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Russia Lead Olympiad After 6 Rounds

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/3/12, 2:36 PM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgRussia lead both the Open and Women's competitions after six rounds of the Olympiad in Istanbul.

In the Open event, top seeds Russia faced third seeds Armenia with the top board clash between Vladimir Kramnik and Lev Aronian being a repeat of their friendly match in Zurich earlier this year.

This time it was Kramnik who came out on top, with a clever piece sacrifice which Aronian seemed to overlook.  However, the Russians didn't have things all their own way, and the match ended all-square thanks to Sergey Movsesian's victory against Alexander Grischuk on board two.

Despite the drawn match, the Russian team took the lead thanks to a superior Sonneborn-Berger (S-B) tiebreak score.

Azerbaijan moved into third place thanks to a 3-1 win against Croatia.  Azeri top board Teimour Radjabov has scored a perfect 5 wins out of 5 games played so far!

China claimed fourth place after crushing Bosnia & Herzegovina 3½-½, and the Philippines are fifth after upsetting Bulgaria 2½-1½. Reigning champions Ukraine defeated Montenegro 3-1 and lie in sixth place.

Russia will play Azerbaijan in round 7, and Armenia will play China.

The US team drew their third match in succession against Germany and will need to earn some match victories soon if they are to challenge for medals.

The top standings after 6 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Russia 5 1 0 11 121.0 16.5
2 Armenia 5 1 0 11 118.0 16.5
3 Azerbaijan 5 1 0 11 107.0 19.5
4 China 5 0 1 10 119.0 18.0
5 Philippines 5 0 1 10 108.0 17.5
6 Ukraine 5 0 1 10 105.0 17.0
7 Hungary 5 0 1 10 105.0 16.0
8 Spain 5 0 1 10 92.5 17.5
9 Germany 3 3 0 9 106.5 16.0
10 Moldova 4 1 1 9 105.0 18.5
11 India 3 3 0 9 102.0 16.0
12 USA 3 3 0 9 97.0 17.0
13 France 4 1 1 9 97.0 16.0
14 England 3 3 0 9 95.5 15.0
15 Mexico 4 1 1 9 91.5 16.0
16 Croatia 4 1 1 9 91.5 14.0
17 Argentina 4 1 1 9 90.5 15.0
18 Georgia 4 1 1 9 90.0 16.5
19 Turkey 4 1 1 9 88.5 16.0
20 Uzbekistan 4 1 1 9 87.5 17.0

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The ceremonial first move is made between Kramnik and Aronian

2012 Olympiad Vladimir Kramnik v Lev Aronian rd6.JPG

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Kramnik played a beautiful game to beat Aronian

2012 Olympiad Vladimir Kramnik v Lev Aronian 2 rd6.jpg

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Sergey Movsesian won on board 2, and the match ended all-square at 2-2

2012 Olympiad Sergey Movsesian v Alexander Grischuk rd6.jpg

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Teimour Radjabov is now #3 on the live ranking list!

2012 Olympiad Teimour Radjabov rd6.jpg

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China's crushing 3½-½ win kept them in contention near the top of the standings

2012 Olympiad China rd6.JPG

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The Philippines shocked the Bulgarians with a 2½-1½ win

2012 Olympiad Philippines rd6.JPG

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Eugenio Torre is competing in a record 21st Olympiad for the Philippines!

2012 Olympiad Eugenio Torre rd6.JPG

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In the women's competition the Russian leaders fought their nearest rivals, the top seeds China.  Women's world champion Hou Yifan won on top board against Tatiana Kosintseva, but Tatiana's sister Nadezhda beat Zhao Xue on board two and the match ended drawn.

So Russia maintain their lead, but despite drawing the match China drop to third below Poland who crushed Serbia 3½-½ to move into second place.  Russia will take on Poland in round 7, and China will play third seeds Georgia.

The top standings in the women's competition after 6 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Russia 5 1 0 11 121.0 18.5
2 Poland 5 1 0 11 119.0 19.0
3 China 4 2 0 10 126.5 18.5
4 Ukraine 4 2 0 10 120.0 17.5
5 Georgia 4 2 0 10 116.5 18.5
6 France 5 0 1 10 103.5 19.0
7 Vietnam 5 0 1 10 88.5 16.5
8 Hungary 4 1 1 9 109.5 17.0
9 Greece 4 1 1 9 103.5 15.0
10 Serbia 4 1 1 9 99.0 16.5
11 Spain 4 1 1 9 92.5 16.0
12 Slovakia 4 1 1 9 92.0 14.5
13 India 4 1 1 9 88.0 15.5
14 Estonia 4 1 1 9 84.5 16.5
15 Uzbekistan 4 1 1 9 84.0 15.5
16 Montenegro 4 1 1 9 82.0 16.0
17 Peru 4 1 1 9 78.5 16.0
18 USA 3 2 1 8 96.5 16.0
19 Kazakhstan 3 2 1 8 93.5 16.5
20 Bulgaria 3 2 1 8 92.0 15.5

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The top two seeds in the women's competition - Russia and China

2012 Olympiad China v Russia rd6.JPG

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

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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    brochito

    Good luck Philippines, we are happy and proud of your performance. keep it up. More power !!!

  • 2 years ago

    jocelasi

    Congratulaions to the Philippine team!

  • 2 years ago

    SherlockHolmes94

    Kramnik, Vladimir (2797) vs. Aronian, Levon (2816) was a wild game. The the minor piece sacrifice turned to be a killer for black. Very nice game!


  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    GM Torre played against the Modern/Pirc really well.  White had a better position in the ending but super GM Cheparinov held the game.

  • 2 years ago

    dancentino

    Go team Philippines!

  • 2 years ago

    GeniusKJ

    What's up with all of these Slav Defenses?

  • 2 years ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Kramnik beat Aronian? This must be illuminati.

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