Olympiad R2: Azerbaijan and Armenia lead, US twice upset

11/15/2008 – After two rounds at the Olympiad in Dresden 20 teams have four points each, with Azerbaijan and Armenia leading on tiebreak points. The upset was the 2:2 draw between 10th seed US against 27th ranked Greece. In the women's section Israel, ranked 21st, beat the seventh seed Americans. Fourteen teams lead with four points each, with Russia ahead on tiebreaks. Massive photo report.

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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.

On Friday round two started at 16:00h instead of the normal 15:00, "due to a series of unforeseen errors regarding the team rosters," said the official message to all players and the press. Future rounds will begin normally at 15:00h.

Round two men's section

Russia beat Poland 2½:1½, after Dmitry Jakovenko beat Bartel Mateusz, and all other games were drawn (with Alexander Grischuk saving a queen and pawn ending in 114 moves). Germany 1 beat Slovenia 3:1 with Khenkin and Fridman scoring. China beat Belarus by the same score, with Ni Hua and Li Chao bringing in the points. Azerbaijan and Armenia did likewise against Slovakia and Moldova, while England beat Denmark and India beat Sweden by the same score. The upset was the 10th seed US team being held to a draw by the 27th ranked Greece squad. After two rounds twenty teams have four points, with Azerbaijan and Armenia leading on tiebreaks.

Bo. 21 Poland (POL) Rtg
1½:2½
1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
1.1 GM Miton Kamil 2604
½ - ½
GM Kramnik Vladimir 2772
1.2 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2599
½ - ½
GM Grischuk Alexander 2719
1.3 GM Gajewski Grzegorz 2577
½ - ½
GM Morozevich Alexander 2787
1.4 GM Bartel Mateusz 2602
0 - 1
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Bo. 28 Slovenia (SLO) Rtg
1 : 3
11 Germany 1 (GER1) Rtg
2.1 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2619
½ - ½
GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2678
2.2 GM Pavasovic Dusko 2597
0 - 1
GM Khenkin Igor 2647
2.3 IM Borisek Jure 2548
½ - ½
GM Gustafsson Jan 2634
2.4 IM Skoberne Jure 2501
0 - 1
GM Fridman Daniel 2630
Bo. 2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
2½:1½
22 Serbia (SRB) Rtg
3.1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786
1 - 0
GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2658
3.2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2730
0 - 1
GM Solak Dragan 2595
3.3 GM Eljanov Pavel 2720
1 - 0
GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2581
3.4 GM Volokitin Andrei 2659
½ - ½
GM Perunovic Milos 2580
Bo. 23 Belarus (BLR) Rtg
1 : 3
3 China (CHN) Rtg
4.1 GM Azarov Sergei 2613
½ - ½
GM Wang Yue 2736
4.2 GM Zhigalko Sergei 2592
0 - 1
GM Ni Hua 2710
4.3 GM Fedorov Alexei 2584
½ - ½
GM Wang Hao 2696
4.4 GM Zhigalko Andrey 2568
0 - 1
GM Li Chao B 2622
Bo. 4 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg
3 : 1
25 Slovakia (SVK) Rtg
5.1 GM Radjabov Teimour 2752
½ - ½
GM Movsesian Sergei 2732
5.2 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731
1 - 0
GM Ftacnik Lubomir 2571
5.3 GM Gashimov Vugar 2703
1 - 0
GM Petrik Tomas 2487
5.4 GM Mammadov Rauf 2631
½ - ½
IM Vavrak Peter 2478
Bo. 26 Moldova (MDA) Rtg
1 : 3
9 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
6.1 GM Bologan Viktor 2682
½ - ½
GM Aronian Levon 2757
6.2 GM Svetushkin Dmitry 2588
½ - ½
GM Akopian Vladimir 2679
6.3 GM Khruschiov Alexey 2499
0 - 1
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642
6.4 GM Sanduleac Vasile 2443
0 - 1
GM Petrosian Tigran L 2629
Bo. 10 United States of America Rtg
2 : 2
27 Greece (GRE) Rtg
7.1 GM Kamsky Gata 2729
½ - ½
GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2597
7.2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2704
½ - ½
GM Kotronias Vasilios 2587
7.3 GM Onischuk Alexander 2644
1 - 0
GM Halkias Stelios 2584
7.4 GM Akobian Varuzhan 2606
0 - 1
GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2572
Bo. 12 Spain (ESP) Rtg
2½:1½
29 Bosnia & Herzegovina Rtg
8.1 GM Shirov Alexei 2726
½ - ½
GM Predojevic Borki 2615
8.2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2664
½ - ½
GM Saric Ibro 2559
8.3 GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2604
1 - 0
IM Stojanovic Dalibor 2455
8.4 GM San Segundo Carrillo 2564
½ - ½
IM Bogut Zeljko 2464
Bo. 30 Sweden (SWE) Rtg
1 : 3
13 India (IND) Rtg
9.1 GM Berg Emanuel 2623
0 - 1
GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694
9.2 GM Agrest Evgenij 2574
½ - ½
GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2603
9.3 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2543
0 - 1
GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 2548
9.4 GM Cicak Slavko 2564
½ - ½
GM Sandipan Chanda 2579
Bo. 14 Romania (ROU) Rtg
2½:1½
31 Argentina (ARG) Rtg
10.1 GM Istratescu Andrei 2633
½ - ½
GM Felgaer Ruben 2591
10.2 GM Parligras Mircea 2611
½ - ½
GM Peralta Fernando 2557
10.3 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2594
1 - 0
IM Kovalyov Anton 2571
10.4 GM Vajda Levente 2582
½ - ½
IM Flores Diego 2568
Bo. 32 Denmark (DEN) Rtg
1 : 3
15 England (ENG) Rtg
11.1 GM Hansen Lars Bo 2570
½ - ½
GM Adams Michael 2734
11.2 GM Nielsen Peter Heine 2662
0 - 1
GM Short Nigel D 2642
11.3 GM Schandorff Lars 2520
0 - 1
GM Howell David W L 2593
11.4 IM Rasmussen Allan Stig 2513
½ - ½
GM Jones Gawain C B 2548
Bo. 16 Cuba (CUB) Rtg
2½:1½
33 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg
12.1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2719
½ - ½
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672
12.2 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2623
½ - ½
GM Iuldachev Saidali 2511
12.3 GM Quezada Perez Yuniesky 2580
1 - 0
GM Barsov Alexei 2513
12.4 GM Hernandez Carmenates 2580
½ - ½
GM Safin Shukhrat 2510
Bo. 34 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg
1½:2½
17 Georgia (GEO) Rtg
13.1 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2640
1 - 0
GM Jobava Baadur 2664
13.2 GM Kotsur Pavel 2563
½ - ½
GM Izoria Zviad 2610
13.3 IM Ismagambetov Anuar 2527
0 - 1
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2615
13.4 IM Zhumabayev Rinat 2490
0 - 1
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2580
Bo. 18 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg
2 : 2
35 Lithuania (LTU) Rtg
14.1 GM Navara David 2633
1 - 0
GM Kveinys Aloyzas 2533
14.2 GM Hracek Zbynek 2613
0 - 1
GM Rozentalis Eduardas 2577
14.3 GM Laznicka Viktor 2591
½ - ½
GM Sulskis Sarunas 2572
14.4 GM Babula Vlastimil 2608
½ - ½
IM Zagorskis Darius 2509
Bo. 41 Germany 2 (GER2) Rtg
1 : 3
19 Norway (NOR) Rtg
15.1 GM Meier Georg 2558
½ - ½
GM Carlsen Magnus 2786
15.2 IM Braun Arik 2567
½ - ½
GM Agdestein Simen 2588
15.3 GM Bindrich Falko 2517
0 - 1
GM Lie Kjetil A 2526
15.4 IM Huschenbeth Niclas 2417
0 - 1
IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522
Bo. 20 Netherlands (NED) Rtg
3 : 1
60 Venezuela (VEN) Rtg
16.1 GM Van Wely Loek 2618
½ - ½
GM Iturrizaga Eduardo 2538
16.2 GM Smeets Jan 2604
½ - ½
IM Alvarez Marquez Johann 2430
16.3 GM L'Ami Erwin 2610
1 - 0
IM Prasca Sosa Rafael 2410
16.4 GM Werle Jan 2582
1 - 0
IM Sequera Paolini Jose 2398
Bo. 6 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg
3 : 1
75 Dominican Republic Rtg
20.1 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2696
1 - 0
GM Mateo Ramon 2487
20.2 GM Georgiev Kiril 2645
0 - 1
IM Dominguez Jose M 2345
20.3 GM Delchev Aleksander 2632
1 - 0
IM Hernandez Gustavo 2360
20.4 GM Iotov Valentin 2532
1 - 0
Jaquez Juan 2223

Standings

Rk. SNo Team Team
Games
  + 
  = 
  - 
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
TB4
1 4 Azerbaijan AZE
2
2
0
0
4
16,0
2,0
7,0
2 9 Armenia ARM
2
2
0
0
4
16,0
2,0
7,0
3 74 Tajikistan TJK
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
7,5
4 11 Germany 1 GER1
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
6,5
5 20 Netherlands NED
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
6,5
6 14 Romania ROU
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
6,0
7 73 Malaysia MAS
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
6,0
8 19 Norway NOR
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
6,0
9 3 China CHN
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
5,5
10 13 India IND
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
5,5
11 15 England ENG
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
5,5
12 16 Cuba CUB
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
5,5
13 72 Faroe Islands FAI
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
5,5
14 12 Spain ESP
2
2
0
0
4
10,0
2,0
6,0
15 1 Russia RUS
2
2
0
0
4
10,0
2,0
5,0
16 2 Ukraine UKR
2
2
0
0
4
10,0
2,0
5,0
17 17 Georgia GEO
2
2
0
0
4
10,0
2,0
5,0
18 107 Japan JPN
2
2
0
0
4
10,0
2,0
5,0
19 91 El Salvador ESA
2
2
0
0
4
0,0
0,0
6,0
20 110 Malta MLT
2
2
0
0
4
0,0
0,0
6,0

Round two women's section

Top seed Russia beat Slovenia 3:1, with China beating Slovakia by the same score. Israel, ranked 21st amongst all women's teams, upset the seventh seed Americans with a 2½:1½ victory. Fourteen teams lead with four points each, with Russia ahead on tiebreaks.

Bo. 14 Slovenia (SLO) Rtg
1 : 3
1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
1.1 IM Muzychuk Anna 2508
½ - ½
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2525
1.2 WGM Krivec Jana 2345
½ - ½
IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2513
1.3 WGM Srebrnic Ana 2290
0 - 1
IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468
1.4 WIM Rozic Vesna 2293
0 - 1
WGM Pogonina Natalija 2474
Bo. 12 Germany 1 (GER1) Rtg
2½:1½
29 Argentina (ARG) Rtg
2.1 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471
½ - ½
IM Lujan Carolina 2366
2.2 IM Kachiani-Gersinska K 2371
1 - 0
WGM Amura Claudia 2344
2.3 WGM Michna Marta 2399
1 - 0
WIM Zuriel Marisa 2189
2.4 WFM Ohme Melanie 2237
0 - 1
WFM Ahmed Sthepanie 2142
Bo. 15 Slovakia (SVK) Rtg
1 : 3
3 China (CHN) Rtg
3.1 IM Repkova Eva 2400
0 - 1
WGM Hou Yifan 2578
3.2 IM Hagarova Zuzana 2430
½ - ½
GM Zhao Xue 2518
3.3 WGM Pokorna Regina 2376
½ - ½
WGM Shen Yang 2450
3.4 WFM Machalova Maria 2187
0 - 1
Tan Zhongyi 2395
Bo. 4 Georgia (GEO) Rtg
2½:1½
16 Romania (ROU) Rtg
4.1 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2489
1 - 0
IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2430
4.2 IM Dzagnidze Nana 2503
½ - ½
WGM Cosma Elena Luminita 2340
4.3 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2473
½ - ½
WGM Voicu Carmen 2239
4.4 IM Lomineishvili Maia 2437
½ - ½
WGM Motoc Alina 2313
Bo. 17 Netherlands (NED) Rtg
2½:1½
5 France (FRA) Rtg
5.1 GM Peng Zhaoqin 2455
1 - 0
GM Sebag Marie 2533
5.2 FM Schuurman Petra 2324
½ - ½
IM Skripchenko Almira 2455
5.3 WIM Bensdorp Marlies 2303
½ - ½
WGM Milliet Sophie 2366
5.4 Schut Lisa 2153
½ - ½
WGM Leconte Maria 2349
Bo. 6 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
2½:1½
18 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg
6.1 IM Danielian Elina 2513
1 - 0
IM Jackova Jana 2360
6.2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2443
½ - ½
WGM Nemcova Katerina 2369
6.3 WGM Aginian Nelly 2325
½ - ½
WGM Kulovana Eva 2286
6.4 WIM Andriasian Siranush 2290
½ - ½
WGM Richtrova Eliska 2270
Bo. 21 Israel (ISR) Rtg
2½:1½
7 United States of America Rtg
7.1 IM Klinova Masha 2327
½ - ½
IM Krush Irina 2452
7.2 IM Borsuk Angela 2398
0 - 1
WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2359
7.3 WGM Igla Bella 2254
1 - 0
WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2334
7.4 WIM Vasiliev Olga 2235
1 - 0
WFM Abrahamyan Tatev 2286
Bo. 8 Hungary (HUN) Rtg
3½: ½
22 Spain (ESP) Rtg
8.1 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483
½ - ½
WGM Calzetta Monica 2328
8.2 IM Vajda Szidonia 2380
1 - 0
FM Pares Vives Natalia 2299
8.3 IM Madl Ildiko 2376
1 - 0
WGM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina 2278
8.4 WGM Rudolf Anna 2318
1 - 0
WIM Llaneza Vega Patricia 2246
Bo. 24 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg
1 : 3
9 Poland (POL) Rtg
9.1 WGM Le Thanh Tu 2324
0 - 1
IM Socko Monika 2434
9.2 WFM Pham Le Thao Nguyen 2304
0 - 1
WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2378
9.3 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram 2250
0 - 1
WIM Majdan Joanna 2284
9.4 WFM Dang Bich Ngoc 2186
1 - 0
WIM Przezdziecka Marta 2327
Bo. 10 Serbia (SRB) Rtg
2½:1½
25 Cuba (CUB) Rtg
10.1 IM Maric Alisa 2405
1 - 0
WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza 2303
10.2 IM Bojkovic Natasa 2420
½ - ½
WIM Ordaz Valdes Lisandra 2306
10.3 WGM Stojanovic Andjelija 2357
1 - 0
WGM Pina Vega Sulennis 2286
10.4 WGM Chelushkina Irina 2360
0 - 1
WIM Linares Napoles Oleiny 2261
Bo. 27 Latvia (LAT) Rtg
1 : 3
11 India (IND) Rtg
11.1 WGM Rogule Laura 2260
½ - ½
IM Harika Dronavalli 2462
11.2 WIM Berzina Ilze 2320
0 - 1
IM Tania Sachdev 2425
11.3 Skinke Katrina 2186
½ - ½
WGM Swathi Ghate 2320
11.4 WFM Ni Viktorija 2168
0 - 1
WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2298
Bo. 48 Germany 2 (GER2) Rtg
2½:1½
13 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg
12.1 Fuchs Judith 2238
½ - ½
WGM Djingarova Emilia 2352
12.2 Schoene Maria 2198
0 - 1
WGM Voiska Margarita 2318
12.3 WFM Mader Manuela 2132
1 - 0
WGM Velcheva Maria 2280
12.4 Endress Anna 2067
1 - 0
WFM Raeva Elitsa 2251

Standings

Rk. SNo Team Team
Games
  + 
  = 
  - 
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1 1 Russia RUS
2
2
0
0
4
16,0
2,0
2 56 Venezuela VEN
2
2
0
0
4
16,0
2,0
3 8 Hungary HUN
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
4 3 China CHN
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
5 58 Denmark DEN
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
6 6 Armenia ARM
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
7 21 Israel ISR
2
2
0
0
4
14,0
2,0
8 9 Poland POL
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
9 57 Mexico MEX
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
10 11 India IND
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
11 17 Netherlands NED
2
2
0
0
4
12,0
2,0
12 4 Georgia GEO
2
2
0
0
4
10,0
2,0
13 10 Serbia SRB
2
2
0
0
4
10,0
2,0
14 48 Germany 2 GER2
2
2
0
0
4
10,0
2,0
15 59 El Salvador ESA
2
1
1
0
3
16,0
2,0
16 19 Greece GRE
2
1
1
0
3
12,0
3,0
17 47 Mongolia MGL
2
1
1
0
3
12,0
3,0
18 78 Uruguay URU
2
1
1
0
3
8,0
1,0
19 2 Ukraine UKR
2
1
1
0
3
7,0
1,0
20 23 Lithuania LTU
2
1
1
0
3
6,0
1,0

Pictorial impressions from Round Two

By André Schulz and Carsten Straub


Vladimir Kramnik chats with arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz before the start of round two


Crowds of photographers and spectators in front of the stage



The main games are played on the stage with projections of the positions in the back


In the rest of the hall the other nations battle it out


Alexander Grischuk


Kramnik and Grischuk before the game


Checking the time



Alexander Morozevich


Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Anand's second, drew against Grischuk


Gajewski Grzegorz


Arkadij Naiditsch, Igor Khenkin


Daniel Fridman


Jan Gustafsson


Alexander Beliavsky


Dusko Pavasovic


Elisabeth Pähtz with her father Thomas


Elli drew a winning position (but her team won)


Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska


Marta Michna


Melanie Ohme


German Chess Federation President Robert von Weizsäcker with Melanie Ohme and Marta Michna


Germany 2 vs Norway


Georg Meier and Arik Braun an Brett 1 und 2


Magnus Carlsen und Simen Agdestein


Magnus Carlsen


Levon Aronian


Peter Leko


Judit Polgar


Zoltan Almasi


Vassiliy Ivanchuk sunk in thought


Sergey Karjakin


Andrej Volokitin


Gata Kamsky


Hikaru Nakamura


Alexander Onischuk


Rustam Kasimdzanov, Usbekistan


David Navarra, Czech Republic



Michael Adams, England


Nigel Short


Zviad Izoria, Georgien


Lenier Dominguez, Cuba


Lazaro Bruzon


Nadeshda Kosintseva, Natalia Pogonina, Russia


Anna Muzychuk


Anna Srebrenic


Vezna Rozic


Jovanka Houska, England


Dagne Ciuksyte


Ingrid Lauterbach


Kanwal Bhatia


Viktorija Cmilyte, Lithuania


Irina Krush, USA


Marie Sebag, France


Viktor Bologan, Moldowa


Wang Yue, China


Ni Hua


Chao Li


Aderito, Angola


Agnelo


Domingos


Nakapunda, Namibia


Müller


Eichab


Axel Bachmann, Paraguay


Franco Ocampo


Kropff


Team Mexiko during an interview


Blind chess player


Scottish players Ketevan Arakhmia-Grant and Jacob Aagaard


Krishnan Sasikiran, India


Shekhar Ganguly


Gopal Geehta


Shanda Sandipan


Lopang, Botswana


Mudongo


Sabure


Sebetso


Bethania Arosemena, Panama


Nicole Arosemena


Aa Citra Dewi


Lindiawati


Sukandar


Batkhuyag Munguntuul, Mongolia


Dulamsuren Yanjindulam


Altanolzii Enxtuul



Onorjargal Nyamtuya


Turkan and Zeinab Mamedyarov, Aserbeidschan


Turkan


Zeinab


Nargiz Umodova


Khayala Isgandarova



Anna Endress


Manuala Mader


Marie Schöne


Judith Fuchs


Maia Chiburdanidze


Almira Skripchenko


Shakhryar Mamedyarov, Azerbaijan


Vugar Gashimov


Rauf Mamadov


Sergey Movsesian, Slovakia


Lubomir Ftacnik, Slovakia


Rainer Buhmann


Team Korea

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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