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.
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