Team USA Lead Olympiad After 3 Rounds

Team USA Lead Olympiad After 3 Rounds

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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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