Reports | September 02, 2012 12:55

Armenia & Russia lead at Istanbul Olympiad and meet on Monday

An official performs the first move in the Armenia-Ukraine match

Only Armenia and Russia won all of their five matches and so they are sharing the lead at the Olympiad in Istanbul during the first rest day. On Monday they will meet in what will be one of the crucial matches this year. In the women's section Russia defeated France to reach 10 match points as well. One point behind them are China, Serbia, Poland and Slovakia.

An official performs the first move in the Armenia-Ukraine match | 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

Fantasy Chess

Before we go to the games we'd like to mention one more time the Fantasy Chess Olympiad where you can create your own teams and see if you can do better than others. Following on from the success of the inaugural competition, the Yorkshire chess fans have opened a new competition centred on the second week of the Olympiad. The “Week 2 Sprint” competition scores teams from round 6 to round 11 of the Olympiad only and is designed to allow players whose initial selections have under-performed to have another go at selecting their dream team as well as allowing chess fans who missed the boat first time around to get involved.

As with the first competition, Fantasy Chess Olympiad managers can choose a “Free to Play” or “Winner Takes All” option (entry fee £3.00). The window for entering the “Week 2 Sprint” is brief one with entries closing at 11am (GMT) on Monday the 3rd of September.

ChessVibes is one of the sponsors of this fun competition: you can win a 1-year combined subscription to ChessVibes Openings and ChessVibes Training, valued at 64 Euros!

You can enter the "Week 2 Sprint" competition here.

Round 5

We'll arrive in Istanbul on Monday afternoon, and we're in for a treat. At the top boards of both sections there will be the clash between two big favorites: Armenia vs Russia (Open) and China vs Russia (Women). In the Open section Armenia and Russia won their matches on Saturday, against Ukraine and Hungary respectively. One point beind them are Azerbaijan and Croatia.

Levon Aronian started his Olympiad well with a score of 3.5/4. Against Ukraine, he won against Vassily Ivanchuk. It looked easy, but was it?

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Levon Aronian beat Vassily Ivanchuk

With draws on the other boards Armenia defeated the Ukrainians 2.5-1.5. Russia won a similarly close match against Hungary which included a draw between Leko and Kramnik on one. Alexander Grischuk secured the two match points:

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There were disappointing or slightly disappointing results for Germany, France and USA. Playing White Arkadij Naiditsch lost unexpectedly for the Germans. He went all or nothing and got nothing:

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Daniel Fridman saved a match point for Germany:

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Croatia-Germany in round 5

France drew on three boards with Croatia, but on board 4 it went wrong:

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The USA drew all four games with the Czech Republic and so did England against India.

Azerabijan crushed Canada 3.5-0.5 where Radjabov played a nice King's Indian on board one to set his score to 4/4. (White was actually doing quite alright until the timetrouble phase.)

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In the match Bulgaria-Peru (2.5-1.5) Veselin Topalov won a nice game against Jorge Cori.

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Anish Giri has finally arrived in Istanbul. He played his first game for the Netherlands, who beat Monaco 4-0:

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Besides Russia-Armenia the 6th round will have Azerbaijan-Croatia, Germany-USA, Czech Republic-Philippines, Bosnia & Herzegovina-China, Hungary-Poland, England-Italy, Montenegro-Ukraine and India-Israel.

Polgar sisters

After she had finished her game, Judit Polgar participated in a press conference with... both of her sisters! The official website reports:

Sophia’s visit was an incredibly pleasant surprise for both other sisters. As Susan lives in the USA, Judith lives in Hungary and Sophia - in Israel, sisters lack communication and try to catch opportunities to get together. Every year sisters meet during annual event - Polgar Chess Day. Sophia emphasized that she is very happy not only to meet her sisters, but also to be at such a Chess event as the Olympiad, since she hasn’t participated in Olympiads for 15 years.

All three Polgar sisters are in Istanbul after Sofia (l.) arrived on Saturday, here next to Judit and Susan

Russia is in sole lead in the women's section after beating France 2.5-1.5. Tatiana Kosintseva drew with Almira Skripchenko, Nadezhda Kosintseva beat Nino Maisuradze and Alexandra Kosteniuk won against Andreea Bollengier. We include the only loss for Russia because we liked that game a lot:

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Russia with L-R Kosteniuk, N.Kosintseva, Gunina, T.Kosintseva

Monday's top matches between the ladies are China-Russia, Poland-Serbia, Slovakia-Georgia, Hungary-Spain and Ukraine-Azerbaijan.

Olympiad 2012 | Round 5 standings (top 30)

Rk. SNo Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 3 Armenia 5 0 0 10 84 14,5 30
2 1 Russia 5 0 0 10 77 14,5 28
3 7 Azerbaijan 4 1 0 9 74 16,5 24
4 19 Croatia 4 1 0 9 61,5 13 26
5 6 China 4 0 1 8 77 14,5 30
6 2 Ukraine 4 0 1 8 77 14 32
7 14 Germany 3 2 0 8 75,5 14 30
8 13 India 3 2 0 8 74 14 30
9 5 United States Of America 3 2 0 8 73,5 15 27
10 4 Hungary 4 0 1 8 71,5 13 30
11 35 Philippines 4 0 1 8 70,5 15 28
12 17 Czech Republic 3 2 0 8 67,5 14 27
13 11 England 3 2 0 8 65,5 13 28
14 10 Bulgaria 4 0 1 8 65 13,5 26
15 18 Spain 4 0 1 8 64,5 15 25
16 44 Montenegro 3 2 0 8 63 13 27
17 50 Bosnia & Herzegovina 3 2 0 8 61,5 13,5 26
18 16 Poland 4 0 1 8 59,5 14,5 25
19 28 Slovenia 4 0 1 8 59 12 26
20 22 Italy 4 0 1 8 56 14,5 24
21 12 Israel 4 0 1 8 54,5 12,5 23
22 8 France 3 1 1 7 70,5 13,5 31
23 24 Brazil 3 1 1 7 65 12,5 27
24 31 Turkey 3 1 1 7 62 13,5 28
25 38 Mexico 3 1 1 7 61,5 13,5 27
26 29 Argentina 3 1 1 7 61,5 12 28
27 33 Uzbekistan 3 1 1 7 60 13,5 27
28 23 Moldova 3 1 1 7 59,5 15 23
29 27 Vietnam 3 1 1 7 59,5 14 24
30 26 Georgia 3 1 1 7 57 13 25

Women's Olympiad 2012 | Round 5 standings (top 20)

Rk. SNo Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 2 Russia 5 0 0 10 89 16,5 28
2 1 China 4 1 0 9 85,5 16,5 28
3 19 Serbia 4 1 0 9 75,5 16 26
4 7 Poland 4 1 0 9 75,5 15,5 28
5 20 Slovakia 4 1 0 9 68 13 29
6 4 Ukraine 3 2 0 8 76 14 30
7 12 Hungary 4 0 1 8 75,5 15 28
8 3 Georgia 3 2 0 8 74 16 26
9 14 France 4 0 1 8 70 16 26
10 27 Azerbaijan 4 0 1 8 69 15,5 24
11 23 Czech Republic 4 0 1 8 67 14,5 28
12 11 Spain 4 0 1 8 64 14 26
13 57 Philippines 4 0 1 8 58,5 14,5 23
14 42 Montenegro 4 0 1 8 53 14 22
15 49 Estonia 4 0 1 8 52,5 14,5 21
16 28 Vietnam 4 0 1 8 52 13,5 24
17 18 Greece 3 1 1 7 73,5 12,5 29
18 24 Latvia 3 1 1 7 69,5 14 29
19 22 Kazakhstan 3 1 1 7 66,5 14,5 26
20 9 Germany 3 1 1 7 66,5 13,5 28

 

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Bas's picture

Peter, I think there's a transmission error in the Efimov-Giri game. Giri's last move couldn't have been Ba1, as White would immediately draw with Kg6 and h5-h6. On the live boards they first showed the winning Bf4 as final move and only afterwards the incorrect Ba1

sab's picture

Thanks for that explanation, I was wondering how Ba1 could actually win the game.

Peter Doggers's picture

Thanks! Corrected.

Thomas's picture

It seems that Giri won from a position that was lost at some stage: Chessvibes cannot have a thorough look at all games (not even all featured ones), schaaksite.nl focusses on the Dutch teams.

GM Dimitri Reinderman gives the following variation: 39.-f6? ("the winning mistake") 40.e6 Kf8 41. a5 La3 42. Kc4 Lc1 The only way to stop the a-pawn 43. a6 Le3 44. f5 Ke7 45. Kd5 White gets a piece for the a-pawn and the remaining pawn ending is easily won.
Ludo Tolhuizen in the comments added 40.-f5 41. a5 La3 42. Kd4! Ld6 43. Kd5 Lb8 44. Kc6 Kf8 45. Kd7 and white wins.

chesshire cat's picture

Aronian remains a titan! Must be at least even odds for him to become world champ one day.

ozan's picture

Radabov is also going solid! He is close to the 2800 level and his game seems to be getting better.

miguelanjelo's picture

This

anna's picture

where is GASHIMOV in the Azerbadjan team one of the strongest GMI?

Peter Doggers's picture
noyb's picture

Beautiful game by Aronian vs. Ivanchuk. Reminded me slightly of Kasparov back in the 80's and his mastery of the QID.

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