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Olympiad R12: Armenia leads, China or Russia for Silver

6/4/2006 – There is little doubt that Armenia will take Gold at the 37th Olympiad in Turin. With one round to go, the team is 2.5 points ahead of China, which is half a point above Russia. Second seed India has dropped to 33rd place after Vishy Anand lost to Pascal Charbonneau, almost 300 points below him. In the women's section, Ukraine is two points ahead of the field and virtually assured of Gold.
 

The Olympiad is in its final round, which begins tomorrow, Sunday, at 10 a.m. In the evening there is a closing ceremony, and on Monday everyone leaves Turin. This means that we will most likely only report on the final standings before our departure, and use the remaining time to collect as much material as possible. Hopefully we will be able to provide some picture report, stories and reflections after we have returned to our home base.

Turin 2006: After round twelve

Armenia drew France 2:2, with all games drawn. China defeated the Czech Republic, which is having a bad strech. Russia defeated Cuba 3:1, with Kramnik, Grischuk and Morozevich winning and Peter Svidler losing. This reduced the lead of the Armenians to 2.5 points, but with just one round to go there is little chance that they will miss their Gold medal. Israel scored a 2.5:1.5 victory over the USA, with Kamsky losing to Gelfand and Nakamura beating Sutovsky. The USA is now in place 7-9 (with the Netherlands and Bulgaria). Vishy Anand lost to Pascal Charbonneau of Canada, rated almost 300 points lower than him. With the team result 1.5:2.5 number two seed India now occupies a dismal 33rd place.


Armenia vs France (with Aronian vs Bacrot)

5 France (FRA) Rtg
2 : 2
3 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
GM Bacrot Etienne 2708
½-½
GM Aronian Levon 2756
GM Sokolov Andrei 2628
½-½
GM Akopian Vladimir 2706
GM Fressinet Laurent 2633
½-½
GM Asrian Karen 2646
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2576
½-½
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2612


China vs Czech Republic

20 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg
1 : 3
12 China (CHN) Rtg
GM Navara David 2658
½-½
GM Bu Xiangzhi 2640
GM Hracek Zbynek 2593
0-1
GM Zhang Pengxiang 2623
GM Laznicka Viktor 2551
0-1
GM Wang Yue 2598
IM Cvek Robert 2503
½-½
GM Ni Hua 2607


Cuba vs Russia (with Bruzon facing Kramnik)

1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
3 : 1
18 Cuba (CUB) Rtg
GM Kramnik Vladimir 2729
1-0
GM Bruzon Batista L 2652
GM Svidler Peter 2743
0-1
GM Dominguez Perez L 2647
GM Grischuk Alexander 2719
1-0
GM Nogueira Santiago J 2556
GM Morozevich Alexander 2730
1-0
GM Arencibia Rodriguez W 2535


USA vs Israel (with Gata Kamsky facing Boris Gelfand)

6 Israel (ISR) Rtg
2½:1½
7 USA (USA) Rtg
GM Gelfand Boris 2727
1-0
GM Kamsky Gata 2671
GM Smirin Ilia 2662
½-½
GM Onischuk Alexander 2650
GM Sutovsky Emil 2628
0-1
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2664
GM Huzman Alexander 2576
1-0
GM Ibragimov Ildar 2637

Standings after twelve rounds

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 3 Armenia 12 10 2 0 34.0 342.5 22
2 12 China 12 7 1 4 31.5 338.0 15
3 1 Russia 12 7 2 3 31.0 351.0 16
4 5 France 12 7 5 0 30.5 339.0 19
5 16 Hungary 12 7 3 2 30.5 324.5 17
6 6 Israel 12 8 3 1 30.0 321.0 19
7 7 USA 12 8 3 1 29.5 340.5 19
8 8 Netherlands 12 8 1 3 29.5 334.5 17
9 10 Bulgaria 12 6 2 4 29.5 325.0 14
10 4 Ukraine 12 7 2 3 29.0 339.0 16
11 25 Denmark 12 8 2 2 29.0 334.0 18
12 17 Georgia 12 9 1 2 29.0 332.0 19
13 11 Spain 12 6 4 2 29.0 325.5 16
14 21 Poland 12 7 1 4 29.0 324.5 15
15 24 Norway 12 9 1 2 29.0 321.5 19
16 20 Czech Republic 12 6 4 2 28.5 342.0 16
17 30 Uzbekistan 12 5 4 3 28.5 333.0 14
18 14 Germany 12 6 0 6 28.5 328.5 12
19 18 Cuba 12 7 2 3 28.5 327.5 16
20 22 Greece 12 7 2 3 28.5 324.5 16
21 9 Azerbaijan 12 7 2 3 28.5 323.0 16
22 23 Moldova 12 6 1 5 28.0 323.5 13
23 15 Romania 12 5 3 4 28.0 317.5 13
24 13 England 12 7 2 3 28.0 313.0 16
25 41 FYROM 12 7 4 1 28.0 311.5 18
26 42 Latvia 12 6 1 5 28.0 305.5 13
27 47 Canada 12 7 0 5 28.0 301.0 14

Women's section

Ukraine defeated India 2.5:0.1, while Russia drew France 1.5:1.5. This left the Ukrainian girls two points ahead of the Russians and virtually assured of receiving the Gold medal. Russia is a point ahead of China, which drew the US team. That left the Americans a point behind in place four.


India vs Ukraine

2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
2½:½
9 India (IND) Rtg
WGM Zhukova Natalia 2425
1-0
GM Koneru Humpy 2548
IM Lahno Katerina 2468
1-0
WGM Harika Dronavalli 2358
WGM Ushenina Anna 2397
½-½
WGM Swathi Ghate 2262


France vs Russia (with Almira Skripchenko against Tatiana Kosintseva)

1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
1½:1½
15 France (FRA) Rtg
IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2489
½-½
IM Skripchenko Almira 2423
IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2469
½-½
WGM Leconte Maria 2345
IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2460
½-½
WGM Milliet Sophie 2330


China vs USA

5 USA (USA) Rtg
1½:1½
6 China (CHN) Rtg
WGM Zatonskih Anna 2433
½-½
WGM Zhao Xue 2423
IM Krush Irina 2437
1-0
  Shen Yang 2411
WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2371
0-1
WFM Hou Yifan 2298


Croatia vs Germany

8 Germany (GER) Rtg
2½:½
36 Croatia (CRO) Rtg
IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2438
1-0
WGM Medic Mirjana 2239
IM Kachiani-Gersinska K 2421
1-0
WIM Macek Vlasta 2243
WGM Juergens Vera 2330
½-½
WFM Franciskovic Borka 2144


Poland vs Romania

11 Romania (ROM) Rtg
1 : 2
12 Poland (POL) Rtg
IM Peptan Corina Isabela 2408
0-1
IM Radziewicz Iweta 2439
IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2392
1-0
WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2389
WGM Bogza Adina Maria 2297
0-1
WIM Majdan Joanna 2297


Hungary vs Netherlands

18 Netherlands (NED) Rtg
1½:1½
4 Hungary (HUN) Rtg
GM Peng Zhao Qin 2395
1-0
IM Hoang Thanh Trang 2487
FM Schuurman Petra 2258
½-½
IM Madl Ildiko 2387
WIM Muhren Bianca 2253
0-1
WGM Gara Anita 2367

Standings after twelve rounds (Women)

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 2 Ukraine 12 12 0 0 28.0 253.5 24
2 1 Russia 12 8 3 1 26.0 261.5 19
3 6 China 12 7 3 2 25.0 264.5 17
4 5 USA 12 7 4 1 23.0 266.5 18
5 7 Armenia 12 7 3 2 22.5 254.0 17
6 3 Georgia 12 6 3 3 22.0 265.0 15
7 4 Hungary 12 7 1 4 22.0 264.0 15
8 9 India 12 7 2 3 22.0 258.0 16
9 15 France 12 5 4 3 22.0 254.5 14
10 14 Greece 12 8 2 2 22.0 252.5 18
11 32 Belarus 12 6 3 3 22.0 248.5 15
12 12 Poland 12 8 1 3 22.0 247.0 17
13 8 Germany 12 6 4 2 22.0 245.5 16
14 17 Slovenia 12 6 2 4 21.5 243.5 14
15 23 Vietnam 12 5 2 5 21.5 242.0 12
16 26 Cuba 12 7 2 3 21.5 237.0 16
17 18 Netherlands 12 6 3 3 21.5 237.0 15
18 60 Philippines 12 6 3 3 21.5 231.0 15
19 22 Czech Republic 12 7 0 5 21.5 229.0 14
20 10 Bulgaria 12 6 3 3 21.0 261.5 15
21 11 Romania 12 6 2 4 21.0 254.0 14
22 29 Mongolia 12 7 1 4 21.0 239.5 15
23 19 Serbia Montenegro 12 5 3 4 21.0 232.0 13
24 37 Iran 12 5 3 4 21.0 228.5 13
25 16 Slovakia 12 7 1 4 20.5 246.0 15
26 20 Israel 12 7 2 3 20.5 242.0 16
27 41 Turkey 12 6 3 3 20.5 234.5 15

Picture gallery


Gata Kamsky, board one, USA


Alexander Onischuk, board two, USA


Hikaru Nakamura, board three, USA


Vassily Ivanchuk, board one, Ukraine


WIM Arianne Caoili, Australia, 2169 (more about her later)


Natalia Straub, Firuza Kasimdzhanov

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The Timetable

37th Olympiad 77th FIDE Congress
May 20 2006 21:00 Opening ceremony    
May 21 2006 15:00 First round  
May 22 2006 15:00 Second round  
May 23 2006 15:00 Third round  
May 24 2006 15:00 Fourth round  
May 25 2006 15:00 Fifth round  
May 26 2006   Rest day  
May 27 2006 15:00 Sixth round FIDE Commissions and committees
May 28 2006 15:00 Seventh round
May 29 2006 15:00 Eighth round
May 30 2006 15:00 Ninth round Executive board, Presidential board
May 31 2006 15:00 Tenth round
June 1 2006   Rest day
June 2 2006 15:00 Eleventh round

Continental Meeting, General Assembly

June 3 2006 15:00 Twelfth round
June 4 2006 10:00 Thirteenth round
June 4 2006 20:30 Closing ceremony

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