Team USA Lead Olympiad After 3 Rounds

Team USA Lead Olympiad After 3 Rounds

SonofPearl
Aug 30, 2012, 1:11 PM 7,310 Reads 27 Comments Chess event coverage

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgThe United States of America took the lead after three rounds of the 40th Chess Olympiad in Instanbul, thanks to a 3½-½ match victory against Venezuela.

Some of the higher rated seeds are now starting to meet, and France took an important win against Bulgaria thanks to a victory on top board by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave against Veselin Topalov.

Another hard fought clash saw England defeat Cuba 3-1 thanks to wins by Mickey Adams and Nigel Short.  England will meet France in round 4 tomorrow.

Defending champions Ukraine earned an important win against Israel 2½-1½ thanks in no small part to to a great turnaround victory by Ruslan Ponomariov.

Top seeds Russia only just squeezed past Latvia 2½-1½ but need to improve if they are to climb the standings. Russia face China in round 4 in a hugely important match-up!

Armenia also only just defeated Spain 2½-1½ thanks to a top-board win by Lev Aronian against Paco Vallejo.

Games can be replayed at the live games page.

The top standings after three rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 USA 3 0 0 6 28.0 11.0
2 China 3 0 0 6 28.0 10.0
3 Germany 3 0 0 6 26.0 10.0
4 Azerbaijan 3 0 0 6 24.5 11.0
5 France 3 0 0 6 24.0 10.0
6 India 3 0 0 6 24.0 10.0
7 Hungary 3 0 0 6 24.0 8.5
8 Philippines 3 0 0 6 23.5 10.5
9 Ukraine 3 0 0 6 22.0 9.5
10 Russia 3 0 0 6 22.0 9.0
11 England 3 0 0 6 22.0 9.0
12 Poland 3 0 0 6 20.0 11.0
13 Armenia 3 0 0 6 18.0 9.5
14 Czech Republic 2 1 0 5 24.0 8.0
15 Canada 2 1 0 5 22.0 9.0
16 Argentina 2 1 0 5 22.0 8.0
17 Turkey 2 1 0 5 20.0 8.5
18 Bosnia & Herzegovina 2 1 0 5 20.0 8.5
19 Slovakia 2 1 0 5 18.0 10.0
20 Mexico 2 1 0 5 17.5 8.5
21 Montenegro 2 1 0 5 17.5 8.0
22 Serbia 2 1 0 5 16.5 9.0
23 Norway 2 1 0 5 15.0 9.0
24 Mongolia 2 1 0 5 13.5 8.5
25 Croatia 2 1 0 5 13.5 8.0

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Veselin Topalov

2012 Olympiad Maxime Vachier-Lagrave rd3.JPG

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Alexei Shirov drew with Vladimir Kramnik, but Latvia lost to Russia

2012 Olympiad Alexei Shirov rd3.JPG

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Paco Vallejo was unable to avoid defeat against world #2 Lev Aronian in their game

2012 Olympiad Paco Vallejo rd3.JPG

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Ruslan Ponomariov turned a likely loss into a vital win

2012 Olympiad Ruslan Ponomariov rd3.JPG

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India are the surprise leaders of the women's competition after 3 rounds.  Ratings favourites China could only draw 2-2 in a tough match against Ukraine to stand in ninth place.

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Women's World Champion Hou Yifan beat Kateryna Lahno, but China v Ukraine ended all-square

2012 Olympiad Hou Yifan rd3.jpg

The top of the women's team standings after 3 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 India 3 0 0 6 26.0 10.0
2 Russia 3 0 0 6 24.5 11.0
3 Czech Republic 3 0 0 6 24.0 10.0
4 Slovakia 3 0 0 6 24.0 8.5
5 Serbia 3 0 0 6 22.0 11.5
6 Argentina 3 0 0 6 22.0 8.5
7 Poland 3 0 0 6 20.0 11.0
8 France 3 0 0 6 20.0 11.0
9 China 2 1 0 5 26.0 10.0
10 Georgia 2 1 0 5 26.0 10.0
11 Germany 2 1 0 5 26.0 9.0
12 USA 2 1 0 5 24.0 9.5
13 Latvia 2 1 0 5 24.0 9.5
14 Ukraine 2 1 0 5 24.0 9.0
15 Kazakhstan 2 1 0 5 22.0 10.0

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Official website here.  Full results and standings here.  Photos from the official website.

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