Reports | September 05, 2012 22:22

Russia increases lead at Istanbul Olympiad

Russia can safely be called the clear favorite to win the gold medals at the Istanbul Olympiad. In the 8th round the team led by Vladimir Kramnik defeated reigning champion Ukraine 2.5-1.5 to increase their lead to two match points. China, Armenia, USA, Germany and the Philippines are now in shared second place. In the women's section China is in sole lead after beating Poland 3-1 while another Russia-Ukraine ended in 2-2.

The start of the match Russia-Ukraine | 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

Although an Olympiad is pretty hard to report on in general, sometimes there are these little things that make it even harder. A hotel shuttle bus that keeps its passengers waiting for an hour before it leaves, an internet connection that goes its own way, and then a complete power outage at the hotel that kills both electricity and water for the whole morning... But we don't complain. How could we? We're in Istanbul! We're at the Olympiad! :-)

The eighth round was a highly dramatic affair. It already started before the round, and we're not even talking about Ruslan Ponomariov's T-shirt. As you know, every round a different official makes the first move at the top board of both the Open and the Women's section. Nobody knows why this happens, some obligatory smiles follow, and the match starts. But not this round.

Vassily Ivanchuk, who would play Vladimir Kramnik in the crucial Ukraine-Russia match, whispered in Ali Nihat Yazici's ear that he did not want to be at the board during this ceremony. "It disturbs me," he said, and walked away, towards the boards where China-Azerbaijan was played.

Ivanchuk (r.) to Yazici: "It disturbs me."

Kramnik also decided not to sit at the board, and was standing a few meters away. In a slightly surreal few seconds, the official put the white knight on f3, and only afterwards the players sat down and started playing.

The end of this game decided the match. Russia was leading 2-1 thanks to a win by Sergey Karjakin. Ivanchuk was trying to win an ending with an extra pawn, hoping to tie the match. At some point he almost lost on time (for the second time this Olympiad) as he was desperately trying to increase his advantage. However, the win wasn't there, and would never be. In the end it was Kramnik who offered the draw, and Chuky had to accept it. Afterwards the Ukrainian remained at the board for another ten minutes, in disbelief about the game, and realizing that it will be almost impossible to win gold again.

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Karjakin played his rook ending perfectly:

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It probably helped the Russians that their closest rivals, Azerbaijan and China, split the match points. On board one Wang Hao and Teimour Radjabov drew after a great fight in a Fianchetto King's Indian:

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Board one of China-Azerbaijan: Wang Hao vs Teimour Radjabov

China's Ding Liren had opened the score after crushing Rauf Mamedov in great style:

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It was Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who saved the day for the Azeris with superb usage of the bishop pair combined with two passed pawns.

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Armenia was obviously too strong for Uzbekistan (3-1), although Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Anton Filippon did manage to draw with Levon Aronian and Sergei Movsesian respectively. 

After beating Macedonia, USA still has slight chances to win gold as well. They're paired against the Russians in round 9 so who knows? Gata Kamsky needed to work hard for his win:

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Another team that's sharing second behind Russia is Germany. They defeated Hungary and this was a crucial moment for the match:

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The Philippines are having a dream Olympiad so far, and especially Eugenio Torre. In his 21st appearance he only started playing from round five, but he scored two draws and two wins now. He beat Nigel Short in round 8:

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As mentioned above, Russia will defend its two-point lead against the USA. The other top pairings are China-Philippines, Armenia-Germany, Poland-Azerbaijan and Ukraine-France. Since Giri joined the team things went much better for the Netherlands, who now face Israel on "board 6". 

In the women's section Russia will have to do their very best to repeat their success of Khanty-Mansiysk. Like their male colleagues the Russian ladies faced Ukraine, and the match ended 2-2. Where Natalija Pogonina saved the match point in the previous round, this time she went down:

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China is the sole leader thanks to a crushing 3-1 win against Poland. The World Champion won the following game:

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China vs Poland with Hou Yifan vs Monika Socko

The top pairings for the women are China-France, India-Russia, Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan and USA-Ukraine.

Olympiad 2012 | Top results round 8

Bo. 1 Russia (RUS) Rtg - 2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg 2½:1½
1/1 GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2797 - GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2769 ½ - ½
1/2 GM Grischuk, Alexander 2763 - GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2734 ½ - ½
1/3 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2785 - GM Volokitin, Andrei 2709 1 - 0
1/4 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2730 - GM Moiseyenko, Aleksandr 2706 ½ - ½
Bo. 6 China (CHN) Rtg - 7 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg 2 : 2
2/1 GM Wang, Hao 2726 - GM Radjabov, Teimour 2788 ½ - ½
2/2 GM Wang, Yue 2685 - GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2729 0 - 1
2/3 GM Ding, Liren 2695 - GM Mamedov, Rauf 2634 1 - 0
2/4 GM Bu, Xiangzhi 2670 - GM Guseinov, Gadir 2613 ½ - ½
Bo. 3 Armenia (ARM) Rtg - 33 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg 3 : 1
3/1 GM Aronian, Levon 2816 - GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2684 ½ - ½
3/2 GM Movsesian, Sergei 2698 - GM Filippov, Anton 2617 ½ - ½
3/3 GM Akopian, Vladimir 2687 - GM Dzhumaev, Marat 2499 1 - 0
3/4 GM Sargissian, Gabriel 2693 - IM Kvon, Andrey 2492 1 - 0
Bo. 49 FYROM (MKD) Rtg - 5 United States Of America (USA) Rtg 1 : 3
4/1 GM Georgiev, Vladimir 2566 - GM Kamsky, Gata 2746 0 - 1
4/2 GM Nedev, Trajko 2494 - GM Onishuk, Alexander 2666 0 - 1
4/3 GM Bogdanovski, Vlatko 2448 - GM Akobian, Varuzhan 2617 ½ - ½
4/4 IM Kizov, Atanas 2418 - GM Robson, Ray 2598 ½ - ½
Bo. 14 Germany (GER) Rtg - 4 Hungary (HUN) Rtg 2½:1½
5/1 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2712 - GM Leko, Peter 2737 1 - 0
5/2 GM Khenkin, Igor 2656 - GM Almasi, Zoltan 2713 ½ - ½
5/3 GM Fridman, Daniel 2653 - GM Polgar, Judit 2698 ½ - ½
5/4 GM Gustafsson, Jan 2610 - GM Balogh, Csaba 2668 ½ - ½
Bo. 11 England (ENG) Rtg - 35 Philippines (PHI) Rtg 1 : 3
6/1 GM Adams, Michael 2722 - GM So, Wesley 2652 ½ - ½
6/2 GM Jones, Gawain 2653 - GM Barbosa, Oliver 2554 0 - 1
6/3 GM Short, Nigel 2698 - GM Torre, Eugene 2469 0 - 1
6/4 GM Pert, Nicholas 2555 - GM Paragua, Mark 2508 ½ - ½
Bo. 8 France (FRA) Rtg - 15 Cuba (CUB) Rtg 2½:1½
7/1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2686 - GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2725 ½ - ½
7/2 GM Fressinet, Laurent 2714 - GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 2711 ½ - ½
7/3 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav 2644 - GM Quesada Perez, Yuniesky 2626 ½ - ½
7/4 GM Bauer, Christian 2682 - GM Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo 2569 1 - 0
Bo. 13 India (IND) Rtg - 20 Serbia (SRB) Rtg 2 : 2
8/1 GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2707 - GM Ivanisevic, Ivan 2645 0 - 1
8/2 GM Harikrishna, Pentala 2685 - GM Perunovic, Milos 2614 ½ - ½
8/3 GM Negi, Parimarjan 2664 - GM Sedlak, Nikola 2549 ½ - ½
8/4 GM Gopal, Geetha Narayanan 2550 - GM Popovic, Dusan 2579 1 - 0
Bo. 18 Spain (ESP) Rtg - 12 Israel (ISR) Rtg ½ :3½
9/1 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2697 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2738 ½ - ½
9/2 GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan 2638 - GM Sutovsky, Emil 2687 0 - 1
9/3 GM Illescas Cordoba, Miguel 2601 - GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2642 0 - 1
9/4 GM Perez Candelario, Manuel 2575 - GM Postny, Evgeny 2638 0 - 1
Bo. 30 Latvia (LAT) Rtg - 9 Netherlands (NED) Rtg 1 : 3
10/1 GM Shirov, Alexei 2706 - GM Giri, Anish 2711 ½ - ½
10/2 GM Miezis, Normunds 2580 - GM Van Wely, Loek 2691 ½ - ½
10/3 GM Neiksans, Arturs 2537 - GM Sokolov, Ivan 2696 0 - 1
10/4 IM Samolins, Vitalijs 2404 - GM Smeets, Jan 2608 0 - 1

Olympiad 2012 | Round 8 standings (top 30)

Rk. SNo Team Partijen + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 1 Russia 8 7 1 0 15 207,5 21,5 81
2 6 China 8 6 1 1 13 206,5 22,5 80
3 3 Armenia 8 6 1 1 13 206 21 83
4 5 United States Of America 8 5 3 0 13 201,5 23,5 73
5 14 Germany 8 5 3 0 13 183,5 21 74
6 35 Philippines 8 6 1 1 13 179 22,5 70
7 7 Azerbaijan 8 5 2 1 12 192 23 75
8 2 Ukraine 8 6 0 2 12 187 21 80
9 9 Netherlands 8 6 0 2 12 168,5 22 67
10 8 France 8 5 2 1 12 165 20,5 71
11 12 Israel 8 5 2 1 12 163,5 20 68
12 29 Argentina 8 5 2 1 12 158,5 20 67
13 16 Poland 8 6 0 2 12 153 21 68
14 4 Hungary 8 5 1 2 11 185,5 19,5 82
15 13 India 8 3 5 0 11 178 20 79
16 26 Georgia 8 5 1 2 11 171,5 21,5 72
17 11 England 8 4 3 1 11 166 18,5 79
18 33 Uzbekistan 8 5 1 2 11 163 21 70
19 17 Czech Republic 8 4 3 1 11 163 20 70
20 20 Serbia 8 4 3 1 11 160,5 21,5 66
21 32 Belarus 8 5 1 2 11 154,5 21 64
22 49 FYROM 8 5 1 2 11 153,5 19,5 73
23 27 Vietnam 8 4 3 1 11 152 21 62
24 22 Italy 8 5 1 2 11 151 21 68
25 28 Slovenia 8 5 1 2 11 146 18 67
26 39 Denmark 8 5 1 2 11 144 21,5 52
27 24 Brazil 8 5 1 2 11 141 18,5 70
28 36 Austria 8 5 1 2 11 130,5 21,5 53
29 15 Cuba 8 5 0 3 10 185,5 22,5 72
30 10 Bulgaria 8 5 0 3 10 166 20 74

Women's Olympiad 2012 | Top results round 8

Bo. 7 Poland (POL) Rtg - 1 China (CHN) Rtg 1 : 3
1/1 GM Socko, Monika 2467 - GM Hou, Yifan 2599 0 - 1
1/2 IM Rajlich, Iweta 2412 - GM Zhao, Xue 2549 0 - 1
1/3 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 2377 - WGM Huang, Qian 2449 ½ - ½
1/4 WGM Szczepkowska, Karina 2375 - WGM Ding, Yixin 2424 ½ - ½
Bo. 2 Russia (RUS) Rtg - 4 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg 2 : 2
2/1 GM Kosintseva, Tatiana 2530 - GM Lahno, Kateryna 2542 ½ - ½
2/2 IM Gunina, Valentina 2507 - IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2466 ½ - ½
2/3 GM Kosintseva, Nadezhda 2524 - GM Zhukova, Natalia 2442 1 - 0
2/4 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2448 - IM Ushenina, Anna 2433 0 - 1
Bo. 14 France (FRA) Rtg - 11 Spain (ESP) Rtg 3 : 1
3/1 IM Skripchenko, Almira 2442 - WGM Matnadze, Ana 2422 1 - 0
3/2 IM Milliet, Sophie 2411 - IM Alexandrova, Olga 2417 ½ - ½
3/3 WGM Maisuradze, Nino 2284 - WGM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2355 ½ - ½
3/4 IM Collas, Silvia 2261 - WIM Hernandez Estevez, Yudania 2252 1 - 0
Bo. 35 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg - 12 Hungary (HUN) Rtg 2½:1½
4/1 WIM Muminova, Nafisa 2329 - GM Hoang, Thanh Trang 2464 ½ - ½
4/2 WFM Gevorgyan, Irina 2178 - WGM Rudolf, Anna 2289 1 - 0
4/3   Nadirjanova, Nodira 2185 - IM Gara, Anita 2306 ½ - ½
4/4   Kurbonboyeva, Sarvinoz 2143 - WGM Papp, Petra 2302 ½ - ½
Bo. 28 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg - 6 India (IND) Rtg 1½:2½
5/1 WGM Le Thao Nguyen, Pham 2393 - GM Dronavalli, Harika 2503 ½ - ½
5/2 WIM Thi Mai Hung, Nguyen 2212 - IM Karavade, Eesha Sanjay 2371 1 - 0
5/3 WIM Kieu Thien Kim, Le 2226 - IM Sachdev, Tania 2379 0 - 1
5/4 WIM Bich Ngoc, Pham 2172 - WGM Gomes, Mary Ann 2396 0 - 1
Bo. 19 Serbia (SRB) Rtg - 3 Georgia (GEO) Rtg 2 : 2
6/1 IM Bojkovic, Natasa 2392 - GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2547 0 - 1
6/2 WGM Stojanovic, Andjelija 2277 - IM Khotenashvili, Bela 2509 ½ - ½
6/3 WIM Rakic, Marija 2300 - IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2458 1 - 0
6/4 WGM Benderac, Ana 2266 - WGM Batsiashvili, Nino 2432 ½ - ½

Women's Olympiad 2012 | Round 8 standings (top 20)

Rk. SNo Team Partijen + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 1 China 8 6 2 0 14 228 24 81
2 2 Russia 8 5 3 0 13 209,5 22,5 80
3 14 France 8 6 1 1 13 199,5 24 73
4 6 India 8 6 1 1 13 174,5 21 76
5 35 Uzbekistan 8 6 1 1 13 171,5 20,5 74
6 4 Ukraine 8 4 4 0 12 209 21,5 83
7 5 United States of America 8 5 2 1 12 193,5 23,5 71
8 7 Poland 8 5 2 1 12 182 22 75
9 22 Kazakhstan 8 5 2 1 12 177,5 22,5 68
10 8 Armenia 8 6 0 2 12 176 20,5 72
11 13 Bulgaria 8 5 2 1 12 172 21,5 70
12 3 Georgia 8 4 3 1 11 182 22 75
13 25 Israel 8 5 1 2 11 177,5 22 70
14 19 Serbia 8 4 3 1 11 176,5 20,5 78
15 12 Hungary 8 5 1 2 11 174 21 73
16 28 Vietnam 8 5 1 2 11 170 20 76
17 26 Iran 8 5 1 2 11 169,5 23 67
18 16 Slovenia 8 3 5 0 11 168 19,5 77
19 27 Azerbaijan 8 5 1 2 11 166,5 20,5 73
20 9 Germany 8 5 1 2 11 159 21 72

 

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Morley's picture

Well, the USA team has its work cut out for it. They have actually gotten lucky when it comes to pairings. The toughest teams they have faced were 13th and 14th seeds (Germany and India) and now they are playing on board one against the top seed and leader of the tournament with three rounds to go. Best of luck!

valg321's picture

"They have actually gotten lucky when it comes to pairings."

that's an understatement if i ever saw one

Bartleby's picture

I'm in Istanbul, and had a surreal (non-chess) hotel shuttle bus experience myself today. It took an hour to shuffle around in heavy traffıc where the tram would have taken me in twenty minutes. If your hotel is anywhere near a tramway or metro line, think about using public transport. Dependable and easy. When using a Turkish keyboard, be careful with those ı keys. I hope I got most of them rıght.

Septimus's picture

Why did Mamedov give up his rook like that? Yeah the pawns are very dangerous, but it was not mate in 2 or something.

uschess's picture

haha gotten lucky?! must feel nice to eat that humble pie after seeing the usa beat down "favorites" russia

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