Calvià: Ukraine and China unassailable?

10/24/2004 – After nine rounds of the Chess Olympiad everything looks like a start-to-finish victory for Ukraine in the men's section and for the Chinese women, who are six points ahead of their nearest rivals. From Calvià on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca we bring you games, results and a spectacular pictorial report.

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Men's Group: In round nine Ukraine tied with Armenia 2:2. Spain A got slaughtered ½:2½ by the USA, with Shirov, Vallejo and Arizmendi lost to Onischuk, Shabalov and Kaidanov respectively. India lost 1½:2½ to Russia, with Anand beating Morozevich but Harikrishna and Ganguly losing to Dreev and Zvjaginsev. Here are the full results of round seven.

Women's Group: China continued its rampage with a 3:0 victory over Lithuania, Russia and Hungary played 1½:1½, the USA Dream Team beat Poland 2:1 (with Susan Polgar beating Radziewicz), while India did the same with Ukraine (Humpy beat Zhukova). Full results of round seven.

Standings after round nine

Men's Group
Rg. Team + = Pts
1 Ukraine 7 2 0 27.0
2 Russia 7 0 2 24.5
3 United States 6 1 2 24.0
4 Armenia 5 2 2 23.0
5 Israel 5 2 2 23.0
6 India 7 0 2 22.5
7 Bulgaria 7 0 2 22.5
8 Azerbaijan 6 0 3 22.5
9 Cuba 6 1 2 22.5
10 France 7 1 1 22.5
11 Switzerland 5 2 2 22.5
12 Slovenia 7 1 1 22.5
13 Poland 5 2 2 22.0
14 Moldova 6 1 2 22.0
15 Georgia 6 1 2 21.5
16 Czech Republic 5 3 1 21.5
17 China 6 1 2 21.5
18 Germany 4 2 3 21.5
19 Uzbekistan 6 0 3 21.5
20 Hungary 6 2 1 21.5
21 Bosnia Herzegovina 5 1 3 21.5
22 Spain A 6 1 2 21.0
23 Serbia Montenegro 4 2 3 21.0
24 Latvia 4 3 2 21.0
25 Greece 4 1 4 21.0
26 Sweden 6 1 2 21.0
27 Slovakia 3 2 4 20.5
28 Canada 5 0 4 20.5
29 Estonia 5 1 3 20.5
30 Philippines 5 0 4 20.5
Women's Group
Rg. Team + = Pts
1 China 9 0 0 23.5
2 Russia 5 3 1 17.5
3 United States 6 2 1 17.5
4 India 6 3 0 17.5
5 Hungary 6 2 1 17.5
6 Latvia 5 2 2 17.0
7 Sweden 4 4 1 17.0
8 Poland 4 3 2 16.5
9 Ukraine 4 3 2 16.5
10 Georgia 6 1 2 16.5
11 Lithuania 6 1 2 16.5
12 Armenia 5 2 2 16.5
13 England 4 2 3 16.0
14 France 5 1 3 16.0
15 Slovakia 5 2 2 16.0
16 Bulgaria 4 2 3 16.0
17 Cuba 7 0 2 16.0
18 Moldova 5 2 2 16.0
19 Serbia Montenegro 4 2 3 16.0
20 Germany 5 1 3 15.5
21 Netherlands 4 2 3 15.5
22 Israel 5 1 3 15.5
23 Iran 3 3 3 15.5
24 Romania 4 3 2 15.5
25 Slovenia 4 1 4 15.0
26 Kazakhstan 4 0 5 15.0
27 Belarus 5 1 3 15.0
28 Czech Rep. 4 2 3 15.0
29 Mongolia 5 1 3 15.0
30 Ecuador 5 2 2 15.0

Best performance so far

Nr.   Name Elo Team Rp Pts Gms % Brd
1 GM Jobava Baadur 2614 Georgia 2882 5.5 6 91.7 2
2 GM Dominguez Lenier 2645 Cuba 2874 6.0 7 85.7 1
3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2705 Ukraine 2863 7.0 9 77.8 1
4 GM Vaganian Rafael A 2640 Armenia 2858 5.5 7 78.6 2
5 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2660 Slovenia 2847 6.0 7 85.7 1
6 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2650 Uzbekistan 2844 4.0 5 80.0 1
7 GM Volokitin Andrei 2652 Ukraine 2842 5.5 7 78.6 2
8 GM Adams Michael 2740 England 2837 7.5 9 83.3 1
9 GM Dreev Alexey 2698 Russia 2833 5.0 6 83.3 2
10 GM Anand Viswanathan 2781 India 2832 5.0 7 71.4 1
11 GM Karjakin Sergey 2576 Ukraine 2830 4.0 4 100.0 4
12 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2678 Spain A 2794 6.0 8 75.0 1
13 GM Guseinov Gadir 2552 Azerbaijan 2781 6.0 7 85.7 3
14 GM Degraeve Jean-Marc 2551 France 2768 6.0 7 85.7 3
15 GM Morozevich Alexander 2758 Russia 2761 5.0 8 62.5 1
16 GM Kaidanov Gregory S 2611 United States 2760 5.0 6 83.3 2
17 GM Svidler Peter 2735 Russia 2755 2.5 4 62.5 2
18 GM Eljanov Pavel 2629 Ukraine 2748 3.0 4 75.0 3
19 GM Roiz Michael 2560 Israel 2744 3.5 4 87.5 4
20 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 2650 Russia 2743 5.5 7 78.6 4

Best women's performance

Nr.   Name Elo Team Rp Pkt. Anz % Br.
1 GM Xie Jun 2569 China 2696 5.0 6 83.3 1
2 WGM Zhao Xue 2487 China 2688 6.5 7 92.9 2
3 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2429 Romania 2628 6.0 7 85.7 1
4 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2442 Lithuania 2625 6.0 7 85.7 1
5 IM Vajda Szidonia 2369 Hungary 2596 6.5 8 81.3 1
6 WGM Xu Yuhua 2487 China 2569 6.0 7 85.7 1
7 IM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2508 Russia 2569 5.5 8 68.8 1
8 GM Koneru Humpy 2503 India 2553 6.0 9 66.7 1
9 GM Polgar Zsuzsa 2567 United States 2552 6.0 9 66.7 1
10 IM Lahno Kateryna 2435 Ukraine 2549 5.5 7 78.6 2
11 IM Radziewicz Iweta 2449 Poland 2541 5.0 8 62.5 1
12 GM Cramling Pia 2477 Sweden 2510 5.5 8 68.8 1
13 WGM Gara Anita 2390 Hungary 2507 4.5 6 75.0 2
14 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2411 India 2504 5.5 8 68.8 2
15 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2374 Armenia 2503 6.0 8 75.0 1
16 IM Skripchenko Almira 2474 France 2503 5.0 8 62.5 1
17 WGM Mongontuul Bathuyag 2345 Mongolia 2502 5.5 7 78.6 1
18 WGM Petrenko Svetlana 2323 Moldova 2499 6.0 8 75.0 1
19 IM Hunt Harriet 2385 England 2485 6.0 9 66.7 1
20 IM Gaponenko Inna 2445 Ukraine 2476 5.0 7 71.4 1

Photo gallery

By Paul Truong


Beach and hotels in Calvià


Enjoying the sun and the sea (air temperature: 28°C, water 22°C)


The Calvià Chess Olympiad poster


The games under way in the men's section


The world's top players all crowded together in one playing hall


Russian Super-GMs Alexander Grischuk and Alexander Morozevich


The Israeli men's team, with Gelfand, Sutovsky and Smirin


USA vs India, Onischuk vs Anand


Vassily Ivanchuk working hard


The Dutch team with Sergey Tiviakov and Jan Timman


Mirthful postgame analysis with Kasimdzhanov, Shabalov, Onischuk


The women's section of the Chess Olympiad in Calvià


USA vs Georgia, Irina Krush vs Nana Dzagnidze, with Nona Gaprindashvili looking on


Russia vs Ukraine, Kosteniuk shaking with Zhukova


France vs China, with Almira Skripchenko vs Xie Jun


Alisa Maric and her team mates from the Serbian squad


The USA vs Russia, with Polgar and Krush facing Kosteniuk and Kosintseva


Simply unbeatable: the Chinese women's team


Georgians Maia Chiburdanidze and Nana Dzagnidze


The Dutch team with Peng Zhaoqin and Tea Bosboom-Lanchava


France vs India, with Almira Skripchenko vs Koneru Humpy


Russia vs Bulgaria, ex vice champion of the world Kosteniuk vs world champion Stefanova


Ukraine vs Sweden, with Natalia Zhukova playing Pia Cramling


Indian wunderkind Humpy with father Koneru analyse with Susan Polgar


Women's chess legends Susan Polgar and Pia Cramling analysing


Friends at the beach: Jennifer Shahade and Susan Polgar


Don't you wish you were there? The shoreline of Calvià at dusk.

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