Calvià: Double defeat for Chinese women

10/28/2004 – After twelve (of fourteen) rounds the gold medals look pretty safe in the hands of the Ukraine men and the Chinese women, even though the latter lost two rounds, against the US and Georgia. In the men's section Russia and Armenia are striving for Silver. Here are the games and results, and a video report with impressions of Calvià.

Men's Group: The Ukraine team defeated Poland in round 12 (Eljanov and Karjakin won to compensate Volokitin's loss) to amass 34.5 points and practically clinch the gold medal in the Olympiad. This was emphasized by the surprise 2.5-1.5 beating Russia took from Georgia, with Jobava beating Grischuk, and Azmaiparashvili coming very close to defeating Morozevich. Spain again made a dissapointing 2-2 tie against the Bosnians, with Shirov sacrificing a queen giving up the point against Dizdarevic's sharp defence. Vallejo won the point against Atalik.

Russia and Armenia now have 31 points and will find it very touch to catch up with the Ukrainians, and so Calvià will probably be remembered as the place where the Russians ended their long stretch of Olympiad wins. Full results of round twelve.

Women's Group: China suffered their second defeat, this time against Georgia (in round ten they lost 1:2 to the US). But the team retains a three point lead, making it difficult for anyone to catch them. Still in hot and ambitious pursuit are the teams of the United States and Georgia, with Russia and France a point behind. In the traumatic match USA vs Hungary Susan Polgar and Anna Zatonskih defeated Ildiko Madl and Nikoletta Lakos, while Irina Krush spoilt a great position against Anita Gara to a draw. Full results of round twelve.

Standings after round twelve

Men's Group
Rg. Team + = Pts
1 Ukraine 9 3 0 34.5
2 Russia 9 0 3 31.0
3 Armenia 7 3 2 31.0
4 Israel 7 3 2 30.5
5 Cuba 8 1 3 30.0
6 United States 6 3 3 29.5
7 India 8 0 4 29.0
8 Georgia 8 2 2 29.0
9 Bulgaria 8 1 3 28.5
10 Poland 6 3 3 28.5
11 France 8 2 2 28.5
12 Greece 6 1 5 28.5
13 Azerbaijan 7 1 4 28.0
14 China 7 3 2 28.0
15 Czech Rep. 6 5 1 28.0
16 Switzerland 5 4 3 28.0
17 Germany 6 2 4 28.0
18 Hungary 7 4 1 28.0
19 Spain A 7 3 2 27.5
20 Uzbekistan 7 1 4 27.5
21 Bosnia Herzegovina 6 2 4 27.5
22 Romania 5 4 3 27.5
23 Argentina 7 3 2 27.5
24 Serbia Montenegro 5 2 5 27.0
25 Slovakia 4 3 5 27.0
26 Netherlands 7 1 4 27.0
27 Estonia 7 1 4 27.0
28 Norway 6 1 5 27.0
29 Sweden 6 4 2 27.0
30 Philippines 6 1 5 27.0
Women's Group
Rg. Team + = Pts
1 China 9 1 2 27.0
2 United States 9 2 1 24.0
3 Georgia 9 1 2 24.0
4 Russia 7 3 2 23.5
5 France 8 1 3 23.0
6 India 8 3 1 22.5
7 Hungary 7 3 2 22.0
8 England 6 2 4 22.0
9 Slovakia 7 2 3 22.0
10 Poland 6 3 3 21.5
11 Lithuania 7 2 3 21.5
12 Ukraine 4 6 2 21.0
13 Sweden 6 4 2 21.0
14 Serbia Montenegro 5 3 4 21.0
15 Bulgaria 5 3 4 20.5
16 Germany 6 2 4 20.5
17 Azerbaijan 7 1 4 20.5
18 Slovenia 6 1 5 20.5
19 Armenia 6 2 4 20.0
20 Latvia 6 2 4 20.0
21 Cuba 8 1 3 20.0
22 Moldova 6 3 3 20.0
23 Vietnam 6 1 5 20.0
24 Romania 4 5 3 19.5
25 Netherlands 6 2 4 19.5
26 Israel 5 3 4 19.5
27 Czech Rep. 5 2 5 19.5
28 Greece 3 5 4 19.5
29 Colombia 4 3 5 19.5
30 Spain A 5 4 3 19.5

Photo gallery


A world champion at the Olympiad: Rustam Kasimdzhanov


On board one for Switzerland: the indomitable Viktor Korchnoi


The boy from Baku: Teimour Radjabov


16-year-old Alejandro Ramirez, top player of Costa Rica


Veteran Olympiad participant Alexander Beliavsky


Second best performance rating so far: Rafael Vaganian of Armenia


What do we do with FIDE? French board one and ACP president Joel Lautier


A moment for reflection (a quick nap?) by top seed Vishy Anand


Nadja Woisin working on videos in Calvià

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