Olympiad R5: Armenia holds Russia, joins in lead

5/26/2006 – Vladimir Kramnik is back after a lengthy illness in full strength, with a fine victory for Russia over Levon Aronian of Armenia. After a 2-2 score both teams still share the lead. Uzbekistan drew The Netherlands, the USA defeated Georgia, and Iran pulled off a stunning 3:1 victory over Vietnam join the group at places 5-11. Illustrated report with performance statistics.

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Turin 2006: After round five

The match-up of the day was Russia vs Armenia. Classical chess world champion Vladimir Kramnik faced the winner of the FIDE world cup in Khanty-Mansiysk and the Super-GM in Linares, Levon Aronian. This Alien-vs-Predator like encounter was very exciting to watch and saw Kramnik, who recently recovered from a long illness, grittily determined to get another full point.

Kramnik Vladimir (2729) - Aronian Levon (2756)
WCO 2006 Italy (5), 25.05.2006
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.0-0 g6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Qxd4 Bg7 8.Nc3 d6 9.Rd1 Nbd7 10.Be3 Rc8 11.Rac1 a6 12.b3 0-0 13.Qh4 Rc7 14.Bh3 Qb8 15.Bg5 Bxf3 16.exf3 b5 17.Bxd7 Rxd7 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.cxd5 Rc7 20.Rc6 Rxc6 21.dxc6 Rc8 22.Rc1 e6 23.Bd2 Qc7 24.a4 d5 25.axb5 axb5 26.Qb4 Rb8 27.Qa3 Bd4 28.Qa6 Be5 29.f4 Bd6 30.Ba5 Qc8 31.Qa7 Ra8 32.Qb6 Rb8 33.Qd4

Black is already under tremendous pressure, and now loses it all with 33...b4? 34.c7 Ra8 35.Qb6 Bf8 36.Bxb4 Bxb4 37.Qxb4 Qe8 1-0.

On the other boards Svidler and Grischuk drew Akopian and Asrian, but Morozevich spoiled it (26...c5? was a clear error) by losing to Gabriel Sargissian, more than 100 points below him on the rating list. Now both teams lead with four match wins and a draw, and 15.5/20 points each.


Aronian, Akopian, Asrian and Sargissian (left), Morozevich and Kramnik (right)

1   Russia (RUS) Rtg
2:2
3   Armenia (ARM) Rtg
GM Kramnik Vladimir 2729
1-0
GM Aronian Levon 2756
GM Svidler Peter 2743
½-½
GM Akopian Vladimir 2706
GM Grischuk Alexander 2719
½-½
GM Asrian Karen 2646
GM Morozevich Alexander 2730
0-1
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2612

Uzbekistan and the Netherlands drew their encounter, with Kasimdzhanov impressively beating Sokolov and Gareyev losing to Tiviakov. So Netherlands is third with 15/20 and the Uzbeks fourth with 14.5 board points.


Holand on the left faces Uzbekistan on the right

30   Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg
2:2
8   Netherlands (NED) Rtg
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2673
1-0
GM Sokolov Ivan 2676
GM Gareyev Timur 2522
0-1
GM Tiviakov Sergey 2669
GM Iuldachev Saidali 2480
½-½
GM Van Wely Loek 2655
IM Kayumov Sergey 2426
½-½
GM Van Den Doel Erik 2579

Seven teams follow with 14 point each, including the USA, after Kamsky defeated Jobava with the black pieces (Onischuk won and Nakamura lost) for a 2½:1½ point victory. India drew China with all games being undecided, while Iran pulled off a stunning 3:1 victory over Vietnam join the group at place ten.


USA with Kamsky, Onischuk, Nakamura and Akobian vs
Georgia with Jobava, Pantsulaia, Gagunashvili and Gelashvili

17   Georgia (GEO) Rtg
1½:2½
7   USA (USA) Rtg
GM Jobava Baadur 2646
0-1
GM Kamsky Gata 2671
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2611
0-1
GM Onischuk Alexander 2650
GM Gagunashvili Merab 2560
1-0
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2664
GM Gelashvili Tamaz 2576
½-½
GM Akobian Varuzhan 2575

Standings after five rounds

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 1 Russia
5
4
1
0
15.5
65.5
9
2 3 Armenia
5
4
1
0
15.5
60.5
9
3 8 Netherlands
5
4
1
0
15.0
60.5
9
4 30 Uzbekistan
5
3
2
0
14.5
58.5
8
5 10 Bulgaria
5
3
2
0
14.0
62.5
8
6 4 Ukraine
5
3
2
0
14.0
62.0
8
7 11 Spain
5
4
1
0
14.0
61.0
9
8 19 Belarus
5
5
0
0
14.0
56.0
10
9 7 USA
5
5
0
0
14.0
56.0
10
10 51 Iran
5
3
0
2
14.0
54.0
6
11 31 Sweden
5
3
1
1
14.0
52.5
7
12 12 China
5
3
1
1
13.5
64.5
7
13 22 Greece
5
4
0
1
13.5
59.5
8
14 14 Germany
5
3
0
2
13.5
59.5
6
15 26 Brazil
5
4
0
1
13.5
57.0
8
16 2 India
5
3
1
1
13.5
54.0
7
17 17 Georgia
5
4
0
1
13.0
61.5
8
18 25 Denmark
5
3
1
1
13.0
61.5
7
19 20 Czech Republic
5
3
2
0
13.0
59.0
8
20 6 Israel
5
3
2
0
13.0
58.5
8
21 27 Iceland
5
3
1
1
13.0
58.5
7
22 33 Serbia Montenegro
5
3
0
2
13.0
57.0
6
23 45 Indonesia
5
2
2
1
13.0
57.0
6
24 15 Romania
5
3
1
1
13.0
56.5
7
25 36 Slovakia
5
4
0
1
13.0
56.0
8
26 28 Croatia
5
3
1
1
13.0
54.5
7
27 49 Scotland
5
4
0
1
13.0
49.5
8

Women's section

Russia suffered an upset 1:2 defeat by Ukraine, when Natalia Zhukova capitalised on a blunder by her opponent, the aggressively enterprising Alexandra Kosteniuk. The other two games were drawn, but in spite of the 1:2 defeat Russia kept its lead with 4:1 match victories and 12.5/15 board points. Ukraine has won all its matches so far, but has scored half a board point less.

Zhukova Natalia (2425) - Kosteniuk Alexandra (2540)
WCO 2006 Italy (5), 25.05.2006


Position after 53.Qa8-e4

Black is as piece up for a pawn with clear winning prospects. But, in a moment of carelessness, overlooks a devastating fork: 53...Be7?? 54.Rxh4+! Kg8 (or 54...Bxh4 55.Qxh4+ Kg8 56.Qxd8+) 55.Qh7+ Kf8 56.Qh8+ Qg8 57.Rf4+ Bf6 58.Qxg8+ Kxg8 59.exf6 gxf6 60.Rxf6 and Zhukova went on to win the R+2P vs R ending in 29 more moves.


Russia vs Ukraine, with Kosteniuk, Tatiana and Nadezhda Kosintseva (left)
facing Zhukova, Yanovska-Gaponenko and Ushenina (right)

2   Ukraine (UKR) Rtg 2:1 1   Russia (RUS) Rtg
WGM Zhukova Natalia 2425 1-0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2540
IM Yanovska Inna 2430 ½-½ IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2489
WGM Ushenina Anna 2397 ½-½ IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2469

Other remarkable results: Hungary defeated China 2½:½, with the spirited 12-year-old Hou Yifan losing her first game to IM Szindonia Vajda. China now occupies place 14, while Hungary advanced to place three. India defeated Turkey 2½:½, with GM Koneru Humpy, 2548, defeating WGM Ekaterina Atalik-Polovnikova, 2393, in the critical game (WGM Swathi Ghate defeated Kubra Ozturk, 230 points below her on the Elo scale).

Standings after five rounds (Women)
Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 1 Russia
5
4
0
1
12.5
49.5
8
2 2 Ukraine
5
5
0
0
12.0
45.0
10
3 4 Hungary
5
4
0
1
11.5
44.0
8
4 5 USA
5
4
1
0
11.0
49.0
9
5 11 Romania
5
4
0
1
11.0
48.0
8
6 9 India
5
3
2
0
11.0
44.0
8
7 10 Bulgaria
5
4
1
0
11.0
42.5
9
8 17 Slovenia
5
3
2
0
11.0
42.5
8
9 7 Armenia
5
4
1
0
11.0
42.0
9
10 24 Spain
5
4
1
0
11.0
41.0
9
11 29 Mongolia
5
4
0
1
11.0
41.0
8
12 31 Kazakhstan
5
4
0
1
10.5
43.5
8
13 16 Slovakia
5
4
1
0
10.5
42.5
9
14 6 China
5
3
0
2
10.0
49.0
6
15 3 Georgia
5
3
2
0
10.0
47.0
8
16 13 Lithuania
5
3
0
2
10.0
47.0
6
17 34 Estonia
5
3
0
2
10.0
46.0
6
18 12 Poland
5
4
0
1
10.0
42.5
8
19 15 France
5
3
0
2
10.0
41.5
6
20 8 Germany
5
2
3
0
9.5
46.5
7
21 23 Vietnam
5
2
1
2
9.5
45.5
5
22 21 Italy A
5
3
1
1
9.5
42.0
7
23 19 Serbia Montenegro
5
3
0
2
9.5
38.0
6
24 63 El Salvador
5
4
0
1
9.5
37.5
8
25 25 Latvia
5
3
0
2
9.5
33.0
6

Performance

It is perhaps a bit early in the tournament to start measuring overall performances, but then again, what else are computers good for if not to generate statistics? Note that in the following tables the number of games by the individual players is fairly important, while the board really isn't, since the performance is calculated on the basis of the strength of the opposition. For instance Kateryna Lahno has 4/4 points on board two for Ukraine, but her performance, due to the opposition, is 2465, which puts her on place 24.

Top 20 Men
No. Ti Name Rtg Team Rp Pts. Gs  % Bo.
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2729 Russia 2960 2.5 3 83.3 1
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2671 USA 2896 2.5 3 83.3 1
3 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2673 Uzbekistan 2895 2.5 3 83.3 1
4 GM Bareev Evgeny 2701 Russia 2874 3.5 4 87.5 5
5 GM Grischuk Alexander 2719 Russia 2866 3.5 4 87.5 3
6 GM Akopian Vladimir 2706 Armenia 2847 3.5 4 87.5 2
7 GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2608 Spain 2844 3.0 3 100.0 3
8 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2612 Armenia 2835 4.5 5 90.0 5
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2647 Cuba 2834 3.5 4 87.5 2
10 GM Adams Michael 2720 England 2832 3.5 4 87.5 1
11 GM Van Wely Loek 2655 Netherlands 2826 3.5 4 87.5 3
12 GM Graf Alexander 2592 Germany 2817 3.0 3 100.0 6
13 GM Karjakin Sergey 2661 Ukraine 2814 3.5 4 87.5 3
14 GM Avrukh Boris 2633 Israel 2809 3.5 4 87.5 4
15 GM Wang Yue 2598 China 2794 4.0 5 80.0 4
16 GM Leitao Rafael 2575 Brazil 2794 3.5 4 87.5 3
17 GM Iuldachev Saidali 2480 Uzbekistan 2792 3.5 4 87.5 5
18 GM Olafsson Helgi 2521 Iceland 2787 2.5 3 83.3 3
19 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2640 China 2776 2.5 4 62.5 1
20 GM Georgiev Kiril 2677 Bulgaria 2775 2.0 3 66.7 1

Top 20 Women

No. Ti Name Rtg Team Rp Pts. Gs  % Bo.
1 IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2489 Russia 2701 4.5 5 90.0 2
2 IM Peptan Corina Isabela 2408 Romania 2675 3.5 4 87.5 1
3 GM Koneru Humpy 2548 India 2663 4.5 5 90.0 1
4 WGM Muzychuk Anna 2418 Slovenia 2655 2.5 3 83.3 1
5 IM Kachiani-Gersinska Ketino 2421 Germany 2642 4.5 5 90.0 2
6 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2469 Russia 2631 3.5 4 87.5 3
7 IM Krush Irina 2437 USA 2593 3.5 4 87.5 2
8 WGM Voiska Margarita 2314 Bulgaria 2578 3.5 4 87.5 2
9 IM Vajda Szidonia 2403 Hungary 2568 3.5 4 87.5 3
10 IM Danielian Elina 2422 Armenia 2567 3.5 4 87.5 2
11 IM Hoang Thanh Trang 2487 Hungary 2564 4.0 5 80.0 1
12 IM Khurtsidze Nino 2426 Georgia 2551 3.0 4 75.0 1
13 WIM Andriasian Siranush 2237 Armenia 2540 3.5 4 87.5 4
14 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2502 Bulgaria 2539 3.0 4 75.0 1
15 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2470 Lithuania 2535 4.0 5 80.0 1
16 WGM Zhao Xue 2423 China 2525 3.5 5 70.0 1
17 WFM Przezdziecka Marta 2265 Poland 2524 4.0 4 100.0 3
18 WGM Baginskaite Camilla 2299 USA 2517 2.5 3 83.3 4
19 IM Houska Jovanka 2378 England 2514 3.0 4 75.0 1
20 IM Dembo Yelena 2464 Greece 2511 4.0 5 80.0 1

Report: Frederic Friedel, pictures: Natalia Straub


Pictures report from round five


Peter Svidler and Vladimir ("back-in-chess") Kramnik


China vs India (with Bu vs Anand on board one)

2   India (IND) Rtg
2:2
12   China (CHN) Rtg
GM Anand Viswanathan 2803
½-½
GM Bu Xiangzhi 2640
GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2692
½-½
GM Zhang Zhong 2640
GM Harikrishna P 2680
½-½
GM Wang Yue 2598
GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2578
½-½
GM Ni Hua 2607


Azerbaijan (left, with Radjabov) vs Modlova (right, with Bologan)

23   Moldova (MDA) Rtg
1½:2½
9   Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg
GM Bologan Viktor 2666
0-1
GM Radjabov Teimour 2717
GM Iordachescu Viorel 2601
½-½
GM Gashimov Vugar 2659
GM Svetushkin Dmitry 2552
1-0
GM Guliyev Namig 2580
IM Slovineanu Viacheslav 2402
0-1
GM Guseinov Gadir 2617


Kateryna "4-0" Lahno of Ukraine resting in round five


Italy A vs Germany in round five

8   Germany (GER) Rtg
1½:1½
21   Italy A (ITA-A) Rtg
IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2438
½-½
IM Sedina Elena 2373
IM Kachiani-Gersinska K. 2421
1-0
WGM Zimina Olga 2404
WIM Nill Jessica 2339
0-1
WFM Ambrosi Eleonora 2136


Malaysia vs France (board 1: Wan Khye Theng vs Almira Skripchenko)

15   France (FRA) Rtg 3:0 58   Malaysia (MAS) Rtg
IM Skripchenko Almira 2423 1-0  - Wan Khye Theng 1989
WGM Leconte Maria 2345 1-0 WCM Nur Shazwani Zullkafli 2108
WGM Milliet Sophie 2330 1-0  - Roslina Marmono 1976


GM Peng Zhao Qin, 2395, Netherlands


IM Bosboom-Lanchava Tea, 2380, Netherlands


WIM Muhren Bianca, 2253, Netherlands


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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