2012 Chess Olympiad - Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/29/12, 2:47 PM.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgVassily Ivanchuk blundered today on top board for Ukraine in round two of the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.  Ukraine still won their match with Qatar 3-1, but every game point dropped can be crucial!

Elsewhere, Hikaru Nakamura entered the fray on top board for the US team, winning his game in a 3½-½ match victory against Lithuania.

Other big names opening their account today were Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik.  Aronian led Armenia to a 4-0 clean sweep of Bangladesh, but Kramnik could only draw his game as Russia dropped board points in their 3-1 win over Greece.

Meanwhile, Poland kept their foot to the floor, recording their second consecutive 4-0 shut-out, this time against Costa Rica.

Azerbaijan, France and Cuba also continued their good starts to the event by winning matches 3½-½ against Ireland, Peru and ICSC (International Committee of Silent Chess) respectively.

The strong Chinese team impressively beat Italy 3½-½, with Fabiano Caruana unable to make his ratings advantage count on top board, losing to Wang Hao.

Sadly, the official coverage is still prone to errors and slow to release PGN game scores.  The Olympiad is a massive event, and certainly not easy to organise, but for such an important competition it should be possible to do better. [UPDATE: Some games now added]

Full results can be found at the official website results page here and games can be replayed at the live games page.

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

Vladimir Kramnik (left) took over the top board duties from Alexander Grischuk, but could only draw.

2012 Olympiad Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk rd2.jpg


Lev Aronian led Armenia to a 4-0 victory

2012 Olympiad Lev Aronian rd2.jpg


Lazaro Bruzon won his game as Cuba beat Israel 3½-½

2012 Olympiad Lazaro Bruzon rd2.JPG


In the women's competition, China and Georgia kept up their 100% board records, but Russia dropped a single half point when Valentina Gunina could only draw on top board.


Women's European Champ Valentina Gunina was held to a draw

2012 Olympiad Valentina Gunina rd2.JPG


Flags of many nations in the playing arena!

2012 Olympiad playing hall rd2.jpg


Photos from the official website's photo page. Games via TWIC.

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  • 4 years ago


    tough fight GM mohammad

  • 4 years ago


    hail eugene torre! asia's first grandmaster again will make history!

  • 4 years ago


    The live games has computerkibitzing by houdini. According to that rescource Nakamura also had a chance to clinch it earlier (69. Qh1+). But he didn't grab it. Lucky for him his opponent made one more big mistake. From there Naka took it home.

  • 4 years ago


    Nakamura's game remained in a drawn position for exactly 100 moves, and then his opponent (apparently short on time at that point) made a crucial mistake (according to Nalimov's tablebases) in a non-trivial, technical Q+P vs. Q endgame.

  • 4 years ago



    I am amazed Nakamura won that game. The other guy got careless :)

  • 4 years ago


    @ shambolic - thanks! Embarassed Errors at the official site strike again!

  • 4 years ago


    Nakamura demonstrated the kind of relentlessness in his game today that reminded me of Bobby Fischer.

  • 4 years ago


    Yes, @shambolic is right. In the "live games" page of the official website Cuba won against Israel. But that information is wrong. Israel team played against Albania and won by 3,5-0,5 and Cuba also won by defeating "ICSC" 3,5-0,5.

  • 4 years ago


    Team Malaysia, good starting. 

  • 4 years ago


    While the arena is cool, the online live coverage is anything but. Still, I can follow the people I know from my country play, how wonderful a feeling this. Hope to see improved coverage in Norway in 2 years time. Who knows, I could be there myself :)

  • 4 years ago


    Aj haj Zoghvort,mer tghanere ajs angam el kehaverzanan.

    Maldes mer tghanerin.

  • 4 years ago


    Gelfand played and won for Israel today. Cuba was playing the ICSC (International Committee of Silent Chess), who happen to have an Israeli on top board. The official site gets really confused by this.

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