Team USA Lead Olympiad After 3 Rounds
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The 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.
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The top standings after three rounds:
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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Veselin Topalov
Alexei Shirov drew with Vladimir Kramnik, but Latvia lost to Russia
Paco Vallejo was unable to avoid defeat against world #2 Lev Aronian in their game
Ruslan Ponomariov turned a likely loss into a vital win
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.
Women's World Champion Hou Yifan beat Kateryna Lahno, but China v Ukraine ended all-square
The top of the women's team standings after 3 rounds:
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