2010 Chess Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 1 report

by Albert Silver
9/22/2010 – After the expected hustle-bustle of the opening day, the first round went underway with the strong paired against the weak. What this usually means is crushing scores on the one hand, and shock surprises on the other, and we were not disappointed. However, some players were able to shine, leaving a mouthwatering tournament ahead. Here is the report with games, results, and videos.

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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

Round 1

The first round of the Olympiads paired the strong versus the weak in normal Swiss System style, leaving maximum room for the unexpected to happen. Overall, the favorites did what was expected, winning by crushing scores as they outrated their opponents by over 300 Elo on average at times. That said, a few unexpected results did occur such as Grischuk's draw on board one for Russia against Ireland's IM Sam Collins, or Hungary's Balogh (2608) who drew against Jordan's Samhouri (2269). However the biggest first-round upset was handed to reigning Dutch champion Jan Smeets (2669), who lost to IM Lisandro Munoz (2391), leading to only the narrowest of victories by the Netherlands, with a 2.5-1.5 win over the Dominican Republic, and what can certainly be considered a moral victory by their opponents.


Judit Polgar (2682) played board two in round one, seated between Zoltan Almasi (2707),
and 2010 Hungarian champion, Ferenc Berkes (2678) on the right.

That said, the significant disparity in ratings also lay the ground for the players to warm up and shine if they were so inclined. GM Judit Polgar, playing third board for Hungary, and quite inactive over the last year and a half in classical games, reminded us why she is the top female player in history when she produced the following little gem.

Samhouri,Ahmad Fawzi (2372) - Polgar,Judit (2682) [B51]
39th Olympiad Men Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (1), 21.09.2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.0-0 Bd7 5.c3 Nf6 6.Re1 a6 7.Ba4 b5 8.Bc2 e5 9.d3 Be7 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Nf1 Re8 12.d4? cxd4 13.cxd4 Bg4 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Ne3 Bh5 16.h3 Rc8 17.g4 Bg6 18.Nd2 Qb6!








Setting a diabolical trap that White failed to see. 19.f4? Missing Judit's next move.








19...Nd5!! A beautiful shot that is winning in all variations. 20.exd5 20.fxe5 Nxe3 21.Rxe3 Qxe3+ 22.Kh2 Bh4 23.Qf3 Qe1 24.Bd3 Rxc1; 20.f5 Nxe3 21.Rxe3 Qxe3+ 22.Kg2 Bh4 23.Qg1 (23.Nf1 Qf2+ 24.Kh1 Rxc2) 23...Qg3+ 24.Kf1 Qxh3+ 25.Qg2 Qxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Rxc2 20...Bxc2 21.Qe2 Nd3 22.Nf3 22.Rf1 Bh4 Attacking the knight on e3. 22...Nxf4 23.Qh2 Nd3 24.Re2 Bd1 0-1 [Click to replay]

England's Luke McShane was also in fine form, and mauled his opponent in the following game.

McShane,Luke J (2657) - Mok,Tze-Meng (2416) [A01]
39th Olympiad Men Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (1), 21.09.2010

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6 3.e3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3 d5 8.Nxd5 Nxd5 9.cxd5 Nb4 10.Qb1 Nxd5 11.Nf3 f6 12.0-0 c5 13.d4 exd4 14.exd4 Be6 15.Qe4 Qb6 16.Rae1 Bf7 17.Nh4 Rfe8 18.Nf5 Bf8 19.Qg4 g6 20.dxc5 Qxc5 21.Rc1 Qa5








22.Qh4! gxf5? 23.Bxd5! Bxd5 24.Qxf6 The point. The infiltration on the long diagonal and heavy pieces spells doom for Black. 24...Re6 25.Qh8+ Kf7 26.Qxh7+ Ke8 27.Qxf5 Rd8 28.Qh5+ Ke7 29.Qh7+ Kd6 30.Ba3+ Ke5 31.f4+ 1-0 [Click to replay]

Video reports

We received video reports by both Elmira Mirzoeva and Europe Echecs which we are sharing with their kind permission.

 
Elmira Mirzoeva reports on the opening day and day one. It is worth noting that in the opening day there
are 3 minutes in Russian from the 3min mark to 6min. The rest is all in English however.

 
Europe Echecs will be providing daily video reports.

Top men's results

Bd 1  Russia 1 (RUS1) Rtg - 75  Ireland (IRL) Rtg 3½: ½
1.1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2760 - IM Collins Sam E 2431 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Svidler Peter 2731 - FM Astaneh Lopez Alex 2393 1 - 0
1.3 GM Karjakin Sergey 2747 - IM Heidenfeld Mark 2360 1 - 0
1.4 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2725 - FM Daly Colm 2277 1 - 0
Bd 76  Iraq (IRQ) Rtg - 2  Ukraine (UKR) Rtg 0 : 4
2.1   Ahmed Abdul Sattar 2342 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2754 0 - 1
2.2 FM Al-Ali Hussein Ali H. 2364 - GM Eljanov Pavel 2761 0 - 1
2.3 IM Al-Saffar Araz Basim M. 2348 - GM Efimenko Zahar 2683 0 - 1
2.4 IM Noah A. H. Al-Ali 2397 - GM Moiseenko Alexander 2658 0 - 1
Bd 3  China (CHN) Rtg - 77  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) Rtg 3½: ½
3.1 GM Wang Yue 2732 -   Akylbekov Nasyr 2390 1 - 0
3.2 GM Wang Hao 2724 -   Markov Mikhail 2261 1 - 0
3.3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2695 - FM Tologontegin Semetey 2320 1 - 0
3.4 GM Li Chao B 2633 -   Shukuraliev Algis 2332 ½ - ½
Bd 78  IBCA (IBCA) Rtg - 4  Russia 2 (RUS2) Rtg 0 : 4
4.1 IM Meshkov Yuri A 2419 - GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2706 0 - 1
4.2 IM Krylov Sergey 2359 - GM Vitiugov Nikita 2709 0 - 1
4.3 FM Mueller Oliver 2311 - GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2701 0 - 1
4.4 FM Wassin Sergej 2295 - GM Timofeev Artyom 2690 0 - 1
Bd 5  Hungary (HUN) Rtg - 79  Jordan (JOR) Rtg 3½: ½
5.1 GM Almasi Zoltan 2707 - IM Khader Sami 2449 1 - 0
5.2 GM Polgar Judit 2682 - FM Samhouri Ahmad Fawzi 2372 1 - 0
5.3 GM Berkes Ferenc 2678 - FM Mansour Sameer 2283 1 - 0
5.4 GM Balogh Csaba 2608 - CM Samhouri Bilal 2269 ½ - ½
Bd 80  Costa Rica (CRC) Rtg - 6  Armenia (ARM) Rtg 1 : 3
6.1 IM Arias Santana Mauricio 2345 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2691 ½ - ½
6.2 IM Valdes Leonardo 2429 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2677 0 - 1
6.3 IM Gonzalez Bernal 2423 - GM Pashikian Arman 2639 ½ - ½
6.4   Ruiz Blais Sebastian 2172 - GM Grigoryan Avetik 2579 0 - 1
Bd 7  Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg - 81  South Africa (RSA) Rtg 3½: ½
7.1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2756 - IM Solomon Kenny 2394 ½ - ½
7.2 GM Mamedov Rauf 2660 - IM Kobese Watu 2370 1 - 0
7.3 GM Guseinov Gadir 2611 - FM Steel Henry Robert 2300 1 - 0
7.4 GM Safarli Eltaj 2607 - IM Johannes Manyedi M. 2288 1 - 0
Bd 82  Bangladesh (BAN) Rtg - 8  Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg ½ :3½
8.1 FM Minhazuddin Ahmed 2368 - GM Cheparinov Ivan 2661 0 - 1
8.2 FM Abu Sufian Shakil 2361 - GM Georgiev Kiril 2685 ½ - ½
8.3 FM Hasan Mehdi 2322 - GM Delchev Aleksander 2623 0 - 1
8.4   Chatterjee Debaraj 2288 - IM Berbatov Kiprian 2461 0 - 1
Bd 9  United States (USA) Rtg - 83  Faroer Islands (FAI) Rtg 4 : 0
9.1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2733 - IM Ziska Helgi Dam 2439 1 - 0
9.2 GM Kamsky Gata 2705 - IM Rodgaard John 2352 1 - 0
9.3 GM Shulman Yuri 2636 -   Berg Olaf 2274 1 - 0
9.4 GM Hess Robert Lee 2596 - FM Samuelsen Carl Eli Nolsoe 2262 1 - 0
Bd 84  Paraguay (PAR) Rtg - 10  France (FRA) Rtg ½ :3½
10.1 IM Cubas Jose Fernando 2463 - GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2721 ½ - ½
10.2 FM Patriarca Luis Carlos 2308 - GM Fressinet Laurent 2718 0 - 1
10.3 FM Latorre Manuel 2284 - GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2632 0 - 1
10.4 FM Vazquez Guillermo 2166 - GM Edouard Romain 2636 0 - 1
Bd 11  Israel (ISR) Rtg - 85  Yemen (YEM) Rtg 4 : 0
11.1 GM Sutovsky Emil 2665 - FM Al-Hadarani Hatim 2264 + - -
11.2 GM Smirin Ilia 2657 - IM Al Qudaimi Basheer 2428 + - -
11.3 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2632 - CM Abdul Moula Sabri 2189 + - -
11.4 GM Mikhalevski Victor 2610 - IM Al-Zendani Zendan 2400 + - -
Bd 86  Malaysia (MAS) Rtg - 12  England (ENG) Rtg ½ :3½
12.1 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi 2422 - GM Adams Michael 2728 ½ - ½
12.2 IM Mok Tze-Meng 2416 - GM McShane Luke J 2657 0 - 1
12.3   Tan Khai Boon 2160 - GM Howell David W L 2616 0 - 1
12.4 FM Long Peter 2302 - GM Jones Gawain C B 2576 0 - 1
Bd 13  Netherlands (NED) Rtg - 87  Dominican Rep. (DOM) Rtg 3 : 1
13.1 GM Smeets Jan 2669 - IM Munoz Lisandro 2391 0 - 1
13.2 GM L'Ami Erwin 2624 - FM Fernandez Francis 2313 1 - 0
13.3 GM Giri Anish 2677 -   Infante Miguel 2276 1 - 0
13.4 GM Stellwagen Daniel 2635 - FM Flaquer Luis 2274 1 - 0
Bd 88   Andorra (AND) Rtg - 14  Russia 3 (RUS3) Rtg ½ :3½
14.1 GM De La Riva Aguado O. 2521 - GM Motylev Alexandr 2694 0 - 1
14.2 FM Simonet Marc 2277 - GM Rublevsky Sergei 2683 ½ - ½
14.3 FM Garcia Raul 2236 - IM Pridorozhni Aleksei 2556 0 - 1
14.4   Jose Queralto Daniel 2105 - GM Kabanov Nikolai 2500 0 - 1
Bd 15  Poland (POL) Rtg - 89  Luxembourg (LUX) Rtg 4 : 0
15.1 GM Socko Bartosz 2657 - IM Wiedenkeller Michael 2431 1 - 0
15.2 GM Macieja Bartlomiej 2651 -   Linster Philippe 2264 1 - 0
15.3 GM Miton Kamil 2629 -   Jeitz Christian 2235 1 - 0
15.4 GM Bartel Mateusz 2599 - FM Mossong Hubert 2184 1 - 0
Bd 90  Algeria (ALG) Rtg - 16  Spain (ESP) Rtg ½ :3½
16.1 IM Haddouche Mohamed 2425 - GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2697 0 - 1
16.2 CM Goutali Tarek 2261 - GM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2595 ½ - ½
16.3   Oussedik Mahfoud 2222 - GM Magem Badals Jordi 2589 0 - 1
16.4   Khelfallah Badreddine 2183 - GM Alsina Leal Daniel 2523 0 - 1
Bd 17  Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg - 91  United Arab Emirates (UAE) Rtg 3½: ½
17.1 GM Laznicka Viktor 2690 - GM Salem A R Saleh 2501 1 - 0
17.2 GM Hracek Zbynek 2633 - FM AlHuwar Jasem 2265 ½ - ½
17.3 GM Votava Jan 2579 -   Omar Noaman Ali Ali 2220 1 - 0
17.4 GM Babula Vlastimil 2515 - FM Abdulwahab Marwan 2089 1 - 0
Bd 92  New Zealand (NZL) Rtg - 18  Cuba (CUB) Rtg 0 : 4
18.1 FM Smith Robert W 2282 - GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2679 0 - 1
18.2 FM Steadman Michael 2309 - GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky 2614 0 - 1
18.3 FM Croad Nicolas 2297 - GM Corrales Jimenez Fidel 2599 0 - 1
18.4   Han Daniel 2200 - GM Hernandez Carmenates H. 2563 0 - 1
Bd 19  India (IND) Rtg - 93  Wales (WLS) Rtg 4 : 0
19.1 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 - FM Jones Richard S 2373 1 - 0
19.2 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2645 -   Kett Tim 2219 1 - 0
19.3 GM Gopal Geetha 2603 -   Bennett Alan 2154 1 - 0
19.4 IM Adhiban Baskaran 2516 - CM Jones Iolo C 2294 1 - 0
Bd 94  Thailand (THA) Rtg - 20  Georgia (GEO) Rtg 0 : 4
20.1   Pornariyasombat Atippat 2181 - GM Jobava Baadur 2710 0 - 1
20.2 FM Pitirotjirathon Jirapak 2299 - GM Gagunashvili Merab 2598 0 - 1
20.3   Kongsee Uaychai 2235 - GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2628 0 - 1
20.4 FM Teerapabpaisit Wisuwat 2310 - GM Pantsulaia Levan 2599 0 - 1

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Top women's results

Bd 60  Bangladesh (BAN) Rtg - 1  Russia 1 (RUS1) Rtg 0 : 4
1.1 WFM Shamima Akter Liza 2160 - IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2565 0 - 1
1.2   Sultana Sharmin Shirin 1984 - GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2524 0 - 1
1.3 WIM Hamid Rani 1986 - IM Galliamova Alisa 2482 0 - 1
1.4   Khan Nazrana 2009 - WGM Gunina Valentina 2465 0 - 1
Bd 2  China (CHN) Rtg - 61  Brazil (BRA) Rtg 4 : 0
2.1 GM Hou Yifan 2578 - WFM Terao Juliana Sayumi 2138 1 - 0
2.2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2516 - WFM Pereira Amanda Marques 1980 1 - 0
2.3 GM Zhao Xue 2469 -   Gazola Vanessa Ramos 1983 1 - 0
2.4 WGM Huang Qian 2436 -   Correa Jaqueline Pamplona 1963 1 - 0
Bd 62  Bolivia (BOL) Rtg - 3  Ukraine (UKR) Rtg 0 : 4
3.1 WIM Cordero Daniela 2055 - GM Zhukova Natalia 2499 0 - 1
3.2   Ramirez M Eugenia 2031 - IM Ushenina Anna 2466 0 - 1
3.3 WFM Luna Raisa 2030 - IM Gaponenko Inna 2469 0 - 1
3.4   Solis Gabriela 1934 - IM Muzychuk Mariya 2464 0 - 1
Bd 4  Georgia (GEO) Rtg - 63  Rep of Macedonia (MKD) Rtg 4 : 0
4.1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2534 - WIM Koskoska Gabriela 2142 1 - 0
4.2 IM Melia Salome 2439 -   Stojkovska Monika 1928 1 - 0
4.3 IM Khukhashvili Sopiko 2422 -   Bejatovic Bojana 1891 1 - 0
4.4 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2464 -   Nikolovska Dragana 1752 1 - 0
Bd 64  Singapore (SIN) Rtg - 5  Russia 2 (RUS2) Rtg 0 : 4
5.1 WFM Tay Li Jin Jeslin 2119 - WGM Pogonina Natalija 2491 0 - 1
5.2 WFM Liu Yang 2083 - WGM Girya Olga 2414 0 - 1
5.3   Neo Xiuwen Christabel 1846 - IM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2399 0 - 1
5.4 WFM Ho En Huei Danielle 1914 - WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2358 0 - 1

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