Tromso 10: Hard to predict!

by Alejandro Ramirez
8/12/2014 – Today was a difficult day to predict, especially in the Women's section. Russia lost to Ukraine, a grudge match that was clinched by Zhukova. However the Russian team still leads solo as China was unable to beat Spain! An important win by Matnadze against Tan Zhongyi equalized the score. In the Open there was better news for China as they beat France in the top board. Round ten report.

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Round Ten

Bo. 3 France (FRA) Rtg - 7 China (CHN) Rtg 1½:2½
1.1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2768 - GM Wang, Yue 2718 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Bacrot, Etienne 2720 - GM Ding, Liren 2742 ½ - ½
1.3 GM Fressinet, Laurent 2708 - GM Yu, Yangyi 2668 0 - 1
1.4 GM Edouard, Romain 2680 - GM Ni, Hua 2666 ½ - ½
Bo. 2 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg - 8 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg 2 : 2
2.1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2744 - GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2743 0 - 1
2.2 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2717 - GM Radjabov, Teimour 2724 ½ - ½
2.3 GM Eljanov, Pavel 2723 - GM Mamedov, Rauf 2659 1 - 0
2.4 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2707 - GM Safarli, Eltaj 2649 ½ - ½
Bo. 24 Croatia (CRO) Rtg - 14 Norway (NOR) Rtg 3½: ½
3.1 GM Saric, Ivan 2671 - GM Carlsen, Magnus 2877 1 - 0
3.2 GM Stevic, Hrvoje 2606 - GM Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2628 1 - 0
3.3 GM Palac, Mladen 2563 - GM Johannessen, Leif Erlend 2528 ½ - ½
3.4 GM Kozul, Zdenko 2608 - GM Lie, Kjetil A. 2528 1 - 0
Bo. 5 Hungary (HUN) Rtg - 32 Romania (ROU) Rtg 3 : 1
4.1 GM Leko, Peter 2740 - GM Lupulescu, Constantin 2625 ½ - ½
4.2 GM Balogh, Csaba 2637 - GM Parligras, Mircea-Emilian 2574 1 - 0
4.3 GM Almasi, Zoltan 2690 - GM Jianu, Vlad-Cristian 2579 ½ - ½
4.4 GM Rapport, Richard 2704 - GM Vajda, Levente 2561 1 - 0
Bo. 18 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg - 15 Poland (POL) Rtg 1½:2½
5.1 GM Topalov, Veselin 2772 - GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2735 1 - 0
5.2 GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2681 - GM Gajewski, Grzegorz 2659 0 - 1
5.3 GM Iotov, Valentin 2553 - GM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2576 0 - 1
5.4 IM Dimitrov, Radoslav 2461 - GM Bartel, Mateusz 2640 ½ - ½
Bo. 6 United States of America (USA) Rtg - 35 Argentina (ARG) Rtg 2½:1½
6.1 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2787 - GM Peralta, Fernando 2574 1 - 0
6.2 GM Onischuk, Alexander 2659 - GM Mareco, Sandro 2574 ½ - ½
6.3 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 2653 - GM Felgaer, Ruben 2564 0 - 1
6.4 GM Shankland, Samuel L 2624 - GM Perez Ponsa, Federico 2541 1 - 0
Bo. 29 Serbia (SRB) Rtg - 1 Russia (RUS) Rtg 1½:2½
7.1 GM Ivanisevic, Ivan 2613 - GM Kramnik, Vladimir 2760 0 - 1
7.2 GM Perunovic, Milos 2602 - GM Grischuk, Alexander 2795 ½ - ½
7.3 GM Markus, Robert 2602 - GM Svidler, Peter 2751 1 - 0
7.4 GM Indjic, Aleksandar 2539 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2786 0 - 1
Bo. 12 Germany (GER) Rtg - 19 India (IND) Rtg 1½:2½
8.1 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2709 - GM Negi, Parimarjan 2645 ½ - ½
8.2 GM Meier, Georg 2646 - GM Sethuraman, S.P. 2590 ½ - ½
8.3 GM Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2689 - GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2669 0 - 1
8.4 GM Baramidze, David 2612 - GM Adhiban, B. 2619 ½ - ½
Bo. 11 Netherlands (NED) Rtg - 33 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg 1½:2½
9.1 GM Giri, Anish 2745 - GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2700 ½ - ½
9.2 GM L'Ami, Erwin 2631 - GM Filippov, Anton 2615 ½ - ½
9.3 GM Van Wely, Loek 2662 - GM Dzhumaev, Marat 2510 ½ - ½
9.4 GM Van Kampen, Robin 2638 - IM Vakhidov, Jahongir 2471 0 - 1
Bo. 16 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg - 27 Belarus (BLR) Rtg 2 : 2
10.1 GM Navara, David 2716 - GM Zhigalko, Sergei 2678 ½ - ½
10.2 GM Laznicka, Viktor 2676 - GM Zhigalko, Andrey 2580 ½ - ½
10.3 GM Hracek, Zbynek 2634 - GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej 2595 ½ - ½
10.4 GM Babula, Vlastimil 2549 - GM Kovalev, Vladislav 2532 ½ - ½

The first top result of the day was Ukraines draw against Azerbaijan. Earlier today we said that this match would be largely dependent on how Ivanchuk played today; he played absolutely atrociously and he was crushed by Mamedyarov quickly. Thankfully for Ukraine Eljanov used an exchange Slav to pretty much destroy Mamedov. The 2-2 tie was a fair result to the match.

The big news is of course China's victory over France. Yu Yangyi pulled through with a victory over Fressinet. In an uncomfortable endgame Fressinet could not keep his patience, he blundered a pawn and his position fell apart.

In the third board Carlsen lost yet again, this time his executioner was Saric. The game was rather strange, Carlsen simply did not play well. After giving up two pawns in the opening for no apparent reason, the World Champion was simply unable to create any kind of counterplay. Saric's play was precise and powerful, he simplified the position with the use of tactics and he won a clean game. The match was an overwhelming victory for Croatia 3.5-0.5.

Hungary had no problems with Romania. The black pieces won the match for Hungary as both Balogh and Rapport won even before Leko finished his game with Lupulescu.

Armenia-Vietnam finished in a 2-2 tie. Le Quangliem drew Aronian.

Topalov seemed to have a perfect handling of the Najdorf in his game against Wojtaszek, and won very simply. Gajewski struck back on board two for Poland as he dispatched Cheparinov after successfully defending in the King's Indian style structure. Poland's super-star Duda won yet another game with Black as he dispatched Iotov. The match came down to Bartel vs. Dimitrov

USA had a tougher match a gainst Argentina than they expected. Nakamura played a very strange opening against Peralta, but somehow the Argentinean lost his way horribly and lost. Shankland pulled through yet again for America with another win, but this was not enough. Felgaer sacrificed a piece for two pawns to expose his opponent's king and won a nice attacking game. It all came down to Onischuk's game against Mareco. The American was completely lost, but by some miracle or another he held the position and the draw gave USA the match and keeps their medal chance alive.

Serbia lost by the minimum amount against Russia, Vladimir Kramnik finally pulling through with a good victory against Ivanisevic, who played a very dubious opening.

Naiditsch drew a very long game against Negi, India took the match in India vs. Germany

Kramnik destroyed Ivanisevic's questionable opening and was crucial in today's win for Russia

Nisipeanu lost against Sasikirian, giving India the early lead

Gelfand drew against Shirov and Israel squeaked a win against Latvia thanks to Sutovsky

Carlsen was absolutely crushed today. Even World Champions apparently have off days

Bacrot couldn't pull of his magic this time and drew Ding Liren

Rk. Team Team  TB1   TB2 
1 China CHN 17 341.5
2 Hungary HUN 16 309.5
3 France FRA 15 305.0
4 Ukraine UKR 15 301.5
5 Russia RUS 15 301.5
6 United States of America USA 15 297.5
7 Uzbekistan UZB 15 294.5
8 India IND 15 291.5
9 Azerbaijan AZE 15 289.0
10 Poland POL 15 288.0
11 Cuba CUB 14 296.0
12 Spain ESP 14 289.5
13 Croatia CRO 14 288.0
14 Armenia ARM 14 286.5
15 Bulgaria BUL 14 283.5
16 Czech Republic CZE 14 274.0
17 Israel ISR 14 273.5
18 Vietnam VIE 14 270.0
19 England ENG 14 269.0
20 Belarus BLR 14 269.0

Women's Section

Bo. 3 Ukraine (UKR) Rtg - 2 Russia (RUS) Rtg 2½:1½
1.1 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2555 - GM Lagno, Kateryna 2540 ½ - ½
1.2 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2530 - GM Gunina, Valentina 2524 ½ - ½
1.3 GM Ushenina, Anna 2487 - GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2531 ½ - ½
1.4 GM Zhukova, Natalia 2468 - WGM Girya, Olga 2484 1 - 0
Bo. 38 Norway (NOR) Rtg - 22 Azerbaijan (AZE) Rtg 1 : 3
2.1 WIM Bjerke, Silje 2189 - WGM Mamedjarova, Zeinab 2229 0 - 1
2.2 WGM Dolzhikova, Olga 2166 - WGM Mammadova, Gulnar 2334 ½ - ½
2.3 WGM Koskela, Niina 2213 - WIM Abdulla, Khayala 2286 ½ - ½
2.4 WIM Hagesather, Ellen 2182 - WGM Mamedjarova, Turkan 2274 0 - 1
Bo. 1 China (CHN) Rtg - 11 Spain (ESP) Rtg 2 : 2
3.1 GM Hou, Yifan 2661 - IM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2395 1 - 0
3.2 WGM Ju, Wenjun 2559 - IM Alexandrova, Olga 2424 ½ - ½
3.3 WGM Tan, Zhongyi 2468 - IM Matnadze, Ana 2385 0 - 1
3.4 WGM Guo, Qi 2453 - WIM Aranaz Murillo, Amalia 2314 ½ - ½
Bo. 12 Germany (GER) Rtg - 6 Romania (ROU) Rtg 2½:1½
4.1 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2464 - IM Peptan, Corina-Isabela 2422 1 - 0
4.2 WGM Melamed, Tatjana 2364 - IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 2404 ½ - ½
4.3 WGM Ohme, Melanie 2301 - WGM L'ami, Alina 2446 1 - 0
4.4 WGM Hoolt, Sarah 2318 - IM Bulmaga, Irina 2354 0 - 1
Bo. 4 Georgia (GEO) Rtg - 8 Poland (POL) Rtg 3 : 1
5.1 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2550 - GM Socko, Monika 2470 1 - 0
5.2 GM Khotenashvili, Bela 2494 - WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 2398 1 - 0
5.3 IM Melia, Salome 2475 - WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska, K. 2380 ½ - ½
5.4 IM Batsiashvili, Nino 2435 - WGM Bartel, Marta 2359 ½ - ½
Bo. 17 Kazakhstan (KAZ) Rtg - 9 France (FRA) Rtg 3 : 1
6.1 WGM Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan 2336 - GM Sebag, Marie 2480 1 - 0
6.2 WGM Saduakassova, Dinara 2375 - WGM Guichard, Pauline 2375 1 - 0
6.3 WIM Davletbayeva, Madina 2289 - IM Collas, Silvia 2316 ½ - ½
6.4 WIM Dauletova, Gulmira 2252 - WIM Congiu, Mathilde 2318 ½ - ½
Bo. 18 Slovakia (SVK) Rtg - 14 Bulgaria (BUL) Rtg 1½:2½
7.1 IM Repkova, Eva 2358 - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2505 ½ - ½
7.2 IM Stockova, Zuzana 2383 - WGM Videnova, Iva 2342 ½ - ½
7.3 WGM Kochetkova, Julia 2338 - WGM Nikolova, Adriana 2325 0 - 1
7.4 WFM Machalova, Veronika 2214 - WGM Djingarova, Emilia 2303 ½ - ½
Bo. 35 Croatia (CRO) Rtg - 10 Armenia (ARM) Rtg 1½:2½
8.1 WGM Golubenko, Valentina 2269 - GM Danielian, Elina 2490 1 - 0
8.2 WIM Franciskovic, Borka 2318 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2453 ½ - ½
8.3 WFM Deur Saric, Zrinka 2113 - IM Galojan, Lilit 2275 0 - 1
8.4 WFM Purgar, Ivona 2102 - WGM Kursova, Maria 2313 0 - 1
Bo. 42 Switzerland (SUI) Rtg - 5 India (IND) Rtg ½ :3½
9.1 WIM Seps, Monika 2236 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2521 0 - 1
9.2 WGM Hund, Barbara 2153 - IM Sachdev, Tanya 2418 ½ - ½
9.3 WIM Heinatz, Gundula 2169 - IM Karavade, Eesha 2392 0 - 1
9.4 WFM Stoeri, Laura 2123 - WGM Padmini, Rout 2318 0 - 1
Bo. 27 Czech Republic (CZE) Rtg - 46 Uzbekistan (UZB) Rtg 2½:1½
10.1 WIM Havlikova, Kristyna 2215 - WFM Kurbonboeva, Sarvinoz 2228 1 - 0
10.2 WIM Olsarova, Karolina 2237 - WFM Gevorgyan, Irina 2141 0 - 1
10.3 WGM Sikorova, Olga 2289 - WFM Baymuradova, Sevara 2127 ½ - ½
10.4 WIM Olsarova, Tereza 2271 -   Kakhramonova, Mokhinur 2044 1 - 0

Colombia lost their last two matches, and lost again today against Netherlands

Lagno drew her game against Anna Muzychuk in Russia's first loss of the tournament

The big news of the Women's section today was Ukraine's victory over Russia. Zhukova won with the Black pieces against Girya. The game was quite sharp, Girya might have missed a chance to be more active after the opening. With her pieces so passive, Zhukova was able to put enough pressure on her opponent's position until it would not hold anymore.

However the Russian girls did catch a lucky break. Despite Hou Yifan's victory the Chinese team did not convert against Spain as Matnadze on the third board beat Tan Zhongyi with Black. This leaves the Russian women still at the top of the leaderboard with one round to go with both Ukraine and China just half a match point behind them.

Germany beat Romania to earn their ticket into the top boards, as did Georgia by handedly beating Poland. The last round pairings will be difficult to predict, but you can be sure that the players will be using their last rest day to prepare very hard for a crucial final round.

Kakhramonova couldn't hold against Teresa Olsarova...

While Kurbonboeva lost to Havlikova...

The Czech team beat Uzbekistan 2.5-1.5.

Rk. Team Team  TB1   TB2 
1 Russia RUS 18 355.5
2 China CHN 17 341.0
3 Ukraine UKR 17 319.5
4 Germany GER 16 285.5
5 Georgia GEO 15 311.5
6 Spain ESP 15 304.0
7 Bulgaria BUL 15 280.5
8 Armenia ARM 15 276.5
9 Kazakhstan KAZ 15 248.5
10 India IND 14 304.5
11 Czech Republic CZE 14 275.0
12 Romania ROU 14 273.0
13 Poland POL 14 269.0
14 United States of America USA 14 262.5
15 Azerbaijan AZE 14 260.5
16 Argentina ARG 14 245.0
17 France FRA 13 285.0
18 Belarus BLR 13 256.5
19 Netherlands NED 13 254.5
20 Serbia SRB 13 246.5

Photos by Alejandro Ramirez, Pascal Simon and André Schulz

Solution to our quiz

At the end of our round ten preview we showed you two pictures of a young girl, dancing in one and telling us in the other that her real goal in life was to become a chess grandmaster. Our quiz question was: who is this well known chess player? Well, here's the answer:

It was (who else?) IM Tania Sachdev, who is currently playing board two for the Indian Women's team.
The three minute video portrait of a seven-year-old chess prodigy was produced for NDTV
by Sutapa Deb and posted on Youtube in October last year.


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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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Go-for-it Go-for-it 8/13/2014 12:00
3...Nd4 isn't good enough if you want to win with black in the Ruy Lopez.
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