2010 Chess Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk: Preview

by Albert Silver
9/21/2010 – The numbers astonish and stagger: 143 nations, 1294 competitors, including no fewer than 254 grandmasters, 65 WGMs, 159 IMs, and 90 WIMs. There is no question that for the next two weeks, Khanty-Mansiysk will be the absolute Mecca of chess. The start was not without its issues, but the teams are there and the spectacular opening ceremony has taken place. Preview and video.

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The 2010 Chess Olympiad takes place from September 21st to October 3rd in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. It is an 11-round Swiss System team event, in which each team has four players with one reserve.

Time control: 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes + 30 seconds/move as of move one.

Game start: rounds 1-10 at 9 AM UTC (5 AM New York / 2 AM Pacific daylight), and round 11 at 5 AM UTC (1 AM New York / 10 PM Pacific daylight)

Rest day: September 26th (after round 5) and October 2nd (after round 10).

2010 Chess Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk preview

The numbers astonish and stagger: 143 nations, 1294 competitors of which 797 are titled, including no fewer than 254 grandmasters, 65 WGMs, 159 IMs, and 90 WIMs. 34 players are rated 2700 or more, and 117 are rated at least 2600. There is no question that for the next two weeks, Khanty-Mansiysk will be the absolute Mecca of chess. To make things even more interesting, we are currently seeing one of the most disputed FIDE elections for some time, which will also be resolved in this period.

Logistically, such an event cannot possibly take place without its fair share of road bumps, and there have certainly been a few. The promised three hotels to house the enormous field as well as delegations didn't quite materialize, but the "Olympic" hotel was indeed finished in time. Remember that the number of 1294 competitors doesn't include the seconds, or other accompanying people. This has brought serious concerns as the traveling expenses to Siberia are not slight, and there are worries about the conditions. Until more information is reported though, we will refrain from judgment. Another concern brought up was the almost non-stop changing of charter flight dates departing the region after the Olympiad finished and has brought a great deal of discussion for many of the less privileged teams who are there almost exclusively at great personal expense, and for whom last-minute changes could be a make or break deal.

Nevertheless, the teams did arrive, and register, and the quite spectacular opening ceremony took place. Robert Fontaine from Europe Echecs was kind enough to send a video report on the opening.

 
Opening ceremony and first impressions. (courtesy of Europe Echecs)

That said some problems arose outside that do bear noting, such as the complete absence of Romania's men's team. In a bitter dispute with their federation regarding the financial conditions bestowed upon them, an impasse arose in which the team refused to go. On the other hand, Russia seems to have ensured their absence will be compensated for as they have no less than FIVE men's teams, and three women's. Unsurprisingly, their top team is also the event 's top seed with Kramnik on top board, followed by Grischuk, Svidler and Karjakin, and Malakhov as their reserve. Ukraine is not far behind with a stellar composition of Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, Eljanov, and Efimeenko, and Moiseenko as their reserve, averaging 2737 Elo. Then comes China, also able to muster a team whose average rating reaches a lofty 2703, headed by Wang Hao, Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, and Zhou Jiangchao, and topping off the teams of 2700s is Russia 2, with an all-star junior team with 2010 European Champion Nepomniachtchi (aged 20), Alekseev (aged 25), Vitiugov (aged 23), and Tomashevsky (aged 21). As to individual players, one can hardly overlook Magnus Carlsen, participating for the first time as the world no.1, Topalov, the air-to-air missile for the Bulgarian team, and a special mention for the no.1 female player, Judit Polgar who has only played eleven tournament games in the last 18 months, and who will play board three for the 5th seeded Hungarian team behind Leko, and Almasi.

Watching the games

It goes without saying that the options to watch the games live are wide and varied. You can watch them at no cost on Playchess, enjoying the software's new options to display multiple boards at the same time, and if you are a Premium member, live grandmaster commentary will be provided on Playchess for every round by GM Daniel King, author of the best-selling Power Play series, and GM Yasser Seirawan. If you miss the live games, you can always watch the commentary after the fact, or get an abridged tale via the Daily Roundup show also hosted on Playchess at 6 PM UTC (2 PM New York). Again, if you miss the show, it remains available on the server at your disposal.

Top 50 men's teams

         1. Russia 1 (Avg: 2755)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Kramnik Vladimir  2780
2
GM Grischuk Alexander  2760
3
GM Svidler Peter  2731
4
GM Karjakin Sergey  2747
5
GM Malakhov Vladimir  2725
        2. Ukraine (Avg: 2737)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Ivanchuk Vassily  2754
2
GM Eljanov Pavel  2761
3
GM Ponomariov Ruslan  2749
4
GM Efimenko Zahar  2683
5
GM Moiseenko Alexander  2658
        3. China (Avg: 2703)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Wang Hao  2724
2
GM Wang Yue  2732
3
GM Bu Xiangzhi  2695
4
GM Zhou Jianchao  2660
5
GM Li Chao B  2633
        4. Russia 2 (Avg: 2702)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian  2706
2
GM Alekseev Evgeny  2691
3
GM Vitiugov Nikita  2709
4
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny  2701
5
GM Timofeev Artyom  2690
        5. Hungary (Avg: 2698)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Leko Peter  2724
2
GM Almasi Zoltan   2707
3
GM Polgar Judit  2682
4
GM Berkes Ferenc  2678
5
GM Balogh Csaba  2608
        6. Armenia (Avg: 2698)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Aronian Levon  2783
2
GM Akopian Vladimir  2691
3
GM Sargissian Gabriel  2677
4
GM Pashikian Arman  2639
5
GM Grigoryan Avetik  2579
        7. Azerbaijan (Avg: 2694)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  2756
2
GM Radjabov Teimour  2748
3
GM Mamedov Rauf  2660
4
GM Guseinov Gadir  2611
5
GM Safarli Eltaj  2607
        8. Bulgaria (Avg: 2693)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Topalov Veselin  2803
2
GM Cheparinov Ivan  2661
3
GM Georgiev Kiril   2685
4
GM Delchev Aleksander  2623
5
IM Berbatov Kiprian  2461
         9. United States (Avg: 2691)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Nakamura Hikaru  2733
2
GM Kamsky Gata   2705
3
GM Onischuk Alexander  2688
4
GM Shulman Yuri  2636
5
GM Hess Robert Lee  2596
        10. France (Avg: 2681)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  2721
2
GM Fressinet Laurent  2718
3
GM Tkachiev Vladislav  2632
4
GM Edouard Romain  2636
5
GM Feller Sebastien  2649
         11. Israel (Avg: 2676)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Gelfand Boris  2751
2
GM Sutovsky Emil  2665
3
GM Smirin Ilia  2657
4
GM Rodshtein Maxim  2632
5
GM Mikhalevski Victor  2610
         12. England (Avg: 2673)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Adams Michael  2728
2
GM Short Nigel D  2690
3
GM McShane Luke J  2657
4
GM Howell David W L  2616
5
GM Jones Gawain C B  2576
         13. Netherlands (Avg: 2665)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Van Wely Loek  2679
2
GM Smeets Jan  2669
3
GM L'Ami Erwin  2624
4
GM Giri Anish  2677
5
GM Stellwagen Daniel  2635
         14. Russia 3 (Avg: 2665)
Bd
    Rtg
1
GM Jakovenko Dmitry  2726
2
GM Motylev Alexandr  2694
3
GM Rublevsky Sergei  2683
4
IM Pridorozhni Aleksei  2556
5
GM Kabanov Nikolai  2500
        15. Poland (Avg: 2662)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw  2711
2
GM Socko Bartosz  2657
3
GM Macieja Bartlomiej  2651
4
GM Miton Kamil  2629
5
GM Bartel Mateusz  2599
        16. Spain (Avg: 2658)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Shirov Alexei  2749
2
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco  2697
3
GM Salgado Lopez Ivan  2595
4
GM Magem Badals Jordi  2589
5
GM Alsina Leal Daniel  2523
        17. Czech Republic (Avg: 2656)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Navara David  2722
2
GM Laznicka Viktor  2690
3
GM Hracek Zbynek  2633
4
GM Votava Jan  2579
5
GM Babula Vlastimil  2515
         18. Cuba (Avg: 2652)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Dominguez Perez Leinier  2716
2
GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro  2679
3
GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky  2614
4
GM Corrales Jimenez Fidel  2599
5
GM Hernandez Carmenates Holden  2563
        19. India (Avg: 2645)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Sasikiran Krishnan  2681
2
GM Harikrishna Pentala  2645
3
GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar  2650
4
GM Gopal Geetha  2603
5
IM Adhiban Baskaran  2516
        20. Georgia (Avg: 2637)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Jobava Baadur  2710
2
GM Gagunashvili Merab  2598
3
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil  2628
4
GM Pantsulaia Levan  2599
5
GM Gelashvili Tamaz  2611
         21. Serbia (Avg: 2609)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Sedlak Nikola  2550
2
GM Kovacevic Aleksandar  2582
3
GM Vuckovic Bojan  2615
4
GM Ivanisevic Ivan  2613
5
GM Markus Robert  2624
        22. Slovakia (Avg: 2596)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Movsesian Sergei  2723
2
GM Ftacnik Lubomir  2568
3
GM Markos Jan  2566
4
GM Petrik Tomas  2528
5
IM Jurcik Marian  2466
         23. Norway (Avg: 2594)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Carlsen Magnus  2826
2
GM Hammer Jon Ludvig  2633
3
IM Elsness Frode  2485
4
FM Urkedal Frode  2430
5
IM Hansen Torbjorn Ringdal  2429
         24. Brazil (Avg: 2590)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Leitao Rafael  2624
2
GM Milos Gilberto  2599
3
GM Fier Alexandr  2588
4
GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag  2550
5
GM Diamant Andre  2498
        25. Greece (Avg: 2590)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Papaioannou Ioannis  2622
2
GM Banikas Hristos  2590
3
GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios  2569
4
GM Halkias Stelios  2577
5
GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios  2556
        26. Argentina (Avg: 2587)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Flores Diego  2615
2
GM Felgaer Ruben  2597
3
GM Peralta Fernando  2572
4
GM Lafuente Pablo  2565
5
GM Valerga Diego  2508
         27. Vietnam (Avg: 2587)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Le Quang Liem  2694
2
GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son  2633
3
GM Nguyen Anh Dung  2500
4
GM Dao Thien Hai  2520
5
FM Nguyen Duc Hoa  2385
         28. Croatia (Avg: 2585)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Stevic Hrvoje  2607
2
GM Kozul Zdenko  2604
3
GM Saric Ivan  2567
4
GM Palac Mladen  2561
5
GM Jankovic Alojzije  2560
        29. Slovenia (Avg: 2585)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Beliavsky Alexander G  2632
2
GM Lenic Luka  2603
3
GM Pavasovic Dusko  2568
4
GM Borisek Jure  2535
5
IM Sebenik Matej  2516
        30. Italy (Avg: 2583)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Caruana Fabiano  2700
2
GM Godena Michele  2551
3
GM Vocaturo Daniele  2581
4
IM Brunello Sabino  2497
5
IM Rombaldoni Denis  2501
        31. Moldova (Avg: 2580)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Bologan Viktor  2690
2
GM Iordachescu Viorel  2632
3
IM Hamitevici Vladimir  2415
4
GM Svetushkin Dmitry  2552
5
GM Sanduleac Vasile  2446
         32. Bosnia & Herzegovina (Avg: 2574)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Sokolov Ivan  2641
2
GM Predojevic Borki  2624
3
GM Kurajica Bojan  2535
4
GM Dizdarevic Emir  2475
5
IM Stojanovic Dalibor  2496
        33. Uzbekistan (Avg: 2572)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam  2685
2
GM Filippov Anton  2609
3
GM Barsov Alexei  2509
4
IM Khamrakulov Dzhurabek  2485
5
IM Kvon Andrey  2448
        34. Sweden (Avg: 2572)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Berg Emanuel  2616
2
GM Agrest Evgenij  2585
3
GM Hillarp Persson Tiger  2517
4
GM Cicak Slavko  2568
5
GM Grandelius Nils  2500
         35. Belarus (Avg: 2559)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Zhigalko Sergei  2640
2
GM Zhigalko Andrey  2580
3
GM Teterev Vitaly  2511
4
  Podolchenko Evgeniy  2506
5
IM Stupak Kirill  2502
        36. Mexico (Avg: 2557)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Leon Hoyos Manuel  2579
2
GM Gonzalez Zamora Juan Carlos  2564
3
GM Gonzalez Garcia Jose  2543
4
GM Hernandez Guerrero Gilberto  2540
5
IM Ibarra Chami Luis Fernando  2444
         37. Philippines (Avg: 2552)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM So Wesley  2668
2
GM Gomez John Paul  2527
3
GM Laylo Darwin  2522
4
GM Torre Eugenio  2489
5
IM Bitoon Richard  2447
        38. Iran (Avg: 2550)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan  2594
2
GM Moradiabadi Elshan  2578
3
GM Mahjoob Morteza  2529
4
IM Toufighi Homayoon  2499
5
FM Golizadeh Asghar  2481
         39. Lithuania (Avg: 2545)
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Rozentalis Eduardas  2611
2
GM Sulskis Sarunas  2544
3
GM Cmilyte Viktorija  2513
4
GM Malisauskas Vidmantas  2510
5
IM Zagorskis Darius  2497
         40. Egypt (Avg: 2537
Bd
  Name Rtg
1
GM Adly Ahmed  2630
2
GM Amin Bassem  2578
3
IM Abdel Razik Khaled  2480
4
IM Shoker Samy  2458
5
IM Ezat Mohamed  2448
         41. Kazakhstan (Avg: 2535)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Kazhgaleyev Murtas  2620
2
GM
Jumabayev Rinat  2547
3
IM
Kuderinov Kirill  2481
4
GM
Ismagambetov Anuar  2492
5
IM
Grebenschikov Vladimir  2282
         42. Germany (Avg: 2534)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Buhmann Rainer  2563
2
GM
Bogner Sebastian  2549
3
GM
Bindrich Falko  2507
4
IM
Kraemer Martin  2516
5
IM
Huschenbeth Niclas  2461
         43. Rep of Macedonia (Avg: 2524)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Georgiev Vladimir  2573
2
GM
Nedev Trajko  2505
3
GM
Mitkov Nikola  2531
4
GM
Stanojoski Zvonko  2485
5
IM
Pancevski Filip  2410
         44. Denmark (Avg: 2519)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Hansen Sune Berg  2595
2
GM
Rasmussen Allan Stig  2530
3
IM
Glud Jakob Vang  2479
4
IM
Antonsen Mikkel  2471
5
IM
Mikkelsen Nikolaj  2432
         45. Austria (Avg: 2516)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Ragger Markus  2628
2
GM
Shengelia David  2587
3
IM
Neubauer Martin  2428
4
IM
Kreisl Robert  2376
5
IM
Danner Georg  2422
         46. Peru (Avg: 2516)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Granda Zuniga Julio E  2636
2
GM
Cordova Emilio  2539
3
GM
Cori Jorge  2496
4
 
Palacios Efrain  2184
5
FM
Pacheco Marco  2392
         47. Switzerland (Avg: 2513)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Pelletier Yannick  2592
2
GM
Gallagher Joseph G 2517
3
IM
Ekstroem Roland  2489
4
IM
Kurmann Oliver  2452
5
IM
Buss Ralph  2433
         48. Estonia (Avg: 2511)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Kulaots Kaido  2592
2
GM
Kanep Meelis  2532
3
IM
Sepp Olav  2485
4
IM
Volodin Aleksandr  2433
5
IM
Seeman Tarvo  2420
         49. Australia (Avg: 2502)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
GM
Zhao Zong-Yuan  2583
2
GM
Smerdon David  2526
3
IM
Xie George Wendi  2478
4
GM
Johansen Darryl K  2420
5
IM
Solomon Stephen J  2396
         50. Turkey (Avg: 2501)
Bd
 
Name Rtg
1
IM
Esen Baris  2538
2
GM
Haznedaroglu Kivanc  2483
3
GM
Can Emre  2500
4
IM
Yilmaz Mustafa  2482
5
IM
Erdogdu Mert  2428

Top 20 Women's teams

         1. Russia 1 (Avg: 2536)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Kosintseva Tatiana 
2573
2
IM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 
2565
3
GM
Kosteniuk Alexandra 
2524
4
IM
Galliamova Alisa 
2482
5
WGM
Gunina Valentina 
2465
         2. China (Avg: 2500)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Hou Yifan 
2578
2
WGM
Ju Wenjun 
2516
3
GM
Zhao Xue 
2469
4
WGM
Huang Qian 
2436
5
IM
Wang Yu 
2394
         3. Ukraine (Avg: 2493)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Lahno Kateryna 
2539
2
GM
Zhukova Natalia 
2499
3
IM
Ushenina Anna 
2466
4
IM
Gaponenko Inna 
2469
5
IM
Muzychuk Mariya 
2464
         4. Georgia (Avg: 2472)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Dzagnidze Nana 
2534
2
IM
Javakhishvili Lela 
2451
3
IM
Melia Salome 
2439
4
IM
Khukhashvili Sopiko 
2422
5
IM
Khotenashvili Bela 
2464
         5. Russia 2 (Avg: 2427)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
WGM
Pogonina Natalija 
2491
2
WGM
Girya Olga 
2414
3
WGM
Savina Anastasia 
2404
4
IM
Bodnaruk Anastasia 
2399
5
WGM
Kashlinskaya Alina 
2358
         6. United States of America (Avg: 2413)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
IM
Krush Irina  
2490
2
IM
Zatonskih Anna 
2480
3
WFM
Abrahamyan Tatev 
2352
4
WGM
Baginskaite Kamile 
2328
5
WGM
Foisor Sabina-Francesca 
2293
         7. Armenia (Avg: 2401)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
IM
Danielian Elina 
2466
2
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 
2484
3
IM
Galojan Lilit 
2373
4
WGM
Aginian Nelly 
2282
5
WFM
Kharatyan Anahit 
2039
         8. India (Avg: 2400)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
IM
Harika Dronavalli 
2515
2
IM
Tania Sachdev 
2382
3
IM
Karavade Eesha 
2365
4
WGM
Meenakshi Subbaraman 
2336
5
WGM
Mohota Nisha 
2332
         9. Hungary (Avg: 2398)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Hoang Thanh Trang 
2482
2
IM
Madl Ildiko 
2397
3
IM
Vajda Szidonia 
2342
4
WGM
Rudolf Anna 
2366
5
WGM
Gara Ticia 
2348
         10. Poland (Avg: 2386)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Socko Monika 
2486
2
WGM
Zawadzka Jolanta 
2410
3
WGM
Majdan-Gajewska Joanna 
2333
4
IM
Dworakowska Joanna 
2315
5
WGM
Kadziolka Beata 
2295
         11. France (Avg: 2375)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Sebag Marie 
2499
2
IM
Milliet Sophie 
2388
3
WIM
Guichard Pauline 
2293
4
IM
Collas Silvia 
2320
5
WGM
Maisuradze Nino 
2273
         12. Bulgaria (Avg: 2361)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta 
2551
2
WGM
Voiska Margarita 
2314
3
WIM
Nikolova Adriana 
2295
4
WIM
Videnova Iva  
2283
5
WGM
Velcheva Maria 
2272
         13. Slovenia (Avg: 2358)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
IM
Muzychuk Anna 
2535
2
WGM
Krivec Jana 
2309
3
WGM
Kaps Darja 
2300
4
WIM
Rozic Vesna 
2289
5
WFM
Bajt Indira 
2204
         14. Romania (Avg: 2352)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
IM
Foisor Cristina-Adela 
2395
2
WGM
Cosma Elena-Luminita 
2360
3
WGM
Voicu-Jagodzinsky Carmen 
2313
4
WGM
L'Ami Alina 
2339
5
WIM
Bulmaga Irina 
2267
         15. Slovakia (Avg: 2349)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
IM
Repkova Eva 
2447
2
WGM
Pokorna Regina 
2370
3
WGM
Kochetkova Julia 
2327
4
WIM
Mrvova Alena 
2253
5
WFM
Machalova Veronika 
2229
         16. Germany (Avg: 2344)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
IM
Paehtz Elisabeth 
2467
2
WIM
Hoolt Sarah 
2251
3
WGM
Levushkina Elena 
2346
4
WIM
Ohme Melanie 
2311
5
WIM
Fuchs Judith 
2237
         17. Serbia (Avg: 2337)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
IM
Bojkovic Natasa 
2368
2
WGM
Chelushkina Irina 
2325
3
WGM
Stojanovic Andjelija 
2337
4
WIM
Rakic Marija 
2317
5
WIM
Eric Jovana 
2218
         18. Cuba (Avg: 2333)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
WIM
Ordaz V. Lisandra Teresa 
2359
2
WIM
Linares Napoles Oleiny 
2328
3
WGM
Marrero Lopez Yaniet 
2324
4
WGM
Pina Vega Sulennis 
2322
5
WGM
Arribas Robaina Maritza 
2282
         19. Netherlands (Avg: 2330)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
GM
Peng Zhaoqin 
2400
2
IM
Lanchava Tea 
2342
3
WIM
Bensdorp Marlies 
2288
4
WIM
Schut Lisa 
2288
5
WIM
Van Weersel Arlette 
2174
         20. Czech Republic (Avg: 2313)
Bd
 
Name
Rtg
1
WGM
Kulovana Eva 
2359
2
WGM
Nemcova Katerina 
2283
3
WIM
Havlikova Kristyna 
2318
4
WIM
Sikorova Olga 
2290
5
WFM
Olsarova Tereza 
2215

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