Reports | September 09, 2012 10:50

Olympiad's last round under way

The last round of the Olympiad in Istanbul started at 11:00 local time (10:00 CET). China, Armenia and Russia (in order of tie-break score) are sharing the lead in the open section while China and Russian are tied for first place in the women's section.

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

The final round has started four hours earlier than the players are used to, but at least they had a rest day to prepare for it! Let's look at the situation at the top of the leaderboard:

Olympiad 2012 | Round 10 standings (top 8)

Rk. SNo   Team Team Rounds + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 6   China CHN 10 8 1 1 17 343.5 28.5 127.00
2 3   Armenia ARM 10 8 1 1 17 336.5 26.5 132.00
3 1   Russia RUS 10 8 1 1 17 321.5 25.5 132.00
4 2   Ukraine UKR 10 8 0 2 16 292.5 26.5 121.00
5 4   Hungary HUN 10 7 1 2 15 311.5 26.5 122.00
6 5   United States Of America USA 10 6 3 1 15 307.0 27.5 120.00
7 14   Germany GER 10 6 3 1 15 282.0 25.0 120.00
8 16   Poland POL 10 7 1 2 15 259.0 26.0 113.00

Let us remind you that, besides the number of match points, only the second tie-break is game points. The first tie-break is the sum of Sonneborn-Berger points: the match points of each opponent, excluding the opponent who scored the lowest number of match points, multiplied by the number of game points achieved against this opponent. Here are today's pairings.

Olympiad 2012 | Round 11 top pairings

Bo. 2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg - 6 China (CHN) Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2769 - GM Wang, Hao 2726  
1.2 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2734 - GM Wang, Yue 2685  
1.3 GM Volokitin, Andrei 2709 - GM Ding, Liren 2695  
1.4 GM Eljanov, Pavel 2693 - GM Bu, Xiangzhi 2670  
Bo. 4 Hungary (HUN) Rtg - 3 Armenia (ARM) Rtg 0 : 0
2.1 GM Leko, Peter 2737 - GM Aronian, Levon 2816  
2.2 GM Almasi, Zoltan 2713 - GM Movsesian, Sergei 2698  
2.3 GM Polgar, Judit 2698 - GM Akopian, Vladimir 2687  
2.4 GM Berkes, Ferenc 2685 - GM Sargissian, Gabriel 2693  
Bo. 1 Russia (RUS) Rtg - 14 Germany (GER) Rtg 0 : 0
3.1 GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2797 - GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2712  
3.2 GM Grischuk, Alexander 2763 - GM Khenkin, Igor 2656  
3.3 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2785 - GM Fridman, Daniel 2653  
3.4 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2722 - GM Gustafsson, Jan 2610  
Bo. 16 Poland (POL) Rtg - 5 United States Of America (USA) Rtg 0 : 0
4.1 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2717 - GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2778  
4.2 GM Bartel, Mateusz 2654 - GM Kamsky, Gata 2746  
4.3 GM Swiercz, Dariusz 2594 - GM Onishuk, Alexander 2666  
4.4 GM Macieja, Bartlomiej 2594 - GM Robson, Ray 2598  

In the women's section China and Russia are tied for first place. Both teams are expected to win their last round match, so the SB points might decide matters here as well.

Women's Olympiad 2012 | Round 10 standings (top 7)

Rk. SNo   Team Team Rounds + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 1   China CHN 10 7 3 0 17 357.0 29.0 131.00
2 2   Russia RUS 10 7 3 0 17 348.0 29.0 126.00
3 4   Ukraine UKR 10 6 4 0 16 325.0 27.0 127.00
4 14   France FRA 10 7 1 2 15 294.0 27.5 120.00
5 22   Kazakhstan KAZ 10 6 3 1 15 281.0 27.0 112.00
6 9   Germany GER 10 7 1 2 15 277.5 26.5 113.00
7 6   India IND 10 7 1 2 15 277.5 25.5 122.00

Women's Olympiad 2012 | Round 11 top pairings

Bo. 2 Russia (RUS) Rtg - 22 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 GM Kosintseva, Tatiana 2530 - WIM Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan 2291  
1.2 IM Gunina, Valentina 2507 - WIM Dauletova, Gulmira 2267  
1.3 GM Kosintseva, Nadezhda 2524 - WIM Saduakassova, Dinara 2216  
1.4 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2489 - WIM Davletbayeva, Madina 2165  
Bo. 13 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg - 1 China (CHN) Rtg 0 : 0
2.1 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2502 - GM Hou, Yifan 2599  
2.2 WGM Videnova, Iva 2317 - GM Zhao, Xue 2549  
2.3 WGM Voiska, Margarita 2281 - WGM Ju, Wenjun 2528  
2.4 WIM Raeva, Elitsa 2313 - WGM Huang, Qian 2449  
Bo. 4 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg - 9 Germany (GER) Rtg 0 : 0
3.1 GM Lahno, Kateryna 2542 - IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2483  
3.2 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2466 - WGM Melamed, Tetyana 2356  
3.3 GM Zhukova, Natalia 2442 - WGM Ohme, Melanie 2337  
3.4 IM Ushenina, Anna 2433 - WGM Michna, Marta 2380  
Bo. 14 France (FRA) Rtg - 6 India (IND) Rtg 0 : 0
4.1 IM Skripchenko, Almira 2442 - GM Dronavalli, Harika 2503  
4.2 IM Milliet, Sophie 2411 - IM Sachdev, Tania 2379  
4.3 WGM Maisuradze, Nino 2284 - WGM Gomes, Mary Ann 2396  
4.4 WIM Bollengier, Andreea 2253 - WGM Soumya, Swaminathan 2271  

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Comments

Evgeny's picture

How has won the gold medal?
Russia has won 3:1 and Armenia with 2:5:1.5 and China has lost...

Merijn's picture

Good question, I would guess Armenia

Bigglesworth's picture

Armenia has won the gold, 433-430.5.

Bigglesworth's picture

Sorry, 397-388.5. Armenia still wins.

Kenji Margono's picture

How about lady section? Whose Sonnebornberger is better between China and Russia?

Kenji Margono's picture

How about lady section? Whose Sonnebornberger is better between China and Russia?

Thomas's picture

I calculate 386.5 for Russia vs. 381 for Armenia - guess we have to wait for the official result.
I didn't calculate tiebreaks for the women's section, but the difference between Russia and China was small before the round and 4-0 against Kazakhstan should count for much more than w.5-1.5 against Bulgaria, so I suspect gold for Russia.

Thomas's picture

I calculate 386.5 for Russia vs. 381 for Armenia - guess we have to wait for the official result.
I didn't calculate tiebreaks for the women's section, but the difference between Russia and China was small before the round and 4-0 against Kazakhstan should count for much more than w.5-1.5 against Bulgaria, so I suspect gold for Russia.

tsia68's picture

Russian girlies won 4-0 against kasakshtan. Friendly team..... ;-)

Anonymous's picture

Did that help the Russian women overtake China in the Sonnenborn-Berger?

Anonymous's picture

It's surprising to see a 4-0 whitewash on board 1 of an Olympiad. Especially after considering how well the Kazak women had played in the earlier rounds.

Thomas's picture

Conspiration theories? With a rating gap of 200-300 points on every single board, a 4-0 isn't too surprising.
Actually looking at the results of Kazakhstan, they somehow managed to reach the top without playing any of the strongest teams. Seeded 22nd, their strongest opponents before the penultimate round were #16 Slovenia and #17 Netherlands (2-2 in both matches). Then they drew against China, THIS was surprising - the Chinese have only themselves to blame!

Anonymous's picture

It's surprising to see a 4-0 whitewash on board 1 of an Olympiad. Especially after considering how well the Kazak women had played in the earlier rounds.

Alfonso's picture

Victories of Kamsky and Robson to compensate Nakamura's defeat in USA-Poland...I think someone has to eat his tweets with potatoes and ketchup..Catastrophic result for Spain (without Shirov). We used to be one of the best EU teams. Sigh!

ozan's picture

"Hikaru Nakamura ‏@GMHikaru

I carried our team through the Olympiad and today, they carried me. Robson winning today bodes well for our future. "

Zeblakob's picture

I suggest that Russia and Armenia share the gold medal.

redivivo's picture

Amazing that Armenia wins the Olympiad for a third time.

Zeblakob's picture

They are just lucky, if their opponents played slightly better, Armenia would not win :))

okay's picture

Of course they have our sympathy

valg321's picture

Armenia team is tight-knit. Nobody puts himself above the team and there are no prima donna's although ratings would surely suggest Aronian. Plus these guys (Aronian excepted) are the toughest 2600ers there are.

redivivo's picture

So what did Russia gain by ditching Svidler? Instead of the World Cup winner 2011, six times Russian Champion (last time in 2011) and Candidates participant (2013) they got a player that didn't win a single game in spite of his opposition being in the 2550s on average.

Thomas's picture

In the first instance they "ditched" Svidler for Jakovenko - or decided that Jakovenko might be the better _team player_, in any case he didn't disappoint. Tomashevsky only joined the team as last-minute replacement when Morozevich dropped out. Maybe at that stage Svidler wasn't available, or unwilling to re-enter via the back door. Don't ask me why Tomashevsky got board 4 - it hardly mattered because there were only three matches when both played.

redivivo's picture

Summing up the Olympiad. Player of the event: Aronian, going +4 on first board and leading Armenia to their third gold in four Olympiads. Game of the event: Nakamura-Kramnik, the latter's only loss in an Olympiad and a roller coaster of a game. Surprise of the event: Wojtaszek giving two top 5 players their only loss (Radjabov and Nakamura). Disappointment of the event: Russia once again failing to win.

Alfonso's picture

surprise team. Vietnam!!

Simple Pole etc.'s picture

This was a very interesting Olympiad! Congrats to the winners. Since Poland is my country of birth, three sentences about the Polish teams. The men overperformed, mainly thanks to great performance by Wojtaszek - the second best result on the first board. The women severely underperformed, despite Zawadzka's great score (and Socko's good one). If only they won the match against Russia (which, at some point, they were winning), in which case medal would be close...

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