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USA Stun Russia In Olympiad Round 9

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/6/12, 2:02 PM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgJust when it seemed that Russia might be walking away with the 40th Chess Olympiad, they were brought back down to earth by a shock 2½-1½ defeat to the USA!

Wins by Hikaru Nakamura over Vladimir Kramnik, and Gata Kamsky against Alexander Grischuk earned the US team a sensational victory which throws the contest for the Gold medal wide open again with two rounds remaining.

To add insult to injury, Nakamura's win against Kramnik means he overtakes the Russian on the live rating list to be rated #4 in the world!

China made the most of Russia's slip by beating the plucky Philippines team 3½-½, and Armenia just managed to overcome Germany 2½-1½ to stay in the medal hunt.

Ukraine achieved a 3-1 victory over France, with Vassily Ivanchuk beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a fine game on top board, but Azerbaijan could only draw their match with Poland after Teimour Radjabov lost his game against Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

The top standings after 9 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 China 7 1 1 15 272.0 26.0
2 Russia 7 1 1 15 268.5 23.0
3 Armenia 7 1 1 15 258.5 23.5
4 USA 6 3 0 15 252.0 26.0
5 Ukraine 7 0 2 14 240.0 24.0
6 Netherlands 7 0 2 14 218.0 25.0
7 Argentina 6 2 1 14 216.5 22.5
8 Czech Republic 5 3 1 13 247.0 24.0
9 Azerbaijan 5 3 1 13 246.5 25.0
10 Hungary 6 1 2 13 233.5 22.5
11 Germany 5 3 1 13 228.5 22.5
12 Philippines 6 1 2 13 209.5 23.0
13 Denmark 6 1 2 13 204.5 24.0
14 Belarus 6 1 2 13 203.0 23.5
15 Poland 6 1 2 13 202.0 23.0
16 Vietnam 5 3 1 13 193.0 24.0
17 Cuba 6 0 3 12 228.5 26.0
18 Georgia 5 2 2 12 218.0 23.5
19 India 3 6 0 12 216.0 22.0
20 Bulgaria 6 0 3 12 214.5 23.0

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40 years after Fischer v Spassky, the USA can celebrate another great victory!

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Gata Kamsky beat an in-form Alexander Grischuk with the black pieces

2012 Olympiad Gata Kamsky v Alexander Grischuk rd9.JPG

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Reinforcements? The retired Garry Kasparov is only a spectator in Istanbul

2012 Olympiad Garry Kasparov rd9.jpg

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Wang Hao drew with Wesley So, but China beat the Philippines 3½-½

2012 Olympiad Wang Hao rd9.jpg

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Armenia defeated European Champions Germany 2½-1½

2012 Olympiad Armenia v Germany rd9.jpg

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Vassily Ivanchuk shone as Ukraine beat France 3-1

2012 Olympiad France v Ukraine rd9.jpg

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In the women's competition, China and Russia both won their 9th round games by the score of 3-1 against France and India respectively, so China still lead with two rounds left to play.

The top women's standings after 9 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 China 7 2 0 16 287.0 27.0
2 Russia 6 3 0 15 266.5 25.5
3 Ukraine 5 4 0 14 266.0 24.5
4 Kazakhstan 6 2 1 14 236.0 25.0
5 Poland 6 2 1 14 236.0 24.5
6 Armenia 7 0 2 14 231.0 23.5
7 France 6 1 2 13 242.5 25.0
8 Israel 6 1 2 13 223.5 25.0
9 Azerbaijan 6 1 2 13 221.0 23.0
10 Spain 6 1 2 13 213.5 23.0
11 Uzbekistan 6 1 2 13 213.5 22.0
12 India 6 1 2 13 208.5 22.0
13 Germany 6 1 2 13 202.5 23.5
14 USA 5 2 2 12 212.5 24.5
15 Slovenia 3 6 0 12 210.0 21.5
16 Hungary 5 2 2 12 204.0 23.0
17 Netherlands 5 2 2 12 202.5 23.5
18 Romania 6 0 3 12 199.5 22.5
19 Mongolia 6 0 3 12 199.0 23.0
20 Bulgaria 5 2 2 12 198.5 23.0

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Hou Yifan helped China to a 3-1 win today

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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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Comments


  • 22 months ago

    tesasembiring

    Kramnik's game always fantastic to me, it shakes, think and funny sometimes.

  • 22 months ago

    ezra4moso

    Nakamura was lost and the two other team mates won the game in Round 11. LOL. 

  • 22 months ago

    deepak64

    All games are very very good.

  • 22 months ago

    Hendrik77

    Nice endgame by Nakamura! Mate would have followed and what a mate!

  • 22 months ago

    javablanca

    serbian chess "star": for all the anti-usa blather and lather...i somehow didnt see serbia anywhere on the leader board...musta been a typo...most certainly...

  • 22 months ago

    diogens

    Certainly Nakamura has improved since he left behind all that online-blitz stuff.

  • 22 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    It is evident that SerbianChessStar is bias against the USA chess team. Notice his comments of late on the USA position. He must be a novice chess player to think that there is luck in chess tactics. There is no luck in chess; just good old fashion forceful uncompromising methods of chess punishment.Tongue Out

  • 22 months ago

    EternalChess

    USA got lucky, if you were following the matches at all.

    Anyways, look at the present, not the past, USA will probably NOT get a medal.

  • 22 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    For those who read my last post of Russia and the USA meeting I stated that the USA should not be counted out against Russia...I was right. Go USA.Cool

  • 22 months ago

    mottsauce

    that underpromotion is just...awesome.  heck of a game by naka, though i did like kramnik's exchange sacrifice.

  • 22 months ago

    EternalChess

    IF Armenia China Russia ALL LOSE last Round, America can grab silver (since Ukraine is 1 MP ahead of America, and they are playing Armenia).

    However if Russia China Armenia tie/win (which is likely since they are playing teams they can easily draw, Armenia-Ukraine China-Hungary, and the easier Russia-Germany), then USA has 0 hope.

  • 22 months ago

    maturner

    Both Nakamura and Kamsky came through at the right time. The endgame was quite something in Nak-Kramnik game. Nakamura is a great end game player. Go USA!!!

  • 22 months ago

    C0ldSh0ckW1z

    It was a transmission error, Onischuk blundered in a drawn endgame and that caused the USA to lose.  Originally the result was put as Onischuk winning, but one look at the final position of that game makes it clear who actually won.

    Too bad, if USA had tied with China they would've most likely played Armenia in the last round with the possibility of medaling.  Now the chances are pretty much gone.

  • 22 months ago

    bmws88

    What happened today between China and USA? USA won at first, but now it shows China won?

  • 22 months ago

    MuphDog12

    USA! USA! USA!

  • 22 months ago

    Gaffneychess

    OMG there's an American on the live ratings listed before any russian!!  When was the last time THAT happened!?!?

  • 22 months ago

    opticRED

    I wonder what caught GM Eugenio Torre's attention in the Grischuk - Kamsky game in the second photo above?

  • 22 months ago

    SonofPearl

    My report for round 10 will be later than usual. Check out our live coverage, and the official website for the results!

  • 22 months ago

    Czechman

    IN_cognito, The United States is, and always has been, a nation of immigrants who came here looking for a better life. We are Americans from all corners of the globe.

  • 22 months ago

    IN_Cognito

    Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky (both native American names I take it) LaughingInnocentSurprised

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