½

GM Franco Ocampos Zenon 2501 - IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2463 ½ : ½

FM Kropff Ricardo 2286 - IM Agopov Mikael 2449 0 : 1

FM Peralta Eduardo 2257 - IM Karttunen Mika 2411 0 : 1

19:30 CET

China draws three games against Scotland, but Wang Hao’s victory proved to be decisive for the two match points.

19:50 CET

Bulgaria crushes Slovenia 3.5-0.5, the only draw being Beliavsky-Topalov on board one. Chinese women team makes the same score against Poland.

20:05 CET

Fabiano Caruana upsets Michael Adams with Black, but England still wins 2.5-1.5 over Italy. Sergey Karjakin is back in form after the painful defeat in the second round to beat Judit Polgar’s Petroff defence. Ukraine is now looking to a 1.5-0.5 lead over Hungary.

20:30 CET

Azerbaijan, India and Sweden win comfortably 3-1 against Norway, Austria and Croatia respectively. Vietnam resisted to higher rated Cuba, holding them to draws on all four boards. Bosnia and Herzegowina wins ex-Yugoslav derby versus Montenegro thanks to the legendary GM Predrag Nikolic.

20:55 CET

GM Jan Gustafsson finally secures a draw against Alexander Morozevich, thus leaving Germany undefeated in the match against top-seeded Russia! Zoltan Almasi strikes back for Hungary on the third board – current score 1.5-1.5 – while Leko and Ivanchuk are going well over 110 moves in their own game.

Paehtz Kachiani

Elisabeth Paehtz talking to Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska

21:00 CET

Natalia Pogonina beat Sopiko Khukhashvili to save the day for Russia in the match with Georgia. Ukraine takes a route back to the top after 3-1 versus Austria, but the highlight of the day is England’s impressive 4-0 win against strong Lithuania!

21:10 CET

Vassily Ivanchuk wins R+B vs R ending against Peter Leko! This decides the match in favour of Ukraine.

21:15 CET

Top table results in women section:

Round 5 Women on 2008/11/17 at 15.00

Poland POL 0.5 : 3.5 CHN China

Germany 1 GER1 2.5 : 1.5 GRE Greece

Russia RUS 2 : 2 GEO Georgia

India IND 1.5 : 2.5 HUN Hungary

Spain ESP 1.5 : 2.5 ROU Romania

Azerbaijan AZE 2 : 2 SRB Serbia

Ecuador ECU 1 : 3 NED Netherlands

Cuba CUB 1.5 : 2.5 UZB Uzbekistan

Czech Republic CZE 1 : 3 AUT Austria

Ukraine UKR 3 : 1 SVK Slovakia

Lithuania LTU 0 : 4 ENG England

Bulgaria BUL 2 : 2 SLO Slovenia

United States of America USA 3 : 1 NOR Norway (it should be win for Zatonskih on 2nd board)

France FRA 1.5 : 2.5 ARM Armenia (it should be win for Mkrtchian on 2nd board)

21:20 CET

Top table results in open section:

Round 5 Open on 2008/11/17 at 15.00

Germany 1 GER1 2 : 2 RUS Russia

Armenia ARM 2.5 : 1.5 NED Netherlands

Hungary HUN 1.5 : 2.5 UKR Ukraine

Norway NOR 1 : 3 AZE Azerbaijan

England ENG 2.5 : 1.5 ITA Italy

India IND 3 : 1 AUT Austria

Poland POL 3.5 : 0.5 CRC Costa Rica

China CHN 2.5 : 1.5 SCO Scotland

Vietnam VIE 2 : 2 CUB Cuba

Denmark DEN 0.5 : 3.5 ISR Israel

Spain ESP 2 : 2 BLR Belarus

Slovenia SLO 0.5 : 3.5 BUL Bulgaria

Lithuania LTU 0.5 : 3.5 ROU Romania

Serbia SRB 1.5 : 2.5 FRA France

Croatia CRO 1 : 3 SWE Sweden

This concludes our live coverage of the 5th round of the Chess Olympiad. Thank you for following, see you on Wednesday! (18th November is rest day)

Chess Olympiad 2008 round 4 LIVE!

many top games today in Dresden

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Welcome to the day 4 live coverage of the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad. Here you will find minute by minute updates on the events in Dresden, underlining important games, bringing you fresh photos from the playing hall, explaining you the new Olympiad rules, sharing interviews, news, and many more details.

Feel free to send us your questions and comments to our contact form.

Round 1: Results Open / Results Women / Live coverage and photos

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Round 3: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 4: Pairing Open / Pairings women / Live coverage and photos

12:45

An exciting day expects us in Dresden. After 3 rounds there are 9 teams with full points in the open section. Among them are the favorites Russia, Armenia, and Ukraine, the solid Romania, the strongest ever Norway, the top 10 seeded Spain and England, the young India, and the hosts from Germany.

These teams will face each other today in what can be called the first day of super derby matches.

In other games Italy and Caruana will play with Switzerland and Pelletier, Canada will meet Scotland, Greece with the Philippines, FYROM with China, and Azerbaijan with USA. Find the full pairings list here

13:10

In the women section we witnessed the big surprise yesterday when the young India team led by Dronavalli and Schadev managed to hold the super team of Russia. That leaves them out of the team with full pints, but surely both are still favorites for the medals. With full points on board 1 will meet Hungary and Georgia. Also undefeated are Armenia – China and Serbia – Poland.

Find all the pairings from the women section here.

13:17

If you can tune the DD channels do not miss the Vishy Anand show today at (16:00 European time). More info at the Vijay Kumar Anand show update.

13:25

Today we will witness several 2700+ club matches. Vassily Ivanchuk will meet Levon Aronian on board 1. Ukraine and Armenia clash is a direct battle for a medal and the winner of this match can greatly increase the chances for top places.

In the same situation are Carlsen and Adams in the Norway – England match and Kramik – Sasikiran in Russia – India.

Azerbaijan and USA will also try to stay among the top teams where another 2700+ class will take place – Gata Kamsky vs Teimour Radjabov.

13:35

In the women section top games include:

GM Hoang Thanh Trang – GM Chiburdanidze

IM Harika Dronavalli – IM Paehtz

WGM Hou Yifan – IM Danielian

IM Maric – IM Socko

IM Bojkovic – IM Rajlich

WGM Zhukova – IM Cmilyte

Or in other words, a small copy of the World Women Chess Championship in Nalchik!

14:00

One of the most interesting matches yesterday was the India – Russia 2-2 draw in the women section. It received high media attention in both countries, and for the first time optimistic feelings come from India.

The Press Trust of India comments, “The Indian women slipped a bit in the standings after getting one point against the Russians but this result might go a long way in the overall standings of a depleted side without top player Koneru Humpy.

Tania stole the thunder against Tatiana in a Nimzo Indian defence game. Capitalising on a tactical error, Tania won an exchange on the 28th move and wrapped the issue in 42 moves.
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14:15

Norway’s good victory over China also gets the deserved attention. AP writes, “Nineteenth-seed Norway upset 3rd-seed China in round three of the 38th Chess Olympiad on Saturday. In the most closely watched game of the day, 17-year-old Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen — currently rated fourth in the world — played 21-year-old Wang Yue of China on board one.

Wang had the advantage in the endgame, but Carlsen held the draw.

The real hero for Norway was Kjetil Lie, who beat the much higher rated Bu Xiangzhi on board two.

The Norwegians drew higher-rated Chinese opponents on boards three and four.”

14:20

In other news, the good success of the Indonesian team against Kazakhstan is reflected in the Jakarta Post, “Indonesia’s women’s chess team battled to a 2-2 draw with favorites Kazakhstan with 14-year-old Dewi Citra playing the pivotal role in the second round of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, on Friday.

“Citra executed well the homework prepared by trainer Lasha Jangjagava,” team official Kristianus Liem said in a release.

Jangjagava of Georgia was hired to prepare team Indonesian for the Olympiad, which features 154 men’s and 114 women’s teams from 152 countries.

Citra, playing white, beat Guliskhan Nakhbayeva 2201 to 1802, despite having a lower world ranking than her opponent. Kazakhstan stole a point against Aigerim Rysbayeva and defeated Desi Rachmawati in a lengthy 74-move game.

The other two matches between the teams ended in draws. The matches drew Irene Kharisma Sukandar against Gulmira Dauletova and Evi Lindiawati against Maria Sergeeva. “

14:25

Jamaica news agencies are buzzing after mixed performance of their teams. “Against the stronger Ecuadorians, Jamaica played brilliantly to secure draws on boards 1, 3, and 4, but suffered a disappointing loss on Board 2 despite enjoying a clear advantage in the game.

On Board 1, FIDE Master Warren Elliott secured a draw with Grandmaster Carlos Matamoros. On Board 3, National Master Duane Rowe agreed to a draw with Mauro Aucay at move 45, and on Board 4, Jomo Pitterson dominated Bryan Macias who held the draw at move 49.

In the deciding Board 2 game, Jamaican Shane Matthews outplayed Plinio Pazos, but under severe time pressure, deviated from a clear winning line late in the game, and resigned at move 60.”

14:30

If you have media reports from your countries, feel free to send them to our contact form, we will make sure to cover as many countries as possible during our live reports.

14:30

Half an hour is left to the start of the round. All top guns have been aligned by the teams and rating diffrences in most matches are much smaller than the previous days. Kramnik, Topalov, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Adams, Shirov, Naiditsch, Nisipeanu, Leko, Kamsky, Radjabov, Van Wely, Caruana, Korchnoi, are ready to start in the open section. There will be a show as well in the women section with Harika, Hou Yifan, Maric, Zhukova, Cmilyte, Kosintseva, Muzychuk, Krush, etc. Stay tuned!

14:40

Our good friend Warheart from the Karjakin blog has interesting coverage of the Olympiad. Here is what he writes yesterday.
“Usually I obey to “no activity by Sergey = no post” but taking into account importance of this event I’ll write few lines.

Captain of Ukrainian team decided to give Sergey necessary rest.Today Ukrainian team faced Georgia, Jobava vs Ivanchuk, Eljanov vs Izoria, Mchedlishvili vs Efimenko and Volokitin against Arutinian.

Yesterday I wrote that Georgia crushed Ukraine.Organizers are having huge problems with publishing scores and relaying games.Official site has it’s own version of games which is not logical, no matter how you look it does not makes sence”

The case about the mistaken score has also been covered in our live coverage of day 3. After many theories and research, the conclusion seems to be that the official site mixed up both broadcasts in the middle of the games and later on they started broadcasting only one of the games to the two boards, giving the final wrong score. For a moment it was a celebration in both Georgia and Ukraine, but the team of Ivanchuk and Karjakin was the one to walk away with the victory.

As M.Plattner just informed us, the notation of Volokitin game is changed and can be seen here.

15:00

And the games have started! 1. e4 has been played in all games in Armenia – Ukraine. 1. d4 in all games in Russia – India.

15:07

CM Savva Panikos wins a game for Cyprus, as his opponent does not show up. On the same basis Chung Sunghoon gets a point for South Korea.

15:10

Carlsen and Adams have entered a well explored Queens Indian. On this match depends both teams medals ambition, so fighting chess is expected.

Kramnik and Sasikiran are going for the Slav defence, a well known field for the Russian player.

15:15

Nakamura and Mamedyarov have entered a very interesting and rare line of the Exchange Grunfeld. Istarescu choses a solid Petroff against Judith Polgar.

Gundavaa uses against Topalov one of his favorite lines of the Sicilian Najdorf.

15:30

Magnus Carlsen has a very good record against Michael Adams. This time the Norwegian prodigy has started well again and looks like he is going to have good chances in this game.

15:45

On the lower boards 9 teams in the men section without a team victory – Honduras, Namibia, Fiji, Gabon, Papua New Guinea, US Virgin Islands, Seychelles, Rwanda, and Madagascar. Even though they do not have a won match, they have scored game points.

In the women section only Pakistan and South Korea are without match points and they play each other today.

15:50

WFM Ahmed Sthepanie scores for Argentinian women team in what looks like a straight forward match against the Seychelles. More was expected from the Argentinian women team until now and they have to catch up in the next round.

16:00

GM Wesley So and GM Pappaioanou sign a quick draw on board 1 in Philippines – Greece. As there was no 3 moves repetition, either there was a mistake in the retransmission, or they have violated the 30 move no draw rule.

16:05

Belarus open against Tajikistan. GM Azarov – Khuseinov 1:0. Namibia are also up against the Seychelles.

16:10

The Romanian team chose very solid opening against Hungary and that will give problems to Polgar and company. Nisipeanu has material advantage against Leko, but it is not decisive yet and looks like Leko can hold a drawish position.

16:15

Kotronias with a solid advantage against Jayson may give Greece a full point against the Philippines. Greece has been performing quite well until now, they have drawn the strong teams of France and the USA. Philippines also had a strong match against China, but could not win it.

16:25

Topalov is calmly exploring a slight advantage and looking for ways to convert it into a victory. On the other boards Bulgaria looks solid and this match may be their retur for the fight in the top places. They will surely regret the first lost matches, but there are many more rounds to go.

16:45

As we commented earlier, GM Nisipeanu had a pawn advantage against GM Leko, but there was no direct way to a victory. They agreed on a draw after 31 moves. It will all be decided on the lower boards. In another top encounter Sasikiran also looks stable against Kramnik.

16:50

Malaysia and Slovakia sign a draw on board 2 after a 3 moves repetition. Good result for Lim Yee-Weng who managed to hold with black 200 ELO higher rated GM Jan Markos.

GM Iordachescu and GM Steingrimsson sign a draw in Moldova – Iceland.

17:15

carlsen

No orange juice for Carlsen today?

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Armenia and Ukraine attracted the media attention today

17:25

GM Efimenko – GM Sargissian draw! The Armenian player forces the draw after 35 moves.

Slovenia take the lead against New Zeland after GM Lenic defeats IM Dive Russell. New Zeland have had two easy wins against Macau and Ethiopia, but looks difficult to achieve something important today.

17:45

GM Mateusz Bartel wins logically against 600 ELO lower rate Robert Zerafa to give the lead to Poland against Malta. However, Octavio Croes (1980) has defeated GM Sveshnikov (2525) according to the official site. We will be checking this information for mistakes, as it seems quite unbelievable and will be the surprise of the day.

17:50

In the women section Paehtz and Harika make a friendly draw in the Germany – India derby. They shook hands on move 24 after a 3 move repetition.

WIM Joanna Majdan opened the score for Poland against Serbia with a victory over WGM Benderac. It seems Poland want to repeat their good performance from the European Team Chess Championship.

Israel win their match against Bosna and Hercegovina with victories by IM Klinova, WGM Bella Igla, and WFM Marsel Efroimski.

18:00

From what looked like a good position, GM Ivan Cheparinov is held to a draw by GM Hatanbaatar. Great result for the Mongolian player, while Cheparinov seems out of form.

We are also checking the transmission of this game (still working on Sveshnikov as well) as there might be a mistake in the final result and moves.

At the same time GM Dominguez Perez scores against GM Iturrizaga in the Cuba – Venezuela derby.

18:05

Vietnam win against Japan, despite the good draw of Kojima against GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.

GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 2567 – Kojima Shinya 2272 ½ : ½
GM Le Quang Liem 2583 – Uesugi Shinsaku 2222 1 : 0
CM Nguyen Van Huy 2422 – Sano Tomu 2111 *
GM Tu Hoang Thong 2496 – Noguchi Koji 2018 1 : 0

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Anna Rudolf preparing for her game against IM Lomineishvili

18:10

GM Fabiano Caruana wins against GM Korchnoi after imprecise play by the Swiss player. Leaving the king in the center made the game very difficult for him.

18:20

The derby Russia – India is still going on. Sasikiran missed several good chances to get a win against Kramnik. He is still better, but he is very low on time. Svidler lost to Harikrishna, while Morozevich won against Sandipan. It all depends now on Grischuk – Ganguly.

18:21

Sasikiran and Kramnik have just shook hands and it is a draw, India missed it there.

18:23

GM Vachier-Lagrave gets a full point for France against the Dominican Republic.

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France on the way to the victory

18:30

China take the lead against FYROM. GM Wang Hao – IM Colovic 1:0

18:35

GM Kamsky could not hold his position and resigned against Radjabov. That is 1:0 for Azerbaijan and they are back on track.

radjabov

Radjabov scores the first point for Azerbaijan

18:40

GM Topalov wins his game and GM Iotov finishies the match for Bulgaria. That is 4th consecutive victory for GM Iotov, currently the best player on board 4.

18:49

China destroy Armenia in the women section!

WGM Hou Yifan 2578 – IM Danielian Elina 2513 1 : 0

GM Zhao Xue 2518 – IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2443 *

WGM Shen Yang 2450 – WGM Aginian Nelly 2325 1 : 0

Tan Zhongyi 2395 – WIM Galojan Lilit 2305 1 : 0

18:55

Cuba are also strong against Denmark.

WIM Hansen Evgenia 2169 – WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza 2303 0 : 1

WFM De Blecourt Sandra 2078 – WGM Pina Vega Sulennis 2286 0 : 1

Fredericia Louise 2095 – WIM Linares Napoles Oleiny 2261 0 : 1

Treppendahl Trine 2049 – WIM Marrero Lopez Yaniet 2260 *

19:05

Bosnia and Hercegovina do not give a chance to Ireland

GM Baburin Alexander 2544 – GM Nikolic Predrag 2669 ½ : ½

IM Kelly Brian 2488 – GM Predojevic Borki 2615 *

IM Collins Sam E 2412 – GM Saric Ibro 2559 0 : 1

IM Heidenfeld Mark 2364 – IM Stojanovic Dalibor 2455 0 : 1

19:10

Grischuk will very soon close the game against Ganguly and that will be yet another victory for Russia. However, one more time it is not convincing and Kramnik had to struggle to draw with white.

19:25

In the men section India could not win, however, they were convincing in the women one.

IM Harika Dronavalli 2462 – IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471 ½ : ½

IM Tania Sachdev 2425 – IM Kachiani-Gersinska Ketino 2371 1:0

WGM Swathi Ghate 2320 – WGM Michna Marta 2399 ½ : ½

WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2298 – WFM Hoolt Sarah 2274 1:0

19:30

The opposite happens with Germany and they stun Spain in the open section.

GM Shirov Alexei 2726 – GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2678 0 : 1

GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2664 – GM Khenkin Igor 2647 ½ : ½

GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2604 – GM Fridman Daniel 2630 *

GM Khamrakulov Ibragim S 2580 – GM Baramidze David 2557 0 : 1

19:35

Holland wins, but Van Wely loses on board 1.

IM Ziska Helgi Dam 2416 – GM Van Wely Loek 2618 1 : 0

FM Olsen Heini 2376 – GM Stellwagen Daniel 2605 0 : 1

IM Rodgaard John 2383 – GM LAmi Erwin 2610 0 : 1

Andreasen Joan Hendrik 2179 – GM Werle Jan 2582 ½ : ½

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Not a good day for Shirov and Spain

19:43

Carlsen saves Norway after David Howell put them up a point early in the match. Final score 2:2.

GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 – GM Adams Michael 2734 1 : 0

GM Agdestein Simen 2588 – GM Short Nigel D 2642 ½ : ½

GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2545 – GM Howell David W L 2593 0 : 1

IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522 – GM Jones Gawain C B 2548 ½ : ½

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Chess Olympiad 2008 round 3 LIVE!

live news updates, photos, and details from Dresden

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12:45 CET

Welcome to the day 3 live coverage of the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad. Here you will find minute by minute updates on the events in Dresden, underlining important games, bringing you fresh photos from the playing hall, explaining you the new Olympiad rules, sharing interviews, news, and many more details.

Round 1: Results Open / Results Women / Live coverage and photos / Report and commented games

Round 2: Results Open / Results women / Live coverage and photos

Round 3: Pairings Open / Pairings women / Live coverage and photos

13:00 CET

We start with a news about Vishy Anand. He may not be at the Olympiad, but yet he is one more time magnet of media attention. India’s Largest Television Network Doordarshan will telecast a special documentary entitled “Viswanathan Anand – World Chess Champion” on its DD 1, DD Sports, DD News, DD Bharti and DD India Channels. Produced and Directed by Vijay Kumar, the special documentary will be shown first on Doordarshan’s National Channel DD 1 on Sunday the 16th November at 11.30 p.m (19:00 hrs European Time). Read more about the TV show

13:10 CET

A very interesting day awaits us at the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad. After 2 rounds of intensive matches Russia somehow does not convince they have a super team. At the same time Armenia and Azerbaidjan are cruising smoothly through the competition, while India is struggling, but yet winning. In total 20 teams have full match points in the open section, including Tajikistan, Faroe Islands, Japan, and El Salvador.

In the women section the team of Russia seems unstoppable. Even though Slovenia put up a nice fight yesterday, the Russians are very balanced and deservedly lead the competition. 14 teams have full match points, the surprises being Germany 2, Denmark, and Venezuela.

13:15 CET

The top board pairing in the open section is Russia – Cuba

GM Kramnik Vladimir 2772 - GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2719

GM Svidler Peter 2727 - GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2623

GM Morozevich Alexander 2787 - GM Quezada Perez Yuniesky 2580

GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 - GM Hernandez Carmenates Holden 2580

The Russian team keeps Kramnik on board 1 and substitutes Grischuk with Svidler. Morozevich is one more time a board up that the order list submitted, while the good performance of Jakovenko yesterday makes the Russian coach rely on him one more time today.

The Cuban media is praising the good start of the team. Here is what the Cuba news agency reports:


Cuban best player, Leinier Dominguez, 21st in the world ranking, and with a 2719 ELO, drew with black pieces his rival Kaido Kulaots (2,556) in a very long match that lasted 94 moves.

The same result was obtained by Cuban third player Yunieski Quesada in his match against Riho Liiva (2,460) that only lasted 7 and a half minutes.

Cuba’s victory was secure with the wins of Lazaro Bruzon and Holden Hernandez, both playing with white pieces, who defeated GM Meelis Kanep and IM Olav Sepp, respectively.

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Jakovenko and Morozevich might be key to today’s match

13:20 CET

Other top games in today’s round 3 of the open section of the Olympiad include:

GM Naiditsch – IM Mas Hafizulhelmi

GM Jobava - GM Ivanchuk

GM Wang Yue - GM Carlsen (top 10 players encounter!)

GM Van Wely - GM Radjabov

GM Peter Leko - GM David Navara

13:25 CET

In the women section Russia will meet the young team of India. The World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk will face the European Club Cup medalist IM Harika Dronavalli. In another interesting match, China vs Netherlands, the yound star Yifan Hou faces the experienced GM Peng Zhaoqin. More interesting games from round 3 include:

IM Tatiana Kosintseva – IM Tania Sachdev

WGM Sanchez Castillo – GM Hoang Thanh Trang

WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag – GM Lahno

WIM Solomons Anzel – WGM Rogule Laura

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13:45 CET

Indonesia is ver proud with the performance of their chess players as well. The Jakarta Post informs, “The Indonesian women’s chess team defeated Macau 4-0 in the opening round of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany on Thursday, but the men’s team went down 2.5-1.5 to Uzbekistan.

Irene Kharisma opened Indonesia’s winning streak with a victory over Nicole Rio da Silva. Evi Lindiawati added to the success by beating Enerlan Salvador, followed by Desi Rachmawati and Dewi Citra who beat Lee Wing and Mak Kit Shu respectively.

In the men’s division, Indonesia’s ace player Susanto Megaranto found 2004 world champion Rustam Kasimzhanov too strong to break and went down in his match. Indonesia evened the score at 1-1 after Irwanto Sadikin beat Dzhurabek Kharrakulov but Johanes Simbolon lost to Alexei Barsov. Tirta Chandra Purnama drew with Safrin Shukhrat in the fourth match.”

The Iranian press TV is on the opposite pole, as they report about the loss against France. “France has defeated the Iranian chess team in the men’s division at the 38th Chess Olympiad currently being held in Dresden, Germany.

The four-member Iranian squad lost 3-1 to France in its second encounter on Friday evening. Iran drew 2-2 against fifth-seed Hungary in its opening match on Thursday and will now face Mexico on Saturday.

In the women’s division, Iran was defeated 5-3 by Ukraine on the same day and is scheduled to clash with Botswana on Saturday.”

14:00 CET

One hour is left to the start of the round. Today the rule stating that players should be seated before the start of the round will be applied for the first time. Until now no forfeits have been given for that, but it is supposed to become as strict as the mobile phone rule.

14:15 CET

Today the long expectedappearance of two players will be a fact. The ex world champion GM Veselin Topalov will take board 1 for Bulgaria. They have a rather easy match against Nicaragua. Topalov will play against the 500 ELO lower rated IM Danilo Canda.

Bu Xingzhi will appear as well. He will be on board 2 for China in one of the most exciting matches of the day. China will meet Norway, two teams that definitely can hope for a medal at this competition.

GM Wang Yue 2736 - GM Carlsen Magnus 2786

GM Bu Xiangzhi 2714 - GM Lie Kjetil A 2526

GM Ni Hua 2710 - GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2545

GM Li Chao B 2622 - IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522

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14:30 CET

The Armenian radio is praising both Armenia and Azerbaijan on their performance up to now in the Olympics. “After two rounds at the Olympiad in Dresden 20 teams have four points each, with Azerbaijan and Armenia leading on tiebreak points.” reports the Public radio of Armenia.

Today Azerbaijan have a difficult game against the Netherlands, while Armenia meet Faroe Islands.

14:50 CET

10 minutes to the start of the games and the playing hall is full of people as usual. WIll USA be able to recover from the difficult start? Can Russia defeat the enthusiastic Cuba? Will we see a surprise on the top boards in the women section> It starts very soon, stay tuned!

15:05 CET

And the games have started!

15:07 CET

The first forfeit of the day is a fact. FM Hamperl wins against Ruzigura and Guernsey lead 1:0 against Rwanda.

Today the players seem more comfortable with the crowd and are moving faster in the opening.

15:10 CET

Howell Shamel also opens the score of Barbados against the Seychelles. These countries do not have chances for the top places, but they can be proud they participate in such large chess events.

15:15 CET

GM Topalov is back on board 1 for Bulgaria, while GM Georgiev is taking a rest day. Here is what GM Georgiev shared in an interview yesterday:

What happened yesterday when you lost to Germany’s team B inlcuding your defeat by Arik Braun?

I just played badly, after two hours I thought we would win by 3 or even 3,5 points but eventually the games toggled.

Are you still playing the Sicilian Dragon?

Yes, sometimes. Maybe once a year…

Did you play it already this year, can we expect a Dragon during the olympiad?

(Smiling) Maybe, I don’t know whether I played it already this year.

You played in German Bundesliga for a while.

Yes, for six years. I played for Bochum and Castrop-Rauxel from 1996 to 2002. I also play in team national championships in Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Austria and France. I am rather a team player than an individual chess player.

Do you rather like condensed national championships where you play all rounds during one week or stretched throughout the year?

I definitely prefer the condensed variation as you don’t have the hazzle with travelling all the time. That’s why I stopped playing in Bundesliga.

Is there a goal set by your federation? Yo probably have the strongest Bulgarian team ever headed by the world’s top ranked player Veselin Topalov?

There is no goal set, no pressure. But we will earn more money if we get a good rank in the final table.

15:20 CET

Kramnik and Dominguez Perez have blasted 10 fast moves, but the Cuban player seems surprised by the opening as he is taking more than 15 minutes on move 11.

Kramnik is playing Russian System against Dominguez’s Gruenfeld defence, Bruzon – Svidler is Ruy Lopez. Morozevich is playing very popular Capablanca system against Quezada’s Nimzo Indian, Hernandez and Jakovenko already exchanged Queens in the Slav opening.

15:40 CET

India is holding stable against Russia in the women section in the opening of the games. GM Stefanova is back for Bulgaria after yesterday her country did not perform well. Panama are the first ones to score in this section, taking the lead againsAfganistan 1:0.

15:45 CET

In one of the top games of today Van Wely and Radjabov have been constantly trying to find tactical blows. They have already blasted over 20 moves and the position is very peculiar – Van Wely has a wide open king and a bishop more for two queenside pawns of Radjabov.

15:50 CET

Norway and China prove to be one of the most interesting matches of the day. Wang Yue – Carlsen is Capablanca variation of the Nimzo Indian, but somewhat more active for Black, compared to Morozevich game. Agdestein sits out, so K.Lie takes up on the second board. He is playing relatively harmless line against Bu’s Caro-Kann. Black is already equal. Third board is Johannessen wrote a book on the Zaitsev variation of the Ruy Lopez, but he is now engaged in some sort of Anti-Marshall against Ni Hua as Black. Jon Ludvig Hammer is playing Anti-Gruenfeld against Li Chao. In the same line David Howell won quickly as Black the other day.

15:55 CET

Van Wely and Radjabov continue theoretical discussion in an extremely sharp line of the Kings Indian defence. Radjabov sacrificed a piece for two pawns and attack – Van Wely’s King is pushed back into the center of the board. Make sure to check out this game, interesting action is coming.

16:00 CET

Kramnik seems to know what he is doing. He has more time on the clock than when he started, and Dominguez Perez is obviously surprised. He is losing time on each move and is down to 40 minutes. Could this be the first win for Russia on board 1?

16:15 CET

IM Ismagambetov opens the score for Kazahstan against Jordan. Guernsey and Barbados close out their games with fast victories.

16:20 CET

Iran have an easy game against Botswana in the women section and WIM Pourkashiyan opens the score.

16:30 CET

Wang Yue and Carlsen are playing a balanced game. Although there is a lot more left in the position, lower boards will surely be vital for the outcome of the match.

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16:35 CET

Armenia open the score against Germany 2.This looks an easy match for the strong armenian team, after on board 1 IM Danielian Elina defeated Judith Fuchs.

In the open section Slovenia remove all the doubts and show they will not let Bolivia surprise them. GM Dusko Pavasovic – FM Campero 1:0

16:50 CET

GM Tkachiev and GM Mastrovasilis draw in the match France – Greece. After the surprising draw against Montenegro in round 1, France is trying to find its top form again. Full coverage about the French team at Chess and strategy and Pokemonchess

16:55 CET

FM El Debs Felipe De Cresce scores a full point for Brazil against Mauritius.

17:00 CET

GM Fabiano Caruana has just won a wild game against GMDe La Riva. Finally things look fine for Italy, who have been suffering a lot in the first rounds.

17:05 CET

Cheparinov makes it count for Bulgaria on board 2. Topalov does not seem to have problems in his game and very soon Bulgaria might get their first convincing victory.

17:15 CET

In an interesting game GM Judith Polgar draws with GM Viktor Laznicka. Surely there was more in the position, but they agreed to split the point on move 30.

GM Akopian does well on board 1 and wins against IM Ziska. Armenia will keep being top of the table, surely watching the performance of Russia, Azerbaijan, and the other top nations.

17:30 CET

GM Nisipeanu breaks the long run of draws and scores a full point against Kojima Shinya. Japan were doing great until now, but it looks Romania will walk away with an easy two match points.

GM Movsesian brings a full point for Slovakia as well.

17:45 CET

Imprecise play by GM Ivanhcuk gives Jobava a decisive advantage. Ivanchuk made a piece sacrifice right after the opening, however, there was no reasonable compensation. This can make the day of Ukraine difficult, as Georgia is doing fine on the other boards.

At the same time Topalov has comfortable advantage both in time and his position, while the youngsters fight between Li Chao and Jon Ludvig Hammer ends in a draw.

18:00 CET

Germany 1 is stronger than ever.GM Baramidze opens a decisive gap with a victory over IM Liew Chee-Meng-Jimmy and Germany 1 are set one more time to stay among the leaders.

18:15 CET

GM Gashimov and GM L’Ami draw their game. The result of the match very much depends on the theoretical battle between Radjabov and Van Wely on board 1.

India wins their match with victories by GM Geetha and GM Sandipan, and a draw by GM Harikrishna against a 300 ELO lower rated opponent.

18:20 CET

Tromso open official bid for the Chess Olympiad in 2014 and now have an official website. More information about the bid can be found here

18:25 CET

Iceland is leading against Panama 2:0 after victories by GM Stefansson and GM Danielsen

GM Le Quang Liem and CM Nguyen Van Huy give the victory of Vietnam against Luxembourg.

18:35 CET

A quick look at the women section gives us many matches that have quickly come to a decisive end.

Georgia – Israel 3:1

Armenia – Germany 2 2:0

Icaland – Slovenia 0:4

Spain – Albania 3,5:0,5

Italy – Puerto Rico 4:0

Cuba – Bolivia 3:0

Still no score in India – Russia though.

18:40 CET

Armenia end it fast against the Faroe Islands

GM Akopian Vladimir 2679 – IM Ziska Helgi Dam 2416 1 : 0

GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642 - FM Olsen Heini 2376 1 : 0

GM Petrosian Tigran L 2629 - IM Rodgaard John 2383 1 : 0

GM Minasian Artashes 2541 - Poulsen Martin 2281 1 : 0

18:55 CET

Hungary with superb performance against strong Czech Republic

GM Leko Peter 2747 – GM Navara David 2633 1 : 0

GM Polgar Judit 2711 - GM Laznicka Viktor 2591 ½ : ½

GM Almasi Zoltan 2663 - GM Babula Vlastimil 2608 1 : 0

GM Berkes Ferenc 2645 - GM Stocek Jiri 2578 1 : 0

19:00 CET

The PR manager of GM Topalov has just given an interview for Focus news agency. He says, “Yesterday was the deadline for the decision of the match, yet we still have no information about that. It is clear that Topalov has confirmed his participation, but has Kamsky done that? I guess we will know this later today or tomorrow. I hope FIDE understands that nothing can be expected from Ukraine”.

At the same time Topalov sealed his game against Nicaragua and Bulgaria is leading 3:0.

19:10 CET

Uganda is the first team to be disqualified at the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad, informs Susan Polgar. As reported earlier, the Chief Arbiter and the Organizer decided to only give warnings to players / teams which were late in the first two rounds. They clearly said that they will STRICTLY enforce this rule starting round 3 and they kept their word!

For more info check out the 14:00 CET update.

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Topalov and Cheparinov victorious for Bulgaria

19:25 CET

Georgia stun Ukraine! The surprise of the day!

GM Jobava Baadur 2664 – GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786 1 : 0

GM Izoria Zviad 2610 - GM Eljanov Pavel 2720 ½ : ½

GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2615 - GM Efimenko Zahar 2680 *

GM Arutinian David 2584 - GM Volokitin Andrei 2659 1 : 0

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Jobava and Izoria on the top boards of Georgia

19:35 CET

USA take convincing victory in the women section, despite the surprising loss on the last board.

IM Krush Irina 2452 – WFM Malikgulyewa Aykamar 2051 1 : 0

IM Zatonskih Anna 2440 - WFM Hallaeva Bahar 2119 1 : 0

WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2359 - Isaeva Aknyr 2063 1 : 0

WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2334 - Gozel Atabayeva 2020 0 : 1

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Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih lead USA to a victory

19:45 CET

Magnus Carlsen makes the day of Norway with a very difficult draw against Wang Yue. Norway wins and shows their ambition for medal!

GM Wang Yue 2736 – GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 ½ : ½

GM Bu Xiangzhi 2714 - GM Lie Kjetil A 2526 0 : 1

GM Ni Hua 2710 - GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2545 ½ : ½

GM Li Chao B 2622 - IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522 ½ : ½

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19:48 CET

India! India! India! The young team of India is on the way of bringing down Russia! It all started with Tania Sachdev winning against Kosintseva and WGM Swathi stunning IM Korbut. Now it is all up to Mohota.

GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2525 – IM Harika Dronavalli 2462 1 : 0

IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2513 - IM Tania Sachdev 2425 0 : 1

IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468 - WGM Mohota Nisha 2311 *

IM Korbut Ekaterina 2459 - WGM Swathi Ghate 2320 0 : 1

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19:55 CET

The Azerbaijan – Netherlands derby finishes peacefully after fierce fighting. Van Wely brings the point to Netherlands.

GM Van Wely Loek 2618 – GM Radjabov Teimour 2752 1 : 0

GM Smeets Jan 2604 - GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 ½ : ½

GM LAmi Erwin 2610 - GM Gashimov Vugar 2703 ½ : ½

GM Werle Jan 2582 - GM Huseynov Gadir 2650 0 : 1

19:57 CET

Time trouble in Kosintseva – Mohota! India have a drawn match in hand and can make it count. In the men section easy victory for India over El Salvador.

20:05 CET

Believe it or not, Monaco holds the Philippines! They surely were missingWesley So.

GM Efimov Igor 2442 – GM Villamayor Buenaventura 2468 1 : 0

FM Van Hoolandt Patrick 2231 - GM Gonzales Jayson 2469 0 : 1

Krulich Roman 2239 - IM Gomez John Paul 2519 1 : 0

Gentilleau Jean-Philippe 2158 - GM Laylo Darwin 2507 0 : 1

20:11 CET

Fresh from Dresden. In the third round of the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad, the U.S. team faces South Africa. On board 3, GM Shulman has made an official complaint about a clock situation. He made a move and pressed his clock. Unfortunately, his time was still running, informs GM Polgar.

When he discovered this glitch, he reported to the arbiter and the clock was replaced. But the same problem continued. Now he is asking to be moved to a different board because he believes that the board which connects to the clock is malfunctioned.

20:15 CET

GM Bacrot Etienne 2705 – GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2597 ½ : ½

GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716 - GM Kotronias Vasilios 2587 ½ : ½

GM Fressinet Laurent 2676 - GM Banikas Hristos 2572 ½ : ½

GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2664 - GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2572 ½ : ½

20:30 CET

Sweden wins against Lebanon 3:1, but Emanuel Berg has third loss in a row. Today it was against 300 ELO lower rate opponent. Sweden will probably give him a rest day tomorrow.

IM Haddouche stopped Serbia to a draw and their Olympic dream for a medal is over. They will need to do a lot better in the next rounds to enter the top places.

20:35 CET

Another big surprise in the women section! Greece lose to Indonesia.

IM Dembo Yelena 2446 – WIM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 2303 ½ : ½

WGM Botsari Anna-Maria 2308 - Lindiawati Evi 2121 0 : 1

WGM Makropoulou Marina 2265 - Dewi Aa Citra 1802 1 : 0

WIM Stiri Alexandra 2171 - Kadek Iin Dwijayanti 1859 0 : 1

20:45 CET

On the question from many readers: India – Russia in the women section was a draw after Nadezhda Kosintseva won against Nisha Mohota. Still a very good performance by India, surely the surprise of the day. Russia remain clear favorites though.

22:15 CET

Important update. The live transmission of the official site seems to have messed up Georgia vs Ukraine (special thanks to Dambi for notifying us). Official sources from Dresden confirm that the last game Arutinian – Volokitin was won by the Ukranian and Ukraine is the winner of the match. Stay tuned for more details, we are researching the case.

22:17 CET

This puts tomorrow on the top board Armenia vs Ukraine. Aronian is expected to be back on board 1 for a heavy match with Ivanchuk. Spain will face Germany, Russia will play with India.

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