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40th Olympiad Set For Close Finish

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/8/12, 2:00 AM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgThe 40th Chess Olympiad is set for a close finish in the final round on Sunday, with three teams sharing the lead with 17 match points - China, Armenia and Russia.

In the penultimate round on Friday, China just managed to beat the USA 2½-1½ thanks to Ding Liren winning a theoretically drawn ending with Alexander Onischuk.

Russia only just managed to beat Argentina by the same 2½-1½ scoreline after Sergey Karjakin won his game with Diego Flores.

Armenia were slightly more convincing against the Netherlands, winning by 3-1 including a victory by Lev Aronian against Anish Giri on top board.

Ukraine put paid to Azerbaijani medal hopes with a 2½-1½ victory thanks to a win by Ruslan Ponomariov, while Hungary's 4-0 thumping of Denmark keeps their own hopes alive.

The crucial last round pairings in the fight for medals are: China v Ukraine, Armenia v Hungary, Russia v Germany, USA v Poland.

The final round starts 4 hours earlier at 11:00 local time (08:00 UTC).

The top standings after 10 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 China 8 1 1 17 343.5 28.5
2 Armenia 8 1 1 17 336.5 26.5
3 Russia 8 1 1 17 321.5 25.5
4 Ukraine 8 0 2 16 292.5 26.5
5 Hungary 7 1 2 15 311.5 26.5
6 USA 6 3 1 15 307.0 27.5
7 Germany 6 3 1 15 282.0 25.0
8 Poland 7 1 2 15 259.0 26.0
9 Argentina 6 2 2 14 270.0 24.0
10 Uzbekistan 6 2 2 14 269.0 26.0
11 Philippines 6 2 2 14 268.0 25.0
12 Romania 7 0 3 14 257.5 26.0
13 Netherlands 7 0 3 14 252.0 26.0
14 Slovenia 6 2 2 14 249.5 22.5
15 Vietnam 5 4 1 14 246.5 26.0
16 Azerbaijan 5 3 2 13 289.0 26.5
17 Czech Republic 5 3 2 13 284.0 25.0
18 Cuba 6 1 3 13 281.0 28.0
19 Belarus 6 1 3 13 270.5 25.0
20 India 3 7 0 13 266.0 24.0

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China won their crucial encouter with the USA when Onischuk lost a drawn ending

2012 Olympiad China v USA rd10.JPG

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Nakamura tweeted: "The cruel and harsh reality of playing in a team chess event is that you are only as good as your teammates"

2012 Olympiad Hikaru Nakamura 2 rd10.jpg

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Russia had a narrow victory over Argentina...

2012 Olympiad Russia v Argentina rd10.JPG

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...thanks to Sergey Karjakin.

2012 Olympiad Sergey Karjakin rd10.jpg

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Armenia defeated the Netherlands 3-1

2012 Olympiad Armenia v Netherlands rd10.JPG

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Ruslan Ponomariov (centre) won for Ukraine

2012 Olympiad Ruslan Ponomariov rd10.jpg

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Hungary thrashed Denmark 4-0

2012 Olympiad Judit Polgar rd3.JPG

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In the women's competition China seemed to have the Gold medal all sewn up, but a shock draw against Kazakhstan allowed Russia to draw level on match points going into the final round.

The top women's standings:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 China 7 3 0 17 357.0 29.0
2 Russia 7 3 0 17 348.0 29.0
3 Ukraine 6 4 0 16 325.0 27.0
4 France 7 1 2 15 294.0 27.5
5 Kazakhstan 6 3 1 15 281.0 27.0
6 Germany 7 1 2 15 277.5 26.5
7 India 7 1 2 15 277.5 25.5
8 Poland 6 2 2 14 282.0 26.0
9 Bulgaria 6 2 2 14 260.0 26.0
10 Armenia 7 0 3 14 259.5 24.0
11 Uzbekistan 6 2 2 14 259.0 24.0
12 Romania 7 0 3 14 253.5 26.0
13 Peru 6 2 2 14 229.5 24.5
14 Georgia 5 3 2 13 280.5 26.0
15 Israel 6 1 3 13 264.0 25.5
16 Iran 6 1 3 13 261.0 27.5
17 USA 5 3 2 13 260.5 26.5
18 Azerbaijan 6 1 3 13 258.5 24.5
19 Spain 6 1 3 13 251.0 24.0
20 Belarus 5 3 2 13 245.5 26.0

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China were held to a suprise draw by Kazakhstan

2012 Olympiad China women 3 rd10.JPG

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Chess.com will have live coverage of the final round at www.chess.com/tv.

Official website here.  Full results and standings here.  Photos from the official website. Games from the official website. All the games can be replayed at the live games page.

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  • 23 months ago

    Elubas

    It could have been even a laughing sort of attitude, like, hehe, that's just how the system works, with a smiley face attached to it like this: Smile. That's the way I thought of it, but then I look at statements like that in very broad and general ways.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    Elubas:  What you're saying is technically right, but the timing of the statement is usually interpreted to be a strong mirror of one's intentions.

    If he had said this prior to the Olympiad, or perhaps 5 months from now, it can be argued that the likelihood of either interpretation is equal, so one needs more information in order to know.  But if he makes a statement minutes (!) after a crucial (albeit unfortunate) loss by a teammate, it's hard to really imagine any other sensible interpretation besides what most people took it to mean.  And if he truly had the more liberal interpretation in mind, he would have been best advised to simply shut his mouth for a bit of time, to disassociate the meaning from the timing.  It's called good communication skills and it requires tactfulness.

  • 2 years ago

    Elubas

    "What Nakamura wrote can't really be misinterpreted."

    For example: one way you can interpret it is that it makes logical sense -- if you win your game and everyone loses their game, your team will still not do well -- you don't have to be frustrated to say that; in fact, you could even say it in a happy mood. Even as someone who isn't playing in a team, I might make a statement like that.

    On the other hand, you could assume he means "you guys are playing badly and I'm mad at you," and yet, the interpretation above is pretty valid too. Sure, he could have meant that, but whether he did or not, and second, how strongly he meant it, is totally up for speculation. It is certainly not fair to act as if you know exactly his intentions when he made that statement, for a statement so narrow.

  • 2 years ago

    ferdinandplebie

    diomed1.in wang vs.nakamura if 25.Ke2... black has 25. ...Bb4 is my opinion

  • 2 years ago

    ferdinandplebie

    pawngenius that's a very good comment!see nakamura??how you brag yourself you will be dragged down!i would not blame you if you just give advice to onischuk or just caution him if he's not concentrating on his game.

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    NAkamura lost today. He is lucky that he can be only as good as his teammates who won.

  • 2 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Ray Robson, ftw!

  • 2 years ago

    pefalcon

    Armenia is the champion ! congratulations !!!

  • 2 years ago

    C0ldSh0ckW1z

    Those of you who are criticizing Nakamura and assuming that he is criticizing Onischuk should be looking at his twitter activity, he's repeatedly stated to people like you that he meant it as a general statement, and that he and Onischuk have had a long run as teammates which included 2 bronze medals, even called him "one of our key members".

    Someone else on twitter turned it around on him saying that his teammates are only as good as he is, and Nakamura accepted that full-heartedly as well.

  • 2 years ago

    basdirks

    For those who insist it was a "general comment", take your heads out of your asses and try a teamsport some day.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    I wonder if the US team captain considered taking Nakamura out of the team for these comments.

    If I were the team captain, I'd do it, after which he can be reinstated only if: (a) the individuals on the team all agree to it; and (b) he expresses sincere apologies and commits to never again say anything like that.

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    What Nakamura wrote can't really be misinterpreted. Just after Onischuk lost he tweeted his bitter comment about how cruel it is that you're just as good as your teammates. Can't be fun to play with a guy like that in the team. Hard to imagine for example Karjakin saying something like that after Kramnik and Grischuk lost against USA.

  • 2 years ago

    Sahasrara

    Did not like what Naka said. In other words, "Yeah, don't blame me my team sucks..." China probably has this in the bag, although Ukraine does have a chance at beating them. 

  • 2 years ago

    Elubas

    Perhaps Naka is just making a general point. I don't think anyone would disagree that you are only as good as your teammates. He said something that is true; it's unfair to add on all these implications to this small thing he said. If I was on his team I wouldn't take offense to that -- if I lost a game, then indeed, Naka (or whoever is on your team) might not end up being rewarded for his good results, which can be frustrating.

    @valentin: I could argue that it's more likely the people who choose to misconstrue the comment that are at fault. Of course, yes, maybe it's wise to be cautious with what you say, as even when something is construed incorrectly, it still hurts your reputation.

  • 2 years ago

    diomed1

      In the Wang vs Nakamura game why doesn't Wang play 25 Ke2?

      Thanks for the great article SonofPearl.

  • 2 years ago

    Skeleize

    Nakamura is just bragging, and that's not good sportmanship in team events like this.

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    It is not that Nakamura has been let down by his teammates, it is the other way round.

  • 2 years ago

    k1va

    Poor Onishuck ... he looks around the room too much for pretty girls. He's got to concentrate on the board more.

    Nakamura is a rising player who will win the World Championship ... he has just got to learn to keep his mouth shut.

  • 2 years ago

    ZaaaFaaaaa

    Nakamura speaks his mind. Let him be.

  • 2 years ago

    FM gauranga

    I agree with you SerbianChessStar

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