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2012 Chess Olympiad Underway

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/28/12, 2:02 PM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgThe 40th Chess Olympiad got underway today in Instanbul, with the usual first round of organised chaos, technical glitches and one-sided contests for the heavyweight teams against weaker opposition.

The individual board pairings always spring an upset or two, and the biggest individual shock of the first round was Sergey Movsesian's loss on board 1 for 3rd seeds Armenia against Osvaldo Zambrana (Elo 2471) of 80th seeded Bolivia.  However, Armenia won on the other boards to take a 3-1 match victory.

Ukraine started their campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win against Iraq, and the US achieved the same perfect score against Jordan.

Wang Yue dropped half a point to Stanley Chumfwa (Elo 2347) in China's 3½-½ victory over Zambia, while Loek van Wely was another high profile casualty, losing to Tze-Meng Mok (Elo 2354) as the Netherlands eked out a narrow 2½-1½ win against Malaysia.

The official coverage is still getting its act together, but the results on the live games page are hopefully reasonably accurate.  Unfortunately, no PGN files of the games seem to have emerged just yet! [UPDATE: GAMES NOW ADDED]

Alexander Grischuk (left) helped Russia to a 3½-½ win against the Dominican Republic

2012 Olympiad Alexander Grischuk rd1.JPG

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Judit Polgar won her game as Hungary beat Kyrgyzstan 3-1

2012 Olympiad Judit Polgar rd1.JPG

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The Russian women's team thrashed Bolivia 4-0 to start their Olympiad campaign

2012 Olympiad Russian Women rd1.JPG

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Gata Kamsky and Irina Krush both won as both US teams started with 4-0 victories

2012 Olympiad Gata Kamsky Irina Krush rd1 by Tony Rich.JPG

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Photos from the official website's photo page, except for Kamsky and Krush by Tony Rich for the CCSCSL.

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  • 2 years ago

    joey0094

    Mabuhay Pilipinas!

  • 2 years ago

    bazias

    Round 2: Romania-Austria 2.5-1.5 (Male);Romania-Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 (Female) Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    caminanteno

    Andrei-Polgar 18 Qxf7+ KxQ

                         19 Ng5+Kg8

                         20 Bxe6+Qxe6

                         21   Nxe6 .....

  • 2 years ago

    adwait1234567890

    hey natalia why did jkhader sami take knight with queen

  • 2 years ago

    Imismasher

    Go Polgar! Good luck to a girl who makes men sweat at the chessboard. Hajrá!

  • 2 years ago

    Nipas

    LITHUANIA!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Outstanding win by Osvaldo Zambrana! Go Judit!

  • 2 years ago

    bazias

    Good luck Romania!!! 3.5-0.5 with Syria (Male) and 3.5-0.5 with Luxembourg (Female) in First Round, follow in Second Round Romania-Austria (Male) and Romania-Azerbaijan (Female).Smile

  • 2 years ago

    rgCOCA

    good luck Pilipinas! 

  • 2 years ago

    tubbo

    Go Poland !!!

  • 2 years ago

    nf6_tony

    good luck Philippine team...

  • 2 years ago

    gahmed

    it is good that we have a Sudanese team that is participating and scores 1.5 points.

  • 2 years ago

    jelo-amie

    Go Philippines! Hope we can get back to the top ten...

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ sclukey - the games weren't available when I first wrote the report, but I've added them now.

  • 2 years ago

    ebham33

    4-0 iran wins first round :d

  • 2 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    10 more rounds ahead Wink

  • 2 years ago

    GM_Joji23

    wow... this olypiad is far amaizing.. since my country man emojong beat a GM in the opening round...  Uganda oyee....

  • 2 years ago

    yarema83

    Nice draw Stanley Chumfwa....

    LEts go Zambian team!!!

  • 2 years ago

    antonybw

    Team Botswana Played 1-3 againts Argentina, our Board 1 CMOatlhotse Providence 2267 beat GM Peralta, Fernando2606. 

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    Well, other traditionally very strong teams had a really tough time too in this first round:

    - Israel barely won 2.5-1.5, with Sutovsky losing with white on board 1 against a player rated 300 ELO points lower, while Rodshtein could only manage a draw on board 2 against a player 300 points lower.  Only their 3rd and 4th board saved the match.

    - Bulgaria barely won 2.5-1.5, with three draws on the lower boards against players 300-400 ELO points lower, and only GM Kirill Georgiev won on board 1 for the match victory.

    - etc.

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