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Armenia, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine lead after round 4 Olympiad

Armenia, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine lead after round 4 Olympiad

Four countries are sharing the lead after four rounds at the Olympiad in Istanbul: Armenia, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine. They all started with four victories, and of these federations Ukraine has the best first and second tie-break. In the women's section only Russia and France have eight match points.

Flags at the ceiling of the playing hall | All photos by David Llada, Arman Karakhayan and Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE & the official website

Event Olympiad | PGN: Open & Women via TWIC
Dates August 28-September 9, 2012
Location Istanbul, Turkey
System Team Swiss, 11 rounds
Players Open, top 10: Aronian, Kramnik, Radjabov, Karjakin, Nakamura, Caruana, Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov, Kamsky
Women, top 10: A.Muzychuk, Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Dzagnidze, Lahno, T.Kosintseva, Ju Wenjun, N.Kosintseva, Cmilyte, Zatonskih
Rate of play

90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes to finish the game + 30 seconds increment from move 1

Tie-break 1) Match points 2) Sonneborn-Berger without lowest result 3) Game points
Extra No draw offers before move 30

At the top boards in the fourth round the match between USA and India was played, and it ended in 2-2. The Americans opened the score as Hikaru Nakamura played a fine attacking game against Krishnan Sasikiran:

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Pentala Harikrishna levelled the score against Gata Kamsky - a nice endgame squeeze:

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Russia is desperately trying to win its first gold since Bled 2002, and it has taken its first hurdle. On Friday the Chinese were beaten convincingly: 3-1. Vladimir Kramnik was held to a draw by Wang Hao and so was Sergey Karjakin by Bu Xiangzhi. However, Russia won both of its black games. Wang Yue didn't see Alexander Grischuk's tactic coming:

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Dmitry Jakovenko won his fourth game:

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Board one of Russia-China: Kramnik vs Wang Hao

Azerbaijan and Germany split the match points and scored one win each. Arkadij Naiditsch was doing fine after the opening against Teimour Radjabov but then the German made a big mistake:

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Teimour Radjabov vs Arkadij Naiditsch

Gadir Guseinov probably could have hold the opposite-coloured bishop ending against Daniel Fridman, but he failed:

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England and France also played 2-2. The way Romain Edouard forced a draw against Nigel Short was funny:

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Armenia beat the Philippines but only with 2.5-1.5. On bord one Wesley So drew with Levon Aronan, who praised his opponent afterwards.

Wesley So vs Levon Aronian

Board 4 was a crushing win for Gabriel Sargissian:

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Ukraine defeated Poland 3-1. On board one Vassily Ivanchuk ended the game with a combination:

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The two top matches in the fifth round will be Armenia-Ukraine (Aronian vs Ivanchuk!) and Hungary-Russia (Leko-Kramnik!). And there's good news for our Dutch fans because Anish Giri has finally made it to Istanbul and he will play top board for the Netherlands in their match against Monaco.

In the women's section Russia and France are the only two teams left with the maximum number of board points. Russia defeated Serbia 3-1 with two draws and two wins, while France beat Argentina 3.5-0.5. On the top boards India and Serbia tied 2-2 and the same result was seen in Slovakia-Poland. It was a good day for China and Georgia, who beat Germany (3-1) and Cuba (4-0!) respectively.

An interview with Hou Yifan

In the fifth round obviously Russia and France meet, and there's also e.g. Georgia-Ukraine and India-China.

Olympiad 2012 | Round 4 standings (top 30)

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 2 Ukraine 4 4 0 0 8 51 12,5 18
2 4 Hungary 4 4 0 0 8 48 11,5 17
3 3 Armenia 4 4 0 0 8 46 12 16
4 1 Russia 4 4 0 0 8 40 12 14
5 14 Germany 4 3 1 0 7 53 12 19
6 8 France 4 3 1 0 7 50 12 19
7 17 Czech Republic 4 3 1 0 7 50 12 15
8 7 Azerbaijan 4 3 1 0 7 47,5 13 16
9 29 Argentina 4 3 1 0 7 44,5 10,5 18
10 5 United States Of America 4 3 1 0 7 44 13 15
11 13 India 4 3 1 0 7 44 12 17
12 53 Canada 4 3 1 0 7 41,5 11,5 17
13 11 England 4 3 1 0 7 41 11 17
14 19 Croatia 4 3 1 0 7 36,5 10,5 14
15 44 Montenegro 4 3 1 0 7 34,5 11 14
16 6 China 4 3 0 1 6 46,5 11 19
17 18 Spain 4 3 0 1 6 42 11,5 16
18 10 Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 6 42 11 16
19 12 Israel 4 3 0 1 6 42 10 18
20 35 Philippines 4 3 0 1 6 40,5 12 17
21 16 Poland 4 3 0 1 6 40 12 16
22 24 Brazil 4 3 0 1 6 39 10,5 16
23 26 Georgia 4 3 0 1 6 38,5 11 15
24 28 Slovenia 4 3 0 1 6 38 9,5 17
25 50 Bosnia & Herzegovina 4 2 2 0 6 37 10,5 17
26 49 FYROM 4 3 0 1 6 36 11,5 16
27 20 Serbia 4 2 2 0 6 35,5 11 14
28 27 Vietnam 4 3 0 1 6 35 12 14
29 22 Italy 4 3 0 1 6 35 11 14
30 69 Ireland 4 3 0 1 6 31,5 11,5 15

 

Women's Olympiad 2012 | Round 4 standings (top 20)

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 2 Russia 4 4 0 0 8 55 14 16
2 14 France 4 4 0 0 8 53 14,5 14
3 19 Serbia 4 3 1 0 7 51 13,5 17
4 7 Poland 4 3 1 0 7 48 13 17
5 18 Greece 4 3 1 0 7 47,5 11 17
6 3 Georgia 4 3 1 0 7 46 14 14
7 24 Latvia 4 3 1 0 7 46 12,5 16
8 1 China 4 3 1 0 7 45 13 16
9 6 India 4 3 1 0 7 44 12 15
10 4 Ukraine 4 3 1 0 7 43 12 16
11 20 Slovakia 4 3 1 0 7 43 10,5 17
12 13 Bulgaria 4 3 1 0 7 38 12 14
13 12 Hungary 4 3 0 1 6 45,5 11,5 18
14 5 United States of America 4 2 2 0 6 43 11,5 17
15 25 Israel 4 3 0 1 6 38,5 12,5 15
16 23 Czech Republic 4 3 0 1 6 38 11 16
17 16 Slovenia 4 2 2 0 6 37 10,5 17
18 41 Moldova 4 2 2 0 6 36 10,5 17
19 11 Spain 4 3 0 1 6 35 10,5 16
20 21 Mongolia 4 3 0 1 6 34 10,5 16

 

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redivivo's picture

Kramnik used to be one of the two-three strongest endgame players for many years, but recently he seems to have become less sharp. In his four latest endgames he has drawn winning positions in three (Leko, Shirov, Wang Hao) and lost a probably drawn position in the fourth (Caruana, but maybe that was a late middlegame rather than endgame). In three of them his opponent has been the one in bad time trouble. Monokroussos:

"3.5/4 if Kramnik had converted a winning position against Wang Hao [Kramnik also failed to convert a winning rook ending against Shirov in round 3])"

Thomas 's picture

Against Shirov, it may have been playing it safe for the sake of the team rather than "failure". Yes he could have won with 56.c8Q, but if you miscalculate something in the resulting position with rook against up to three black pawns you could even lose. And while 2.5-1.5 against Latvia isn't great, it was sufficient.
Against Wang Hao, it seems to be an exchange of inaccuracies in an endgame that was objectively drawn most of the time (the black fortress should hold).

In any case, there's nothing wrong with Kramnik's fighting spirit: creating something out of nothing against Shirov ("vintage Carlsen"!?) and pressing for a win against Wang Hao long after the Russia-China match was decided - and 3-1 is by no means a bad team result.

chesshire cat's picture

Was there any way for Short to make progress in that ending, a little before, I wonder? I doubt it?

redivivo's picture

Naka's win sounds logical and straightforward going by the annotations, even if it was 37. ... Rxa7?? that threw away the draw black had with e5. Time trouble accident, but Naka is great at taking advantage of those.

Peter Doggers's picture

Thanks, for some reason I hadn't looked at the last couple of moves. I've added some notes there.

Anonymous's picture

Excellent combination by Ivanchuk.

Vodkarov's picture

There is a poll to vote in the most beautiful girl in the Olympiad: http://www.sodahead.com/entertainment/who-is-the-most-beautiful-woman-in...
Please help us to share. The voting ends in september 10.

What's Next? 's picture

Add more ladies.

Niima's picture

More than you deserve and will ever get is already there.

anna's picture

Why not have their pictures in the playing hall? They may look different now.

Anonymous's picture

Please add Hou Yifan. She apparently has a new stylist and is looking more attractive.

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