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Armenia Win The 40th Olympiad!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/9/12, 10:40 AM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgAn exciting finish to the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul saw Armenia emerge as winners on tie-breaks after winning their final match with Hungary 2½-1½.

Sergei Movsesian got the single vital decisive game for Armenia to take a match victory and the Gold medal.

Top seeds Russia had to settle for a Silver medal despite a strong finish, beating Germany 3-1 in their final match.

Ukraine took the Bronze medal thanks to a final round 3-1 victory against China, who therefore finish just outside the medals in fourth.

The USA took fifth place by finishing with a 2½-1½ victory against Poland.

The top standings in the Open competition:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Armenia 9 1 1 19 397.0 29.0
2 Russia 9 1 1 19 388.5 28.5
3 Ukraine 9 0 2 18 363.0 29.5
4 China 8 1 2 17 390.5 29.5
5 USA 7 3 1 17 361.0 30.0
6 Netherlands 8 0 3 16 329.0 29.0
7 Vietnam 6 4 1 16 313.5 29.0
8 Romania 8 0 3 16 310.0 29.0
9 Hungary 7 1 3 15 368.0 28.0
10 Azerbaijan 6 3 2 15 344.0 29.0
11 Cuba 7 1 3 15 338.5 30.5
12 Germany 6 3 2 15 334.5 26.0
13 Poland 7 1 3 15 313.5 27.5
14 Serbia 6 3 2 15 307.0 28.5
15 Italy 7 1 3 15 306.0 28.0
16 Sweden 7 1 3 15 303.5 28.0
17 England 6 3 2 15 300.5 26.0
18 Denmark 7 1 3 15 270.5 27.0
19 Moldova 6 2 3 14 348.5 29.5
20 Bulgaria 7 0 4 14 321.5 28.0

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Lev Aronian won the individual Gold medal for his board 1 performance

2012 Olympiad Lev Aronian rd11.jpg

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Sergei Movsesian got the vital last-round win

2012 Olympiad Sergey Movsesian rd11.jpg

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Vladimir Akopian won a Silver medal for his performance on board 3 for Armenia

2012 Olympiad Vladimir Akopian rd11.jpg

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Gabriel Sargissian - board 4 for the winners Armenia

2012 Olympiad Gabriel Sargissian 2 rd11.jpg

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Sergey Karjakin took an individual Bronze medal on board 3 for Russia

2012 Olympiad Sergey Karjakin rd11.jpg

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Ukraine beat China 3-1 to earn Bronze and deny China a medal

2012 Olympiad China v Ukraine rd11.jpg

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Hikaru Nakamura finished with his only loss of the Olympiad

2012 Olympiad Hikaru Nakamura rd11.jpg

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Gata Kamsky won a board 2 individual Bronze medal

2012 Olympiad Gata Kamsky rd11.jpg

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All the Open individual board medals:

Board 1
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Aronian Levon  2816 Armenia 70.0 2700 7.0
2 Wojtaszek Radoslaw  2717 Poland 75.0 2651 7.5
3 Radjabov Teimour  2788 Azerbaijan 72.2 2647 6.5
Board 2
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Navara David  2691 Czech Republic 86.4 2560 9.5
2 Filippov Anton  2617 Uzbekistan 81.3 2569 6.5
3 Kamsky Gata  2746 USA 77.3 2585 8.5
Board 3
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  2729 Azerbaijan 85.0 2584 8.5
2 Akopian Vladimir  2687 Armenia 75.0 2610 7.5
3 Karjakin Sergey  2785 Russia 70.0 2635 7.0
Board 4
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Tkachiev Vladislav  2644 France 81.3 2499 6.5
2 Gupta Abhijeet  2637 India 77.8 2526 7.0
3 Fridman Daniel  2653 Germany 70.0 2573 7.0
Board 5
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Jakovenko Dmitry  2722 Russia 77.8 2563 7.0
2 Macieja Bartlomiej  2594 Poland 72.2 2546 6.5
3 Shanava Konstantine  2569 Georgia 75.0 2486 6.0

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There was a dramatic finish in the women's section with Russia thrashing Kazakhstan 4-0 to claim the Gold medal at the last gasp.  China had to settle for silver despite winning their final match with Bulgaria 2½-1½. Ukraine took the Bronze.

The final standings in the women's competition:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Russia 8 3 0 19 450.0 33.0
2 China 8 3 0 19 416.0 31.5
3 Ukraine 7 4 0 18 408.5 30.5
4 India 8 1 2 17 336.0 28.0
5 Romania 8 0 3 16 313.5 28.5
6 Armenia 8 0 3 16 313.0 26.5
7 France 7 1 3 15 347.5 29.0
8 Georgia 6 3 2 15 344.0 28.5
9 Iran 7 1 3 15 339.0 31.0
10 USA 6 3 2 15 326.0 29.5
11 Germany 7 1 3 15 316.0 27.0
12 Kazakhstan 6 3 2 15 309.0 27.0
13 Mongolia 7 1 3 15 308.0 28.0
14 Belarus 6 3 2 15 292.0 28.5
15 Poland 6 2 3 14 336.5 27.5
16 Bulgaria 6 2 3 14 316.5 27.5
17 Hungary 6 2 3 14 303.0 27.5
18 Latvia 6 2 3 14 296.5 28.0
19 Cuba 5 4 2 14 286.0 25.5
20 Netherlands 6 2 3 14 285.5 27.0

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The Russian women caught and surpassed China by beating Kazakhstan 4-0

2012 Olympiad Russian women rd11.JPG

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China's 2½-1½ victory against Bulgaria was only good enough for a Silver medal

2012 Olympiad China v Bulgaria rd11.jpg

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The individual women's medals:

Board 1
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Hou Yifan  2599 China 72.2 2479 6.5
2 Dzagnidze Nana  2547 Georgia 75.0 2432 6.0
3 Lahno Kateryna  2542 Ukraine 70.0 2459 7.0
Board 2
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Zhao Xue  2549 China 80.0 2334 8.0
2 Muzychuk Mariya  2466 Ukraine 66.7 2401 6.0
3 Yildiz Betul Cemre  2341 Turkey 86.4 2193 9.5
Board 3
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Kosintseva Nadezhda  2524 Russia 88.9 2342 8.0
2 Zawadzka Jolanta  2377 Poland 81.8 2276 9.0
3 Sachdev Tania  2379 India 81.8 2260 9.0
Board 4
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Huang Qian  2449 China 80.0 2307 8.0
2 Collas Silvia  2261 France 83.3 2196 7.5
3 Kosteniuk Alexandra  2489 Russia 77.8 2248 7.0
Board 5
# Name Elo Team % Av Elo Pts
1 Pogonina Natalija  2448 Russia 81.3 2236 6.5
2 Castrillon Gomez Melissa  2181 Colombia 87.5 2043 7.0
3 Davletbayeva Madina  2165 Kazakhstan 72.2 2191 6.5

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Russia also won the Gaprindashvili Cup, which is awarded for the best overall performance when the Open and Women's sections are combined.

# Team MP S-B BP
1 Russia 38 838.5 61.5
2 China 36 806.5 61.0
3 Ukraine 36 771.5 60.0
4 Armenia 35 710.0 55.5
5 USA 32 687.0 59.5
6 Romania 32 623.5 57.5
7 Germany 30 650.5 53.0
8 India 30 645.5 53.5
9 Netherlands 30 614.5 56.0
10 Hungary 29 671.0 55.5

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Olympiad Open team medallists since the break-up of the Soviet Union (via Wikipedia):

Year Venue Gold Silver Bronze
1992 Manila, Philippines  Russia Uzbekistan Armenia
1994 Moscow, Russia  Russia Bosnia & Herzegovina Russia II
1996 Yerevan, Armenia  Russia Ukraine United States
1998 Elista, Russia  Russia United States Ukraine
2000 Istanbul, Turkey  Russia Germany Ukraine
2002 Bled, Slovenia  Russia Hungary Armenia
2004 Calviá, Spain  Ukraine Russia Armenia
2006 Turin, Italy  Armenia China United States
2008 Dresden, Germany  Armenia Israel United States
2010 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia  Ukraine Russia Israel
2012 Istanbul, Turkey  Armenia Russia Ukraine

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Congratulations to all the medallists, and all the chess players from around the world who competed for their country at the 40th chess Olympiad in Istanbul.  Next stop, Tromsø, Norway in 2014!

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The official website can be found here.  The full results and standings are here.  Photos and games are from the official website.

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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    netzach

    Congratulations to Armenia! and to Russia for winning the women's section. Also to all the individual gold-medalists.

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    Pogonina should have kept her mouth shut. She would have turned out to be a more gracious medal winner.

  • 2 years ago

    shsalman

    well job by all!! i enjoyed all games :D

  • 2 years ago

    ferdinandplebie

    job well done team philippines!you're still the best!

  • 2 years ago

    gregdocot

    And thank you, Son of Pearl, in keeping us updated on the biggest chess event. As always, good job. Take care for you are our knowledge in the chess world.

  • 2 years ago

    gregdocot

    Congratulations to Team Armenia for winning the 40th Chess Olympiad and also to the host nation, Turkey, for holding a successful event. Armenia deserves to be the champion. Job well done - Armenia and Turkey.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    chapablanca2000:  If you use the percentages only, then the board winners will sometimes be players who are decent (but not great) and whose teams are total newbies, because they'll keep winning on their board while their team will keep losing the match, and so weaker and weaker opponents will show up and be wiped out by the board winner.  Who cares about players that win 11/11 against opposition rated 2200.

    Aronian's opposition rated 2700 on average, somewhat higher than Wojtaszek's, and this is the reason why his performance rating was higher (there's an accepted formula for computing these things) and why he is deemed the stronger player to win the medal on his board.  But of course credit goes to Wojtaszek as well for a brilliant performance!

  • 2 years ago

    levhov

    this is amazing....
    Armenia won their third Gold medal out of the last four Olympiads
    Armenia won their third Gold medal out of the last four Olympiads
    Armenia won their third Gold medal out of the last four Olympiads

    FIDE, do something, stop Armenia from winning another Olympiad! Even chess Federation needs it, o/w no "investors" are attracted and even News Agencies are not interested in covering such frustrating situation: little tiny smart Armenia is keep winning everyone around.

    A few tips:
    you can change the scoring system (e.g. do not give any scores for continuous 5-6 knockout wins), or you can glue their pieces on boards (say, Aronian's rook; bishops for Akopian and Movsesian etc.)... or you can stop them, if you prevent them from playing altogether, e.g. you can hold Olympiad somewhere on Mars, or Baku...

  • 2 years ago

    Draconis

    How very sweet for Armenia to win the Olympiad in Turkey. I agree completely with pfren's comments below. I was also among the 8% or so who predicted an Armenian win in the Chess.com survey. Aronian is a truly great player.

    Thanks Gata and Hikaru and the rest of the Americans for a great effort!

  • 2 years ago

    chapablanca2000

    Ah. On the official website, board performances are ranked by performance  rating. Haven't medals been awarded based on points or winning percentage in the past? I'm not sure I like this new basis. 

  • 2 years ago

    chapablanca2000

    How are the individual medal standings determined? Aronian scored fewer points and had a lower winning percentage than Radoslaw, yet he won a gold medal on board 1. 

  • 2 years ago

    ltimath

    Total domination. 3 out of the last 4 olympics.

  • 2 years ago

    Tyeee

    Just think....if Onischuck draws rd 10(he had an easy one) and Nakamura draws in rd 11

    USA gets 3rd. If Naka wins rd 11 USA...WINS !

     Wow ... close but no cigar !

  • 2 years ago

    ArmanS

    @chessaccount786 That's cool man! :D

  • 2 years ago

    chessaccount786

    @ildolphino

    Natalia also said the following:

    "Now in the Open section it's a tie for first between Russia and Armenia."


    Its still a tie for first between Russia and Armenia after 11 rounds but Armenia win because of better SB. Guess SB count for something after all. :p

    Hahaha..hahaha.... :p

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    I can't believe I actually predicted something (on record) correctly Tongue out

    Congrats to Armenia and too bad for USA...

    Danny

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    Thanks for all the kind comments about my Olympiad articles.  It was hard work, but fun! Cool

  • 2 years ago

    ildolphino

    @chessaccount786  In my opinion, Natalia made a valid point when nuancing the title. On the other hand, Sonofpearl did a splendid job, thanks!

  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    Interesting news! 

  • 2 years ago

    chessaccount786

    This was the title of article covering the olympiad after 5 rounds:

     

    Armenia Lead Olympiad After 5 Rounds

    Now I want you to go through the following posts:

    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

    SonofPearl

    @ Natalia - I don't think the title is misleading.  There is limited space available for the article title, so I am mostly using it to refer to the leaders in the Open competition.  Currently that's Armenia on tie-breaks from Russia.

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Now in the Open section it's a tie for first between Russia and Armenia. In the women's section Russia is in sole lead. In the best nation competition Russia is also in sole lead. Yet the article says that Armenia is leading the whole event because they have what...a better SB in the Open section? Well, ok. Let's hope you will be able to copy the final standings after r11 correctly, Son of Pearl. That is more important.

    chessaccount786

    I quote Natalia "...Yet the article says that Armenia is leading the whole event because they have what...a better SB in the Open section? Well, ok. Let's hope you will be able to copy the final standings after r11 correctly, Son of Pearl. That is more important."

    @Natalia: You are a WGM and yet you are trying to imply that SB counts for nothing in deciding tournaments leader in the event of a tie in scores.

    And after completion of Olympiad the title today is...

    Armenia Win The 40th Olympiad!

    And Armenia won it because of what?.....Yes by virtue of a better SB in the open section as both Russia and Armenia were tied on points.

    Guess Natalia Pogonina would have something to say about it but like...who cares!

    Guess who had the last laugh! (Hahaha...hahaha...:p)

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