Going for Gold in Calvià

10/13/2004 – The 36th Chess Olympiad begins tomorrow in Calvià. 135 men's and 91 women's teams are participating, with 782 male and 353 female players. We bring you some interesting lists of the strongest players and teams, including a picture report of a very ambitious women's team that you want to watch.

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In our previous report we introduced you to the history of the Olympiads, the organisation of the current one and the city of Calvià, where it is being held. Today, just before the event starts, we would like to introduce you to the top male and female players, as well as the top teams (note that contrary to many reports on the Internet Garry Kasparov will not be playing). At the end of our lists you will find a photo report on a very ambitious female team that is going for gold in Calvià.

Top 50 Men's Players

Top 50 Women's Players

No. Name Rtg FED Bo.
1 GM Anand Viswanathan 2781 IND 1
2 GM Morozevich Alex. 2758 RUS 1
3 GM Adams Michael 2740 ENG 1
4 GM Svidler Peter 2735 RUS 2
5 GM Shirov Alexei 2726 ESP 1
6 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2710 UKR 2
7 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2705 UKR 1
8 GM Grischuk Alexander 2704 RUS 3
9 GM Dreev Alexey 2698 RUS 4
10 GM Sutovsky Emil 2697 ISR 2
11 GM Gelfand Boris 2693 ISR 1
12 GM Akopian Vladimir 2692 ARM 1
13 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-D. 2687 ROM 1
14 GM Short Nigel D 2687 ENG 2
15 GM Lautier Joel 2682 FRA 1
16 GM Van Wely Loek 2681 NED 1
17 GM Vallejo Pons F. 2678 ESP 2
18 GM Krasenkow Michal 2676 POL 1
19 GM Aronian Levon 2675 ARM 2
20 GM Smirin Ilia 2673 ISR 3
21 GM Azmaiparashvili Z. 2672 GEO 1
22 GM Bologan Viktor 2669 MDA 1
23 GM Khalifman Alex. 2669 RUS 5
24 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2668 IND 2
25 GM Nielsen Peter H. 2663 DEN 1
26 GM Radjabov Teimour 2663 AZE 1
27 GM Sokolov Ivan 2663 NED 2
28 GM Beliavsky Alexander 2660 SLO 1
29 GM Mamedyarov Shak. 2660 AZE 2
30 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2659 BLR 1
31 GM Moiseenko Alex. 2653 UKR 3
32 GM Onischuk Alexander 2653 USA 2
33 GM Volokitin Andrei 2652 UKR 4
34 GM Almasi Zoltan 2650 HUN 1
35 GM Kasimdzhanov R. 2650 UZB 1
36 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 2650 RUS 6
37 GM Ye Jiangchuan 2649 CHN 1
38 GM Graf Alexander 2646 GER 1
39 GM Dominguez Lenier 2645 CUB 1
40 GM Fressinet Laurent 2640 FRA 2
41 GM Kozul Zdenko 2640 CRO 1
42 GM Vaganian Rafael A 2640 ARM 3
43 GM Bruzon Lazaro 2637 CUB 2
44 GM Lputian Smbat G 2634 ARM 4
45 GM Iordachescu Viorel 2632 MDA 2
46 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2631 EST 1
47 GM Sadvakasov Darmen 2631 KAZ 1
48 GM Berkes Ferenc 2630 HUN 2
49 GM Eljanov Pavel 2629 UKR 5
50 GM McShane Luke J 2629 ENG 3
No. Name Rtg FED Bo.
1 GM Xie Jun 2569 CHN 1
2 GM Polgar Zsuzsa 2567 USA 1
3 GM Stefanova A. 2523 BUL 1
4 IM Kosteniuk A. 2508 RUS 1
5 GM Chiburdanidze M. 2503 GEO 1
6 GM Koneru Humpy 2503 IND 1
7 WGM Kosintseva Tatiana 2493 RUS 2
8 WGM Xu Yuhua 2487 CHN 2
9 WGM Zhao Xue 2487 CHN 3
10 WGM Dzagnidze Nana 2484 GEO 2
11 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2481 UKR 1
12 GM Cramling Pia 2477 SWE 1
13 IM Skripchenko Almira 2474 FRA 1
14 IM Kovalevskaya E. 2471 RUS 3
15 IM Krush Irina 2464 USA 2
16 IM Radziewicz Iweta 2449 POL 1
17 WGM Kosintseva N. 2446 RUS 4
18 IM Gaponenko Inna 2445 UKR 2
19 IM Alexandrova Olga 2442 UKR 4
20 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2442 LTU 1
21 IM Kachiani-G Ketino 2441 GER 1
22 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2440 USA 3
23 IM Socko Monika 2439 POL 2
24 IM Danielian Elina 2437 ARM 1
25 IM Foisor Cristina A. 2436 ROM 2
26 IM Lahno Kateryna 2435 UKR 3
27 IM Sedina Elena 2431 ITA 1
28 IM Lomineishvili Maia 2429 GEO 4
29 IM Peptan Corina-I. 2429 ROM 1
30 IM Sebag Marie 2428 FRA 2
31 WGM Javakhishvili Lela 2423 GEO 3
32 IM Peng Zhaoqin 2420 NED 1
33 IM Maric Alisa 2418 SCG 1
34 IM Vijayalakshmi S. 2411 IND 2
35 WGM Repkova Eva 2410 SVK 1
36 WGM Jackova Jana 2408 CZE 1
37 WGM Prudnikova S. 2402 SCG 3
38 WGM Bojkovic Natasa 2398 SCG 2
39 WGM Paehtz Elisabeth 2398 GER 2
40 IM Dembo Yelena 2396 GRE 1
41 WGM Zielinska Marta 2395 POL 4
42 IM Dworakowska J. 2393 POL 3
43 WGM Harika Dronavalli 2391 IND 3
44 WGM Gara Anita 2390 HUN 3
45 IM Hunt Harriet 2385 ENG 1
46 WIM Muzychuk Anna 2383 SLO 1
47 WGM Voiska Margarita 2380 BUL 2
48 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2374 ARM 2
49 WIM Huang Qian 2371 CHN 4
50 WGM Pokorna Regina 2370 SVK 2

Top 20 Men's Teams

Top 20 Women's Teams

1. Russia
1 GM Morozevich Alexander 2758
2 GM Svidler Peter 2735
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2704
4 GM Dreev Alexey 2698
5 GM Khalifman Alexander 2669
6 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 2650
2. Ukraine
1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2705
2 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2710
3 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2653
4 GM Volokitin Andrei 2652
5 GM Eljanov Pavel 2629
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2576
3. Israel
1 GM Gelfand Boris 2693
2 GM Sutovsky Emil 2697
3 GM Smirin Ilia 2673
4 GM Avrukh Boris 2614
5 GM Huzman Alexander 2581
6 GM Roiz Michael 2560
4. Armenia
1 GM Akopian Vladimir 2692
2 GM Aronian Levon 2675
3 GM Vaganian Rafael A 2640
4 GM Lputian Smbat G 2634
5 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2611
6 GM Minasian Artashes 2584
5. India
1 GM Anand Viswanathan 2781
2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2668
3 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2612
4 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2559
5 GM Kunte Abhijit 2550
6 GM Sandipan Chanda 2543
6. England
1 GM Adams Michael 2740
2 GM Short Nigel D 2687
3 GM McShane Luke J 2629
4 GM Speelman Jonathan S 2555
5 GM Hebden Mark 2550
6 GM Wells Peter K 2504
7. Spain A
1 GM Shirov Alexei 2726
2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2678
3 GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2626
4 GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto 2540
5 IM Arizmendi Martinez Julen L 2531
6 GM Romero Holmes Alfonso 2514
8. Netherlands
1 GM Van Wely Loek 2681
2 GM Sokolov Ivan 2663
3 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2617
4 GM Timman Jan H 2602
5 GM Van Den Doel Erik 2560
6 GM Nijboer Friso 2567
9. Poland
1 GM Krasenkow Michal 2676
2 GM Macieja Bartlomiej 2613
3 GM Kempinski Robert 2608
4 GM Miton Kamil 2600
5 GM Socko Bartosz 2570
6 GM Cyborowski Lukasz 2564
10. United States
1 GM Shabalov Alexander 2608
2 GM Onischuk Alexander 2653
3 GM Kaidanov Gregory S 2611
4 GM Goldin Alexander 2620
5 GM Novikov Igor A 2588
6 GM Gulko Boris F 2600
11. Georgia
1 GM Azmaiparashvili Zurab 2672
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2614
3 GM Kacheishvili Giorgi 2599
4 GM Izoria Zviad 2600
5 GM Gelashvili Tamaz 2576
6 GM Gagunashvili Merab 2567
12. France
1 GM Lautier Joel 2682
2 GM Fressinet Laurent 2640
3 GM Dorfman Josif D 2596
4 GM Nataf Igor-Alexandre 2565
5 GM Degraeve Jean-Marc 2551
6 GM Fontaine Robert 2531
13. Germany
1 GM Graf Alexander 2646
2 GM Dautov Rustem 2623
3 GM Lutz Christopher 2596
4 GM Gustafsson Jan 2603
5 GM Kritz Leonid 2543
6 GM Bischoff Klaus 2559
14. Azerbaijan
1 GM Radjabov Teimour 2663
2 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2660
3 GM Gashimov Vugar 2586
4 GM Guseinov Gadir 2552
5 GM Mamedov Rauf 2517
6 IM Ibrahimov Rasul 2505
15. Hungary
1 GM Almasi Zoltan 2650
2 GM Berkes Ferenc 2630
3 GM Gyimesi Zoltan 2613
4 GM Ruck Robert 2562
5 GM Varga Zoltan 2538
6 GM Acs Peter 2521
16. China
1 GM Ye Jiangchuan 2649
2 GM Zhang Zhong 2596
3 GM Xu Jun 2589
4 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2615
5 FM Wang Yue 2536
6 Wang Hao 2456
17. Belarus
1 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2659
2 GM Fedorov Alexei 2619
3 GM Dydyshko Viacheslav 2581
4 GM Kovalev Andrei 2575
5 GM Azarov Sergei 2556
6 IM Zhigalko Andrey 2515
18. Cuba
1 GM Dominguez Lenier 2645
2 GM Bruzon Lazaro 2637
3 GM Delgado Neuris 2554
4 GM Nogueiras Jesus 2546
5 GM Arencibia Walter 2516
6 IM Quezada Yuniesky 2513
19. Romania
1 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2687
2 GM Nevednichy Vladislav 2552
3 GM Marin Mihail 2511
4 GM Parligras Mircea 2559
5 IM Lupulescu Constantin 2560
6 GM Grigore George-Gabriel 2491
20. Bulgaria
1 GM Georgiev Kiril 2625
2 GM Delchev Aleksander 2601
3 IM Cheparinov Ivan 2576
4 GM Spasov Vasil 2534
5 GM Chatalbashev Boris 2554
6 IM Radulski Julian 2501
1. China
1 GM Xie Jun 2569
2 WGM Xu Yuhua 2487
3 WGM Zhao Xue 2487
4 WIM Huang Qian 2371
2. Russia
1 IM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2508
2 WGM Kosintseva Tatiana 2493
3 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2471
4 WGM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2446
3. United States
1 GM Polgar Zsuzsa 2567
2 IM Krush Irina 2464
3 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2440
4 WIM Shahade Jennifer 2361
4. Georgia
1 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2503
2 WGM Dzagnidze Nana 2484
3 WGM Javakhishvili Lela 2423
4 IM Lomineishvili Maia 2429
5. Ukraine
1 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2481
2 IM Gaponenko Inna 2445
3 IM Lahno Kateryna 2435
4 IM Alexandrova Olga 2442
6. India
1 GM Koneru Humpy 2503
2 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2411
3 WGM Harika Dronavalli 2391
4 WGM Mohota Nisha 2286
7. Poland
1 IM Radziewicz Iweta 2449
2 IM Socko Monika 2439
3 IM Dworakowska Joanna 2393
4 WGM Zielinska Marta 2395
8. France
1 IM Skripchenko Almira 2474
2 IM Sebag Marie 2428
3 WGM Collas Silvia 2349
4 WIM Milliet Sophie 2299
9. Bulgaria
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2523
2 WGM Voiska Margarita 2380
3 WGM Djingarova Emilia 2327
4 WGM Velcheva Maria 2299
10. Romania
1 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2429
2 IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2436
3 WFM Motoc Alina 2359
4 WGM Olarasu Gabriela 2325
11. Serbia Montenegro
1 IM Maric Alisa 2418
2 WGM Bojkovic Natasa 2398
3 WGM Prudnikova Svetlana 2402
4 WIM Benderac Ana 2299
12. Slovakia
1 WGM Repkova Eva 2410
2 WGM Pokorna Regina 2370
3 IM Hagarova Zuzana 2351
4   Borosova Zuzana 2249
13. Hungary
1 IM Madl Ildiko 2369
2 IM Vajda Szidonia 2369
3 WGM Gara Anita 2390
4 WGM Lakos Nikoletta 2359
14. Armenia
1 IM Danielian Elina 2437
2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2374
3 WIM Aginian Nelly 2310
4   Andriasian Siranush 2206
15. Netherlands
1 IM Peng Zhaoqin 2420
2 WGM Bosboom-Lanchava Tea 2352
3 FM Schuurman Petra 2333
4 WIM Muhren Bianca 2343
16. Germany
1 IM Kachiani-G Ketino 2441
2 WGM Paehtz Elisabeth 2398
3 WIM Nill Jessica 2256
4 WIM Mietzner Tina 2235
17. Greece
1 IM Dembo Yelena 2396
2 WGM Botsari Anna-Maria 2362
3 WGM Makropoulou Marina 2270
4 WIM Fakhiridou Ekaterini 2258
18. Azerbaijan
1 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 2349
2 WGM Velikhanli Firuza 2322
3 WIM Shukurova Meihriban 2281
4   Khudaverdieva Afag 2086
19. Kazakhstan
1 WGM Sergeeva Maria 2308
2 WGM Khasanova Fliura 2314
3 WIM Zigangirova Sofya 2330
4   Ankudinova Yelena 0
20. Lithuania
1 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2442
2 WGM Ciuksyte Dagne 2361
3   Batyte Daiva 2130
4   Ivoskaite Diana 2043

The above lists were derived from the database driven Chess Olympiad web site maintained by the Wiener Schachzeitung. You can find more statistics and lists there, including results and tables when the event begins.


Going for Gold in Calvià

A few months ago we reported on the very ambitious plans of the U.S. women’s team for the Olympiad in Calvià, led by a four-time women's world champion and three-time Olympic champion:

GM Susan Polgar. Susan is a men's grandmaster and also a well known chess trainer. Her team includes:

IM Irina Krush, a two-time Olympian. Part of her remarkable resume includes the titles of US women’s champion, Pan-Am youth champion and Mayor’s Cup champion. Irina also has one Grandmaster norm under her belt.

On board three is IM-elect Anna Zatonskih, also a two-time Olympian. Anna impressively won the Ukrainian women’s Championship two years in a row prior to coming to America. She will be competing in her first US championship in November 2004.

The team reserve player is WIM Jennifer Shahade, the reigning U.S. Women’s Champion.

The Training program of the U.S. Women’s Team was sponsored by Kasparov Chess Foundation under direction of Michael Khodarkovsky, a well-known coach recently named New Jersey State coach of the year by the New Jersey State Chess Federation. Michael Khodarkovsky will serve as a team Head coach at the Olympiad. He will be assisted by notable theoretician, Grandmaster Alexander Chernin.


The team and the people behind it: Paul Truong, Michael Khodarkovsky, Susan Polgar, Garry Kasparov, Anna Zatonskih, Jennifer Shahade, Irina Krush and WGM Rusa Goletiani (the 5th member of the training squad, who did not make the team, but would be next in line).

The team captain is FIDE Master Paul Truong. Paul won five national championships of South Vietnam and 11 national titles overall. He was considered a chess prodigy and one of the most promising juniors in Asia back in the 70’s.


The US Women's team with US NYC Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba (with the big smile)

Photos by Paul Truong

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