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Chess Olympiad Istanbul: Armenia, Russia win Gold
09.09.2012 – After ten rounds China was leading in both groups. But in the final round they lost 1-3 to Ukraine, while Armenia and Russia both won; and in the Women's they won 2.5-1.5, but the Russians whitewashed Kazakhstan 4-0. On tiebrake points Armenia and Russia took Gold, with Russia and Ukraine following with Silver and Bronze in the Open and China and Ukraine in the Women's. Express report.

 

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Open

Rk.

SNo

Team

Team

Games

+

=

-

TB1

TB2

TB3

TB4

1

3

Armenia

ARM

11

9

1

1

19

397.0

29.0

155.00

2

1

Russia

RUS

11

9

1

1

19

388.5

28.5

157.00

3

2

Ukraine

UKR

11

9

0

2

18

363.0

29.5

147.00

4

6

China

CHN

11

8

1

2

17

390.5

29.5

157.00

5

5

United States Of America

USA

11

7

3

1

17

361.0

30.0

142.00

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Women

Rk.

SNo

Team

Team

Games

+

=

-

TB1

TB2

TB3

TB4

1

2


Russia

RUS

11

8

3

0

19

450.0

33.0

155.00

2

1


China

CHN

11

8

3

0

19

416.0

31.5

154.00

3

4


Ukraine

UKR

11

7

4

0

18

408.5

30.5

154.00

4

6


India

IND

11

8

1

2

17

336.0

28.0

148.00

5

10


Romania

ROU

11

8

0

3

16

313.5

28.5

129.00

6

8


Armenia

ARM

11

8

0

3

16

313.0

26.5

140.00

The 40th Chess Olympiad is taking place in the Turkish metropole of Istanbul, from August 27 to September 10th, 2012. A record of 158 national chess federations have brought teams to Istanbul to participate in this prestigious event, which is being staged in the WOW Hotel and Convention Center, just minutes away from the airport.

Final round comments by GM Alejandro Ramirez

If China won their final round match, they would, for the first time, be Olympiad champions in the Open section. It looked as if the dream was possible – in fact China could win the Open and the Women's sections at the same time. But it was not to be. Vassily Ivanchuk came to the board with nothing but brilliancy, and slayed that dream before it even began to take off.

On the other side of the playing hall, Russia showed no mercy against Kazakhstan, and their 4-0 result allowed them to leapfrog China on tiebreak and take the gold medal. A sour day for the Asian country, but it just goes to show you how volatile these tournaments can be.

In the Open section, since China was out of the race by losing, it came down to the matches between Hungary-Armenia and Russia-Germany. In what I can only describe as a strange game Kramnik beat Naiditsch, Karjakin beat Fridman after being up a pawn the whole game, and Russia took a 3-1 in a typical "let's draw with black and win with white" approach to chess.

Armenia would not give up, however. In a very unclear match both Leko and Polgar were easily neutralized by Aronian and Akopian.

So it was all up to Sergei Movsesian (above), who had by any definition had a bad Olympiad, and who was arguably the villain in the European Team Championship, when his loss against Meier cost Armenia Gold. But this time he came through, he had his shining moment, defeating Almasi and winning first place and Gold for his team with the narrow 2.5-1.5 victory.

The tiebreaks in this Olympiad are somewhat unpredictable, as they depend on your previous opponent's results, so I'm sure it was not easy to see who was going to finish in first place. Anyway, now that we know what happened on the results, let's see Dream Slayer Ivanchuk in action on the last round

 

 

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