Olympiad R1: Azerbaijan and Armenia score 4-0

11/14/2008 – The first round of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, began with white-wash victories by Azerbaijan and Armenia. Host Germany defeated Scotland 3.5:0.5, and the second team actually beat Bulgaria 2.5:1.5. In the women's section Russia crushed Azerbaijan 4-0, while Germany was held by Iran. We bring you the results of the top boards and photographic impressions of the participants.

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38th Chess Olympiad Dresden 2008

The Olympiad is taking place from November 12th to 25th, 2008, in the Congress Hall in Dresden, Saxony, Germany. 156 teams from 152 nations are participating, with most of the top players present.

Round one men's section

Russia (without Kramnik) struggled against Switzerland; Germany one beat Scotland convincingly, as did Germany 2 against Bulgaria (without Topalov). Azerbaijan defeated the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 4-0, and Armenia did the same to Italy. India (without Anand) defeated Canada 2½:1½, Norway beat Austria 3:1. Here are the top results.

Bo. 1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
2½:1½
36 Switzerland (SUI) Rtg
1.1 GM Svidler Peter 2727
½ - ½
GM Korchnoi Viktor 2584
1.2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2719
½ - ½
GM Pelletier Yannick 2557
1.3 GM Morozevich Alexander 2787
1 - 0
GM Jenni Florian 2543
1.4 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
½ - ½
GM Gallagher Joseph G 2480
Bo. 11 Germany 1 (GER1) Rtg
3½: ½
46 Scotland (SCO) Rtg
2.1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2678
1 - 0
GM Rowson Jonathan 2596
2.2 GM Khenkin Igor 2647
1 - 0
GM Shaw John 2469
2.3 GM Gustafsson Jan 2634
1 - 0
IM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan 2448
2.4 GM Baramidze David 2557
½ - ½
GM McNab Colin A 2455
Bo. 37 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg
1½:2½
2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
3.1 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 2567
½ - ½
GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786
3.2 GM Le Quang Liem 2583
½ - ½
GM Karjakin Sergey 2730
3.3 GM Dao Thien Hai 2510
½ - ½
GM Eljanov Pavel 2720
3.4 CM Nguyen Van Huy 2422
0 - 1
GM Efimenko Zahar 2680
Bo. 3 China (CHN) Rtg
2½:1½
38 Philippines (PHI) Rtg
4.1 GM Wang Yue 2736
1 - 0
GM Villamayor Buenaventura 2468
4.2 GM Ni Hua 2710
0 - 1
GM So Wesley 2610
4.3 GM Wang Hao 2696
1 - 0
GM Gonzales Jayson 2469
4.4 GM Li Chao B 2622
½ - ½
IM Gomez John Paul 2519
Bo. 39 Former Yug Rep of Macedonia Rtg
0 : 4
4 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg
5.1 GM Georgiev Vladimir 2517
0 - 1
GM Radjabov Teimour 2752
5.2 GM Nedev Trajko 2525
0 - 1
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731
5.3 GM Stanojoski Zvonko 2502
0 - 1
GM Huseynov Gadir 2650
5.4 IM Colovic Aleksandar 2458
0 - 1
GM Mammadov Rauf 2631
Bo. 5 Hungary (HUN) Rtg
2 : 2
40 Iran (IRI) Rtg
6.1 GM Polgar Judit 2711
½ - ½
GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2599
6.2 GM Almasi Zoltan 2663
½ - ½
GM Moradiabadi Elshan 2499
6.3 GM Balogh Csaba 2616
½ - ½
GM Bagheri Amir 2490
6.4 GM Berkes Ferenc 2645
½ - ½
GM Mahjoob Morteza 2507
Bo. 41 Germany 2 (GER2) Rtg
2½:1½
6 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg
7.1 GM Meier Georg 2558
1 - 0
GM Cheparinov Ivan 2696
7.2 IM Braun Arik 2567
1 - 0
GM Georgiev Kiril 2645
7.3 GM Bindrich Falko 2517
½ - ½
GM Delchev Aleksander 2632
7.4 IM Bogner Sebastian 2448
0 - 1
GM Iotov Valentin 2532
Bo. 7 France (FRA) Rtg
2 : 2
42 Montenegro (MNE) Rtg
8.1 GM Bacrot Etienne 2705
1 - 0
GM Djukic Nikola 2519
8.2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716
½ - ½
GM Drasko Milan 2537
8.3 GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2664
½ - ½
GM Kosic Dragan 2511
8.4 GM Maze Sebastien 2577
0 - 1
GM Blagojevic Dragisa 2522
Bo. 9 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
4 : 0
44 Italy (ITA) Rtg
10.1 GM Aronian Levon 2757
1 - 0
GM Caruana Fabiano 2640
10.2 GM Akopian Vladimir 2679
1 - 0
GM Godena Michele 2517
10.3 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642
1 - 0
IM Shytaj Luca 2472
10.4 GM Petrosian Tigran L 2629
1 - 0
IM Brunello Sabino 2455
Bo. 45 Iceland (ISL) Rtg
1½:2½
10 United States of America Rtg
11.1 GM Stefansson Hannes 2575
½ - ½
GM Kamsky Gata 2729
11.2 GM Steingrimsson Hedinn 2540
0 - 1
GM Onischuk Alexander 2644
11.3 GM Danielsen Henrik 2492
1 - 0
GM Shulman Yuri 2616
11.4 IM Kristjansson Stefan 2474
0 - 1
GM Akobian Varuzhan 2606
Bo. 47 Germany 3 (GER3) Rtg
½ :3½
12 Spain (ESP) Rtg
12.1 GM Buhmann Rainer 2541
0 - 1
GM Shirov Alexei 2726
12.2 GM Prusikin Michael 2538
0 - 1
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2664
12.3 GM Naumann Alexander 2518
½ - ½
GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2604
12.4 Heimann Andreas 2428
0 - 1
GM Khamrakulov Ibragim S 2580
Bo. 13 India (IND) Rtg
2½:1½
48 Canada (CAN) Rtg
13.1 GM Harikrishna P 2659
½ - ½
GM Bluvshtein Mark 2557
13.2 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2603
1 - 0
GM Charbonneau Pascal 2499
13.3 GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 2548
½ - ½
IM Zugic Igor 2457
13.4 GM Sandipan Chanda 2579
½ - ½
IM Noritsyn Nikolay 2372
Bo. 15 England (ENG) Rtg
2½:1½
50 Turkey (TUR) Rtg
15.1 GM Adams Michael 2734
1 - 0
GM Gurevich Mikhail 2634
15.2 GM Howell David W L 2593
½ - ½
IM Can Emre 2464
15.3 GM Jones Gawain C B 2548
1 - 0
IM Erdogdu Mert 2449
15.4 GM Conquest Stuart C 2526
0 - 1
IM Haznedaroglu Kivanc 2436
Bo. 19 Norway (NOR) Rtg
3 : 1
54 Austria (AUT) Rtg
19.1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2786
1 - 0
GM Ragger Markus 2518
19.2 GM Agdestein Simen 2588
½ - ½
GM Kindermann Stefan 2517
19.3 GM Lie Kjetil A 2526
1 - 0
IM Atlas Valery 2465
19.4 GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2545
½ - ½
IM Neubauer Martin 2422
Bo. 55 Bangladesh (BAN) Rtg
½ :3½
20 Netherlands (NED) Rtg
20.1 GM Rahman Ziaur 2510
½ - ½
GM Van Wely Loek 2618
20.2 GM Hossain Enamul 2494
0 - 1
GM Smeets Jan 2604
20.3 FM Abu Sufian Shakil 2418
0 - 1
GM Stellwagen Daniel 2605
20.4 FM Minhazuddin Ahmed 2377
0 - 1
GM L'Ami Erwin 2610

Round one women's section

In this section Russia (with women's world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk) trounced Azerbaijan 4-0. Iran held Germany, and Argentina Ukraine 2:2. China, France and USA scored convincing victories.

Bo. 1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
4 : 0
28 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg
1.1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2525
1 - 0
WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 2351
1.2 IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2513
1 - 0
WGM Mamedjarova Turkan 2269
1.3 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468
1 - 0
Isgandarova Khayala 2206
1.4 IM Korbut Ekaterina 2459
1 - 0
Kazimova Narmin Nizami 2171
Bo. 39 Iran (IRI) Rtg
2 : 2
12 Germany 1 (GER1) Rtg
2.1 WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa 2241
0 - 1
IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471
2.2 WGM Paridar Shadi 2248
1 - 0
WGM Michna Marta 2399
2.3 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh 2149
0 - 1
WFM Ohme Melanie 2237
2.4 WFM Salman Mahini Mona 2113
1 - 0
WFM Hoolt Sarah 2274
Bo. 29 Argentina (ARG) Rtg
2 : 2
2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
3.1 IM Lujan Carolina 2366
½ - ½
GM Lahno Kateryna 2488
3.2 WGM Amura Claudia 2344
½ - ½
WGM Zhukova Natalia 2488
3.3 WIM Zuriel Marisa 2189
½ - ½
IM Ushenina Anna 2496
3.4 WFM Plazaola Maria 2126
½ - ½
IM Gaponenko Inna 2473
Bo. 3 China (CHN) Rtg
3½: ½
30 Croatia (CRO) Rtg
4.1 WGM Hou Yifan 2578
1 - 0
WGM Golubenko Valentina 2273
4.2 GM Zhao Xue 2518
1 - 0
WGM Medic Mirjana 2281
4.3 WGM Shen Yang 2450
1 - 0
WIM Franciskovic Borka 2275
4.4 Ju Wenjun 2397
½ - ½
WIM Jelica Mara 2205
Bo. 31 England (ENG) Rtg
1½:2½
4 Georgia (GEO) Rtg
5.1 IM Houska Jovanka 2399
½ - ½
IM Dzagnidze Nana 2503
5.2 IM Ciuksyte Dagne 2339
1 - 0
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2473
5.3 WIM Lauterbach Ingrid 2178
0 - 1
IM Lomineishvili Maia 2437
5.4 WFM Grigoryan-Lyell Meri 2076
0 - 1
IM Khukhashvili Sopiko 2409
Bo. 5 France (FRA) Rtg
3 : 1
32 Moldova (MDA) Rtg
6.1 GM Sebag Marie 2533
1 - 0
IM Petrenko Svetlana 2285
6.2 IM Collas Silvia 2352
½ - ½
WGM Smokina Karolina 2235
6.3 WGM Milliet Sophie 2366
1 - 0
WGM Partac Elena 2168
6.4 WGM Leconte Maria 2349
½ - ½
WIM Bulmaga Irina 2287
Bo. 33 Italy (ITA) Rtg
½ :3½
6 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
7.1 IM Sedina Elena 2365
½ - ½
IM Danielian Elina 2513
7.2 WGM Zimina Olga 2368
0 - 1
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2443
7.3 WFM Ambrosi Eleonora 2128
0 - 1
WGM Aginian Nelly 2325
7.4 WFM Brunello Marina 2117
0 - 1
WIM Galojan Lilit 2305
Bo. 7 United States of America Rtg
3 : 1
34 Montenegro (MNE) Rtg
8.1 IM Zatonskih Anna 2440
1 - 0
WIM Vojinovic Jovana 2332
8.2 WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2359
1 - 0
WIM Drljevic Ljilja 2259
8.3 WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2334
½ - ½
WFM Stojanovic Marija R 2199
8.4 WFM Abrahamyan Tatev 2286
½ - ½
WFM Mijovic Aleksandra 2176

Pictorial impressions


The Armenian team: Tigran Petrosian, Gabriel Sargissian, Vladimir Akopian and Levon Aronian


Germany I and II with Melanie Ohme, Judith Fuchs, Sara Hoolt, Anna Endress, Manuela Mader


Azerbeijan (Zeinab and Turkan Mamedjarova) vs Russia (Alexander Kosteniuk, Tatiana Konsintseva)


For Switzerland: Viktor Korchnoi, Yannik Pelletier


IM Nana Dzagnidze, GEO, 2503, board one


IM Lela Javakhihvili, GEO, 2473


IM Maia Lomineishvili, GEO, 2437, board three


IM Svetlana Petrenko, MDA, 2285


WGM Jana Krivec, SLO, 2345


WIM Atousa Pourkashiyan, IRI, 2241


IM Elisabeth Paehtz, GER, 2471


GM Arkadij Naiditsch, GER, 2678


GM Igor Khenkin, GER, 2647


GM David Baramidze, GER, 2557


IM Anna Ushenina, UKR, 2496


GM Kateryna Lahno, UKR, 2488


GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, RUS, 2525


WIM Arianne Caoili, AUS, 2170


WFM Nora Mohd Saleh, UAE, 1876


IM Harika Dronavalli, IND, 2462


IM Tania Sachdev, IND, 2425


WGM Regina Pokorna, SVK, 2376

Pictures by Carsten Straub and André Schulz in Dresden

Video by Europe Echecs


Video reports provided by Gérard Demuydt and GM Robert Fontaine by Europe Echecs

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