Olympiad R10: Armenia surges ahead, Russia in third

5/31/2006 – The Armenians are clealy on their way to Gold. Today they defeated China 2.5:1.5 to regain their two-point lead over the nearest rival. Russia scored a 3:1 victory over Ukraine to recapture third place. In the women's section Ukraine and Russia are clearly in the lead. A great attraction of the Olympiad are the live broadcasts by Yasser Seirawan.

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Turin 2006: After round ten

Armenia defeated China 2.5:1.5, with Vladimir Akopian taking the point in an amazing game against Zhang Zhong on board two (Gabriel Sargissian discovered that drawing was an option he had so far overlooked). That gave back the Armenians their two-point lead. France vs the USA ended 2:2, but what a drama that was. At one stage it looked as though France would crush the US 3.5:0.5, but then Christian Bauer turned a win into a selfmate; and Nakamura swindled Fressinet in an ending where he was two pawns down. Russia beat Ukraine 3:1, with Peter Svidler and Evgeny Bareev scoring. The Russians are now back in third place. The Czech Republic, with David Navara on board one, scored heavily against Slovenia (3.5:0.5) to occupy fourth place.


China (left with Bu) vs Armenia (right with Aronian)

3 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
2½:1½
12 China (CHN) Rtg
GM Aronian Levon 2756
½-½
GM Bu Xiangzhi 2640
GM Akopian Vladimir 2706
1-0
GM Zhang Zhong 2640
GM Asrian Karen 2646
½-½
GM Wang Yue 2598
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2612
½-½
GM Ni Hua 2607


Russia (left with Kramnik) vs Ukraine (right with Ivanchuk)

4 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
1:3
1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
GM Ivanchuk Vasyl 2731
½-½
GM Kramnik Vladimir 2729
GM Volokytin Andrei 2660
0-1
GM Svidler Peter 2743
GM Karjakin Sergey 2661
½-½
GM Grischuk Alexander 2719
GM Efimenko Zahar 2648
0-1
GM Bareev Evgeny 2701


USA (left) vs France (right)

5 France (FRA) Rtg
2:2
7 USA (USA) Rtg
GM Bacrot Etienne 2708
1-0
GM Kamsky Gata 2671
GM Lautier Joel 2682
½-½
GM Onischuk Alexander 2650
GM Fressinet Laurent 2633
½-½
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2664
GM Bauer Christian 2638
0-1
GM Ibragimov Ildar 2637


India (left with Anand) vs Cuba (right with Bruzon)

18 Cuba (CUB) Rtg
2 : 2
2 India (IND) Rtg
GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2652
½-½
GM Anand Viswanathan 2803
GM Dominguez Perez L 2647
½-½
GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2692
GM Nogueira Santiago J 2556
½-½
GM Harikrishna P 2680
GM Arencibia Rodriguez W 2535
½-½
GM Ganguly Surya 2578


Slovenia (with Beliavsky) vs Czech Republic (with David Navara)

20 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg
3½:½
32 Slovenia (SLO) Rtg
GM Navara David 2658
1-0
GM Beliavsky Alexander 2622
GM Babula Vlastimil 2583
½-½
GM Pavasovic Dusko 2534
GM Kalod Radek 2495
1-0
GM Sermek Drazen 2523
IM Cvek Robert 2503
1-0
IM Borisek Jure 2508


Chinese Taipei (left) vs Ethiopa (right)

144   Ethiopia (ETH) Rtg
2½:1½
145 Chin. Taipei (TPE) Rtg
  Woldeyes Mekitew Molla 0
½-½
  Yueh Wei Po 2088
  Belachew Kebadu 0
1-0
  Hicks Robert Paul 0
  Gebregziabher Gebre 0
1-0
  Yeh Tzu-Hao 0
  Huluka Fikreselassie A 0
0-1
  Liu Yung Hung 0

Standings after ten rounds

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 3 Armenia 10 9 1 0 29.0 240.0 19
2 12 China 10 6 1 3 27.0 241.0 13
3 1 Russia 10 6 2 2 26.5 245.5 14
4 20 Czech Republic 10 6 4 0 26.5 235.0 16
5 5 France 10 6 4 0 26.0 231.5 16
6 7 USA 10 7 3 0 25.5 242.5 17
7 18 Cuba 10 6 2 2 25.0 231.0 14
8 30 Uzbekistan 10 5 3 2 25.0 229.5 13
9 17 Georgia 10 8 0 2 24.5 238.5 16
10 4 Ukraine 10 6 2 2 24.5 238.0 14
11 25 Denmark 10 7 1 2 24.5 234.5 15
12 2 India 10 5 3 2 24.5 233.5 13
13 6 Israel 10 6 3 1 24.5 228.0 15
14 16 Hungary 10 6 2 2 24.5 220.5 14
15 9 Azerbaijan 10 6 2 2 24.5 220.0 14
16 15 Romania 10 5 2 3 24.5 217.5 12
17 8 Netherlands 10 6 1 3 24.0 240.5 13
18 14 Germany 10 5 0 5 24.0 232.0 10
19 11 Spain 10 5 3 2 24.0 229.5 13
20 51 Iran 10 5 1 4 24.0 228.5 11
21 22 Greece 10 6 1 3 24.0 228.0 13
22 28 Croatia 10 5 3 2 24.0 226.0 13
23 21 Poland 10 6 0 4 24.0 224.0 12
24 35 Philippines 10 4 4 2 24.0 222.5 12
25 32 Slovenia 10 6 2 2 23.5 227.5 14
26 19 Belarus 10 7 0 3 23.5 227.0 14
27 23 Moldova 10 5 1 4 23.5 223.5 11
28 33 Serbia Montenegro 10 5 1 4 23.5 221.0 11
29 37 Vietnam 10 5 3 2 23.5 219.0 13
30 46 Estonia 10 5 1 4 23.5 210.5 11
31 31 Sweden 10 4 3 3 23.0 223.0 11
32 62 Colombia 10 5 1 4 23.0 221.5 11
33 29 Switzerland 10 4 3 3 23.0 216.5 11

Women's section

Ukraine beat Georgia 2:1 to retain their half-point lead. Russia defeated Bulgaria with the same score, with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk losing to GM Antoaneta Stefanova, and the two Kosintseva sisters winning their games. China defeated Armenia 2:1, India gave Mongolia a 3:0 thumping.


Bulgaria (left with Stefanova) vs Russia (right with Kosteniuk)

1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
2 : 1
10 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2540
0-1
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2502
IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2489
1-0
WGM Djingarova Emilia 2319
IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2469
1-0
WGM Velcheva Maria 2279


Georgia vs Ukraine

2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
2:1
3 Georgia (GEO) Rtg
WGM Zhukova Natalia 2425
½-½
IM Khurtsidze Nino 2426
IM Yanovska-Gaponenko Inna 2430
1-0
IM Dzagnidze Nana 2454
WGM Ushenina Anna 2397
½-½
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2410

Standings after ten rounds (Women)

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 2 Ukraine 10 10 0 0 23.0 178.5 20
2 1 Russia 10 7 2 1 22.5 185.0 16
3 6 China 10 6 2 2 20.5 187.5 14
4 3 Georgia 10 6 3 1 20.0 182.5 15
5 10 Bulgaria 10 6 3 1 19.5 180.5 15
6 9 India 10 6 2 2 19.5 176.0 14
7 14 Greece 10 7 2 1 19.5 170.5 16
8 5 USA 10 6 3 1 19.0 187.5 15
9 7 Armenia 10 6 2 2 19.0 181.5 14
10 15 France 10 5 2 3 19.0 178.0 12
11 11 Romania 10 6 2 2 19.0 177.5 14
12 17 Slovenia 10 5 2 3 19.0 168.0 12
13 4 Hungary 10 6 0 4 18.5 187.0 12
14 12 Poland 10 7 0 3 18.5 169.0 14
15 36 Croatia 10 5 3 2 18.5 165.5 13
16 18 Netherlands 10 5 2 3 18.0 160.5 12
17 25 Latvia 10 6 1 3 18.0 155.0 13
18 13 Lithuania 10 6 0 4 17.5 174.0 12
19 8 Germany 10 4 4 2 17.5 173.0 12
20 32 Belarus 10 4 3 3 17.5 173.0 11
21 23 Vietnam 10 4 2 4 17.5 172.0 10
22 16 Slovakia 10 6 1 3 17.5 170.5 13
23 22 Czech Republic 10 6 0 4 17.5 162.0 12
24 27 Ecuador 10 5 2 3 17.5 161.0 12
25 60 Philippines 10 5 2 3 17.5 157.5 12
26 40 Sweden 10 6 1 3 17.5 143.0 13

From the Playchess live broadcast

The main attraction of the Playchess multimedia coverage is the live game annotations, with GM Yasser Seirawan showing spectators from all over the world the highlighs of the day's play. Yasser also does walkarounds with the camera, capturing impressions of the action that is taking place in the Oval playing hall.

Another highligh: Yasser periodically interviews interesting players or personalities. In the following sequence he is thoroughly enjoying himself discussing the games with Almira Skripchenko (France) and Anna Zatonskih (USA).


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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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