Superb performances by Vallejo and Ivanchuk

10/23/2004 – Seven rounds are over at the Olympiad in Calvià, Ukraine is in the lead in the men's section, China is rampaging in the women's. The best results so far are by local boy Paco Vallejo Pons, who scored 5.5 points in six games for a performance of rating, 2990, followed by Vassily Ivanchuk at 2947. We bring you games, results, statistics and an illustrated report by Vijay Kumar.

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Men's Group: Round seven of the Olympiad in Calvià saw Russia losing to Bulgaria (without Topalov!) after Grischuk dropped a point toe IM Ivan Cheparinov and all other games were drawn. India lost to the Ukraine in similar fashion when 14-year-old Sergey Karjakin picked up the point against GM Abhijit Kunte. Full results of round seven.

Women's Group: Here continued its long march with another victory, this time a 2½:½ against France, to retain a perfect (7:0) match score. Bulgaria and Russia drew, with Alexandra Kosteniuk beating world champion Antoaneta Stefanova, but Ekaterina Kovalevskaya losing to Margarita Voiska. Germany, which had started very well at this Olympiad, received a 3-0 dubbing by Lithuania and sank to 27th place in the team rankings. Full results of round seven.

Standings after round seven

Men's Group
Rg. Team + =
Pts
1 Ukraine 6 1 0
21.5
2 Russia 5 0 2
19.5
3 Bulgaria 6 0 1
19.5
4 Armenia 5 1 1
19.5
5 Spain A 6 1 0
19.0
6 India 6 0 1
18.5
7 Poland 5 1 1
18.5
8 Azerbaijan 5 0 2
18.0
9 France 6 0 1
18.0
10 United States 4 1 2
18.0
11 Israel 4 1 2
17.5
12 Georgia 5 1 1
17.5
13 Cuba 5 1 1
17.5
14 Serbia Montenegro 4 1 2
17.5
15 China 5 1 1
17.5
16 Netherlands 5 0 2
17.5
17 Moldova 5 0 2
17.5
18 Slovakia 3 1 3
17.0
19 Uzbekistan 5 0 2
17.0
20 Czech Republic 4 2 1
17.0
21 Slovenia 5 1 1
17.0
22 Kazakhstan 5 0 2
17.0
23 Estonia 5 0 2
17.0
24 England 5 0 2
16.5
25 Argentina 4 2 1
16.5
26 Greece 3 1 3
16.5
27 Belarus 4 0 3
16.5
28 Canada 4 0 3
16.5
29 Germany 3 2 2
16.5
30 Denmark 4 0 3
16.5
Women's Group
Rg. Team + =
Pts
1 China 7 0 0
18.5
2 Poland 4 3 0
14.5
3 Lithuania 5 1 1
14.5
4 England 4 2 1
14.0
5 Hungary 5 1 1
14.0
6 Russia 4 2 1
13.5
7 United States 4 2 1
13.5
8 France 5 0 2
13.5
9 Ukraine 3 3 1
13.5
10 India 4 3 0
13.5
11 Sweden 3 4 0
13.5
12 Bulgaria 4 1 2
13.5
13 Armenia 4 2 1
13.5
14 Kazakhstan 4 0 3
13.5
15 Georgia 4 1 2
12.5
16 Netherlands 3 2 2
12.5
17 Israel 4 1 2
12.5
18 Serbia Montenegro 3 1 3
12.5
19 Azerbaijan 5 1 1
12.5
20 Romania 3 3 1
12.5
21 Latvia 3 2 2
12.0
22 Slovakia 3 2 2
12.0
23 Iran 2 2 3
12.0
24 Greece 2 3 2
12.0
25 Czech Rep. 3 2 2
12.0
26 Australia 5 0 2
12.0
27 Germany 3 1 3
11.5
28 Vietnam 3 1 3
11.5
29 Moldova 3 2 2
11.5
30 Slovenia 3 1 3
11.5

Best performance so far

The highest performance rating, 2990, was recorded for local boy Paco Vallejo Pons, who scored 5.5 points in six games. There is an interview with him on the official site. On second place with a 2947 is Vassily Ivanchuk, who has played all seven games on board one for Ukraine. Michael Adams of England has been playing at a 2863 level in seven games on board one. Our young friend Sergey Karjakin is also doing fine with 3:0 points and a 2787 performance on board four of the Ukraine.

Nr.   Name Elo Team Rp Pts Gms % Brd
1 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2678 Spain A 2990 5.5 6 91.7 1
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2705 Ukraine 2947 6.0 7 85.7 1
3 GM Jobava Baadur 2614 Georgia 2865 5.0 5 100.0 2
4 GM Adams Michael 2740 England 2863 6.0 7 85.7 1
5 GM Kosic Dragan 2519 Serbia Montenegro 2862 4.0 4 100.0 4
6 GM Vaganian Rafael A 2640 Armenia 2837 4.0 5 80.0 2
7 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2559 India 2833 3.5 4 87.5 3
8 GM Dominguez Lenier 2645 Cuba 2821 5.0 6 83.3 1
9 GM Guseinov Gadir 2552 Azerbaijan 2819 4.5 5 90.0 3
10 GM Anand Viswanathan 2781 India 2796 3.5 5 70.0 1
11 IM Meijers Viesturs 2465 Latvia 2795 4.5 5 90.0 3
12 GM Dreev Alexey 2698 Russia 2789 4.0 5 80.0 2
13 GM Karjakin Sergey 2576 Ukraine 2787 3.0 3 100.0 4
14 GM Timoscenko Gennadij 2504 Slovakia 2778 3.5 4 87.5 3
15 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2660 Slovenia 2776 4.0 5 80.0 1
16 GM Morozevich Alexander 2758 Russia 2768 4.0 6 66.7 1
17 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2710 Ukraine 2761 3.5 5 70.0 2
18 GM Volokitin Andrei 2652 Ukraine 2758 3.5 5 70.0 2
19 GM Kempinski Robert 2608 Poland 2755 3.0 4 75.0 2
20 IM Gonzales Jayson 2422 Philippines 2752 4.5 5 90.0 3

Best women's performance

The performance leader at 2783, with 4.5 out of five on board one, is Xie Jun, who won the women's world championship in 1991 (from Maya Chiburdanidze, who had held the title since 1978) until 1996, when she lost it to Susan Polgar. Xie won in back in 1999. In 2001 the title went to Zhu Chen, who defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk in the finals. Zhu is not playing at the Olympiad for family reasons, Alexandra is doing well with a 2583 performance on board one of the Russian team. Susan Polgar is playing at a 2524 level on board one for the USA.

Nr.   Name Elo Team Rp Pts Gms % Brd
1 GM Xie Jun 2569 China 2783 4.5 5 90.0 1
2 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2429 Romania 2707 5.5 6 91.7 1
3 WGM Zhao Xue 2487 China 2669 5.0 5 100.0 2
4 IM Radziewicz Iweta 2449 Poland 2598 4.5 6 75.0 1
5 IM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2508 Russia 2583 4.0 6 66.7 1
6 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2442 Lithuania 2578 5.0 6 83.3 1
7 IM Lahno Kateryna 2435 Ukraine 2571 4.0 5 80.0 2
8 IM Hunt Harriet 2385 England 2567 5.5 7 78.6 1
9 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2374 Armenia 2560 5.0 6 83.3 1
10 IM Gaponenko Inna 2445 Ukraine 2555 4.0 5 80.0 1
11 IM Madl Ildiko 2369 Hungary 2546 3.5 5 70.0 1
12 GM Polgar Zsuzsa 2567 United States 2524 4.5 7 64.3 1
13 WGM Velcheva Maria 2299 Bulgaria 2522 4.5 5 90.0 3
14 IM Vajda Szidonia 2369 Hungary 2516 4.5 6 75.0 1
15 GM Koneru Humpy 2503 India 2516 4.5 7 64.3 1
16 IM Skripchenko Almira 2474 France 2516 4.0 6 66.7 1
17 GM Cramling Pia 2477 Sweden 2511 5.0 7 71.4 1
18 IM Krush Irina 2464 United States 2500 3.5 5 70.0 2
19 WGM Javakhishvili Lela 2423 Georgia 2481 4.5 6 75.0 2
20 WGM Zielinska Marta 2395 Poland 2476 4.0 5 80.0 3

Chess Olympiad 2004 – round six pictorial

By Vijay Kumar

The 36th edition of the Chess Olympiad is on in full swing at Gran Casino and if the buzz around was anything to go by, the Ukrainians had emerged as bigger favourites than mighty Russians after the first five rounds. And then Peter Svidler arrived. What a reassuring presence! Russian men defeated Israel 3.5-0.5 in round six and are now just one point behind Ukraine that has amassed 19 thus far.


A view of slightly overburdened playing hall.

There is a common view that the real fight in the Olympiad starts only in the last four rounds. Until then it is important to accumulate whatever you can and then around the 10th round you realize where you stand for the remaining matches. Some also say it is important to save energy here for later games.


Alexander Morozevich what to do about Ukraine!

However, they way it started for Ukraine it doesn't look like they believed in it at all especially after three 4-0 white wash of their rivals in first three rounds. In the sixth round too, Ivanchuk led his team to another fine victory here after beating Radjabov. The game caught everyone's fancy right from the very beginning, in a very normal position in the Kalashnikov, Ivanchuk uncorked 9. Nb4!?!? and caught Radjabov in a tactical skirmish in the latter part of the game.


There are many things that makes a complete man. Playing good chess is one of them!? Yes. Ask Vassily Ivanchuk who has scored 4.5/5 on the top board for Ukraine.

This was Ivanchuk's fifth victory in the event that took his personal score to 5.5/6. Add to this his Elo performance of 3015 and find out who has played the best so far here. However, the match against against Azerbaijan was quite keenly contested and in fact Sergei Karjakin's quick victory over Rauf Mamedov proved decisive in the end. The Ukrainians had rested Ponomariov in the sixth round.


"I have to make it" – Sergey Karjakin before his game against Rauf Mamedov

As things stand now, the Ukrainians are on 19, followed by Russia on 18. Having played amongst themselves, it remains to be seen who cashes in more in rounds to come. Or will we see some other team joining the race? India? What? They are on 17 along with Bulgaria and are pitted against the leader in the next round. Lets see what Vishy and his boys muster in that match.


Finally a yes! Vishy Anand plays for India in the Olympiad after a gap of 12 years.


Surya Shekhar Ganguly defeated Gabrial Sargissian of Armenia in Indian victory over fourth seeds.

Apparently, the Chinese eves are simply running away from everyone's reach in the women's section. What else could one say about a 3 points lead after the sixth round itself. Conceding a half point in round one, they walked off with two 3-0 victories and then it was again time to halt a little as they won 2.5:0.5 against Germany. Another 3-0 trouncing followed as the English ladies proved no match. It was the sixth round in fact that slowed them down when Huang Qian lost to Kovalevskaya for a 2-1 eventual victory. In this it appears already that who will win the silver and bronze is the bigger question!


What are we doing on table 2? Alexei Shirov playing for Spain A. In all the rounds the local team will be playing on one of the top boards as per some agreement/arrangement.


Can you give some tips? Ekaterina Kovalevskaya asking Kateryna Lahno and Natalia Zhukova before the important match against Chinese


14-year-old Kateryna Lahno, a great Ukrainian talent


Don't worry guys, here I am: Peter Svidler


Sleep sleep, Chinese are gonna win anyway


Woman in Red: Russia's board one Alexandra Kosteniuk


In a pensive mood: picture perfect Almira Skripchenko

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