Olympiad R8: Armenia beats France, Israel in sole second

11/21/2008 – The French team, who were looking so good yesterday, suffered a painful ½:3½ beating at the hands of the leading Armenians, who are now a match point ahead of Israel, and two ahead of Russia and Ukraine. The biggest performance, 2936, has been given by Veselin Topalov, who is likely to climb to over 2800 in the next FIDE list. In the women's section China still leads. Full illustrated 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.

Round eight Open Section

The key match to watch was France vs Armenia. Etienne Bacrot had chances against Levon Aronian, but the game ended in a time scramble and a draw. The other three Armenians demolished their opponents and so the match went 3½:½ to the tournament leaders. Israel kept its connection to the top with a 2½:1½ victory over Germany, who are now three points behind the leader. Russia (without Kramnik and Kamsky beating Svidler) defeated the US, and aqre now in the third slot, together with Ukraine, which wiped out New Zeland 4-0.

Top results of the open section

Bo. 7 France (FRA) Rtg
½:3½
9 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
1.1 GM Bacrot Etienne 2705
½ - ½
GM Aronian Levon 2757
1.2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716
0 - 1
GM Akopian Vladimir 2679
1.3 GM Fressinet Laurent 2676
0 - 1
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642
1.4 GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2664
0 - 1
GM Petrosian Tigran L 2629
Bo. 8 Israel (ISR) Rtg
2½:1½
11 Germany 1 (GER1) Rtg
2.1 GM Gelfand Boris 2719
1 - 0
GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2678
2.2 GM Roiz Michael 2677
½ - ½
GM Khenkin Igor 2647
2.3 GM Avrukh Boris 2657
½ - ½
GM Fridman Daniel 2630
2.4 GM Postny Evgeny 2674
½ - ½
GM Baramidze David 2557
Bo. 10 USA (USA) Rtg
1½:2½
1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
3.1 GM Kamsky Gata 2729
1 - 0
GM Svidler Peter 2727
3.2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2704
0 - 1
GM Grischuk Alexander 2719
3.3 GM Onischuk Alexander 2644
½ - ½
GM Morozevich Alexander 2787
3.4 GM Akobian Varuzhan 2606
0 - 1
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Bo. 3 China (CHN) Rtg
2 : 2
37 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg
4.1 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2714
½ - ½
GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 2567
4.2 GM Ni Hua 2710
½ - ½
GM Le Quang Liem 2583
4.3 GM Wang Hao 2696
0 - 1
GM Dao Thien Hai 2510
4.4 GM Li Chao B 2622
1 - 0
GM Tu Hoang Thong 2496
Bo. 2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
4 : 0
71 New Zealand (NZL) Rtg
5.1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786
1 - 0
GM Chandler Murray G 2515
5.2 GM Eljanov Pavel 2720
1 - 0
IM Dive Russell John 2357
5.3 GM Efimenko Zahar 2680
1 - 0
FM Smith Robert W 2316
5.4 GM Volokitin Andrei 2659
1 - 0
FM Nokes Roger I 2293
Bo. 4 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg
2½:1½
24 Croatia (CRO) Rtg
6.1 GM Radjabov Teimour 2752
½ - ½
GM Palac Mladen 2583
6.2 GM Gashimov Vugar 2703
½ - ½
GM Kozul Zdenko 2593
6.3 GM Huseynov Gadir 2650
1 - 0
GM Zelcic Robert 2589
6.4 GM Mammadov Rauf 2631
½ - ½
GM Stevic Hrvoje 2588
Bo. 6 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg
2 : 2
23 Belarus (BLR) Rtg
7.1 GM Topalov Veselin 2791
1 - 0
GM Zhigalko Sergei 2592
7.2 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2696
0 - 1
GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2617
7.3 GM Georgiev Kiril 2645
½ - ½
GM Fedorov Alexei 2584
7.4 GM Delchev Aleksander 2632
½ - ½
GM Zhigalko Andrey 2568
Bo. 15 England (ENG) Rtg
2½:1½
17 Georgia (GEO) Rtg
8.1 GM Adams Michael 2734
½ - ½
GM Jobava Baadur 2664
8.2 GM Short Nigel D 2642
1 - 0
GM Izoria Zviad 2610
8.3 GM Howell David W L 2593
½ - ½
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2615
8.4 GM Jones Gawain C B 2548
½ - ½
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2580
Bo. 25 Slovakia (SVK) Rtg
3 : 1
27 Greece (GRE) Rtg
9.1 GM Movsesian Sergei 2732
1 - 0
GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2597
9.2 GM Ftacnik Lubomir 2571
½ - ½
GM Kotronias Vasilios 2587
9.3 GM Markos Jan 2557
1 - 0
GM Halkias Stelios 2584
9.4 IM Vavrak Peter 2478
½ - ½
GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2572
Bo. 50 Turkey (TUR) Rtg
1½:2½
21 Poland (POL) Rtg
10.1 GM Gurevich Mikhail 2634
½ - ½
GM Miton Kamil 2604
10.2 IM Can Emre 2464
0 - 1
GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2599
10.3 IM Erdogdu Mert 2449
1 - 0
GM Gajewski Grzegorz 2577
10.4 FM Yilmaz Mustafa 2387
0 - 1
GM Bartel Mateusz 2602
Bo. 28 Slovenia (SLO) Rtg
2 : 2
13 India (IND) Rtg
11.1 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2619
½ - ½
GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694
11.2 GM Pavasovic Dusko 2597
0 - 1
GM Harikrishna P 2659
11.3 GM Lenic Luka 2569
½ - ½
GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 2548
11.4 IM Borisek Jure 2548
1 - 0
GM Sandipan Chanda 2579
Bo. 14 Romania (ROU) Rtg
1½:2½
22 Serbia (SRB) Rtg
12.1 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2684
0 - 1
GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2658
12.2 GM Istratescu Andrei 2633
½ - ½
GM Solak Dragan 2595
12.3 GM Parligras Mircea 2611
1 - 0
GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2581
12.4 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2594
0 - 1
GM Perunovic Milos 2580
Bo. 5 Hungary (HUN) Rtg
3 : 1
44 Italy (ITA) Rtg
13.1 GM Leko Peter 2747
1 - 0
GM Caruana Fabiano 2640
13.2 GM Polgar Judit 2711
0 - 1
GM Godena Michele 2517
13.3 GM Almasi Zoltan 2663
1 - 0
IM Brunello Sabino 2455
13.4 GM Berkes Ferenc 2645
1 - 0
IM Rombaldoni Denis 2436
Bo. 20 Netherlands (NED) Rtg
3½: ½
38 Philippines (PHI) Rtg
14.1 GM Van Wely Loek 2618
1 - 0
GM Villamayor Buenaventura 2468
14.2 GM Smeets Jan 2604
½ - ½
GM So Wesley 2610
14.3 GM Stellwagen Daniel 2605
1 - 0
IM Gomez John Paul 2519
14.4 GM Werle Jan 2582
1 - 0
GM Laylo Darwin 2507
Bo. 19 Norway (NOR) Rtg
3 : 1
18 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg
15.1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2786
1 - 0
GM Navara David 2633
15.2 GM Agdestein Simen 2588
½ - ½
GM Hracek Zbynek 2613
15.3 GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2545
½ - ½
GM Laznicka Viktor 2591
15.4 IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2522
1 - 0
GM Babula Vlastimil 2608
Bo. 12 Spain (ESP) Rtg
3 : 1
55 Bangladesh (BAN) Rtg
16.1 GM Shirov Alexei 2726
1 - 0
GM Rahman Ziaur 2510
16.2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2664
1 - 0
GM Hossain Enamul 2494
16.3 GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2604
½ - ½
GM Abdulla Al-Rakib 2522
16.4 GM San Segundo Carrillo Pablo 2564
½ - ½
FM Minhazuddin Ahmed 2377
Bo. 30 Sweden (SWE) Rtg
2½:1½
33 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg
17.1 GM Berg Emanuel 2623
½ - ½
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672
17.2 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2543
1 - 0
GM Iuldachev Saidali 2511
17.3 GM Cicak Slavko 2564
1 - 0
IM Khamrakulov Dzhurabek 2533
17.4 GM Carlsson Pontus 2515
0 - 1
GM Safin Shukhrat 2510
Bo. 51 Estonia (EST) Rtg
1½:2½
34 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg
18.1 GM Kulaots Kaido 2556
½ - ½
GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2640
18.2 GM Kanep Meelis 2524
½ - ½
GM Kotsur Pavel 2563
18.3 IM Liiva Riho 2460
½ - ½
GM Ibrayev Nurlan 2448
18.4 IM Volodin Aleksandr 2397
0 - 1
IM Zhumabayev Rinat 2490
Bo. 41 Germany 2 (GER2) Rtg
½ :3½
16 Cuba (CUB) Rtg
19.1 GM Meier Georg 2558
½ - ½
GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2719
19.2 IM Braun Arik 2567
0 - 1
GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2623
19.3 GM Bindrich Falko 2517
0 - 1
GM Quezada Perez Yuniesky 2580
19.4 IM Bogner Sebastian 2448
0 - 1
GM Hernandez Carmenates 2580

Top rankings (eleven match points or higher)

Rk. SNo Team Team
Gms
  + 
  = 
  - 
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
TB4
1 9 Armenia ARM
8
7
1
0
15
224.0
80.0
24.0
2 8 Israel ISR
8
6
2
0
14
205.5
74.0
21.5
3 1 Russia RUS
8
6
1
1
13
206.0
84.0
20.0
4 2 Ukraine UKR
8
5
3
0
13
205.5
84.0
20.0
5 4 Azerbaijan AZE
8
5
2
1
12
210.5
82.0
21.0
6 11 Germany 1 GER1
8
5
2
1
12
190.0
81.0
20.5
7 3 China CHN
8
5
2
1
12
187.0
76.0
20.0
8 37 Vietnam VIE
8
5
2
1
12
169.5
69.0
22.0
9 7 France FRA
8
5
2
1
12
168.0
79.0
19.5
10 25 Slovakia SVK
8
6
0
2
12
168.0
64.0
23.0
11 15 England ENG
8
5
2
1
12
161.5
75.0
19.5
12 21 Poland POL
8
6
0
2
12
161.5
66.0
22.0
13 22 Serbia SRB
8
6
0
2
12
157.0
68.0
20.0
14 20 Netherlands NED
8
5
1
2
11
181.5
75.0
20.5
15 5 Hungary HUN
8
5
1
2
11
176.5
71.0
20.0
16 6 Bulgaria BUL
8
5
1
2
11
173.0
65.0
23.0
17 13 India IND
8
5
1
2
11
170.0
76.0
19.5
18 19 Norway NOR
8
4
3
1
11
168.0
73.0
18.5
19 12 Spain ESP
8
5
1
2
11
164.5
74.0
19.5
20 23 Belarus BLR
8
4
3
1
11
160.0
72.0
20.0
21 30 Sweden SWE
8
5
1
2
11
158.5
69.0
19.5
22 28 Slovenia SLO
8
5
1
2
11
157.5
70.0
20.0
23 10 USA USA
8
5
1
2
11
154.5
73.0
19.5
24 16 Cuba CUB
8
5
1
2
11
150.5
72.0
19.5
25 34 Kazakhstan KAZ
8
5
1
2
11
143.5
62.0
21.0

Top performers (2700 or higher)

The top ranked player on the FIDE rating list, Veselin Topalov, is leading the field with an incredible 2936 performance, achieved in six game on board one for the Bulgarian team. If nothing goes awry Topalov will climb to over 2800 in the next rating list. Boris Gelfand is also doing very well on board one, with a 2835 performance. Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich, Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen are playing below their nominal ratings.

No. Name Rtg Team Rp
Pts.
Gms
%
Bo.
1 GM Topalov Veselin 2791 Bulgaria 2936
5.5
6
91.7
1
2 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642 Armenia 2927
7.0
8
87.5
3
3 FM Abdel Razik Khaled 2406 Egypt 2893
6.0
6
100.0
5
4 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 Israel 2835
5.5
7
78.6
1
5 GM Akopian Vladimir 2679 Armenia 2822
6.0
8
75.0
2
6 GM Almasi Zoltan 2663 Hungary 2814
5.5
7
78.6
3
7 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 Russia 2809
5.5
7
78.6
5
8 GM Short Nigel D 2642 England 2805
5.5
7
78.6
2
9 GM Leko Peter 2747 Hungary 2803
5.0
7
71.4
1
10 GM Vallejo Francisco 2664 Spain 2801
6.5
8
81.3
2
11 GM Movsesian Sergei 2732 Slovakia 2799
5.0
6
83.3
1
12 GM Berkes Ferenc 2645 Hungary 2797
5.0
6
83.3
5
13 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 Uzbekistan 2796
5.5
7
78.6
1
14 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2609 Israel 2791
5.0
6
83.3
5
15 GM Wang Yue 2736 China 2791
5.0
7
71.4
1
16 GM Bacrot Etienne 2705 France 2778
5.0
7
71.4
1
17 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2694 India 2773
5.0
7
71.4
1
18 GM Kotronias Vasilios 2587 Greece 2767
6.0
8
75.0
2
19 GM Petrosian Tigran L 2629 Armenia 2766
6.0
8
75.0
4
20 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786 Ukraine 2760
5.0
8
62.5
1
21 GM Baramidze David 2557 Germany 1 2759
4.0
5
80.0
5
22 GM Aronian Levon 2757 Armenia 2758
4.0
7
57.1
1
23 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2599 Poland 2754
6.0
7
85.7
3
24 GM Huseynov Gadir 2650 Azerbaijan 2754
4.5
6
75.0
4
25 GM Le Quang Liem 2583 Vietnam 2753
6.5
8
81.3
2
26 GM Gashimov Vugar 2703 Azerbaijan 2752
5.0
7
71.4
3
27 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2619 Slovenia 2751
5.0
7
71.4
1
28 IM Haznedaroglu Kivanc 2436 Turkey 2745
6.5
7
92.9
4
29 GM Morozevich Alexander 2787 Russia 2744
5.0
7
71.4
4
30 GM Onischuk Alexander 2644 USA 2742
5.0
7
71.4
3
31 GM Lie Kjetil A 2526 Norway 2741
4.5
6
75.0
3
32 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2772 Russia 2739
3.5
6
58.3
1
33 GM Meier Georg 2558 Germany 2 2737
5.0
7
71.4
1
34 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2617 Belarus 2733
5.0
6
83.3
3
35 GM Blagojevic Dragisa 2522 Montenegro 2728
6.0
7
85.7
4
36 GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 Norway 2727
5.0
8
62.5
1
37 GM Jobava Baadur 2664 Georgia 2723
4.0
7
57.1
1
38 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2543 Sweden 2722
5.5
7
78.6
3
39 GM Delchev Aleksander 2632 Bulgaria 2720
6.0
7
85.7
4
40 GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2597 Greece 2717
5.0
8
62.5
1
41 GM Radjabov Teimour 2752 Azerbaijan 2717
4.0
7
57.1
1
42 GM Fedorov Alexei 2584 Belarus 2715
5.5
7
78.6
4
43 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2640 Kazakhstan 2714
5.0
7
71.4
1
44 GM Gustafsson Jan 2634 Germany 1 2714
4.0
6
66.7
3
45 GM Dominguez Leinier 2719 Cuba 2712
5.0
8
62.5
1
46 GM Karjakin Sergey 2730 Ukraine 2712
3.5
6
58.3
2
47 GM Predojevic Borki 2615 Bosnia Herz. 2711
6.0
8
75.0
2
48 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2678 Germany 1 2711
4.5
8
56.3
1
49 GM Perunovic Milos 2580 Serbia 2709
5.5
7
78.6
4
50 GM So Wesley 2610 Philippines 2708
5.0
7
71.4
2
51 GM Stellwagen Daniel 2605 Netherlands 2702
4.5
6
75.0
3
52 GM Nguyen Ngoc Son 2567 Vietnam 2700
5.5
8
68.8
1
53 GM Khenkin Igor 2647 Germany 1 2700
3.5
6
58.3
2

Round eight women's section

Ukraine held China to a draw, while the US beat Russia 3:1 (with Irina Krush remarkably taking out Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk). India lost to Serbia, and Poland defeated Hungary, so that the rankings are now China in first with 14/16, followed by USA, Ukraine, Poland and Serbia with 13/16 each.

Bo. 2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
2 : 2
3 China (CHN) Rtg
1.1 GM Lahno Kateryna 2488
½ - ½
WGM Hou Yifan 2578
1.2 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2488
0 - 1
GM Zhao Xue 2518
1.3 IM Ushenina Anna 2496
½ - ½
WGM Shen Yang 2450
1.4 IM Gaponenko Inna 2473
1 - 0
Ju Wenjun 2397
Bo. 12 Germany 1 (GER1) Rtg
2 : 2
46 Estonia (EST) Rtg
2.1 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471
1 - 0
WIM Tsiganova Monika 2208
2.2 WGM Michna Marta 2399
0 - 1
WFM Gansvind Valeriya I 2212
2.3 WFM Ohme Melanie 2237
1 - 0
WIM Bashkite Viktoria 2129
2.4 WFM Hoolt Sarah 2274
0 - 1
Vahtra Tuuli 1961
Bo. 7 USA (USA) Rtg
3 : 1
1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
3.1 IM Krush Irina 2452
1 - 0
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2525
3.2 IM Zatonskih Anna 2440
1 - 0
IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2513
3.3 WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2359
½ - ½
IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468
3.4 WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2334
½ - ½
IM Korbut Ekaterina 2459
Bo. 9 Poland (POL) Rtg
3 : 1
8 Hungary (HUN) Rtg
4.1 IM Socko Monika 2434
½ - ½
GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483
4.2 IM Rajlich Iweta 2404
1 - 0
IM Vajda Szidonia 2380
4.3 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2378
½ - ½
IM Madl Ildiko 2376
4.4 WIM Majdan Joanna 2284
1 - 0
WGM Rudolf Anna 2318
Bo. 11 India (IND) Rtg
1½:2½
10 Serbia (SRB) Rtg
5.1 IM Harika Dronavalli 2462
1 - 0
IM Maric Alisa 2405
5.2 IM Tania Sachdev 2425
0 - 1
IM Bojkovic Natasa 2420
5.3 WGM Swathi Ghate 2320
½ - ½
WGM Stojanovic Andjelija 2357
5.4 WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2298
0 - 1
WGM Chelushkina Irina 2360
Bo. 32 Moldova (MDA) Rtg
0 : 4
4 Georgia (GEO) Rtg
6.1 IM Petrenko Svetlana 2285
0 - 1
GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2489
6.2 WGM Smokina Karolina 2235
0 - 1
IM Dzagnidze Nana 2503
6.3 WGM Partac Elena 2168
0 - 1
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2473
6.4 WIM Bulmaga Irina 2287
0 - 1
IM Khukhashvili Sopiko 2409
Bo. 5 France (FRA) Rtg
2 : 2
43 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg
7.1 IM Skripchenko Almira 2455
½ - ½
Muminova Nafisa 2240
7.2 IM Collas Silvia 2352
½ - ½
WIM Sabirova O 2185
7.3 WGM Milliet Sophie 2366
1 - 0
Tokhirjanova Hulkar 2106
7.4 WGM Leconte Maria 2349
0 - 1
Nodirjanova Nodira 2118
Bo. 16 Romania (ROU) Rtg
3 : 1
17 Netherlands (NED) Rtg
8.1 WGM Cosma Elena Luminita 2340
0 - 1
GM Peng Zhaoqin 2455
8.2 WGM Voicu Carmen 2239
1 - 0
FM Schuurman Petra 2324
8.3 WIM Paulet Iozefina 2307
1 - 0
WIM Van Weersel Arlette 2209
8.4 WGM Motoc Alina 2313
1 - 0
Schut Lisa 2153
Bo. 14 Slovenia (SLO) Rtg
3 : 1
37 Ecuador (ECU) Rtg
9.1 IM Muzychuk Anna 2508
1 - 0
WIM Vasquez Rocio 2284
9.2 WGM Krivec Jana 2345
1 - 0
WIM Moncayo Evelyn 2142
9.3 WIM Rozic Vesna 2293
0 - 1
Heredia Carla 2105
9.4 WFM Novak Ksenija 2163
1 - 0
Rojas Jessenia 1959
Bo. 28 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg
0 : 4
6 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
10.1 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 2351
0 - 1
IM Danielian Elina 2513
10.2 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan 2269
0 - 1
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2443
10.3 WIM Umudova Nargiz 2219
0 - 1
WGM Aginian Nelly 2325
10.4 Kazimova Narmin Nizami 2171
0 - 1
WIM Galojan Lilit 2305
Bo. 38 Switzerland (SUI) Rtg
1½:2½
13 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg
11.1 WIM Heinatz Gundula Dr. 2227
0 - 1
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2548
11.2 WIM Seps Monika 2203
1 - 0
WGM Voiska Margarita 2318
11.3 WGM Hund Barbara 2216
½ - ½
WGM Velcheva Maria 2280
11.4 WGM Lematschko Tatjana 2195
0 - 1
WFM Raeva Elitsa 2251

Top rankings (ten match points or higher)

Rk. SNo Team Team Games   +    =    -   TB1   TB2   TB3  TB4
1 3 China CHN 8 6 2 0 14 232.0 82.0 22.5
2 7 USA USA 8 6 1 1 13 215.5 74.0 23.5
3 2 Ukraine UKR 8 5 3 0 13 206.0 77.0 22.5
4 9 Poland POL 8 6 1 1 13 187.5 82.0 20.5
5 10 Serbia SRB 8 6 1 1 13 178.0 74.0 21.0
6 4 Georgia GEO 8 5 2 1 12 200.5 76.0 21.5
7 6 Armenia ARM 8 6 0 2 12 182.0 77.0 20.5
8 14 Slovenia SLO 8 5 2 1 12 170.5 66.0 22.5
9 16 Romania ROU 8 6 0 2 12 168.0 74.0 21.0
10 1 Russia RUS 8 4 3 1 11 191.0 81.0 21.0
11 8 Hungary HUN 8 5 1 2 11 179.5 77.0 21.0
12 5 France FRA 8 5 1 2 11 177.0 67.0 23.0
13 13 Bulgaria BUL 8 5 1 2 11 167.0 67.0 20.5
14 11 India IND 8 5 1 2 11 164.5 74.0 18.5
15 43 Uzbekistan UZB 8 5 1 2 11 145.0 69.0 19.0
16 24 Vietnam VIE 8 5 1 2 11 143.5 69.0 19.5
17 29 Argentina ARG 8 5 1 2 11 142.0 58.0 22.5
18 23 Lithuania LTU 8 4 3 1 11 134.5 64.0 18.5
19 17 Netherlands NED 8 5 0 3 10 160.0 81.0 17.5
20 25 Cuba CUB 8 5 0 3 10 159.0 66.0 22.0
21 15 Slovakia SVK 8 5 0 3 10 153.0 70.0 19.5
22 30 Croatia CRO 8 5 0 3 10 148.5 66.0 21.0
23 26 Belarus BLR 8 4 2 2 10 136.0 57.0 21.0
24 36 Austria AUT 8 5 0 3 10 135.5 68.0 18.5
25 37 Ecuador ECU 8 5 0 3 10 131.5 68.0 18.5
26 32 Moldova MDA 8 5 0 3 10 130.5 72.0 17.0
27 33 Italy ITA 8 4 2 2 10 130.5 64.0 19.5
28 28 Azerbaijan AZE 8 4 2 2 10 129.5 75.0 16.0
29 22 Spain ESP 8 5 0 3 10 126.0 69.0 17.5
30 20 Sweden SWE 8 4 2 2 10 125.5 55.0 21.0
31 44 Colombia COL 8 5 0 3 10 122.0 62.0 19.5

Top performers (2500 or higher)

GM Pia Cramling has won all her games on board one for Sweden and leads with a stunning 2740 performance. Chinese wonder girl Hou Yifan has scored 6.0/8 on board one for a 2630 performance. One wonders for how long this 14-year-old is going to be listed as a WGM – she's a GM by any yardstick. We are thrilled to see an old friend, Martha Fierro of Ecuador, scoring 6.5/7 with a 2587 performance, and also Irina Krush performing at a 2578 level, both on board one for their countries.

No. Name Rtg Team Rp
Pts.
Gms
%
Bo.
1 GM Cramling Pia 2550 Sweden 2740
6.0
6
100.0
1
2 IM Zatonskih Anna 2440 USA 2634
6.0
7
85.7
2
3 WGM Hou Yifan 2578 China 2630
6.0
8
75.0
1
4 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2489 Georgia 2607
4.5
6
75.0
1
5 WIM Linares Oleiny 2261 Cuba 2601
7.5
8
93.8
4
6 IM Fierro Martha 2361 Ecuador 2587
6.5
7
92.9
1
7 IM Krush Irina 2452 USA 2578
5.5
7
78.6
1
8 WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410 Mongolia 2576
5.5
7
78.6
1
9 GM Sebag Marie 2533 France 2573
5.0
6
83.3
1
10 GM Peng Zhaoqin 2455 Netherlands 2554
5.0
7
71.4
1
11 Tan Zhongyi 2395 China 2553
5.0
6
83.3
5
12 IM Sedina Elena 2365 Italy 2550
5.0
6
83.3
1
13 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2474 Russia 2549
4.5
5
90.0
5
14 WGM Zdebskaja Natalia 2419 Ukraine 2545
5.5
6
91.7
5
15 IM Muzychuk Anna 2508 Slovenia 2543
6.5
8
81.3
1
16 IM Moser Eva 2376 Austria 2543
6.0
7
85.7
1
17 WIM Majdan Joanna 2284 Poland 2542
6.5
8
81.3
4
18 IM Socko Monika 2434 Poland 2541
4.5
7
64.3
1
19 GM Zhao Xue 2518 China 2540
5.5
8
68.8
2
20 WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2359 USA 2532
6.5
8
81.3
3
21 IM Vajda Szidonia 2380 Hungary 2530
5.5
7
78.6
2
22 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483 Hungary 2516
5.5
8
68.8
1
23 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468 Russia 2515
5.5
7
78.6
3
24 WGM Shen Yang 2450 China 2514
5.0
7
71.4
3
25 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2443 Armenia 2508
5.5
8
68.8
2
26 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2548 Bulgaria 2505
5.0
7
71.4
1

Pictorial impressions from Round Eight

By André Schulz and Carsten Straub


Once again crowds of spectators at the start of the round


Eva Moser und Alejandro Ramirez


Vassily Ivanchuk conversing with Alejandra Guerrero Rodríguez of Mexico


Daniel Fridman playing for Germany


Israel vs Germany


Arkadij Naiditsch and Igor Khenkin


Israeli GM Boris Gelfand


Armenia vs France


Aron and Akop: Levon Aronian and Vladimir Akopian


Gabriel Sargissian


Tigran Petrosian


China vs Ukraine, Hou Yifan vd Kateryna Lahno



Ukraine vs China, the lower boards


Anna Ushenina



Estonia vs Germany


Estonia vs Germany, the lower boards



Sarah Hoolt and Melanie Ohme


Hungary vs Poland


Russia vs USA


USA vs Russia, Hikaru Nakamura faces Alexander Grischuk


Zahar Efimenko and Pavel Eljanov on boards three and four for Ukraine


Antoaneta Stefanova playing board one for Bulgaria


Kateryna Lahno, top board for Ukraine


Nigel Short and Michael Adams playing for England


Yannick Pelletier, Switzerland


Florian Jenny, Switzerland


Werner Hug, Switzerland


Viktor Korchnoi, playing for Switzerland


Chinese GMs Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi


Magnus Carslen and David Navara analyse

Live from Dresden: TV ChessBase


German Chess Federation Robert von Weizsäcker with André Schulz from TV ChessBase


Prof. Kurt Jungwirth of the Austrian Chess Federation


Susan Polgar on TV ChessBase


IM Oliver Ree discusses the games with Fabian Döttling and Georg Meier


Oliver Reeh and Jan Gustafsson


Playing through his game: Daniel Fridman


Frederic Friedel interviewing FIDE Vice President Zurab Asmaijparashvili


Going through a nice win by Magnus Carlsen


The Norwegian star quickly learns to use the commentary features of the live broadcast


Arbiter Lothar Schmid from Fischer-Spassky 1972 in discussion with Frederic Friedel


Natalia Straub with Anastasia Gavrilova (17, Schwitzerland)


Chess art on display in Dresden


An object with chess board and pieces


Paintings with chess motifs

Pictures by Carsten Straub and André Schulz in Dresden

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