2012 Chess Olympiad Istanbul: Closing ceremony

9/10/2012 – The celebrations at the close of the 40th Chess Olympiad took place after the final round, with the medals going to Armenia, Russia and Ukraine in the Open section, and to Russia, China and Ukraine in the Women's. We have some interesting statistics in the best players in the event – guess who has a 2880 performance in ten games! Well, that's it, the next Olympiad is in Tromsø in 2014.

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The 40th Chess Olympiad took place in the Turkish metropole of Istanbul, from August 27 to September 10th, 2012. A record of 158 national chess federations brought teams to Istanbul to participate in this prestigious event, which was staged in the WOW Hotel and Convention Center, just minutes away from the airport.

Closing ceremony, performance tables


The victorious Armenian team, with captain Arshak Petrosian on the right


Top seed at this Olympiad: Levon Aronian, board one for Armenia


Silver for the Russian team, with captain Yuri Dokhoyan, Evgeny Tomashevsky,
Dmitry Jakovenko, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk and Sergey Karjakin


Bronze for the Ukrainian team, with Andrei Volokitin, captain Alexander Sulipa,
Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov and Vassily Ivanchuk

Open Section: best players according to rating performance

No. Ti. Name Rtg Team Perf
Pts.
Gms
%
Bo.
1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2729 Azerbaijan 2880
8.5
10
85.0
3
2 GM Navara David 2691 Czech Republic 2869
9.5
11
86.4
2
3 GM Aronian Levon 2816 Armenia 2849
7.0
10
70.0
1
4 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2717 Poland 2844
7.5
10
75.0
1
5 GM Filippov Anton 2617 Uzbekistan 2820
6.5
8
81.3
2
6 GM Radjabov Teimour 2788 Azerbaijan 2813
6.5
9
72.2
1
7 GM Akopian Vladimir 2687 Armenia 2803
7.5
10
75.0
3
8 GM Kamsky Gata 2746 USA 2796
8.5
11
77.3
2
9 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2778 USA 2794
6.0
9
66.7
1
10 GM Le Quang Liem 2693 Vietnam 2787
8.0
10
80.0
1
11 GM Dominguez Leinier 2725 Cuba 2786
7.5
10
75.0
1
12 GM Karjakin Sergey 2785 Russia 2784
7.0
10
70.0
3
13 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2722 Russia 2783
7.0
9
77.8
5
14 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2797 Russia 2781
5.0
9
55.6
1
15 GM Amonatov Farrukh 2610 Tajikistan 2780
8.5
10
85.0
1
16 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2769 Ukraine 2775
6.0
10
60.0
1
17 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2734 Ukraine 2769
7.0
10
70.0
2
18 GM Ding Liren 2695 China 2764
7.5
10
75.0
3
19 GM Short Nigel 2698 England 2761
7.5
10
75.0
3
20 GM Wang Hao 2726 China 2761
6.0
10
60.0
1
21 GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2644 France 2750
6.5
8
81.3
4
22 GM Volokitin Andrei 2709 Ukraine 2750
6.0
9
66.7
3
23 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2637 India 2746
7.0
9
77.8
4
24 GM Grischuk Alexander 2763 Russia 2746
7.0
11
63.6
2
25 GM Polgar Judit 2698 Hungary 2744
7.5
10
75.0
3
26 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2686 France 2741
6.5
10
65.0
1
27 GM Felgaer Ruben 2570 Argentina 2736
7.0
10
70.0
3
28 GM Topalov Veselin 2752 Bulgaria 2725
7.0
10
70.0
1
29 GM Fridman Daniel 2653 Germany 2722
7.0
10
70.0
4
30 GM Caruana Fabiano 2773 Italy 2722
6.5
9
72.2
1


Gold for the Russian Women's team: Natalija Pogonina, captain Sergei Rublevsky,
Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Tatiana Kosintseva


Silver for the Chinese women: Ju Wenjun, Ding Yixin, captain Yu Shaoteng, Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue


Bronze for the Ukrainian team: with Natalia Zhukova, Mariya Muzychuk, Inna
Yanovska, Kateryna Lahno and Anna Ushenina


In fourth place the Indian Women's team, with Tania, Mary Ann, Eesha, Harika and
Soumya (that's Sachdev, Gomes, Karavade, Dronavalli and Swaminathan)

Women's Section: best players according to rating performance

No. Title Name Rtg Team Perf
Pts.
Gms
%
Bo.
1 GM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2524 Russia 2693
8.0
9
88.9
3
2 GM Hou Yifan 2599 China 2645
6.5
9
72.2
1
3 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 Georgia 2625
6.0
8
75.0
1
4 GM Lahno Kateryna 2542 Ukraine 2608
7.0
10
70.0
1
5 GM Zhao Xue 2549 China 2574
8.0
10
80.0
2
6 WGM Huang Qian 2449 China 2547
8.0
10
80.0
4
7 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2377 Poland 2538
9.0
11
81.8
3
8 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2434 Mongolia 2534
7.0
9
77.8
1
9 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2466 Ukraine 2526
6.0
9
66.7
2
10 GM Dronavalli Harika 2503 India 2524
7.0
10
70.0
1
11 IM Sachdev Tania 2379 India 2522
9.0
11
81.8
3
12 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2502 Bulgaria 2505
6.0
9
66.7
1
13 WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2341 Turkey 2502
9.5
11
86.4
2
14 GM Socko Monika 2467 Poland 2499
7.0
11
63.6
1
15 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2448 Russia 2487
6.5
8
81.3
5
16 WIM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2291 Kazakhstan 2483
6.5
10
65.0
1
17 IM Milliet Sophie 2411 France 2480
6.5
9
72.2
2
18 GM Zhukova Natalia 2442 Ukraine 2480
6.5
9
72.2
3
19 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2530 Russia 2480
5.5
9
61.1
1
20 GM Danielian Elina 2476 Armenia 2477
6.5
10
65.0
1
21 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2464 Hungary 2476
6.0
10
60.0
1
22 IM Collas Silvia 2261 France 2469
7.5
9
83.3
4
23 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2489 Russia 2468
7.0
9
77.8
4
24 GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2520 Lithuania 2464
8.0
10
80.0
1
25 IM Ushenina Anna 2433 Ukraine 2460
7.0
10
70.0
4
26 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2509 Georgia 2455
6.5
10
65.0
2
27 IM Lujan Carolina 2368 Argentina 2455
6.0
9
66.7
1
28 WGM Voiska Margarita 2281 Bulgaria 2454
7.5
9
83.3
4
29 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2483 Germany 2453
6.5
11
59.1
1
30 IM Gunina Valentina 2507 Russia 2449
6.0
9
66.7
2

The musical program included Sertab Erener, a Turkish pop music singer and a crossover soprano, best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with her hit song "Every Way That I Can".


Sertab Erener: Somewhere Over The Rainbow


She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with her hit "Every Way That I Can"

Photos by David Llada, Arman Karakhanyan, Anastasiya Karlovich


The next Chess Olympiad: Tromsø, Norway 2014

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