Olympiad R9: Russia loses to France

5/30/2006 – Another shock result: Russia lost 1.5:2.5 to France, and are now on place four on the table. China, on the other hand, demolished Georgia 4-0 and advanced to place two. Armenia beat Ukraine to stay in the lead. In the women's section Ukraine beat the US and lead ahead of Russia, which drew China. Things are getting close.

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Turin 2006: After round nine

The top pairings was Ukraine vs the leading Armenia. The top three boards drew, but the deadly board four weapon that the Armenians have launched struck yet again: Gabriel Sargissian scored his eighth win in nine games to clinch the match. Sargissian has the best rating perfomance (2852) so far in the Olympiad for a board five player, and the third best over all. Only Vladimir Kramnik (board one, 2873) and Sergey Karjakin (board 3, 2861) are above him.

The Russian produced Yet Another Shock result, by losing 1.5:2.5 to France, with Fressinet scoring the decisive win on board four. Even more shocking: China did a 4-0 whitewash over Georgia. The USA drew with the Czech Republic, with Kamsky winning and Akobian losing. Kamsky has now scored 4.5/6 on board one, with a 2829 performance, the sixth best in these games.

Armenia is now one point ahead of China, which in turn is 1.5 points ahead of France. Russia, USA and Ukraine share 4-6 half a point behind France.


Armenia (left) vs Ukraine (right)

4 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
1½:2½
3 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
GM Ivanchuk Vasyl 2731
½-½
GM Aronian Levon 2756
GM Karjakin Sergey 2661
½-½
GM Akopian Vladimir 2706
GM Elyanov Pavel 2665
½-½
GM Asrian Karen 2646
GM Moiseyenko Alexander 2662
0-1
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2612


France vs Russia

1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
1½:2½
5 France (FRA) Rtg
GM Kramnik Vladimir 2729
½-½
GM Bacrot Etienne 2708
GM Grischuk Alexander 2719
½-½
GM Lautier Joel 2682
GM Morozevich Alexander 2730
½-½
GM Sokolov Andrei 2628
GM Rublevskiy Sergey 2687
0-1
GM Fressinet Laurent 2633


Cuba vs Germany

14 Germany (GER) Rtg
1½:2½
18 Cuba (CUB) Rtg
GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2664
1-0
GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2652
GM Jussupow Artur 2608
0-1
GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2647
GM Gustafsson Jan 2603
½-½
GM Nogueira Santiago Jesus 2556
GM Graf Alexander 2592
0-1
GM Arencibia Rodriguez Walter 2535


China vs Georgia

17 Georgia (GEO) Rtg
0:4
12 China (CHN) Rtg
GM Jobava Baadur 2646
0-1
GM Bu Xiangzhi 2640
GM Kacheishvili Giorgi 2605
0-1
GM Zhang Zhong 2640
GM Gagunashvili Merab 2560
0-1
GM Wang Yue 2598
GM Gelashvili Tamaz 2576
0-1
GM Ni Hua 2607

Standings after nine rounds

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 3 Armenia 9 8 1 0 26.5 194.5 17
2 12 China 9 6 1 2 25.5 191.0 13
3 5 France 9 6 3 0 24.0 188.5 15
4 1 Russia 9 5 2 2 23.5 201.5 12
5 7 USA 9 7 2 0 23.5 192.5 16
6 4 Ukraine 9 6 2 1 23.5 190.0 14
7 20 Czech Republic 9 5 4 0 23.0 191.0 14
8 18 Cuba 9 6 1 2 23.0 189.0 13
9 32 Slovenia 9 6 2 1 23.0 185.5 14
10 30 Uzbekistan 9 4 3 2 22.5 190.5 11
11 2 India 9 5 2 2 22.5 187.5 12
12 14 Germany 9 5 0 4 22.5 185.5 10
13 25 Denmark 9 6 1 2 22.0 193.5 13
14 22 Greece 9 6 0 3 22.0 184.5 12
15 6 Israel 9 5 3 1 22.0 183.0 13
16 28 Croatia 9 5 2 2 22.0 181.0 12
17 23 Moldova 9 5 1 3 22.0 179.5 11
18 17 Georgia 9 7 0 2 21.5 196.0 14
19 51 Iran 9 4 1 4 21.5 187.5 9
20 24 Norway 9 7 1 1 21.5 184.5 15
21 31 Sweden 9 4 3 2 21.5 184.0 11
22 16 Hungary 9 5 2 2 21.5 179.0 12
23 9 Azerbaijan 9 5 2 2 21.5 178.0 12
24 62 Colombia 9 5 1 3 21.5 175.0 11
25 34 Turkey 9 4 2 3 21.5 174.5 10

Women's section

China drew with Russia, with Tatiana Kosintseva winning and Kovalevskaya losing. Ukraine beat the US with Natalia Zhukova beating Anna Zatonskih, and Inna Yanovska-Gaponenko beating Irina Krush. Georgia defeated Hungary 2.5:0.5. Ukraine is now at the top of the list, half a point ahead of Russia. After that there is a gap of 1.5 points to the next best team (Georgia).


Ukraine vs USA

5 USA (USA) Rtg
½:2½
2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg
WGM Zatonskih Anna 2433
0-1
WGM Zhukova Natalia 2425
IM Krush Irina 2437
0-1
IM Yanovska-Gaponenko I 2430
WGM Goletiani Rusudan 2371
½-½
WGM Ushenina Anna 2397


Russia vs China

6 China (CHN) Rtg
1½:1½
1 Russia (RUS) Rtg
WGM Zhao Xue 2423
½-½
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2540
  Shen Yang 2411
0-1
IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2489
WFM Hou Yifan 2298
1-0
IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2460


Germany vs Armenia

7 Armenia (ARM) Rtg
2½:½
8 Germany (GER) Rtg
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2453
½-½
IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2438
IM Danielian Elina 2422
1-0
IM Kachiani-Gersinska K 2421
WIM Andriasian Siranush 2237
1-0
WGM Juergens Vera 2330

Standings after nine rounds (Women)

Rk. Sd Team
Gms
+
=
TB1
TB2
TB3
1 2 Ukraine 9 9 0 0 21.0 146.5 18
2 1 Russia 9 6 2 1 20.5 149.5 14
3 3 Georgia 9 6 3 0 19.0 144.5 15
4 6 China 9 5 2 2 18.5 151.0 12
5 10 Bulgaria 9 6 3 0 18.5 146.0 15
6 7 Armenia 9 6 2 1 18.0 141.5 14
7 5 USA 9 6 2 1 17.5 155.0 14
8 11 Romania 9 6 1 2 17.5 145.5 13
9 15 France 9 5 1 3 17.5 142.5 11
10 13 Lithuania 9 6 0 3 17.0 141.0 12
11 14 Greece 9 6 2 1 17.0 136.5 14
12 36 Croatia 9 5 2 2 17.0 131.5 12
13 4 Hungary 9 5 0 4 16.5 156.5 10
14 9 India 9 5 2 2 16.5 147.0 12
15 17 Slovenia 9 4 2 3 16.5 140.0 10
16 29 Mongolia 9 6 0 3 16.5 139.5 12
17 23 Vietnam 9 4 2 3 16.5 139.0 10
18 20 Israel 9 6 1 2 16.5 138.0 13
19 32 Belarus 9 4 2 3 16.0 140.0 10
20 8 Germany 9 4 3 2 16.0 136.5 11

Report: Frederic Friedel, pictures: Natalia Straub


Photo report


Vladimir Kramnik, with the best rating performance so far in Turin


Boy wonder Sergey Karjakin, Ukraine


Artur Jussupow, playing for Germany


Karolina Smokina of Moldavia


Viktorija Cmilyte, Lithuania


Anita Gara, Hungary


The obligatory picture of Anna Sharevich

Pictures by Karsten Straub


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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