Tromso 03: Champions Fall

by Alejandro Ramirez
8/4/2014 – The defending Olympic Champions, Armenia, have suffered their first defeat of the tournament... and it is only round three! Movsesian, who has had close calls already, lost his game against Fressinet while Aronian missed an important chance to win his game against MVL. France took it 2.5-1.5 In the women's section, there were quite a few surprises. Round three report.

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Round Three

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 - Round 3 midnight report by GM Daniel King

Round 3 on 2014/08/04 at 14:00
Bo. 4 Armenia (ARM) Rtg - 3 France (FRA) Rtg 1½:2½
1.1 GM Aronian, Levon 2805 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2768 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Sargissian, Gabriel 2686 - GM Bacrot, Etienne 2720 ½ - ½
1.3 GM Movsesian, Sergei 2672 - GM Fressinet, Laurent 2708 0 - 1
1.4 GM Akopian, Vladimir 2655 - GM Edouard, Romain 2680 ½ - ½
Bo. 6 United States of America (USA) Rtg - 11 Netherlands (NED) Rtg 1½:2½
2.1 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2787 - GM Giri, Anish 2745 ½ - ½
2.2 GM Kamsky, Gata 2706 - GM L'Ami, Erwin 2631 0 - 1
2.3 GM Onischuk, Alexander 2659 - GM Van Wely, Loek 2662 1 - 0
2.4 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 2653 - GM Van Kampen, Robin 2638 0 - 1
Bo. 14 Norway (NOR) Rtg - 53 Montenegro (MNE) Rtg 3 : 1
3.1 GM Carlsen, Magnus 2877 - GM Djukic, Nikola 2521 1 - 0
3.2 GM Agdestein, Simen 2630 - GM Drasko, Milan 2437 ½ - ½
3.3 GM Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2628 - GM Kosic, Dragan 2486 1 - 0
3.4 GM Johannessen, Leif Erlend 2528 - GM Nikcevic, Nebojsa 2427 ½ - ½
Bo. 12 Germany (GER) Rtg - 10 England (ENG) Rtg 2 : 2
4.1 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2709 - GM Adams, Michael 2740 ½ - ½
4.2 GM Meier, Georg 2646 - GM Jones, Gawain C B 2665 1 - 0
4.3 GM Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2689 - GM Howell, David W L 2650 ½ - ½
4.4 GM Baramidze, David 2612 - GM Sadler, Matthew D 2653 0 - 1
Bo. 15 Poland (POL) Rtg - 13 Cuba (CUB) Rtg 2 : 2
5.1 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2735 - GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2760 ½ - ½
5.2 GM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2576 - GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 2664 ½ - ½
5.3 GM Bartel, Mateusz 2640 - GM Quesada Perez, Yuniesky 2649 ½ - ½
5.4 GM Socko, Bartosz 2612 - GM Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo 2603 ½ - ½
Bo. 20 Italy (ITA) Rtg - 19 India (IND) Rtg 2 : 2
6.1 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2801 - GM Negi, Parimarjan 2645 1 - 0
6.2 GM David, Alberto 2565 - GM Sethuraman, S.P. 2590 0 - 1
6.3 GM Vocaturo, Daniele 2587 - GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2669 ½ - ½
6.4 GM Brunello, Sabino 2560 - GM Adhiban, B. 2619 ½ - ½
Bo. 26 Turkey (TUR) Rtg - 21 Georgia (GEO) Rtg 2 : 2
7.1 GM Solak, Dragan 2632 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2713 ½ - ½
7.2 GM Can, Emre 2529 - GM Mchedlishvili, Mikheil 2618 ½ - ½
7.3 GM Yilmaz, Mustafa 2569 - GM Pantsulaia, Levan 2581 ½ - ½
7.4 GM Ipatov, Alexander 2614 - GM Shanava, Konstantine 2563 ½ - ½
Bo. 43 Iceland (ISL) Rtg - 29 Serbia (SRB) Rtg 1½:2½
8.1 GM Stefansson, Hannes 2536 - GM Ivanisevic, Ivan 2613 ½ - ½
8.2 GM Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn 2543 - GM Perunovic, Milos 2602 ½ - ½
8.3 GM Thorhallsson, Throstur 2426 - GM Sedlak, Nikola 2554 0 - 1
8.4 GM Olafsson, Helgi 2555 - GM Indjic, Aleksandar 2539 ½ - ½
Bo. 51 Switzerland (SUI) Rtg - 31 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg 2 : 2
9.1 GM Pelletier, Yannick 2578 - GM Le, Quang Liem 2710 ½ - ½
9.2 GM Gallagher, Joseph G. 2473 - GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son 2634 0 - 1
9.3 IM Hug, Werner 2474 - IM Nguyen, Duc Hoa 2501 ½ - ½
9.4 IM Kurmann, Oliver 2423 - IM Nguyen, Van Huy 2439 1 - 0
Bo. 54 FYROM (MKD) Rtg - 1 Russia (RUS) Rtg 0 : 4
10.1 GM Nedev, Trajko 2484 - GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2760 0 - 1
10.2 GM Colovic, Aleksandar 2487 - GM Svidler, Peter 2751 0 - 1
10.3 IM Pancevski, Filip 2464 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2786 0 - 1
10.4 GM Bogdanovski, Vlatko 2426 - GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714 0 - 1
Bo. 5 Hungary (HUN) Rtg - 7 China (CHN) Rtg 1½:2½
11.1 GM Leko, Peter 2740 - GM Wang, Yue 2718 1 - 0
11.2 GM Balogh, Csaba 2637 - GM Ding, Liren 2742 0 - 1
11.3 GM Almasi, Zoltan 2690 - GM Yu, Yangyi 2668 0 - 1
11.4 GM Rapport, Richard 2704 - GM Ni, Hua 2666 ½ - ½
Bo. 8 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg - 24 Croatia (CRO) Rtg 2½:1½
12.1 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2743 - GM Saric, Ivan 2671 ½ - ½
12.2 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2724 - GM Stevic, Hrvoje 2606 ½ - ½
12.3 GM Safarli, Eltaj 2649 - GM Palac, Mladen 2563 1 - 0
12.4 GM Guseinov, Gadir 2613 - GM Kozul, Zdenko 2608 ½ - ½
Bo. 27 Belarus (BLR) Rtg - 9 Israel (ISR) Rtg 1½:2½
13.1 GM Zhigalko, Sergei 2678 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2753 ½ - ½
13.2 GM Zhigalko, Andrey 2580 - GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2671 0 - 1
13.3 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej 2595 - GM Smirin, Ilia 2656 ½ - ½
13.4 GM Stupak, Kirill 2514 - GM Postny, Evgeny 2651 ½ - ½
Bo. 16 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg - 39 Iran (IRI) Rtg 2½:1½
14.1 GM Navara, David 2716 - GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan 2594 1 - 0
14.2 GM Laznicka, Viktor 2676 - GM Moradiabadi, Elshan 2598 1 - 0
14.3 GM Hracek, Zbynek 2634 - IM Idani, Pouya 2499 ½ - ½
14.4 GM Babula, Vlastimil 2549 - GM Golizadeh, Asghar 2490 0 - 1
Bo. 18 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg - 17 Spain (ESP) Rtg 2½:1½
15.1 GM Topalov, Veselin 2772 - GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2698 1 - 0
15.2 GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2681 - GM Anton Guijarro, David 2624 ½ - ½
15.3 GM Iotov, Valentin 2553 - GM Illescas Cordoba, Miguel 2618 1 - 0
15.4 GM Rusev, Krasimir 2548 - GM Vazquez Igarza, Renier 2603 0 - 1
Bo. 30 Brazil (BRA) Rtg - 33 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg ½ :3½
16.1 GM Leitao, Rafael 2649 - GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2700 ½ - ½
16.2 GM Fier, Alexandr 2570 - GM Filippov, Anton 2615 0 - 1
16.3 GM Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag 2568 - GM Dzhumaev, Marat 2510 0 - 1
16.4 GM El Debs, Felipe De Cresce 2522 - IM Vakhidov, Jahongir 2471 0 - 1
Bo. 44 Belgium (BEL) Rtg - 55 Bangladesh (BAN) Rtg 2 : 2
17.1 GM Winants, Luc 2545 - GM Rahman, Ziaur 2523 1 - 0
17.2 GM Michiels, Bart 2535 - GM Abdulla, Al-Rakib 2522 0 - 1
17.3 IM Ringoir, Tanguy 2508 - IM Minhazuddin, Ahmed 2418 1 - 0
17.4 IM Docx, Stefan 2491 - GM Murshed, Niaz 2453 0 - 1
Bo. 23 Latvia (LAT) Rtg - 49 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg 2 : 2
18.1 GM Shirov, Alexei 2709 - GM Ismagambetov, Anuar 2531 1 - 0
18.2 GM Kovalenko, Igor 2650 - GM Kotsur, Pavel 2559 ½ - ½
18.3 GM Neiksans, Arturs 2572 - GM Khusnutdinov, Rustam 2470 ½ - ½
18.4 IM Kantans, Toms 2496 - IM Aitbayev, Aslan 2425 0 - 1
Bo. 32 Romania (ROU) Rtg - 36 Slovakia (SVK) Rtg 3 : 1
19.1 GM Lupulescu, Constantin 2625 - GM Markos, Jan 2602 ½ - ½
19.2 GM Parligras, Mircea-Emilian 2574 - GM Ftacnik, Lubomir 2571 1 - 0
19.3 GM Jianu, Vlad-Cristian 2579 - GM Michalik, Peter 2586 1 - 0
19.4 GM Vajda, Levente 2561 - GM Petrik, Tomas 2487 ½ - ½
Bo. 2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg - 52 Philippines (PHI) Rtg 3 : 1
20.1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2744 - GM Sadorra, Julio Catalino 2590 ½ - ½
20.2 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2717 - GM Gomez, John Paul 2526 1 - 0
20.3 GM Korobov, Anton 2680 - GM Torre, Eugenio 2438 ½ - ½
20.4 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2707 - FM Bersamina, Paulo 2363 1 - 0

The big news of the day was the board one match between Armenia and France. Aronian missed a key chance in his game agaisnt MVL:

Aronian missed a great chance today

[Event "41st Olympiad Tromso 2014 Open"] [Site "Tromsø"] [Date "2014.08.04"] [Round "3"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E84"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2768"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "NOR"] [WhiteTeam "Armenien"] [BlackTeam "Frankreich"] [WhiteTeamCountry "ARM"] [BlackTeamCountry "FRA"] 1. d4 {Robot 9} Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 {This Saemisch-style set ups are becoming increasingly popular; Giri recently used it to beat MVL in Biel.} Bg7 {MVL deviates from his usual Grunfeld set-ups to go into a King's Indian.} 4. e4 d6 5. Nc3 O-O 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 a6 8. Qd2 Rb8 9. Rc1 Bd7 10. d5 (10. Nd1 {is by far the main line, but Aronian has an interesting idea.}) 10... Ne5 11. Ng3 Re8 {A hard move to understand, it seems as if Black had to hurry up with a break on the queenside.} (11... c5 12. f4 Neg4 13. Bg1 {was a 2008 game between Erdos-Di Berardino}) 12. h3 $5 {Aronian forces MVL's hand. The threat of f4, trapping the knight on e5, is unpleasant and difficult to meet.} b5 13. b3 {of course! The pawn is defended so the knight on e5 remains trapped.} h5 $5 { Completely ignoring the threat!} 14. f4 Nxc4 15. bxc4 h4 {the point is that if the knight retreats White's center is very weak.} 16. e5 $1 (16. Nge2 b4 17. Nd1 Nxe4 $15 {and only Black can claim an advantage.}) 16... dxe5 17. fxe5 hxg3 18. exf6 exf6 {This was Vachier's idea. The open e-file provides strong counterplay and despite the extra piece the position is still not clear.} 19. Be2 Qe7 20. Nd1 bxc4 $2 {This move is just too slow.} (20... f5 $1 21. c5 (21. O-O g5 $1 {threatening f4 gives Black adequate counterplay.}) 21... Bc6 $3 22. dxc6 Rbd8 23. Qc2 Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Qxe3 {with strong compensation.}) 21. O-O Ba4 22. Bf4 $2 {Aronian got too fancy, the simple solution was better.} (22. Rf3 $1 f5 23. Bxc4 $18) 22... g5 (22... Qxe2 $1 {Taking right away was stronger.} 23. Qxe2 Rxe2 24. Nc3 Rbb2 25. Nxe2 Rxe2 26. Rxc4 Rxa2 27. Rxc7 Bc2 $1 {Is far from clear; White has to watch out for Be4.}) 23. Bxg3 Qxe2 24. Qxe2 Rxe2 25. Nc3 Re3 {Black regains his piece but his position will be difficult with the passed d-pawn.} 26. Bxc7 Rb7 27. Nxa4 Rxc7 28. d6 {Black will suffer trying to get this pawn off the board.} Rd7 29. Nb6 Rd8 30. Rxc4 $1 (30. Nxc4 $14) 30... Re6 31. d7 f5 32. Rb1 Rd6 33. Kf1 Bd4 $1 {MVL understands perfectly that the knight is more important than the bishop in this position as the d7-pawn just has to go.} 34. Rd1 Rxb6 35. Rdxd4 Kf8 36. Rc5 f6 37. Rxf5 Ke7 38. Rfd5 Rb7 { It's over for the d-pawn, but White still has winning chances. However Vachier shows nice technique in holding the draw.} 39. Ra4 Rdxd7 40. Rxd7+ Rxd7 41. Rxa6 Rd2 42. Ra7+ Ke6 43. a4 Ra2 44. a5 Kf5 45. Kg1 g4 46. Kh2 gxh3 47. Kxh3 Kg6 48. a6 Ra3+ 49. Kg4 Ra4+ 50. Kf3 Ra2 51. Ra8 Kg7 52. g3 Ra4 53. Ke3 Rg4 54. Kd3 Rxg3+ 55. Kc4 Ra3 56. Kb5 f5 57. Rc8 f4 58. Rc7+ Kg6 59. Rc6+ Kg5 60. Kb4 Ra1 1/2-1/2

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave found some interesting resources and somehow held a draw

With draws also in boards two and four it was all down to Movsesian and Fressinet. Movsesian has had a bad showing so far despite winning both of his games so far as he was quite lost in both. Today Fressinet did not give the game back and outplayed the Armenian in a complex game. France 2.5-1.5 Armenia. The defending champions fall!

On board two Hikaru Nakamura decided to take the day off and did not try to push with White against Anish Giri.A simple move repetition early in the opening sealed the deal before move 14. Actually according to his opponent the opening was misplaced by white.

Giri mentioned that Nakamura "played the opening as if he had never seen the Sicilian before"

This left America with two blacks out of three and although Onischuk won his game against Van Wely with White, both Kamsky and Akobian lost with Black and Netherlands took an important match 2.5-1.5

Cuba and Poland played four draws and split the point while Russia annihilated Macedonia with a clean 4-0 sweep.

Alexander Onischuk (left) won against Loek Van Wely, but USA lost 2.5-1.5 anyways

Julio Catalino Sadorra is Phillipine's first board in the absence of Wesley So

Mauricio Flores from Chile (left) won by default against his opponent from Iraq. Noah, A.H. Al-Ali (right) went to say some strange things to his opponent about it.

Nigel Short having a chat with Daniel King

Women

Round 3 on 2014/08/04 at 14:00
Bo. 7 United States of America (USA) Rtg - 1 China (CHN) Rtg 1 : 3
1.1 GM Krush, Irina 2474 - GM Hou, Yifan 2661 0 - 1
1.2 IM Zatonskih, Anna 2466 - WGM Ju, Wenjun 2559 0 - 1
1.3 WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev 2366 - WGM Tan, Zhongyi 2468 ½ - ½
1.4 WGM Nemcova, Katerina 2315 - WGM Guo, Qi 2453 ½ - ½
Bo. 38 Norway (NOR) Rtg - 13 Hungary (HUN) Rtg 1 : 3
2.1 WIM Sahl, Sheila Barth 2216 - GM Hoang, Thanh Trang 2485 0 - 1
2.2 WIM Bjerke, Silje 2189 - IM Madl, Ildiko 2347 0 - 1
2.3 WGM Koskela, Niina 2213 - WGM Gara, Ticia 2321 ½ - ½
2.4 WIM Hagesather, Ellen 2182 - WGM Papp, Petra 2274 ½ - ½
Bo. 2 Russia (RUS) Rtg - 9 France (FRA) Rtg 2½:1½
3.1 GM Lagno, Kateryna 2540 - GM Sebag, Marie 2480 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Gunina, Valentina 2524 - IM Milliet, Sophie 2385 ½ - ½
3.3 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2531 - WGM Guichard, Pauline 2375 1 - 0
3.4 WGM Girya, Olga 2484 - WIM Congiu, Mathilde 2318 ½ - ½
Bo. 10 Armenia (ARM) Rtg - 20 Vietnam (VIE) Rtg 3 : 1
4.1 GM Danielian, Elina 2490 - WIM Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung 2307 ½ - ½
4.2 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2453 - WIM Hoang, Thi Nhu Y 2269 1 - 0
4.3 IM Galojan, Lilit 2275 - WGM Hoang, Thi Bao Tram 2329 ½ - ½
4.4 WGM Kursova, Maria 2313 -   Luong, Phuong Hanh 2171 1 - 0
Bo. 41 Bosnia & Herzegovina (BIH) Rtg - 21 Iran (IRI) Rtg 0 : 4
5.1 WFM Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra 2293 - WGM Pourkashiyan, Atousa 2352 0 - 1
5.2 WIM Boric, Elena 2196 - WGM Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 2324 0 - 1
5.3 WFM Dengler, Dijana 2070 - WIM Hejazipour, Mitra 2269 0 - 1
5.4   Jacimovic, Sara 2032 - WFM Asgarizadeh, Minoo 2147 0 - 1
Bo. 22 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg - 42 Switzerland (SUI) Rtg 2½:1½
6.1 WGM Mamedjarova, Zeinab 2229 - WIM Seps, Monika 2236 0 - 1
6.2 WGM Mammadova, Gulnar 2334 - WGM Hund, Barbara 2153 1 - 0
6.3 WIM Abdulla, Khayala 2286 - WIM Heinatz, Gundula 2169 ½ - ½
6.4 WIM Ibrahimova, Sabina 2263 - WFM De Seroux, Camille 2129 1 - 0
Bo. 6 Romania (ROU) Rtg - 23 Indonesia (INA) Rtg 1½:2½
7.1 IM Peptan, Corina-Isabela 2422 - WGM Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 2396 ½ - ½
7.2 IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 2404 - WGM Aulia, Medina Warda 2397 0 - 1
7.3 WGM L'ami, Alina 2446 - WIM Sihite, Chelsie Monica Ignesias 2206 0 - 1
7.4 WGM Cosma, Elena-Luminita 2327 - WFM Citra, Dewi Ardhiani Anastasia 2128 1 - 0
Bo. 12 Germany (GER) Rtg - 24 Argentina (ARG) Rtg 3 : 1
8.1 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2464 - IM Lujan, Carolina 2367 1 - 0
8.2 WGM Schleining, Zoya 2369 - WGM Amura, Claudia 2282 0 - 1
8.3 WGM Ohme, Melanie 2301 - WIM Fernandez, Maria Florencia 2218 1 - 0
8.4 WGM Hoolt, Sarah 2318 - WIM Zuriel, Marisa 2235 1 - 0
Bo. 40 Belarus (BLR) Rtg - 16 Netherlands (NED) Rtg 1½:2½
9.1 IM Ziaziulkina, Nastassia 2407 - WIM Haast, Anne 2324 1 - 0
9.2 FM Stetsko, Lanita 2261 - WIM Schut, Lisa 2317 ½ - ½
9.3   Nevioselaya, Maria 2032 - WGM Muhren, Bianca 2314 0 - 1
9.4   Kaliadzich, Maryia 2020 - IM Lanchava, Tea 2276 0 - 1
Bo. 17 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg - 5 India (IND) Rtg 2 : 2
10.1 WGM Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan 2336 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2521 ½ - ½
10.2 WGM Saduakassova, Dinara 2375 - IM Sachdev, Tanya 2418 ½ - ½
10.3 WGM Abdumalik, Zhansaya 2333 - IM Karavade, Eesha 2392 1 - 0
10.4 WIM Davletbayeva, Madina 2289 - WGM Padmini, Rout 2318 0 - 1
Bo. 33 Turkey (TUR) Rtg - 14 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg 2 : 2
11.1 WGM Yildiz, Betul Cemre 2296 - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2505 ½ - ½
11.2 WGM Ozturk, Kubra 2291 - WGM Videnova, Iva 2342 0 - 1
11.3 WIM Isgandarova, Khayala 2190 - WGM Djingarova, Emilia 2303 1 - 0
11.4 WIM Topel, Zehra 2156 - WGM Voiska, Margarita 2279 ½ - ½
Bo. 35 Croatia (CRO) Rtg - 19 Cuba () Rtg 1½:2½
12.1 WGM Golubenko, Valentina 2269 - WGM Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa 2345 ½ - ½
12.2 WIM Franciskovic, Borka 2318 - WGM Marrero Lopez, Yaniet 2324 ½ - ½
12.3 WFM Deur Saric, Zrinka 2113 - WGM Pina Vega, Sulennis 2270 ½ - ½
12.4 WFM Purgar, Ivona 2102 - WGM Arribas Robaina, Maritza 2291 0 - 1
Bo. 11 Spain (ESP) Rtg - 3 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg 2 : 2
13.1 IM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2395 - GM Muzychuk, Anna 2555 0 - 1
13.2 IM Alexandrova, Olga 2424 - IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2530 ½ - ½
13.3 IM Matnadze, Ana 2385 - GM Zhukova, Natalia 2468 ½ - ½
13.4 WIM Aranaz Murillo, Amalia 2314 - IM Gaponenko, Inna 2379 1 - 0
Bo. 18 Slovakia (SVK) Rtg - 34 Austria (AUT) Rtg 3 : 1
14.1 IM Repkova, Eva 2358 - IM Moser, Eva 2456 0 - 1
14.2 IM Stockova, Zuzana 2383 - WFM Exler, Veronika 2189 1 - 0
14.3 WGM Kochetkova, Julia 2338 - WFM Newrkla, Katharina 2135 1 - 0
14.4 WFM Gazikova, Veronika 2034 - WFM Novkovic, Julia 2131 1 - 0
Bo. 8 Poland (POL) Rtg - 43 Philippines (PHI) Rtg 2 : 2
15.1 GM Socko, Monika 2470 - WIM Camacho, Chardine Cheradee 2214 ½ - ½
15.2 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 2398 - WFM Frayna, Janelle Mae 2205 ½ - ½
15.3 WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina 2380 -   Fronda, Jan Jodilyn 2098 0 - 1
15.4 WGM Bartel, Marta 2359 - WIM Perena, Catherine 2165 1 - 0
Bo. 4 Georgia (GEO) Rtg - 31 Italy (ITA) Rtg 3½: ½
16.1 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2550 - IM Zimina, Olga 2327 1 - 0
16.2 GM Khotenashvili, Bela 2494 - FM Brunello, Marina 2281 1 - 0
16.3 IM Melia, Salome 2475 - IM Sedina, Elena 2291 1 - 0
16.4 IM Batsiashvili, Nino 2435 - WFM Gueci, Tea 2074 ½ - ½
Bo. 30 Colombia (COL) Rtg - 25 Latvia (LAT) Rtg 4 : 0
17.1 WIM Rodriguez Rueda, Paula Andrea 2368 - WGM Rogule, Laura 2347 1 - 0
17.2 WIM Franco Valencia, Beatriz Irene 2210 - WGM Berzina, Ilze 2247 1 - 0
17.3 WIM Franco Valencia, Angela 2186 - WIM Skinke, Katrina 2217 1 - 0
17.4 WIM Castrillon Gomez, Melissa 2168 - WGM Erneste, Inguna 2200 1 - 0
Bo. 46 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg - 15 Serbia (SRB) Rtg 1 : 3
18.1 WFM Kurbonboeva, Sarvinoz 2228 - IM Bojkovic, Natasa 2425 ½ - ½
18.2 WFM Baymuradova, Sevara 2127 - WGM Vojinovic, Jovana 2312 0 - 1
18.3   Kakhramonova, Mokhinur 2044 - WGM Stojanovic, Andjelija 2297 ½ - ½
18.4 WIM Sabirova, Olga 2099 - WIM Rakic, Marija 2323 0 - 1
Bo. 27 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg - 66 El Salvador (ESA) Rtg 4 : 0
19.1 WIM Havlikova, Kristyna 2215 - WIM Zepeda, Lorena 2158 1 - 0
19.2 WGM Sikorova, Olga 2289 - WFM Sanchez, Ingrid 2020 1 - 0
19.3 WIM Olsarova, Tereza 2271 - WFM Avelar, Gabriela 1903 1 - 0
19.4   Novosadova, Kristyna 2174 -   Garcia, Alcira 1692 1 - 0
Bo. 67 Wales (WLS) Rtg - 60 Egypt (EGY) Rtg 2½:1½
20.1 WFM Richmond, Jane 2085 - WGM Mona, Khaled 2169 1 - 0
20.2 WFM Smith, Olivia 1968 - WGM Wafa, Shrook 2065 ½ - ½
20.3 WFM Blackburn, Suzie G. 1971 - WIM Moaataz, Ayah 1954 0 - 1
20.4 WCM Roberts, Lynda 1920 - WFM Abdelmenaem, Sohayla 1782 1 - 0

The match USA-China was not much of a contest. The Chinese team won very convincingly despite Hou Yifan's questionable technique to finish off her opponent, Irina Krush. If anything the match score 3-1 was not that bad for the Americans considering some of her positions on the board.

The young Indonesian team upset Romania with a 2.5-1.5 score. Irene Sukandar mentioned how lucky she felt to win the match, as their boards two and three were losing at a certain point. In another important upset Kazakhstan drew India while Spain held the Ukrainian powerhouse to a draw.

Carolina Lujan, Alejandra Guerrero and Claudia Amura

WGM Tatev Abrahamyan had a rough time against Tan Zhongyi

Sabina Foisor rested for America today, here she is with captain Melikset Khachiyan

Hou Yifan had a tough first game in this tournament against Irina Krush

Irene Sukandar drew her game in the 2.5-1.5 victory over Romania

Tania Sachdev interviewed by Daniel King

Round Four Pairings

Open:

Round 4 on 2014/08/05 at 14:00
No. SNo     Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team     SNo
1 3     France 10½ 6   :   6 10 Azerbaijan     8
2 29     Serbia 10½ 6   :   6 10 Czech Republic     16
3 14     Norway 5   :   5 9 Poland     15
4 1     Russia 11½ 6   :   6 10 China     7
5 11     Netherlands 10½ 6   :   6 10 Israel     9
6 18     Bulgaria 10 6   :   6 10½ Romania     32
7 33     Uzbekistan 6   :   5 10 Germany     12
8 26     Turkey 9 5   :   5 10 Italy     20
9 21     Georgia 10 5   :   5 9 Mexico     46
10 44     Belgium 5   :   5 9 Switzerland     51
11 49     Kazakhstan 5   :   5 Moldova     45
12 13     Cuba 10 5   :   5 9 India     19
13 48     Paraguay 9 5   :   5 10 Vietnam     31
14 10     England 9 5   :   5 Latvia     23
15 55     Bangladesh 8 5   :   5 9 Ukraine     2
16 35     Argentina 9 4   :   5 Greece     25
17 24     Croatia 8 4   :   4 Mongolia     59
18 69     Ecuador 8 4   :   4 9 Denmark     40
19 79     South Africa 4   :   4 USA     6
20 75     Portugal 7 4   :   4 8 Hungary     5

France will have a tough round again as they face Azerbaijan. Despite being on board four, an amazing match will take place there. The Russian squad will face off against China; a team that despite not having their top rated players is strong and playing well... they just took out Hungary! Next to them the match Netherlands and Israel is a complete toss-up.

Another close match will be India vs. Cuba. India's board one lost today against Caruana (Italy) and might have to face Dominguez next. Not an easy time!

Women:

Round 4 on 2014/08/05 at 14:00
No.       Team Pts. MP Res. : Res. MP Pts. Team     SNo
1       Iran 12 6   :   6 10½ Slovakia     18
2       Norway 8 4   :   4 Czech Republic     27
3       China 11 6   :   6 10½ Azerbaijan     22
4       Indonesia 10½ 6   :   6 11 Armenia     10
5       Germany 6   :   6 10½ Russia     2
6       Netherlands 9 6   :   6 10½ Georgia     4
7       Hungary 11 6   :   6 10 Cuba     19
8       Philippines 5   :   5 8 Spain     11
9       Bulgaria 5   :   5 8 Poland     8
10       Colombia 10 5   :   5 Kazakhstan     17
11       India 5   :   5 Serbia     15
12       Ukraine 9 5   :   5 Turkey     33
13       England 8 4   :   4 Belarus     40
14       France 4   :   4 ICCD     55
15       Vietnam 8 4   :   4 Malaysia     77
16       Switzerland 4   :   4 7 Bangladesh     59
17       Brazil 4   :   4 8 Romania     6
18       Uruguay 4   :   4 8 Croatia     35
19       Argentina 9 4   :   4 8 Moldova     44
20       Bosnia & Herzegovina 7 4   :   4 Lithuania     36

Iran's 12-0 puts them on the top board of the Women's section, and will face Slovakia who is only half a board point behind... despite these board points not being the first tiebreak in the final standings, the board the teams are playing on seem to be largely based on this. China will face a relatively weaker team in Azerbaijan, whose women's team is not as elite as their open squad.

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