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Russia Extend Their Olympiad Lead

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/5/12, 1:25 PM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgThere are still three rounds remaining at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, but Russia are well placed to take the Gold medal for the first time in a decade.

Russia faced defending champions Ukraine in the eighth round, and a win by Sergey Karjakin on board three was enough to take the match 2½-1½.

China and Azerbaijan are still in the hunt for medals, but neither side could win their encounter despite two decisive games.  Meanwhile Armenia recovered from their loss to China yesterday by beating Uzbekistan 3-1.

The USA continued their progress up the standings, with a 3-1 victory against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Philippines continued their dream tournament by beating a higher-rated England team 3-1.

A Peter Leko's blunder on top board for Hungary cost them dearly, handing Germany a 2½-1½ victory in their encounter.

The American team's reward for their victory today is to face Russia in round nine tomorrow!  The Philippines will take on China, and Armenia face Germany.

The top standings after eight rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Russia 7 1 0 15 207.5 21.5
2 China 6 1 1 13 206.5 22.5
3 Armenia 6 1 1 13 206.0 21.0
4 USA 5 3 0 13 201.5 23.5
5 Germany 5 3 0 13 183.5 21.0
6 Philippines 6 1 1 13 179.0 22.5
7 Azerbaijan 5 2 1 12 192.0 23.0
8 Ukraine 6 0 2 12 187.0 21.0
9 Netherlands 6 0 2 12 168.5 22.0
10 France 5 2 1 12 165.0 20.5
11 Israel 5 2 1 12 163.5 20.0
12 Argentina 5 2 1 12 158.5 20.0
13 Poland 6 0 2 12 153.0 21.0
14 Hungary 5 1 2 11 185.5 19.5
15 India 3 5 0 11 178.0 20.0
16 Georgia 5 1 2 11 171.5 21.5
17 England 4 3 1 11 166.0 18.5
18 Uzbekistan 5 1 2 11 163.0 21.0
19 Czech Republic 4 3 1 11 163.0 20.0
20 Serbia 4 3 1 11 160.5 21.5

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Andrew Paulsen, responsible for the commercial development of chess, gave an interview in Istanbul.

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Vladimir Kramnik asks for 1.Nf3 as his ceremonial first move

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Lev Aronian only drew with Rustam Kasimdzhanov, but Armenia beat Uzbekistan 3-1

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Gata Kamsky helped the US team to a 3-1 victory against the FYROM

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The Philippines defeated England by a score of 3-1

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Peter Leko's slip cost Hungary the match against Germany 2½-1½

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In the women's competition, China took a big step towards winning the Gold medal with a 3-1 victory against Poland, while Russia let Ukraine slip off the hook for a draw.

The top women's standings after 8 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 China 6 2 0 14 228.0 24.0
2 Russia 5 3 0 13 209.5 22.5
3 France 6 1 1 13 199.5 24.0
4 India 6 1 1 13 174.5 21.0
5 Uzbekistan 6 1 1 13 171.5 20.5
6 Ukraine 4 4 0 12 209.0 21.5
7 USA 5 2 1 12 193.5 23.5
8 Poland 5 2 1 12 182.0 22.0
9 Kazakhstan 5 2 1 12 177.5 22.5
10 Armenia 6 0 2 12 176.0 20.5
11 Bulgaria 5 2 1 12 172.0 21.5
12 Georgia 4 3 1 11 182.0 22.0
13 Israel 5 1 2 11 177.5 22.0
14 Serbia 4 3 1 11 176.5 20.5
15 Hungary 5 1 2 11 174.0 21.0
16 Vietnam 5 1 2 11 170.0 20.0
17 Iran 5 1 2 11 169.5 23.0
18 Slovenia 3 5 0 11 168.0 19.5
19 Azerbaijan 5 1 2 11 166.5 20.5
20 Germany 5 1 2 11 159.0 21.0

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Kateryna Lahno escaped with an amazing draw

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Tatiana Kosintseva tried in vain to rescue the win with K+R v K+B (screenshot from the live coverage)

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Look out for live coverage on www.chess.com/tv (scroll down on that page to check the schedule for times).

Official website here.  Full results and standings here.  Photos from the official website. Open games from TWIC, women's games from the official website. All the games can be replayed at the live games page.

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  • 2 years ago

    ClavierCavalier

    How strange.  If Lahno had darker skin and more well endowed, she'd look just an Italian woman I was in a relationship for over a year and a half.  How does an Italian and an Ukranian look so similar?

    Nice chess games.  I'll have to take a closer look at these!

  • 2 years ago

    HyperDragon

    I think all the teams should have matching uniforms like China!!

    I would almost hope China wins just cause they look so professional lol

  • 2 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Nakamura and Kamsky came through BIG TIME to bring down the leading team, Russia!

    POW!

  • 2 years ago

    C0ldSh0ckW1z

    USA 2.5-1.5 RUS, this just got a lot more interesting!

  • 2 years ago

    wik8

    great to see nigel short lose a game, i wonder if his ego can handle it...  well done philippines!

  • 2 years ago

    ferdinandplebie

    amazing our team were defeating the giants.congrats GM torre for beating nigel short,he's prowess became short to your caculations.congrats dimakiling and to wesley so your amazing even the world's top GM's can not beat you

  • 2 years ago

    WalangAlam

    It's no coincidence this is the best line of team pinas! Youth + experience! They'll rack up a lot of rating points after the Olympiad! Mabuhay Pilipinas!

  • 2 years ago

    rp_lazarte

    nice ending moves by BARBOSA. VERY INSTRUCTIVE!

  • 2 years ago

    Seleucid

    The sad fact is that even now many chess officials are already harping their unconditional support as the reason why all of a sudden we are doing well at Istanbul! Please stop the politics in Philippines sports and get down to the knitty gritty task of SUPPORTING our players. If these guys could only play in stronger tournaments abroad at least every month they will make their mark! Wesley So is so unfazed in the face of highly vaunted opponents like Aronian and Topalov! All Filipino chess players deserves the same exposure he had. The dividends will follow!

  • 2 years ago

    dantelic

    Round 8 greats games by philippines... well experienced skills.. kulang lang ng suporta to join innternational competition , to level up ELO ratings, as i analyze the games Astig!!!...Hoy! Pinoy Ako..Laughing  Also as i remember, i read in news paper when i was a kid, interview ni  gm torre nuon, the he says.." that he keeps on pushing hard on that tournament...baka makuha pa sa tiyaga"..well thats the filipino spirit.

  • 2 years ago

    peacefulblue

    This shows that the Philippines has a lot of talent in spite of a lack of resources. Just like Manny Pacquiao in boxing, who had to go to the US to be trained by Freddie Roach in order for his boxing skills to reach his full potential. GM Eugene Torre's victories against top opponents like GM Nigel Short have been exhilarating as well as Wesley So, Oliver Barbosa, Marc Paragua and IM Dimakiling who have been able to surprise much higher rated opponents. I do hope that the government will now pour more resources so that these talents can campaign in Europe where they can learn from top level competition. I am hoping for an upset win against China, or at least a draw with China. Go Philippines

  • 2 years ago

    Seleucid

    Sa totoo lang kahit mababa rating ng mga pinoy pound for pound at 2600+ up mga rating niyan kung may suporta lamang or sponsor for them in playing more at international tournaments. This explains why they have continued to be in step with their chess inspite of inactivity and are NO PUSHOVERS at all. Look at Paragua I bet all his opponents are underestimating his 2508 rating sheesh 2600 GM yan ano! Kaya sana after this wonderful showing paging PCF and Corporations dapat ibuhos pa ninyo ang suporta sa mga magigiting nating mga manlalaro ng AHEDREZ!

  • 2 years ago

    rp_lazarte

    MABUHAY ANG TEAM PILIPINAS!! AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

  • 2 years ago

    AshrafAmir

    Gm Nigel Short = to short for El Eugenio...

    nice win Team Philippines!!! sana magtuloy tuloy na yan!!

  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    People forgot that Eugene Torre was a close friend of Bobby Fischer and a second to Karpov in a game. He's the first Asian GM if im not mistaken. 

  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    Go team PHL! 

  • 2 years ago

    EternalChess

    Now USA will collapse when playing tough opponents. They had all easy opponents so far, and managed to win only 5 with 3 draws. The pairings are a bit messed up as USA just gets easy people, but this will change next round hopefully.

    EDIT: Oh what do you know, US is playing Russia, they have no hopes of any medals if they lose. Will be an exciting match!

  • 2 years ago

    Adultoddler

    Great game by GM Eugenio Torre!

  • 2 years ago

    narson

    Good Luck Team Pilipinas, ang Tatag ng Torre Yeheeey!Smile

  • 2 years ago

    dgp123

    torre back fr his old form!...gogogo phils.

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