Reports | September 04, 2012 5:40

Three-way tie after six rounds at Istanbul Olympiad

Participants of the Youth U-16 event that's held alongside the Olympiad

On Monday the Olympiad's top clash between Armenia and Russia ended in 2-2. The two countries were caught in the lead by Azerbaijan, who defeated Croatia 3-1. In the women's section Russia, who played 2-2 against China, is now sharing the lead with Poland.

Participants of the Youth U-16 event that's held alongside the Olympiad | 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

Insomnia is not even the right word for describing the author's current state of mind. I am typing away in a dark, Istanbul hotel room where an unexpected roommate is snoring like a Siberian tiger. Needless to say, he keeps me awake, and I have resigned this unequal match at an early stage.

Earlier today, when I arrived in my hotel room, it wasn't empty but instead occupied by this friendly Russian interpreter named Mikhail. The organizers have confirmed that a mistake had been made, but since the hotel is full (according to the reception) the solution will only be available the next day. Until then there's not much to do except for producing a round 6 report. Meanwhile I'm trying to avoid too many bites of a silent mosquito that adds to the horror...

I actually arrived more or less at the end of the round, so unfortunately I was too late to witness the big clashes Russia was involved in, against Armenia in the Open section and China in the Women's.

I also missed Garry Kasparov who visited the playing hall today - here he's speaking with
his former second Yuri Dokhoian who is now coach of the Russian men's team

I did get to see some of the little things that go on behind the scenes at an Olympiad. To start with, the area is not great. It's industrial, which was to be expected because it's very close to the Atatürk airport. At the same time the players find it quite convenient. All the hotels are pretty close, and especially if you're in the WOW hotel (I'm not, but hopefully tomorrow!) the distance to the venue is walkable.

The WOW is also the place where the top teams are staying, and as I did have dinner there, I met with a few big names, such as Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and Wang Hao. The (quite decent) food is served in a huge room with round tables, so it's easy to recognize many teams sitting together and this actually adds to the specialy Olympiad atmosphere a lot.

Biel winner Wang Hao, left to coach Li Wenliang and also on the cover of the latest New in Chess magazine!

I also bumped into Evgeny Surov, the Russian journalist who still isn't allowed to enter the playing hall. He is wearing a T-shirt with the URL of his website and a text that goes along the lines of "Let us work!" Emil Sutovsky, the President of the ACP and member of the FIDE World Championship and Olympiad Committe (and team member of Israel) told me that already before the start of the Olympiad he has written a letter to Georgios Makropoulos, but the FIDE Deputy President hasn't replied yet...

So, on to the chess, where the board one encounter between Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian was obviously the game of the day. In an Exchange Slav, Aronian as Black played an original (but not completely new) setup that included an early exchange of the light-squared bishops and a kingside fianchetto. Kramnik doubled rooks on the c-file and Aronian decided to do the same, but this failed tactically, as the former World Champion demonstrated in great style.

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The match Russia-Armenia under way

At a press conference after the game, Kramnik said:

As for my game it was really surprising. It went for me quite smoothly. Levon is absolutely a great player in a fantastic shape. Of course playing white my task was to try to press him and win. But somehow it went easier for me. Levon had an uncomfortable position out of the opening. Then he missed tactics with Nxb7 or maybe he missed Qb6. I don’t know exactly. But after that it was over and I just had to calculate the variations accurately. To my surprise I manage to do it.

Vladimir Kramnik giving a press conference

Armenia levelled the score on board 2 where Sergei Movsesian played a great game. In a sharp King's Indian (the Petrosian variation with opposite castling!) his opponent Alexander Grischuk made one mistake and then basically the engine approves of Movsesian's last twenty powerful moves.

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Sergey Movsesian talking to his opponent after the game

With draws on the other two boards this big match ended without a winner or loser. The same result was seen in Germany-USA, a match of four draws that was played on Alexander Onischuk's birthday. I found out about this because in the evening the Americans were celebrating by bowling at the already infamous cafe/restaurant/club Choppers next to WOW. For a while they were playing right next to the Russian men's team! The only players who didn't join the bowling were Kamsky, Nakamura and Kramnik.

Azerbaijan finds itself in shared first place thanks to a 3-1 victory over Croatia. On one, Teimour Radjabov's opponent Ivan Saric played an old exchange sacrifice in the Botvinnik Semi-Slav.

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Ivan Saric (l.) against Teimour Radjabov

Shakhryiar Mamedyarov played an also theoretical positional queen sacrifice:

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The Philippines managed to beat Bulgaria 2.5-1.5. Wesley So, who drew with Aronian earlier in the tournament, split the point with Veselin Topalov. There were two more draws and so Oliver Barbosa was the Pinoy hero:

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There's many more matches and games to describe, but we'll leave it here. You can find the full results here. Tomorrow the top matches are Azerbaijan-Russia, China-Armenia, Philippines-Hungary, Ukraine-Spain, Moldova-Germany, Argentina-India, USA-Turkey and Israel-France.

The top match of the Women's section had the exact same scenario as in Armenia-Russia: two decisive games on board 1 and 2, two draws on 3 and 4 and a score of 2-2. Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva in a Ruy Lopez, Marshall Gambit:

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China was actually leading 2-1 for a long time, until the other sister managed to save a match point:

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China-Russia in round 6

Poland is now in shared first place with Russia after crushing Serbia 3.5-0.5. China, Ukraine, Georgia, France and Vietnam follow, with one match point less. The 7th round has Russia-Poland, Georgia-China, Ukraine-France and Serbia-Vietnam.

Olympiad 2012 | Round 6 standings (top 30)

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 1 Russia 6 5 1 0 11 121 16,5 47
2 3 Armenia 6 5 1 0 11 118 16,5 48
3 7 Azerbaijan 6 5 1 0 11 107 19,5 35
4 6 China 6 5 0 1 10 119 18 43
5 35 Philippines 6 5 0 1 10 108 17,5 42
6 2 Ukraine 6 5 0 1 10 105 17 42
7 4 Hungary 6 5 0 1 10 105 16 42
8 18 Spain 6 5 0 1 10 92,5 17,5 37
9 14 Germany 6 3 3 0 9 106,5 16 44
10 23 Moldova 6 4 1 1 9 105 18,5 37
11 13 India 6 3 3 0 9 102 16 43
12 5 United States Of America 6 3 3 0 9 97 17 38
13 8 France 6 4 1 1 9 97 16 40
14 11 England 6 3 3 0 9 95,5 15 42
15 38 Mexico 6 4 1 1 9 91,5 16 39
16 19 Croatia 6 4 1 1 9 91,5 14 45
17 29 Argentina 6 4 1 1 9 90,5 15 38
18 26 Georgia 6 4 1 1 9 90 16,5 36
19 31 Turkey 6 4 1 1 9 88,5 16 37
20 33 Uzbekistan 6 4 1 1 9 87,5 17 35
21 22 Italy 6 4 1 1 9 85,5 16,5 38
22 12 Israel 6 4 1 1 9 84 14,5 37
23 49 FYROM 6 4 1 1 9 80,5 16 36
24 17 Czech Republic 6 3 2 1 8 101,5 15,5 44
25 30 Latvia 6 4 0 2 8 93 15,5 40
26 20 Serbia 6 3 2 1 8 90,5 16,5 36
27 15 Cuba 6 4 0 2 8 88,5 17,5 34
28 10 Bulgaria 6 4 0 2 8 88 15 40
29 16 Poland 6 4 0 2 8 87,5 15,5 42
30 21 Greece 6 4 0 2 8 87 18 36

Women's Olympiad 2012 | Round 6 standings (top 20)

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 2 Russia 6 5 1 0 11 121 18,5 42
2 7 Poland 6 5 1 0 11 119 19 41
3 1 China 6 4 2 0 10 126,5 18,5 45
4 4 Ukraine 6 4 2 0 10 120 17,5 44
5 3 Georgia 6 4 2 0 10 116,5 18,5 41
6 14 France 6 5 0 1 10 103,5 19 37
7 28 Vietnam 6 5 0 1 10 88,5 16,5 37
8 12 Hungary 6 4 1 1 9 109,5 17 43
9 18 Greece 6 4 1 1 9 103,5 15 41
10 19 Serbia 6 4 1 1 9 99 16,5 43
11 11 Spain 6 4 1 1 9 92,5 16 38
12 20 Slovakia 6 4 1 1 9 92 14,5 43
13 6 India 6 4 1 1 9 88 15,5 40
14 49 Estonia 6 4 1 1 9 84,5 16,5 36
15 35 Uzbekistan 6 4 1 1 9 84 15,5 37
16 42 Montenegro 6 4 1 1 9 82 16 35
17 37 Peru 6 4 1 1 9 78,5 16 35
18 5 United States of America 6 3 2 1 8 96,5 16 42
19 22 Kazakhstan 6 3 2 1 8 93,5 16,5 37
20 13 Bulgaria 6 3 2 1 8 92 15,5 40

 

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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

Anonymous's picture

Great move by Kramnik to sac his Knight for 2 pawns on the queenside.

valg321's picture

what a game by Movsesian. If only this guy could devote himself entirely to chess, he could blow away the competition.

Anonymous's picture

Could he? I confess to not knowing much about Movsesian but what's stopping him from devoting himself entirely to chess? He already seems to play a lot of games, for example he has 58 rated games so far in 2012 and only 27 for his opponent Grischuk.

Anonymous's picture

NOBODY can blow out the competition

valg321's picture

true, i got carried away with my that statement so i retract it. But i still think he's an unpolished diamond who could even hit 2800+ if only he sets his mind to it.

Steve Giddins's picture

Nice to see the chess journalists of the world showing their solidarity with their colleague Surov by boycotting this vile Olympiad! "I'm alright Jack..."

Frits Fritschy's picture

Steve, I don't doubt your good intentions, but boycotting an event is not the right action for a journalist. On the contrary, he should double his efforts, ask more questions, dig deeper.
Let them on press conferences ask the 'unpleasant' questions Surov would have wanted to ask!

J's picture

How is the TB2 calculated in the standing?

Anonymous's picture

@Peter Doggers
The coach next to Wang Hao is not "Yu Shaoteng", but "Li Wenliang".

Peter Doggers's picture

Thx, corrected.

S3's picture

I don't think Wesley So has played a lot against top players but every time he does he seems to get good results (against Ivanchuk and Karjakin at the world cup and now Aronian and Topalov). Hope to see more of this guy.

Morley's picture

Great game by Kramnik. After Rd.7 today, the cream is rising, with the top 7 highest rated teams in places 1-7 with 4 rounds to go. Russia is on a tear, and could very well run away with it, as they have already successfully faced their three chief rivals ... it is up to Ukraine and the USA to stop them, but I doubt it will happen.

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