Olympiad R3: Kramnik, Anand play and win

5/24/2006 – Vladimir Kramnik played his first game at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, defeating Germany's Arkadij Naiditsch in a nice 33-move game. Anand, who flew in from Sofia, beat Cegmed Batchuluun, a cheeky young FM from Mongolia. Russia, China and Uzbekistan are now in the lead. Big pictorial report.

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Turin 2006: After round three

Men's section: Vladimir Kramnik played his first game in Turin, and defeated last year's Dortmunt winner Arkadij Naiditsch. The Russians won this round 2½:1½ (with Bareev also winning, but Rublevsky losing to Alexander Graf). That allowed China and Uzbekistan to catch up. Ukraine beat Serbia & Montenegro 3:1 to join Greece, which beat Poland and The Netherlands, which beat Turkey, in the second group.

Kramnik,Vladimir (RUS) (2729) - Naiditsch,Arkadij (GER) (2664)
WCO 2006 Italy (3), 23.05.2006
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.g3 d5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Bg2 e6 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Nxd4 Nd5 8.Qa4+ Nd7 9.Qxc4 N7b6 10.Qb3 Bd7 11.Nc3 Bc5 12.Nxd5 Nxd5

13.Nf5 0-0 14.Nxg7 Nf6 [14...Kxg7 15.Bxd5 exd5 16.Qc3+ Qf6 17.Qxc5] 15.Bh6 Qe7 16.Qf3 Bc6 17.Qf4 Kh8 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Rac1 Bd6 20.Qh4 Ng8 21.Qxe7 Bxe7 22.Nxe6 Nxh6 23.Nxf8 Bxf8 24.Rxc6 Rd8. White has a rook and three pawns for two minor pieces. Black can only put up token resistance. 25.Rfc1 Kg7 26.R1c2 Nf5 27.e3 a5 28.Ra6 Rd5 29.e4 Rd1+ 30.Kg2 Nd4 31.Rc7 Nb5 32.Rb7 Nd6 33.Rd7 1-0.

Vishy Anand has arrived in Turin and played his first game in round three. The Indian team came out with guns blazing, against the team from Mongolia, which put its sole GM on board four, possibly to pick up a stray point (instead of sacrificing it to Anand). But even that faild – Ganguly was there to receive him and India took a 4-0 victory.

Anand,Viswanathan (IND) (2803) - Batchuluun,Cegmed (MGL) (2303)
WCO 2006 Italy (3), 23.05.2006
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Ne2 f6 8.c3 Be7 9.g3 cxd4 10.cxd4 0-0 11.Bg2 Qb6 12.a3 a5 13.b3 fxe5 14.fxe5

19-year-old Cegmed Batchuluun, facing a player who is exactly 500 Elo points above him in the rating list, and with the black pieces, decides to sacrifice a piece for a lottery ticket to fame and glory. 14...Ndxe5?! Way to go, Cegmed! Even if Anand cooly takes you to pieces. 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Rf1 Nxf3+ 17.Rxf3 Rxf3 18.Bxf3 Bd7 19.Bb2 Bc5 20.Kf1 Rf8 21.Kg2 Bc6 22.Nd4 Bd7 23.Bg4 Rf7 24.Rc1 h6 25.h4 Rf8 26.Qd3 Rf7 27.Re1 Rf6 28.Nf3 Rf7 29.a4 Rf8 30.Re2 Bc8 31.Qg6 d4 32.Bxe6+ Kh8 33.Ng5 Qc6+ 34.Kh2 and mate to follow. 1-0.


Batchuluun vs Anand in the live Playchess broadcast

Israel has won two matches and drawn one, to land on the 28th spot. England drew Indonesia to drop to 33rd place. Turkey with Gurevich and Atalik are 27th after a 1-3 loss to The Netherlands.

Standings after three rounds

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 1 Russia
3
3
0
0
10.5
22.5
6
2 12 China
3
3
0
0
10.5
21.5
6
3 30 Uzbekistan
3
3
0
0
10.5
21.0
6
4 22 Greece
3
3
0
0
10.0
21.5
6
5 4 Ukraine
3
3
0
0
10.0
20.0
6
6 8 Netherlands
3
3
0
0
10.0
19.5
6
7 10 Bulgaria
3
2
1
0
9.5
21.5
5
8 3 Armenia
3
3
0
0
9.5
19.5
6
9 11 Spain
3
3
0
0
9.5
19.5
6
10 24 Norway
3
3
0
0
9.5
18.0
6
11 26 Brazil
3
3
0
0
9.5
18.0
6
12 27 Iceland
3
3
0
0
9.5
17.5
6
13 14 Germany
3
2
0
1
9.0
23.0
4
14 21 Poland
3
2
0
1
9.0
22.5
4
15 17 Georgia
3
3
0
0
9.0
19.5
6
16 16 Hungary
3
3
0
0
9.0
18.0
6
17 2 India
3
2
0
1
9.0
16.5
4

Women's section

Lithuania, headed by IM Viktorija Cmilyte (2470), has won all games so far. Russia, with Alexandra Kosteniuk on board one, dropped half a point in round two and is second on the table. China has the same number of points, having only given up one draw (Zhao Xue vs Almira Skripchenko). The sensation in this team is Hou Yifan, who is still a WFM and rated 2298 on the FIDE list. Hou has won all three games on board three so far. She turned 12 on February 27. This is an extraordinary talent that we are carefully monitoring.

Romania and Ukraine have won all their matches and scored eight board points each. We are watching IM Kateryna Lahno (2468) of the latter team, who has won all her games so far. Kateryna is 16 and another great talent. Irina Krush has won all three games for the US team so far. The same applies for India's Koneru Humpy, the highest-rated female player in the event (2548).

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 13 Lithuania
3
3
0
0
9.0
15.0
6
2 1 Russia
3
3
0
0
8.5
16.5
6
3 6 China
3
3
0
0
8.5
16.5
6
4 11 Romania
3
3
0
0
8.0
17.0
6
5 2 Ukraine
3
3
0
0
8.0
13.0
6
6 5 USA
3
3
0
0
7.5
16.5
6
7 10 Bulgaria
3
3
0
0
7.5
15.0
6
8 20 Israel
3
3
0
0
7.5
15.0
6
9 9 India
3
2
1
0
7.0
14.0
5
10 3 Georgia
3
2
1
0
6.5
16.5
5
11 8 Germany
3
2
1
0
6.5
16.5
5
12 15 France
3
2
0
1
6.5
16.5
4
13 14 Greece
3
2
1
0
6.5
15.0
5
14 27 Ecuador
3
2
1
0
6.5
15.0
5
15 4 Hungary
3
2
0
1
6.5
15.0
4
16 7 Armenia
3
2
1
0
6.5
14.5
5
17 32 Belarus
3
2
0
1
6.5
14.5
4
18 17 Slovenia
3
2
1
0
6.5
14.0
5
19 39 Uzbekistan
3
2
0
1
6.5
12.0
4

Pictures from Round two

By WGM Natalia Straub


The streets of Turin, decorated for the Chess Olympiad


The central office of the auto makers FIAT


A very popular mode of travel in Italy


The Russian team with Rublevsky, Grischuk and Bareev


Former FIDE world champion Ruslan Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan)
chatting with Russian team member Alexander Morozevich


Viktorija vs Viktoria – the leading women's team from Lithunia (with Viktorija Cmilyte left) against Sweden (with Viktoria Johansson, right)


The leading Russian women's team, with Alexandra Kosteniuk, Tatiana Kosintseva and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya.


GM Gregory Kaidanov, 2603, USA


GM Hikaru Nakamura, 2664, USA


GM Sergey Karjakin, 16, 2661, Ukraine


Former women's world champion Zhu Chen, 2483, China, who is now playing for the men's team of Qatar, together with her husband GM Mohammed Al-Modiahki


Junior world champion Elisabeth Pähtz, Germany


WIM Anne Sharevich, 2281, Belarus


WFM Lara Stock, 2200, Croatia


WIM Sofya Zigangirova, 2314, Kasachstan


IM Iweta Radziewicz, 2439, Poland


WGM Ekaterina Atalik-Polovnikova, 2392, Turkey


IM Yelena Dembo, 2464, Greece


GM Koneru Humpy, 2548, India

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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