Reports | November 24, 2008 9:57

Ukraine beats Israel; Poland leads women's

Spassky making the first moveIn the penultimate round of the Olympiad, leader Israel lost to Ukraine; they took over the lead and share it with Armenia who beat Serbia. Poland is in clear first in the women's section after they beat Armenia and Serbia-Ukraine shared match points. Full round 10 report with games, results, standings and a special press conference with Boris Spassky on video.

The Chess Olympiad takes place 12-25 november in Dresden, Germany. ChessVibes provides on-the-spot coverage from the venue, until the end of the tournament.

Before we go to the 10th round, first we'd like to draw your attention to yesterday's special press conference with 10th World Champion Boris Spassky. Highly recommended!


Round 10 press conference with 10th World Champion Boris Spassky:




Israel's reign lasted just one round as they were defeated by the Armenian Ukrainian team. Like in the previous round it was Zahar Efimenko who was congratulated for bringing home the victory ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú in a long-lasting Closed Ruy Lopez with lots of manoeuvring he managed to win a difficult ending against Evgeny Postny. The other three games were drawn which meant 2?Ǭ?-1?Ǭ? for Armenia Ukraine.

The US team, led by Gata Kamsky, defeated Germany with the same score; Naiditsch-Kamsky was a theoretically important draw in the Ruy Lopez exchange and Fridman's win against Onischuk didn't matter since Nakamura and Shulmand defeated Khenkin and Baramidze respectively.

The Armenians had no trouble with Serbia (especially Ivanisevic-Aronian was a walk-over) and China beat England, a match that was decided by Li Chao's win over Gawain Jones.

Slovenia's veteran Beliavsky easily drew Kramnik but on the other three boards the Russians were clearly too strong ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú some nice endgames tactics in Svidler's and Morozevich's games. Veselin Topalov's winning streak was put to a halt by Alexei Shirov (we'd almost add: who else?) who refuted the Bulgarian's mistake 29...a5? beautifully. Vallejo's quite spectacular win against Cheparinov shouldn't be missed either and so the 1-1 on the lower boards decided this match in Spain's favour.

In Miton-Smeets, the decisive game in the Poland-The Netherlands match, you'll notice a move repetition. There Smeets actually asked team captain Chuchelov whether a draw was OK, but he got a clear answer: ?¢‚Ǩ?ìPlay on!?¢‚Ǩ? A few moves later Smeets realized that his position was better indeed and he finished the game with a nice defending countermove. I had predicted that the young Dutch team would be doing well here and indeed their fearless fighting spirit has awarded them a not so trivial last-round match against Israel.

Four teams still have a chance to win gold: Armenia, China, Israel and Ukraine. In the last round, China plays Armenia, Ukraine meets the USA and it's Russia versus Spain; we already mentioned Netherlands-Israel. This last round will start at 10:00 CET on Tuesday.

A most disappointing turn of events was witnessed in the women's section, where China lost their second match in a row and with it their hopes for a gold medal. In a position where Maia Chiburdanidze had already comfortably equalized, Hou Yifan had a rare tactical oversight, missing a double attack and losing a pawn without compensation. The former world champion had no trouble converting it ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú a big blow for the Chinese team, who couldn't recover on the other boards since Zhao Xue also lost, against Nana Dzagnidze.

The top match, Serbia-Ukraine, had ended in four draws and so Poland is now clear first with 17 match points thanks to a hard-fought victory (1?Ǭ?-2?Ǭ?) over Armenia. It's Ukraine, Georgia and Serbia who follow with a match point less. Poland will defend their lead versus Ukraine tomorrow, while Georgia plays Serbia. The United States meet France and Russia plays its last round against The Netherlands, who also perform well in the women's section.

Favorites for gold? We should anwer that one by: Ukraine. And Ukraine. Amazingly, in both sections they're the only undefeated teams!

Results and standings in both the Open and Women's sections:

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Here's a selection of round 10 games for replay:

Spassky

Another former world champion showed up for this round: Boris Spassky

High

An experienced showman, Spassky lifted up the pawn very high...

flash

...captured by the flashing cameras all around

Maric

Alisa Maric, Serbia's board one, drawing against...

Lahno

...Kateryna Lahno, Ukraine's number one

Israel-Ukraine

Israel-Ukraine, where the first moves are made on board 2...

Ivanchuk

...because Chuky always waits for his first move until the photographers have left...

Gelfand

...and so Gelfand is condemned to waiting as well

Karjakin

Sergey Karjakin, never looking away from the camera lense

Volokitin

Andrei Volokitin drew with...

Rodshtein

...Rodshtein on board four

Tukmakov

Vladimir Tukmakov, team captain of Ukraine, hoping for another act as in Calvia four years ago | this photo could also just have had the caption Stripes...

Aronian-Ivanisevic

Aronian calculated a bit deeper than Ivanisevic

Tiger

Tiger Hillarp Persson, on a fantastic 7/9 and 2740 performance for Sweden

Bruzon

Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Cuba's second board

Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Le Quang Liem

Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Le Quang Liem, Vietnam's board one and two

China

China

Topalov

Topalov, unaware of what will happen later this round...

Cheparinov

...Cheparinov, also still in a good mood

Kamsky

Gata Kamsky drew with Arkadij Naiditsch

Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura beat Igor Khenkin

Ju Wenjun and Shen Yang versus Maia Lomineishvili and Javakhishvili

China-Georgia

Chiburdanidze

Maia Chiburdanidze, profiting from a blunder by Hou Yifan

Short

Nigel Short, playing like in the good old days for England, on 7/9 and a 2812 performance

Jones vs Li Chao

Jones vs Li Chao, the decisive game in the England-China match

Sargissian vs Perunovic

Sargissian vs Perunovic - a draw

Dronavalli-Muzychuk

Dronavalli-Muzychuk from the match that India won 3-1 versus Slovenia

Mamedyarov

Shakhryiar Mamedyarov, after losing two back on track and beating Egypt's Ahmed Adly

Carlsen moves

Carlsen moves, with Agdestein on two

India-Czech Republic

India-Czech Republic with a draw between Sasikiran and Navara on board done

Ilyumzhinov

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov - he arrived in Dresden two days ago, apparently recovered from his recent car accident

Al Modiahki

Mohamad Al Modiahki, who's probably going to miss three Grand Prix tournaments, but still showing good spirit

Arakhamia

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, one of the women who's playing in the open section, for Scotland

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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Comments

Peter Doggers's picture

The answer is yes ;-) Enjoy.

ChessGirl's picture

ATTENTION: You wrote that Israel was beaten by the Armenian team, when it was the Ukrainian. You got mixed up with the fact that Israel beat Armenia to become first.

Arne Moll's picture

Pretty impressive victory of Spain over Bulgaria, too ...

ebutaljib's picture

Will there be a video of Susan Polgar interviewing Boris Spassky (like with Karpov and Khalifman yesterday)?

val's picture

Re: ChessGirl, Peter Doggers. In the same paragraph of the report another "Armenia"needs to be replaced with "Ukraine" {not that it mattered much}.

Peter Doggers's picture

Oops, corrected.

ebutaljib's picture

Thanks for the video. I saw the interview yesterday on Chess Olympiad TV.

patrick j's picture

great coverage, great pictures.
keep up the good work!

Alin's picture

Just a couple of problems:
- the videos seem to stop after 3 seconds so there are not working (at least not on my computer)
- actually in the picture with Spassky making the first move in the game Maric vs Lahno, he lifted up not the pawn, but the knight :)

newage's picture

Ohh! The interview with Boris Spassky is awesome.
I like people with that sense of humor, so sarcastic. The anecdotes about Ivanchuk or that treatment of media about the Carlsen success. LOL!

Ans Spain won this round!!
Thanks for your coverage of the tournament.

ebutaljib's picture

Yeah, you got to love him:

"From the living players I have a lot of respect to Vassily Ivanchuk. Probably because he is a little bit crazy."

- Boris Spassky -

"Now I'm preparing myself to die very peacefully."

- Boris Spassky -

"I said recently to Garry: 'Garry if you come back to chess, I'm ready to be your coach. Gratis [for free]'"
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"No chance. No chance to get him back, no."

- Boris Spassky -

"Ocasionally I looked at my games which I played at age of 30, 40, 45 and looked my present games when I was 60 or 62 and I said: 'Ohhh, I'm crazy...to play such a bad chess after showing such beautiful quality.'
So I think I stoped playing very late.

But Victor, you know Victor is a great fighter. It is his nature. He's fighting, loses one, two, three games...he wins fourth and he is happy! So it's very simple, you know. And very healthy approach also."

- Boris Spassky -

"My best years were probably 60 to 70. 71 I was official champion of the world, but I was not the strongest already [anymore]."

- Boris Spassky -

"Botvinnik was 13 years a champion, but he was not the strongest. That was a FIDE champion, not a champion of the world. This is a difference between champion and FIDE champion."

- Boris Spassky -

"Very fortunately for me I won two games when Garry was very young. And I lost two games when I was old and Garry was...just got a sence of maturity, you know...so he was very proud to eat my old meat.
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So I felt eventually that to fight against Garry is not so simple business."

- Boris Spassky -

"He [Karpov] was eating me like crocodile eating small animal."

- Boris Spassky -

val's picture

Alas, the mighty Russian team is most likely to end up with no medals at all.

jan van der marel's picture

Katerina Lahno, what a beauty! But Peter, can't you tell her to get rid of the moustache?

shy_guest's picture

Surely if Russia deserved medals they'd get them.

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