2016 Baku Rd3: China held to draw by Vietnam

by Albert Silver
9/4/2016 – After three rounds, there are still 16 teams in the Open section still with perfect scores, and 13 in the Women's section. If this seems a lite, it bears remembering how many teams there are in the overall event. There were few surprise results in the Open section as far as matches go, at least on paper, but the games had promised something else in some cases. The real surprise of the day (aside from Nakmaura's brush with defeat) was China's draw against Vietnam in the Women's section in spite of a dominant Hou Yifan Report, photos, and GM analysis.

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2016 Baku Olympiad

All games start at 3 p.m. local time = 1 p.m. in Europe (CEST), one hour earlier in Britain, and 2 p.m. in Moscow. You can find the starting time at your location here.

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Round three

As things heat up, the matches become more and more balanced with teams of grandmasters meeting others on the battlefield in a no-holds barred matchup. Even if 16 teams can still claim perfect match records with three victories out of three, none can claim to have reached this point unblemished.

The Russians had little trouble establishing their authority over the Moldovans, who they outrated by a fair bit, and only conceded two draws. However, the party of easy matches ends tomorrow when they take on the very tough team of Ukraine. The Ukrainians kept their perfect match score, even if they came very close to drawing with Germany. It was on the second board, where young Matthias Bluebaum reached a winning position, only to fail to capitalize.

Matthias Bluebaum cannot be blamed for Germany's loss per se, but he did have the chance to save the match. (photo by David Llada)

Yuriy Kryvoruchko - Matthias Bluebaum

[Event "42nd Olympiad Baku 2016 Open"] [Site "Baku"] [Date "2016.09.04"] [Round "3.38"] [White "Kryvoruchko, Yuriy"] [Black "Bluebaum, Matthias"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2693"] [BlackElo "2626"] [PlyCount "157"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "AZE"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [WhiteTeam "Ukraine"] [BlackTeam "Germany"] [WhiteTeamCountry "UKR"] [BlackTeamCountry "GER"] [TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"] 1. e4 {(00:00)} e6 {(00:00)} 2. d4 {(00:00)} d5 {( 00:00)} 3. Nc3 {(00:00)} Nf6 {(00:00)} 4. e5 {(00:00)} Nfd7 {(00:00)} 5. f4 {(00:00)} c5 {(00:00)} 6. Nf3 { (00:00)} Nc6 {(00:31)} 7. Be3 {(00:08)} Be7 {(00:13)} 8. Qd2 {(00:36)} a6 { (00:35)} 9. Be2 {(04:57)} O-O {(00:51)} 10. O-O {(02:27)} b5 {(00:23)} 11. Nd1 {( 01:23)} b4 {(00:48)} 12. c3 {(09:18)} a5 {(06:08)} 13. Bf2 {(12:46)} f6 { (07:20)} 14. Ne3 {(10:29)} fxe5 {(00:24)} 15. fxe5 {(01:44)} Ba6 {(03:39)} 16. Nc2 {(13:14)} Qc8 {(30:47)} 17. Bxa6 {(10:55)} Qxa6 {(02:05)} 18. Be3 {(04:43)} bxc3 {(12:52)} 19. bxc3 {(00:07)} cxd4 {( 01:49)} 20. cxd4 {(04:54)} Nb4 { (01:31)} 21. Bg5 {(05:48)} Bxg5 {(05:44)} 22. Nxg5 {(00:09)} h6 {(01:03)} 23. Rxf8+ {(01:55)} Nxf8 {(01:33)} 24. Nf3 {(00:26)} Nxc2 {( 03:00)} 25. Qxc2 { (00:04)} Rc8 {(00:07)} 26. Qd2 {(00:29)} Qb6 {(03:17)} 27. h4 {(04:26)} Rc4 { (03:08)} 28. h5 {(01:16)} Rb4 {(04:33)} 29. Kh2 {(01:13)} Rb2 {(00:56)} 30. Qe1 {(02:40)} a4 {(01:34)} 31. Qc3 {(04:41)} Qb5 {(01:50)} 32. Nh4 {(02:06)} Qe2 { (02:22)} 33. Qf3 {(02:08)} Qxf3 {(02:15)} 34. Nxf3 {(00:03)} a3 {(00:09)} 35. Nh4 {(00:24)} Kf7 {(01:58)} 36. Rc1 {(01:20)} Rxa2 {(02:24)} 37. Rc7+ {(00:03)} Ke8 {(00:39)} 38. Ng6 {(01:17)} Nxg6 {(01:44)} 39. hxg6 {(00:04)} Rd2 {( 00:10) } 40. Rxg7 {(00:00)} Kf8 {(00:00)} 41. Ra7 {(02:51)} Rxd4 {(05:23)} 42. Rxa3 { (08:15)} Re4 {(01:11)} 43. Ra7 {(01:33)} Rxe5 {(01:31)} 44. g7+ {(00:36)} Kg8 { (00:06)} 45. Rd7 {(05:53)} Rg5 {(13:05)} 46. Re7 {(00:07)} e5 {(00:24)} 47. Kg1 {[#] (00:18) Black has a winning advantage here as he is effectively two pawns up. The passed d- and e-pawns should be decisive.} h5 $4 {(06:41) Tragic, but this move lets the win slip away.} (47... e4 {is a simple way to win. Black is threatening Rxg7 now, so White's only option is} 48. Rd7 Re5 49. Kf1 e3 50. Ke2 Kh7 $1 {and White is almost in zugzwang. If the king moves, the e-pawn advances, and if the rook leaves the d-file, the d-pawn advances.}) 48. Kf2 { ( 01:36)} h4 {(00:04)} 49. Rd7 {(03:53)} d4 {(02:12)} 50. Re7 {(00:27) Black has no way to force the issue.} d3 {(02:31)} (50... Kh7 {achieves nothing now.} 51. Kf1 d3 52. Kf2 Kg8 53. Kf1 d2 (53... Kh7 54. Kf2 Kg8 55. Kf1 {etc}) 54. Rd7 ) 51. Kf1 {(01:25)} Kh7 {( 00:52)} 52. Kf2 {(00:04)} Kg8 {(01:43)} 53. Kf1 { (00:04)} Kh7 {(00:51)} 54. Kf2 {(00:04)} d2 {(00:14)} 55. Rd7 {(00:35)} Rxg7 { (00:12)} 56. Rxd2 {(00:04)} Kg6 {( 00:20)} 57. Rd8 {(08:47)} Kf5 {(00:26)} 58. Rh8 {(00:02)} Rg4 {(00:31)} 59. Kf3 {(00:19)} Rf4+ {(00:32)} 60. Ke3 {(00:09)} Re4+ {(01:08)} 61. Kf3 {(00:04)} Rf4+ {( 00:04)} 62. Ke3 {(00:04)} Ra4 {(00:05) } 63. Rf8+ {(01:01)} Ke6 {(00:04)} 64. Rh8 {(00:45)} Ra3+ {(00:06)} 65. Ke4 { (01:09)} Ra4+ {(00:05)} 66. Ke3 {(00:03)} Kf6 {(01:08)} 67. Rf8+ {(00:15)} Kg6 {(00:18)} 68. Re8 {(00:45)} Kf6 {(02:38)} 69. Rf8+ {(00:10)} Kg7 {(00:05)} 70. Re8 {(00:06)} Ra3+ {(00:04)} 71. Ke4 {(00:13)} Kf6 {(00:05)} 72. Rf8+ {(00:08)} Kg7 {(00:25)} 73. Rf5 {(00:53)} Ra2 {(00:18)} 74. Rxe5 {(00:16)} Rxg2 {(00:08)} 75. Rh5 {(00:12)} Ra2 {(00:05)} 76. Kf3 {(00:06)} h3 {(00:07)} 77. Rxh3 { (00:03)} Ra3+ {(00:05)} 78. Kg2 {(00:04)} Rxh3 {(00:04)} 79. Kxh3 {(00:03)} 1/2-1/2

Although the US team was never in any actual danger, there was real concern when Nakamura found himself down two pawns against Argentine GM Sandro Mareco, in a dead lost position. As is typical of him, he dug down so very deep and somehow managed to save the game, and is now at 2.5/3. Fabiano Caruana has had fewer issues thus far and has 2.0/2. (photo by David Llada)

England faced a remarkably strong Canadian team, fielding four grandmasters now led by GM Evgeny Bareev (2675) (above) on board one. Although the English did come through, including a victory by Adams over the former Russian, it should be noted that this is Bareev's first return to the Olympiad as a player since 1998. (photo by Paul Truong)

The Azeris had every reason to be pleased. Not only did they crush the very strong Hungarian team by 3-1, but their top board Mamedyarov was in sparkling form as he defeated Richard Rapport on board one. (photo by David Llada)

Jovana Rapport, playing for Serbia and recently wed to Richard watches her husband's game with understandable concern (photo by M. Emelianova)

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - Richard Rapport (annotated by GM Elshan Moradiabadi)

[Event "42nd Olympiad Baku 2016 Open"] [Site "Baku"] [Date "2016.09.04"] [Round "3.13"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Rapport, Richard"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D10"] [WhiteElo "2761"] [BlackElo "2752"] [Annotator "GM Elshan Moradiabadi"] [PlyCount "95"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "AZE"] [Source "ChessBase"] [WhiteTeam "Azerbaijan"] [BlackTeam "Hungary"] [WhiteTeamCountry "AZE"] [BlackTeamCountry "HUN"] [TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"] 1. d4 {(0s) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is known among chess players for his flamboyant attacking style, creativity and original approach to the royal game. In this game, he faced another original and attacking player, Super-GM Richard Rapport, whose uncompromising approach has brought him brilliant results. All these are indicative of a tense and exciting battle.} d5 {(0s)} 2. c4 {(0s)} c6 {(7s)} 3. cxd5 $5 {(455s) An interesting choice after some thought! What is Mamedyarov up to?!} cxd5 {(13s)} 4. Nc3 {(2s)} Nf6 {(8s)} 5. Bf4 {(1s)} Nc6 {(7s)} 6. e3 {(2s)} Bf5 {(7s)} 7. Qb3 {(190s) This move leads to some complications. In most of the games in this line, White has just a small edge but Black does not have so much counterplay.} Na5 {(12s)} 8. Qa4+ {(3s)} Bd7 { (5s)} 9. Qd1 {(2s)} Rc8 {(647s)} 10. Nf3 {(114s)} e6 {(581s)} 11. Bd3 {(604s)} Nc4 {(95s)} 12. Qe2 {(529s)} Qa5 {(847s)} 13. Bxc4 {(200s)} Rxc4 {(396s)} 14. O-O {(8s)} Bb4 {(320s)} 15. Ne5 {(67s)} Rc8 {(20s)} 16. Qf3 $146 {(362s) An interesting move which artificial intelligence is fond of!} (16. Rfc1 Bxc3 17. bxc3 Bb5 18. Qb2 Nh5 19. a4 Ba6 20. Qb4 Qd8 21. a5 f6 22. Qa4+ Ke7 23. Qb4+ Ke8 24. Nf3 Rc4 25. Qb2 Nxf4 26. exf4 Qc7 27. g3 Kf7 28. Nd2 Rc6 29. Nb3 Bc4 30. Nc5 b6 31. axb6 axb6 32. Na6 Bxa6 33. Rxa6 Rc8 34. Kg2 Rxc3 35. Rxc3 Qxc3 36. Ra7+ Kg8 37. Qe2 Qc6 38. f5 e5 39. dxe5 d4+ 40. Kh3 d3 41. Qh5 Kh8 42. e6 d2 43. Rd7 Qb5 44. Kg2 Qc6+ 45. Qf3 Qxf3+ 46. Kxf3 Kg8 47. Ke2 Kf8 48. Rf7+ Kg8 49. Rb7 h5 50. Kxd2 Kf8 51. h3 Rc5 52. g4 Rb5 53. Rb8+ Ke7 54. Rg8 Rb2+ 55. Kc3 Rxf2 56. Rxg7+ Kd6 57. Rd7+ Kc6 58. Rd2 {1-0 (58) Li,C (2721)-Nguyen,N (2659) Ho Chi Minh City 2015}) 16... h6 {(72s) The engines suggest this move on depth 27! Nevertheless, this is a logical move. White has the threat of Bg5. That simple isn't it? Nevertheless, now Black cannot castle due to Bxh6 tricks.} 17. Rfc1 {(1500s)} Bxc3 {(169s)} 18. bxc3 {(2s)} Rxc3 {(64s)} 19. g4 {(10s) Logical! White sacked a pawn and now he is trying to capitalize on his superior development.} Bb5 {(951s)} 20. g5 {(541s)} hxg5 {(326s)} 21. Bxg5 { (7s)} Rg8 $2 {(323s) Nimzowitsch would have loved this 'mysterious' rook move. Unfortunately for Rapport, this original rook move is not only a waste of time, it is a serious mistake!} (21... Qc7 22. Rxc3 Qxc3 23. Rb1 Ba6 24. Bxf6 Qc2 25. Re1 gxf6 26. Qxf6 Rf8 {should have kept the balance, despite White's unpleasant grip thanks to his knight on e5.}) 22. Kh1 $6 {(116s) This does not throws away White's entire advantage but it misses a win!} (22. h4 Qc7 23. Rxc3 Qxc3 24. Qd1 Be2 25. Rc1 Bxd1 26. Rxc3 Kd8 27. f3 $3 {with this fantastic prophylactic move Black would be dead lost. I cannot blame Mamedyarov for missing this move.} Ba4 28. Kf2 Be8 29. Ng4 Bc6 30. Nxf6 gxf6 31. Bxf6+ Kd7 32. h5 $18) 22... Qc7 {(731s)} 23. Rxc3 {(240s)} Qxc3 {(2s)} 24. Rg1 {(13s)} Rf8 {(14s)} 25. Bxf6 {(68s)} gxf6 {(4s)} 26. Qxf6 {(2s) White is in full control and close to winning.} Bd3 {(95s)} 27. h4 {(197s)} Be4+ {(50s)} 28. Kh2 {(60s)} Qc7 {(21s)} 29. h5 {(229s)} Bf5 {(118s)} 30. h6 {(119s)} (30. Rg7 Qc2 31. Kg3 { seems simpler.}) 30... Qc2 {(36s)} 31. Qh4 {(156s)} Qe4 {(165s)} 32. Qxe4 { (211s)} (32. Ng4 $1 Bxg4 33. Rxg4 {wins on the spot. Black does not have even a check!}) 32... Bxe4 {(23s)} 33. Rg7 {(5s)} f6 {(5s)} 34. Ng6 {(193s)} Bxg6 { (50s)} 35. Rxg6 {(2s)} Rh8 {(73s)} 36. Kg3 {(97s)} Kf7 {(52s)} 37. Rg7+ {(3s)} Kf8 {(3s)} 38. Rxb7 {(4s)} Rxh6 {(6s)} 39. Rxa7 {(2s) As we saw, 'Shakh' could have won earlier in a number of occasions, nevertheless, he managed to maintain his grip and as a result he now has a winning rook endgame. Black's king is cut-off and White's extra pawn will prove decisive.} Rh1 {(190s)} 40. a4 {(0s)} e5 {(0s)} 41. a5 {(77s)} Rg1+ {(508s)} 42. Kh2 {(74s)} (42. Kf3 {Looks more normal to me!}) 42... Ra1 {(142s)} 43. a6 {(7s)} Ra3 {(103 s)} 44. Kg2 {(581s)} Ke8 {(507s)} 45. dxe5 $1 {(46s) Mamedyarov finds the winning plan!} fxe5 { (5s)} 46. f4 {(4s)} d4 {(38s)} (46... exf4 47. exf4 d4 48. Ra8+ Kf7 49. a7 Kg7 50. f5 d3 51. Kf2 Ra5 52. f6+ Kf7 53. Rh8 {And white wins!}) 47. exd4 {( 33s)} exf4 {(44s)} 48. d5 {(18s) A fine victory for Mamedyarov. His opening choice and the way he handled the middlegame was exceptional. Rapport has nothing to do but to blame himself for his Rg8.} (48. d5 Kd8 (48... Rd3 49. Rh7 ) 49. d6 Ra4 50. Kf3 Kc8 51. Rc7+ Kb8 52. a7+ Rxa7 53. Rxa7 Kxa7 54. d7 {and a primitive win for White}) 1-0

Even though the Chinese team had a significant rating advantage over the Brazilians and did beat them 3-1, this was hardly the full story. (photo by Paul Truong)

In fact, two of the Chinese were quite lost in their games, and not for a single move either. Diego di Berardino for example, was poised for the win of his career against Li Chao, but whether through nerves or inexperience he let the Chinese player slip away time and time again, and in the end he drew. A heartbreaking loss for the Brazilian fans, who had dreamed of an upset against China, but it also showed them they were hardly cannon fodder.

The strong French team has several players who may not be 2700+ now, but were quite recently, such as Romain Edouard. They faced a strong Spanish team but neither side was able to make a dent, and four hard draws were the result. In round four they will face Greece. (photo by E. Kublashvili)

The Netherlands faced a tough Vietnam who was led by the top player Quang Liem Le. Anish Giri, who joked in round one that he was on a winning streak of "one in a row", now has three in a row, and his forthcoming opponents are not laughing. (photo by Paul Truong)

Slovakian GM Lubomir Ftacnik together with GM Yasser Seirawan, captain of the US Women's team. Both are also popular authors of books and ChessBase DVDs. (photo by Paul Truong)

There can be no doubt the biggest news of the day was China's misstep in round three against Vietnam. (photo by Paul Truong)

For the past three Olympiads China has been the rating favorite, but Russia has managed to snatch gold each time. They hardly depend only on Hou Yifan, who was certainly playing this round, with players such as Ju Wenjun, or Zhao Xue, but things went awry, Hou won, Zhao Xue lost, and two draws mean the match ended 2-2.

The Russian Women did not falter and beat Uzbekistan 3-1 (photo by E. Kublashvili)

Ukraine took the threat of the US team seriously, and had all their heaviest artillery on the battlefield, such as GM Mariya Muzychuk. They defeated the Americans by the slimmest of margins with a key win on fourth board. (photo by M. Emelianova)

Fifth seed India quickly doused the flames of the Filipinos, fresh from a massive upset against Georgia the previous round, and soundly beat them 3.5/4. WGM Soumya Swaminathan has scored 3.0/3 for her team. (photo by M. Emelianova)

One big upset also came from the victory of Kazakhstan, ranked 31, who defeated Bulgaria by 3-1. The biggest win was teenage Zahnsaya Abdumalik (right) who beat former Women World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova with a powerful longterm sacrifice. (photo by M. Emelianova)

Zahnsaya Abdumalik - Antoaneta Stefanova

[Event "42nd Olympiad Baku 2016 Women"] [Site "Baku"] [Date "2016.09.04"] [Round "3.17"] [White "Abdumalik, Zhansaya"] [Black "Stefanova, Antoaneta"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B06"] [WhiteElo "2389"] [BlackElo "2515"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventCountry "AZE"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [WhiteTeam "Kazakhstan"] [BlackTeam "Bulgaria"] [WhiteTeamCountry "KAZ"] [BlackTeamCountry "BUL"] [TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"] 1. e4 {(00:00)} g6 {(00:00)} 2. d4 {(00:00)} Bg7 {( 00:00)} 3. Nc3 {(01:47)} d6 {(00:00)} 4. Nf3 {(01:30)} a6 {(09:36)} 5. a4 {(02:43)} b6 {(00:28)} 6. Bc4 { (03:19)} e6 {(02:58)} 7. O-O {(01:30)} Ne7 {(01:51)} 8. Re1 {(02:05)} O-O { (01:19)} 9. Be3 {(00:24)} h6 {(01:07) While this might still be described as theory per the databases, this setup of the Modern Defence is very flexible, and unlikely to have been any specific preparation. The growing amount of time spent by both players in the following moves corroborates this.} 10. h4 { (04:34)} f5 $2 {(11:24) A pretty strange choice in view of the bishop on c4, now pressuring the e6 pawn for free. Why not continue Black's development with Bb7, Nd7, or even Nc6 as the engine seems to like?} 11. exf5 {(06:28)} Nxf5 { (01:45)} 12. g3 {(02:41)} Kh7 {(10:00)} 13. Bd3 {( 06:04)} Kh8 {(07:08)} 14. Be4 {(05:27)} d5 {(06:28)} 15. Bxf5 {(01:43)} Rxf5 {(01:14)} 16. Ne5 {(03:26)} Bxe5 {(02:03)} 17. dxe5 {(00:30)} Qf8 {[#] (01:03)} 18. Nxd5 $1 {(07:36) What a lovely shot! White decides to take advantage of Black's refusal to develop her pieces and strikes first. It must have come as a great shock to the former World Women Champion.} exd5 {(04:07)} 19. Qxd5 {(02:41)} Ra7 {( 16:07)} 20. g4 {(06:09)} Bb7 {(11:27)} 21. Qe6 $6 {(06:59) An imprecision that could have cost the initiative, but she will not be punished today.} Rf3 {(00:05)} 22. Qxg6 {(02:44)} Rh3 {(00:50)} 23. f4 {(00:45) The engines actually claim this is equal, but that huge pawnroller in front of Black's king just looks like trouble. I know which side I would prefer to be playing here.} Nc6 {(06:57)} 24. f5 {(05:29)} Rxh4 {(00:23) The problem is that while it does gain back a pawn, it is an unimportant one at the moment, and allows White to gain precious tempi she will can put to good use.} 25. Kf2 {(02:17)} Qg7 $4 { (03:06) Black wants to alleviate the pressure she is under by exchanging the queens, but overlooks the disastrous consequences.} (25... Ra8 {was preferable, bringing the rook into play and to the king's defense.}) 26. Qxg7+ {(01:42)} Kxg7 {(00:01)} 27. Kg3 {(00:09)} Nxe5 {(00:49)} 28. Kxh4 {(00:31)} Nf3+ { (00:04)} 29. Kg3 {(01:18)} Nxe1 {( 00:26)} 30. Rxe1 {(00:27)} Bd5 {(01:11)} 31. Rd1 {(01:45)} Bc6 {(00:47)} 32. a5 {(00:22)} Be8 {(00:34)} 33. Rd8 {(00:43)} Bb5 {(00:23)} 34. Bd4+ {(00:48)} Kf7 {(00:05)} 35. Rh8 {(00:12)} Rb7 {(00:59)} 36. axb6 {(00:35)} 1-0

Iceland also scored an upset by defeating England. Hallgerdur Thorsteinsdottir was one of the key winners as she defeated WFM Sarah Longson. (photo by M. Emelianova)

Perhaps the biggest early surprise is that France is currently second on tiebreak, also with a perfect score, and has only conceded a single draw so far, making them the most lethal team in the Olympiad this far. Andreea-Cristiana Navrotescu has scored 3.0/3 for France. In round four they will face the Ukrainians. (photo by E. Kublashvili)

Sweden has also been immaculate, and legendary GM Pia Cramling has 2.5/3 on board one. (photo by David Llada)

About GM Elshan Moradiabadi

Elshan Moradiabadi is a GM born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He moved to the US in 2012. Ever since, he has been active in US college chess scenes and in US chess.

Elshan co-authored "Chess and the Art of War: Ancient Wisdom to Make You a Better Player" with Al Lawrence. He has also published written articles for ChessBase, and edited opening materials for fellow authors.

Elshan Moradiabadi is a veteran instructor and teaches chess to every level, with students ranging from beginners to IM. He can be contacted for projects or teaching at his email.

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Round three games (with times per move)

Select games from the list below the board

Open section (top pairings)

Bo.
35
Moldova (MDA)
Rtg
-
1
Russia (RUS)
Rtg
1:3
1.1
GM
Bologan, Victor
2648
-
GM
Karjakin, Sergey
2769
½-½
1.2
GM
Iordachescu, Viorel
2584
-
GM
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
2731
½-½
1.3
GM
Svetushkin, Dmitry
2543
-
GM
Nepomniachtchi, Ian
2740
0-1
1.4
IM
Hamitevici, Vladimir
2489
-
GM
Grischuk, Alexander
2754
0-1
Bo.
15
Cuba (CUB)
Rtg
-
7
Poland (POL)
Rtg
2½:1½
2.1
GM
Dominguez Perez, Leinier
2720
-
GM
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
2736
½-½
2.2
GM
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro
2623
-
GM
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
2675
0-1
2.3
GM
Quesada Perez, Yuniesky
2636
-
GM
Bartel, Mateusz
2646
1-0
2.4
GM
Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo
2581
-
GM
Swiercz, Dariusz
2639
1-0
Bo.
28
Azerbaijan 2 (AZE2)
Rtg
-
9
India (IND)
Rtg
1:3
3.1
GM
Durarbayli, Vasif
2612
-
GM
Harikrishna, P.
2752
½-½
3.2
GM
Abasov, Nijat
2552
-
GM
Adhiban, B.
2671
0-1
3.3
GM
Bajarani, Ulvi
2509
-
GM
Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
2669
0-1
3.4
GM
Guseinov, Gadir
2625
-
GM
Sethuraman, S.P.
2640
½-½
Bo.
4
Azerbaijan 1 (AZE)
Rtg
-
10
Hungary (HUN)
Rtg
3:1
4.1
GM
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
2761
-
GM
Rapport, Richard
2752
1-0
4.2
GM
Radjabov, Teimour
2722
-
GM
Almasi, Zoltan
2684
0-1
4.3
GM
Mamedov, Rauf
2666
-
GM
Balogh, Csaba
2614
1-0
4.4
GM
Naiditsch, Arkadij
2696
-
IM
Gledura, Benjamin
2585
1-0
Bo.
11
Netherlands (NED)
Rtg
-
32
Vietnam (VIE)
Rtg
2½:1½
5.1
GM
Giri, Anish
2755
-
GM
Le, Quang Liem
2723
1-0
5.2
GM
L'Ami, Erwin
2611
-
GM
Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son
2633
½-½
5.3
GM
Van Wely, Loek
2674
-
GM
Nguyen, Huynh Minh Huy
2435
½-½
5.4
GM
Van Kampen, Robin
2640
-
FM
Nguyen, Anh Khoi
2448
½-½
Bo.
36
Italy (ITA)
Rtg
-
19
Turkey (TUR)
Rtg
2½:1½
6.1
GM
Vocaturo, Daniele
2583
-
GM
Solak, Dragan
2635
½-½
6.2
GM
Dvirnyy, Danyyil
2543
-
GM
Ipatov, Alexander
2652
½-½
6.3
GM
Brunello, Sabino
2568
-
GM
Yilmaz, Mustafa
2616
½-½
6.4
FM
Moroni, Luca Jr
2459
-
GM
Can, Emre
2565
1-0
Bo.
6
England (ENG)
Rtg
-
25
Canada (CAN)
Rtg
2½:1½
7.1
GM
Adams, Michael
2738
-
GM
Bareev, Evgeny
2675
1-0
7.2
GM
Howell, David W L
2665
-
GM
Kovalyov, Anton
2617
0-1
7.3
GM
Jones, Gawain C B
2635
-
GM
Lesiege, Alexandre
2512
1-0
7.4
GM
Short, Nigel D
2666
-
GM
Hansen, Eric
2582
½-½
Bo.
2
United States of America (USA)
Rtg
-
26
Argentina (ARG)
Rtg
3:1
8.1
GM
Caruana, Fabiano
2808
-
GM
Peralta, Fernando
2590
1-0
8.2
GM
Nakamura, Hikaru
2789
-
GM
Mareco, Sandro
2606
½-½
8.3
GM
So, Wesley
2782
-
GM
Perez Ponsa, Federico
2585
1-0
8.4
GM
Robson, Ray
2674
-
GM
Flores, Diego
2595
½-½
Bo.
33
Brazil (BRA)
Rtg
-
3
China (CHN)
Rtg
1:3
9.1
GM
Fier, Alexandr
2634
-
GM
Wang, Yue
2737
0-1
9.2
GM
Leitao, Rafael
2616
-
GM
Ding, Liren
2753
½-½
9.3
GM
Barbosa, Evandro Amorim
2509
-
GM
Yu, Yangyi
2725
0-1
9.4
IM
Di Berardino, Diego Rafael
2499
-
GM
Li, Chao b
2746
½-½
Bo.
13
Germany (GER)
Rtg
-
5
Ukraine (UKR)
Rtg
1½:2½
10.1
GM
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
2687
-
GM
Eljanov, Pavel
2739
½-½
10.2
GM
Bluebaum, Matthias
2626
-
GM
Kryvoruchko, Yuriy
2693
½-½
10.3
GM
Buhmann, Rainer
2640
-
GM
Korobov, Anton
2675
½-½
10.4
GM
Fridman, Daniel
2618
-
GM
Volokitin, Andrei
2647
0-1
Bo.
8
France (FRA)
Rtg
-
14
Spain (ESP)
Rtg
2:2
11.1
GM
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
2813
-
GM
Vallejo Pons, Francisco
2716
½-½
11.2
GM
Maze, Sebastien
2617
-
GM
Salgado Lopez, Ivan
2662
½-½
11.3
GM
Edouard, Romain
2635
-
GM
Anton Guijarro, David
2630
½-½
11.4
GM
Bauer, Christian
2623
-
GM
Ibarra Jerez, Jose Carlos
2566
½-½
Bo.
16
Israel (ISR)
Rtg
-
24
Serbia (SRB)
Rtg
1½:2½
12.1
GM
Rodshtein, Maxim
2687
-
GM
Ivanisevic, Ivan
2650
½-½
12.2
GM
Postny, Evgeny
2619
-
GM
Markus, Robert
2662
½-½
12.3
GM
Nabaty, Tamir
2630
-
GM
Sedlak, Nikola
2537
½-½
12.4
GM
Baron, Tal
2553
-
GM
Indjic, Aleksandar
2548
0-1
Bo.
39
Paraguay (PAR)
Rtg
-
23
Belarus (BLR)
Rtg
1:3
13.1
GM
Delgado Ramirez, Neuris
2618
-
GM
Zhigalko, Sergei
2652
½-½
13.2
GM
Bachmann, Axel
2641
-
GM
Zhigalko, Andrey
2591
½-½
13.3
GM
Cubas, Jose Fernando
2470
-
GM
Stupak, Kirill
2561
0-1
13.4
FM
Latorre, Matias
2318
-
GM
Aleksandrov, Aleksej
2547
0-1
Bo.
29
Slovenia (SLO)
Rtg
-
71
Monaco (MNC)
Rtg
3:1
14.1
GM
Lenic, Luka
2622
-
GM
Marciano, David
2475
1-0
14.2
GM
Borisek, Jure
2558
-
FM
Villegas, Pierre
2329
½-½
14.3
GM
Skoberne, Jure
2562
-
GM
Efimov, Igor
2374
½-½
14.4
GM
Sebenik, Matej
2526
-
 
Ribbegren, Karl Johan
2267
1-0
Bo.
30
Romania (ROU)
Rtg
-
12
Norway (NOR)
Rtg
2½:1½
15.1
GM
Lupulescu, Constantin
2618
-
GM
Carlsen, Magnus
2857
½-½
15.2
GM
Parligras, Mircea-Emilian
2595
-
GM
Hammer, Jon Ludvig
2651
½-½
15.3
IM
Deac, Bogdan-Daniel
2524
-
GM
Tari, Aryan
2570
1-0
15.4
GM
Jianu, Vlad-Cristian
2554
-
GM
Urkedal, Frode
2537
½-½
Bo.
34
Peru (PER)
Rtg
-
50
Montenegro (MNE)
Rtg
2:2
16.1
GM
Cordova, Emilio
2638
-
GM
Djukic, Nikola
2534
½-½
16.2
GM
Cori, Jorge
2609
-
GM
Kosic, Dragan
2517
1-0
16.3
IM
Vera Siguenas, Deivy
2499
-
GM
Blagojevic, Dragisa
2482
½-½
16.4
 
Fernandez, Fernando
2410
-
IM
Draskovic, Luka
2448
0-1
Bo.
17
Czech Republic (CZE)
Rtg
-
31
Uzbekistan (UZB)
Rtg
3:1
17.1
GM
Navara, David
2742
-
GM
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam
2696
1-0
17.2
GM
Laznicka, Viktor
2651
-
GM
Vakhidov, Jahongir
2583
1-0
17.3
GM
Hracek, Zbynek
2591
-
GM
Filippov, Anton
2582
½-½
17.4
GM
Babula, Vlastimil
2540
-
GM
Dzhumaev, Marat
2450
½-½
Bo.
18
Croatia (CRO)
Rtg
-
37
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
Rtg
2:2
18.1
GM
Saric, Ivan
2668
-
GM
Jumabayev, Rinat
2604
½-½
18.2
GM
Palac, Mladen
2623
-
 
Utegaliyev, Azamat
2513
½-½
18.3
GM
Stevic, Hrvoje
2608
-
GM
Ismagambetov, Anuar
2542
½-½
18.4
GM
Kozul, Zdenko
2622
-
GM
Kostenko, Petr
2476
½-½
Bo.
21
Latvia (LAT)
Rtg
-
38
Sweden (SWE)
Rtg
2½:1½
19.1
GM
Shirov, Alexei
2673
-
GM
Grandelius, Nils
2641
½-½
19.2
GM
Kovalenko, Igor
2651
-
GM
Blomqvist, Erik
2545
1-0
19.3
GM
Neiksans, Arturs
2628
-
GM
Hillarp Persson, Tiger
2523
½-½
19.4
IM
Sveshnikov, Vladimir
2404
-
GM
Smith, Axel
2516
½-½

Women's section (top pairings)

Bo.
1
China (CHN)
Rtg
-
19
Vietnam (VIE)
Rtg
2:2
1.1
GM
Hou, Yifan
2658
-
IM
Pham, Le Thao Nguyen
2338
1-0
1.2
GM
Ju, Wenjun
2583
-
WGM
Hoang, Thi Bao Tram
2325
½-½
1.3
GM
Zhao, Xue
2522
-
WGM
Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung
2316
0-1
1.4
WGM
Tan, Zhongyi
2475
-
WGM
Nguyen, Thi Thanh An
2249
½-½
Bo.
3
Russia (RUS)
Rtg
-
22
Uzbekistan (UZB)
Rtg
3:1
2.1
GM
Kosteniuk, Alexandra
2538
-
WGM
Muminova, Nafisa
2324
1-0
2.2
GM
Gunina, Valentina
2520
-
WIM
Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim
2289
1-0
2.3
WGM
Goryachkina, Aleksandra
2475
-
WIM
Gevorgyan, Irina
2324
½-½
2.4
WGM
Girya, Olga
2452
-
WIM
Kurbonboeva, Sarvinoz
2223
½-½
Bo.
24
Cuba (CUB)
Rtg
-
12
Lithuania (LTU)
Rtg
1½:2½
3.1
WGM
Arribas Robaina, Maritza
2315
-
IM
Daulyte, Deimante
2421
½-½
3.2
WGM
Marrero Lopez, Yaniet
2281
-
WIM
Zaksaite, Salomeja
2298
0-1
3.3
WGM
Linares Napoles, Oleiny
2276
-
WFM
Batyte, Daiva
2189
½-½
3.4
WIM
Llaudy Pupo, Lisandra
2269
-
WFM
Domarkaite, Laima
2161
½-½
Bo.
7
Poland (POL)
Rtg
-
16
Azerbaijan 1 (AZE)
Rtg
1½:2½
4.1
GM
Socko, Monika
2437
-
WGM
Mamedjarova, Zeinab
2295
0-1
4.2
WGM
Zawadzka, Jolanta
2429
-
WGM
Mammadzada, Gunay
2361
0-1
4.3
WGM
Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina
2409
-
WGM
Mammadova, Gulnar
2304
½-½
4.4
WGM
Kulon, Klaudia
2346
-
WFM
Hojjatova, Aydan
2339
1-0
Bo.
26
Argentina (ARG)
Rtg
-
20
Italy (ITA)
Rtg
2:2
5.1
IM
Lujan, Carolina
2378
-
IM
Zimina, Olga
2389
0-1
5.2
WIM
Zuriel, Marisa
2272
-
FM
Brunello, Marina
2376
0-1
5.3
WIM
Fernandez, Maria Florencia
2189
-
WFM
Movileanu, Daniela
2268
1-0
5.4
WIM
Martinez, Ayelen
2219
-
WFM
Santeramo, Alessia
2001
1-0
Bo.
23
France (FRA)
Rtg
-
33
Colombia (COL)
Rtg
3½:½
6.1
IM
Milliet, Sophie
2362
-
IM
Rodriguez Rueda, Paula Andrea
2326
½-½
6.2
IM
Collas, Silvia
2301
-
WGM
Franco Valencia, Beatriz Irene
2183
1-0
6.3
WGM
Maisuradze, Nino
2256
-
WIM
Chirivi C, Jenny Astrid
2209
1-0
6.4
WIM
Navrotescu, Andreea-Cristiana
2235
-
WIM
Rivera, Ingris
2201
1-0
Bo.
6
United States of America (USA)
Rtg
-
2
Ukraine (UKR)
Rtg
1½:2½
7.1
GM
Krush, Irina
2444
-
GM
Muzychuk, Anna
2550
½-½
7.2
IM
Paikidze, Nazi
2366
-
GM
Muzychuk, Mariya
2539
½-½
7.3
IM
Zatonskih, Anna
2449
-
GM
Zhukova, Natalia
2475
½-½
7.4
WGM
Nemcova, Katerina
2365
-
GM
Ushenina, Anna
2457
0-1
Bo.
17
Turkey (TUR)
Rtg
-
8
Hungary (HUN)
Rtg
1½:2½
8.1
IM
Atalik, Ekaterina
2422
-
GM
Hoang, Thanh Trang
2467
½-½
8.2
WGM
Yildiz, Betul Cemre
2369
-
IM
Lazarne Vajda, Szidonia
2372
0-1
8.3
WGM
Ozturk, Kubra
2277
-
WGM
Papp, Petra
2336
½-½
8.4
WIM
Topel, Zehra
2156
-
WGM
Gara, Ticia
2379
½-½
Bo.
28
Azerbaijan 2 (AZE2)
Rtg
-
10
Germany (GER)
Rtg
2:2
9.1
WGM
Mamedjarova, Turkan
2304
-
IM
Paehtz, Elisabeth
2474
½-½
9.2
WGM
Abdulla, Khayala
2214
-
WGM
Michna, Marta
2383
0-1
9.3
WIM
Khalafova, Narmin
2219
-
WGM
Lubbe, Melanie
2324
1-0
9.4
WIM
Fataliyeva, Ulviyya
2234
-
WIM
Fuchs, Judith
2287
½-½
Bo.
36
Belarus (BLR)
Rtg
-
43
Sweden (SWE)
Rtg
1½:2½
10.1
IM
Ziaziulkina, Nastassia
2382
-
GM
Cramling, Pia
2444
½-½
10.2
 
Badelka, Olga
2222
-
WIM
Agrest, Inna
2222
0-1
10.3
WFM
Bogdan, Ekaterina
2120
-
 
Bengtsson, Jessica
2005
½-½
10.4
 
Revo, Tatiana
2087
-
 
Fransson, Angelina
1996
½-½
Bo.
11
Romania (ROU)
Rtg
-
21
Netherlands (NED)
Rtg
3½:½
11.1
IM
Peptan, Corina-Isabela
2394
-
GM
Peng, Zhaoqin
2368
1-0
11.2
IM
Foisor, Cristina-Adela
2353
-
IM
Lanchava, Tea
2258
1-0
11.3
WGM
Cosma, Elena-Luminita
2331
-
FM
Kazarian, Anna-Maja
2231
½-½
11.4
IM
Bulmaga, Irina
2395
-
 
Keetman, Maaike
2221
1-0
Bo.
13
Iran (IRI)
Rtg
-
29
Latvia (LAT)
Rtg
1½:2½
12.1
IM
Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat
2429
-
WGM
Reizniece-Ozola, Dana
2243
1-0
12.2
WGM
Pourkashiyan, Atousa
2335
-
WGM
Rogule, Laura
2306
0-1
12.3
WGM
Hejazipour, Mitra
2314
-
WGM
Berzina, Ilze
2241
0-1
12.4
WIM
Hakimifard, Ghazal
2308
-
 
Otikova, Elina
2051
½-½
Bo.
30
Greece (GRE)
Rtg
-
18
Israel (ISR)
Rtg
1½:2½
13.1
WGM
Tsolakidou, Stavroula
2355
-
WIM
Shvayger, Yuliya
2408
1-0
13.2
WIM
Pavlidou, Ekaterini
2140
-
WIM
Efroimski, Marsel
2322
0-1
13.3
WFM
Markantonaki, Haritomeni
2188
-
IM
Klinova, Masha
2290
½-½
13.4
WGM
Kouvatsou, Maria
2085
-
WIM
Gutmakher, Olga
2216
0-1
Bo.
27
Serbia (SRB)
Rtg
-
37
Slovakia (SVK)
Rtg
3:1
14.1
WGM
Rapport, Jovana
2318
-
IM
Repkova, Eva
2332
1-0
14.2
WGM
Chelushkina, Irina
2221
-
WIM
Maslikova, Veronika
2247
1-0
14.3
WIM
Eric, Jovana
2161
-
WFM
Vrbova, Niki
2186
½-½
14.4
WIM
Drljevic, Ljilja
2207
-
WFM
Motycakova, Monika
2109
½-½
Bo.
46
Philippines (PHI)
Rtg
-
5
India (IND)
Rtg
½:3½
15.1
WIM
Frayna, Janelle Mae
2281
-
GM
Harika, Dronavalli
2542
½-½
15.2
WIM
Fronda, Jan Jodilyn
2128
-
IM
Padmini, Rout
2408
0-1
15.3
 
Bernales, Christy Lamiel
2065
-
IM
Tania, Sachdev
2402
0-1
15.4
WIM
Secopito, Catherine
2119
-
WGM
Soumya, Swaminathan
2379
0-1
Bo.
31
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
Rtg
-
9
Bulgaria (BUL)
Rtg
3:1
16.1
WGM
Abdumalik, Zhansaya
2389
-
GM
Stefanova, Antoaneta
2515
1-0
16.2
WFM
Zhylkaidarova, Sholpan
2162
-
IM
Videnova, Iva
2386
½-½
16.3
WGM
Ankudinova, Yelena
2126
-
WIM
Raeva, Elitsa
2232
1-0
16.4
 
Mukhit, Aisezym
2065
-
WGM
Voiska, Margarita
2290
½-½
Bo.
14
Spain (ESP)
Rtg
-
51
Denmark (DEN)
Rtg
3½:½
17.1
WGM
Calzetta Ruiz, Monica
2249
-
WIM
Vovk, Oksana
2204
1-0
17.2
IM
Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina
2411
-
WFM
Guindy, Esmat
2149
1-0
17.3
IM
Matnadze, Ana
2383
-
WFM
Vangsgaard, Freja
1983
1-0
17.4
WIM
Collazo Hidalgo-Gato, Niala
2268
-
WFM
Fredericia, Louise
2117
½-½
Bo.
56
Estonia (EST)
Rtg
-
4
Georgia (GEO)
Rtg
½:3½
18.1
WIM
Narva, Mai
2238
-
GM
Dzagnidze, Nana
2522
0-1
18.2
WIM
Tsiganova, Monika
2095
-
IM
Javakhishvili, Lela
2486
½-½
18.3
 
Olde, Margareth
2003
-
GM
Khotenashvili, Bela
2463
0-1
18.4
WFM
Narva, Regina
2009
-
IM
Batsiashvili, Nino
2474
0-1
Bo.
61
Iceland (ISL)
Rtg
-
32
England (ENG)
Rtg
2½:1½
19.1
WGM
Ptacnikova, Lenka
2159
-
IM
Houska, Jovanka
2386
1-0
19.2
WFM
Thorsteinsdottir, Gudlaug
2046
-
IM
Ciuksyte, Dagne
2323
½-½
19.3
 
Thorsteinsdottir, Hallgerdur
2015
-
WFM
Longson, Sarah N
2103
1-0
19.4
 
Hauksdottir, Hrund
1793
-
WFM
Bhatia, Kanwal K
2133
0-1

Olympiad schedule

Date Time Event, function
1 September 18:30/20:30 Arrival, Opening, Captains meeting
2 September 10:00/15:00 Arbiters meeting/Round 1
3 September 15:00 Round 2
4 September 15:00 Round 3
5 September 15:00 Round 4
6 September 15:00/22:00 Round 5/Bermuda Party
7 September   Day Off
8 September 15:00 Round 6
9 September 15:00 Round 7
10 September 15:00 Round 8
11 September 15:00 Round 9
12 September 15:00 Round 10
13 September 11:00/19:30 Round 11/Closing Ceremony
14 September All day Departure day

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