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Russia Lead Olympiad After 6 Rounds

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2012.09.03. 14:36.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgRussia lead both the Open and Women's competitions after six rounds of the Olympiad in Istanbul.

In the Open event, top seeds Russia faced third seeds Armenia with the top board clash between Vladimir Kramnik and Lev Aronian being a repeat of their friendly match in Zurich earlier this year.

This time it was Kramnik who came out on top, with a clever piece sacrifice which Aronian seemed to overlook.  However, the Russians didn't have things all their own way, and the match ended all-square thanks to Sergey Movsesian's victory against Alexander Grischuk on board two.

Despite the drawn match, the Russian team took the lead thanks to a superior Sonneborn-Berger (S-B) tiebreak score.

Azerbaijan moved into third place thanks to a 3-1 win against Croatia.  Azeri top board Teimour Radjabov has scored a perfect 5 wins out of 5 games played so far!

China claimed fourth place after crushing Bosnia & Herzegovina 3½-½, and the Philippines are fifth after upsetting Bulgaria 2½-1½. Reigning champions Ukraine defeated Montenegro 3-1 and lie in sixth place.

Russia will play Azerbaijan in round 7, and Armenia will play China.

The US team drew their third match in succession against Germany and will need to earn some match victories soon if they are to challenge for medals.

The top standings after 6 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Russia 5 1 0 11 121.0 16.5
2 Armenia 5 1 0 11 118.0 16.5
3 Azerbaijan 5 1 0 11 107.0 19.5
4 China 5 0 1 10 119.0 18.0
5 Philippines 5 0 1 10 108.0 17.5
6 Ukraine 5 0 1 10 105.0 17.0
7 Hungary 5 0 1 10 105.0 16.0
8 Spain 5 0 1 10 92.5 17.5
9 Germany 3 3 0 9 106.5 16.0
10 Moldova 4 1 1 9 105.0 18.5
11 India 3 3 0 9 102.0 16.0
12 USA 3 3 0 9 97.0 17.0
13 France 4 1 1 9 97.0 16.0
14 England 3 3 0 9 95.5 15.0
15 Mexico 4 1 1 9 91.5 16.0
16 Croatia 4 1 1 9 91.5 14.0
17 Argentina 4 1 1 9 90.5 15.0
18 Georgia 4 1 1 9 90.0 16.5
19 Turkey 4 1 1 9 88.5 16.0
20 Uzbekistan 4 1 1 9 87.5 17.0

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The ceremonial first move is made between Kramnik and Aronian

2012 Olympiad Vladimir Kramnik v Lev Aronian rd6.JPG

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Kramnik played a beautiful game to beat Aronian

2012 Olympiad Vladimir Kramnik v Lev Aronian 2 rd6.jpg

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Sergey Movsesian won on board 2, and the match ended all-square at 2-2

2012 Olympiad Sergey Movsesian v Alexander Grischuk rd6.jpg

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Teimour Radjabov is now #3 on the live ranking list!

2012 Olympiad Teimour Radjabov rd6.jpg

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China's crushing 3½-½ win kept them in contention near the top of the standings

2012 Olympiad China rd6.JPG

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The Philippines shocked the Bulgarians with a 2½-1½ win

2012 Olympiad Philippines rd6.JPG

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Eugenio Torre is competing in a record 21st Olympiad for the Philippines!

2012 Olympiad Eugenio Torre rd6.JPG

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In the women's competition the Russian leaders fought their nearest rivals, the top seeds China.  Women's world champion Hou Yifan won on top board against Tatiana Kosintseva, but Tatiana's sister Nadezhda beat Zhao Xue on board two and the match ended drawn.

So Russia maintain their lead, but despite drawing the match China drop to third below Poland who crushed Serbia 3½-½ to move into second place.  Russia will take on Poland in round 7, and China will play third seeds Georgia.

The top standings in the women's competition after 6 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Russia 5 1 0 11 121.0 18.5
2 Poland 5 1 0 11 119.0 19.0
3 China 4 2 0 10 126.5 18.5
4 Ukraine 4 2 0 10 120.0 17.5
5 Georgia 4 2 0 10 116.5 18.5
6 France 5 0 1 10 103.5 19.0
7 Vietnam 5 0 1 10 88.5 16.5
8 Hungary 4 1 1 9 109.5 17.0
9 Greece 4 1 1 9 103.5 15.0
10 Serbia 4 1 1 9 99.0 16.5
11 Spain 4 1 1 9 92.5 16.0
12 Slovakia 4 1 1 9 92.0 14.5
13 India 4 1 1 9 88.0 15.5
14 Estonia 4 1 1 9 84.5 16.5
15 Uzbekistan 4 1 1 9 84.0 15.5
16 Montenegro 4 1 1 9 82.0 16.0
17 Peru 4 1 1 9 78.5 16.0
18 USA 3 2 1 8 96.5 16.0
19 Kazakhstan 3 2 1 8 93.5 16.5
20 Bulgaria 3 2 1 8 92.0 15.5

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The top two seeds in the women's competition - Russia and China

2012 Olympiad China v Russia rd6.JPG

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Look out for live coverage on www.chess.com/tv (scroll down on that page to check the schedule for times).

Official website here.  Full results and standings here.  Photos and games from the official website. All the games can be replayed at the live games page.

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  • 2 év ezelőtt

    netzach

    What a clever-game Kramnik played against Aronian. Very impressive! Smile

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    joey0094

    MABUHAY PILIPINAS!!! HELL YEAH!!! GM TORRE YOU ARE STILL MY IDOL!!! ASIA'S FIRST EVER GM STILL SLUGGING IT OUT WITH TODAY'S YOUTH!!! TAGAY!!!

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    NM Petrosianic

    amazing performance by the phillipines thus far this tournament, and for sure the major surprise.  the us men are turning in a solid performance.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    saeed_rezaeii

    barbosa  i play with  u   happy for u

     

    go philipine  and iran

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    dandof

    A monster win for the Philippine team! GM Barbosa rise to occasion to save the sweet victory for the team...

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    gregdocot

    Team Philippines, I am proud of you.


  • 2 év ezelőtt

    dreev179

    very nice job mga KABABAYAN!!!

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    lumberjack123

    congrats Kramnik,beautiful victory.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    peacefulblue

    Congratulations to the whole Philippine team. GM Barbosa, special kudos to you and mabuhay for battling it out to the very end, showing the true grit of the Filipino competitor in both chess and boxing. GM So, I hope you make it to 2700 soon and beyond. GM Torre, thanks and congrats for keeping the fight all these years. And congrats too to GM Marc Paragua and IM Oliver Dimakiling. Keep up the good fight. God bless. There is no victory except through Him. 

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    ferdinandplebie

    now the team philippines will be on the list of super powers and seeds

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    ferdinandplebie

    great draw by wesley to topalov.the bulgarian super GM was not able to beat our youth GM.congrats.tough win by barbosa and a good draw by the legend torre

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    clarizannjoy

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  • 2 év ezelőtt

    dantelic

    all great games in round 6!!!... but of course im with the team Philippines.. Barbosa wins a deadly match..yes to rank no. 5..

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    rp_lazarte

    CONGRATS TEAM PHILIPPINES!!! GOD BLESS & MABUHAY!!!!

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    William382

    Barbosa on CPR mode... What a great scape... Go Phil...

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    shengyi

    Indeed!

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    kd2013

    What a great game from Kramnik!  Beautiful piece sacrifice... Cool

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    dnleary

    Beautiful win by Kramnik.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    unratedpal

    What a win for GM Barbosa. The understimated team Philippines continues to surprise superpowers.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    dgp123

    gogogo team philippines, we're proud of u...

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