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Armenia Lead Olympiad After 5 Rounds

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/1/12, 2:32 PM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgRound five of the 40th Olympiad saw the biggest clashes yet, with the top four seeds facing-off at the top of the standings.

Top seeds Russia beat 4th seeds Hungary 2½-1½, with a win from Alexander Grischuk against Zoltan Almasi being all that separated the teams.

The other big clash of the day was just as close, with Lev Aronian dispatching Vassily Ivanchuk in style to give third seeds Armenia a crucial 2½-1½ victory against second seeded Ukraine.

Russia and Armenia are now the only teams with 100% match records and they will meet in round six, when something has to give!

Azerbaijan thrashed Canada 3½-½ to move up the standings, and China beat Iran by the same score to stay in medal contention.  19th seeds Croatia put a dent in 8th seed French hopes with a 2½-1½ win.

Elsewhere England and India battled to a 2-2 draw, Germany were held to a draw by Montenegro, and the US team had to settle for a draw with the Czech Republic.

The top standings after 5 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Armenia 5 0 0 10 84.0 14.5
2 Russia 5 0 0 10 77.0 14.5
3 Azerbaijan 4 1 0 9 74.0 16.5
4 Croatia 4 1 0 9 61.5 13.0
5 China 4 0 1 8 77.0 14.5
6 Ukraine 4 0 1 8 77.0 14.0
7 Germany 3 2 0 8 75.5 14.0
8 India 3 2 0 8 74.0 14.0
9 USA 3 2 0 8 73.5 15.0
10 Hungary 4 0 1 8 71.5 13.0
11 Philippines 4 0 1 8 70.5 15.0
12 Czech Republic 3 2 0 8 67.5 14.0
13 England 3 2 0 8 65.5 13.0
14 Bulgaria 4 0 1 8 65.0 13.5
15 Spain 4 0 1 8 64.5 15.0
16 Montenegro 3 2 0 8 63.0 13.0
17 Bosnia & Herzegovina 3 2 0 8 61.5 13.5
18 Poland 4 0 1 8 59.5 14.5
19 Slovenia 4 0 1 8 59.0 12.0
20 Italy 4 0 1 8 56.0 14.5

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The ceremonial first move between Armenia and Ukraine

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Lev Aronian's victory against Vassily Ivanchuk won the match for Armenia

2012 Olympiad Lev Aronian rd5.jpg

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Russia beat Hungary 2½-1½ thanks to a win by Alexander Grischuk on board 2

2012 Olympiad Russia V  Hungary rd5.jpg

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Susan Polgar was in Istanbul to cheer on her little sister Judit

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In the women's competition, the two remaining teams with 100% match records, Russia and France, faced each other and Russia took a narrow but important victory 2½-1½ to lead the standings.

Russia will face their main rivals, the top seeds China in round six!

The women's standings after 5 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Russia 5 0 0 10 89.0 16.5
2 China 4 1 0 9 85.5 16.5
3 Serbia 4 1 0 9 75.5 16.0
4 Poland 4 1 0 9 75.5 15.5
5 Slovakia 4 1 0 9 68.0 13.0
6 Ukraine 3 2 0 8 76.0 14.0
7 Hungary 4 0 1 8 75.5 15.0
8 Georgia 3 2 0 8 74.0 16.0
9 France 4 0 1 8 70.0 16.0
10 Azerbaijan 4 0 1 8 69.0 15.5
11 Czech Republic 4 0 1 8 67.0 14.5
12 Spain 4 0 1 8 64.0 14.0
13 Philippines 4 0 1 8 58.5 14.5
14 Montenegro 4 0 1 8 53.0 14.0
15 Estonia 4 0 1 8 52.5 14.5
16 Vietnam 4 0 1 8 52.0 13.5
17 Greece 3 1 1 7 73.5 12.5
18 Latvia 3 1 1 7 69.5 14.0
19 Kazakhstan 3 1 1 7 66.5 14.5
20 Germany 3 1 1 7 66.5 13.5

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Valentina Gunina has struggled to find her form so far in Istanbul

2012 Olympiad Valentina Gunina rd5.jpg


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Nadezhda Kosintseva (centre frame) won on board 3 for Russia

2012 Olympiad Nadezhda Kosintseva  rd5.jpg

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Alexandra Kosteniuk won her game on board 4

2012 Olympiad Alexandra Kosteniuk rd5.jpg

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Tomorrow (Sunday) is a rest day at the Olympiad, which can only mean one thing...tonight is the legendary Bermuda party! Let's hope the hangovers have faded by Monday for round 6!

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  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    "Kramnik and Radjabov the best in the world"

    Kramnik hasn't won any of his games here, against opposition with an average Elo below 2700. He'll have to improve a bit to be placed ahead of Carlsen and Aronian. Radjabov has all wins this far but I think he also has a lot left to prove to be ranked first in the world.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ jason17 - Aronian seems to be generally well liked, but perhaps his sense of humour in interviews doesn't always translate very well! Smile

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Horrus01 - there isn't actually a separate men's competition because it's open to men and women, but since the best players in most countries are men, there are very few women good enough to make it onto their national team.

    The rules prevent men from playing in the separate women's event, but not women from playing in the main 'Open' event.

  • 2 years ago

    sessizguc

    Azerbaijan!

  • 2 years ago

    jason17

    @wellmanneredguy: I think in a sense that you are right in that people that are great at something should be allowed to say so. For the most part, my critique is based on ignorance and is only derived from photos, but mostly from one interview where he said that women were worse at chess because they could not conjure the will to participate well in a game needs the virtues of one who can bloody people up. BUT my memory is awful so I could be paraphrasing him unfairly. I'll try to find the interview, and if I do I'll post it here.

  • 2 years ago

    wellmanneredguy

    @jason17 Are you an Aronian hater? Actually Aronian is one of the most well mannered chess players out there, though I can also sense some "indirect cockiness" from his choice of words during interviews. Even though, he has the right to be somewhat "cocky" since he is actually one of the best chess players today, as long as he doesn't offend anyone. (haven't heard him say something negative to someone, maybe regarding Van Wely? hahaha).

  • 2 years ago

    Horrus011

    Thanks for your explanation there (jason17). If it was her demand, Chess Fed. had to say yes to that and that is fine with me.

  • 2 years ago

    jason17

    @Natalia: not to be a nitpicker, but if the tournament ended today the men of Russia would lose on tiebreaks. (Though I am cheering for them to pull ahead. I can't stand the smug disposition that wafts off of Lev Aronian. I hope Kramnik takes him down!).

    @Horrus: Judit is playing in the mens side of the tournament because her FIDE rating warrants it. I mean look, she tied Karjakin, an excellent player with ease and has proven time and time again that she can play against men in a meaningful way. She has also been quoted as saying that she does not have a desire to play in women's only events and simply prefers playing on the men's side.

  • 2 years ago

    Horrus011

    How come Judit Polgar is allowed to play for men when there is a comp for women as well? Should not she be playing for  women?

  • 2 years ago

    marklimpin

    i think philippines deserves to mention hereCoolEmbarassed

  • 2 years ago

    lumberjack123

    Radjabov extremly good in his end game against Canadian.move by knight very strong.

  • 2 years ago

    lumberjack123

    Kramnik and Radjabov the best in the world ,i believe they come to 2800 club.

  • 2 years ago

    ArmanS

    What about the tiebreaks, Natalia Pogonina?

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    People assume the topic is about the Open section.

  • 2 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    What a misleading title. Russia and Armenia are leading the open section. Russia is leading the women's section alone. Yet the post says that the leader is Armenia. Either say "Russia is leading both sections", or list all the three teams. Smile

  • 2 years ago

    vodkarov

    Great game by Grischuk: 4,5/5 so far. Impressive! Aronian and Radjabov are also doing a good job for their teams!

  • 2 years ago

    vodkarov

    There is a poll to vote in the most beautiful girl in the Olympiad: http://www.sodahead.com/entertainment/who-is-the-most-beautiful-woman-in-the-2012-world-chess-olympiad/question-3142187/

    Vote and help us to share the poll. The voting ends in september 10!

  • 2 years ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Awesome games!

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