Armenia Win The 40th Olympiad!

Armenia Win The 40th Olympiad!

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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

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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

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

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

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Hikaru Nakamura finished with his only loss of the Olympiad

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Gata Kamsky won a board 2 individual Bronze medal

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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

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

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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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