Ukraine and China (and Professor Elo) win in Calvià

10/30/2004 – The underdogs will have to wait for another day. The exact order wasn't perfect, but the favorites followed through. Ukraine and China took gold. In a thrilling final round scramble the Russian men finished ahead of Armenia by a single tiebreak point. The American women nipped Russia for the silver by a half point. Flash report with results and standings.

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Old world order

Round 14 top results
Men
Ukraine 3 - 1 France
Spain A 3.5 - 0.5 Finland
Russia 3 - 1 China
Armenia 3.5 - 0.5 Georgia
Israel 2 - 2 Cuba
India 2.5 - 1.5 Bulgaria
USA 3.5 - 0.5 Norway
Women
China 2 - 1 Slovakia
Russia 2 - 1 France
USA 2.5 - 0.5 Vietnam
Georgia 2.5 - 0.5 Ukraine
Netherlands 2 - 1 Hungary
Spain A 1.5 - 1.5 Spain B
England 2 - 1 India

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It was a thrilling race for the medals, even if they weren't gold. Ukraine cruised to its first-ever gold medal, finishing ahead of perennial winner Russia by an impressive three point margin. China dominated the women's event by the same margin of victory ahead of the United States. It was the third consecutive gold for the Chinese squad.

Top final standings

Men's Event
Rank.
Seed
Team
Pts
TB
1 2 Ukraine 39.5 459.0
2 1 Russia 36.5 460.0
3 4 Armenia 36.5 459.0
4 10 United States 35.0 454.0
5 3 Israel 34.5 465.0
6 5 India 34.0 461.5
7 18 Cuba 33.5 456.0
8 8 Netherlands 33.0 428.5
9 20 Bulgaria 32.5 453.0
10 7 Spain A 32.5 439.5
11 24 Greece 32.5 427.5
Women's Event
Rank.
Seed
Team
Pts
TB
1 1 China 31.0 345.0
2 3 United States 28.0 350.5
3 2 Russia 27.5 346.0
4 4 Georgia 27.5 339.0
5 8 France 25.5 340.5
6 13 Hungary 25.0 348.5
7 12 Slovakia 25.0 337.0
8 27 England 25.0 334.5
9 6 India 24.5 352.0
10 7 Poland 24.5 340.0
11 14 Armenia 24.5 330.5
12 15 Netherlands 24.5 317.5

Russia wiped out China 3-1 with Khalifman picking an excellent time to score his first win of the event. They needed every point because Armenia surprisingly demolished Georgia 3.5-0.5 to tie Russia on points. It went to the arcane Buchholz tiebreak system (sum of opponents' scores), where Russia took the medal by a single tiebreak point. (In 1980 they took the gold over Hungary on tiebreak points.) The best result for any top men's team was probably by the USA. They crushed Norway in the final round to jump up to a very impressive fourth place ahead of Israel and India.

The race for silver was just as close in the women's event. The USA beat Vietnam 2.5-0.5 and got the help they needed from France. Almira Skripchenko beat Tatiana Kosintseva on board one to slow the Russians, who won the other two games. This is by far the best result ever for a US women's team. (Previous best was 4th in the boycotted 1976 event in Haifa.) Julst like their men's squad, the Russian women needed tiebreak points. Georgia's win over Ukraine tied them on board points but the Russians had far better tiebreaks. Our congratulations to all the medal winners!


U-S-A! Team America, captain and trainers.


The Anand-led Indian team finished sixth.

Stay tuned for full Olympiad review with the individual board medal winners, best game analysis, and many more photos.

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Complete final standings

Men's Event
Rank.
Seed
Team
Pts
TB
1 2 Ukraine 39.5 459.0
2 1 Russia 36.5 460.0
3 4 Armenia 36.5 459.0
4 10 United States 35.0 454.0
5 3 Israel 34.5 465.0
6 5 India 34.0 461.5
7 18 Cuba 33.5 456.0
8 8 Netherlands 33.0 428.5
9 20 Bulgaria 32.5 453.0
10 7 Spain A 32.5 439.5
11 24 Greece 32.5 427.5
12 9 Poland 32.0 445.5
13 29 Switzerland 32.0 442.5
14 30 Uzbekistan 32.0 440.5
15 26 Serbia Montenegro 32.0 435.0
16 13 Germany 32.0 430.0
17 23 Slovenia 32.0 427.5
18 17 Belarus 32.0 424.0
19 40 Philippines 32.0 422.5
20 19 Romania 32.0 419.5
21 11 Georgia 31.5 462.0
22 14 Azerbaijan 31.5 450.5
23 12 France 31.5 449.0
24 16 China 31.5 438.5
25 37 Bosnia Herzegovina 31.5 428.0
26 48 Kazakhstan 31.5 425.0
27 35 Lithuania 31.5 420.0
28 27 Denmark 31.5 419.5
29 21 Czech Republic 31.0 445.0
30 6 England 31.0 427.0
31 15 Hungary 31.0 425.5
32 33 Estonia 31.0 423.5
33 36 Latvia 31.0 423.5
34 34 Argentina 31.0 419.5
35 45 Australia 31.0 418.5
36 22 Moldova 30.5 432.5
37 32 Slovakia 30.5 431.0
38 43 Canada 30.5 426.0
39 31 Norway 30.5 419.5
40 46 Chile 30.5 407.5
41 47 Bangladesh 30.5 396.5
42 38 Macedonia 30.0 419.0
43 54 Ireland 30.0 403.0
44 44 Spain B 29.5 424.0
45 25 Sweden 29.5 422.0
46 28 Croatia 29.5 415.5
47 42 Iceland 29.5 413.5
48 65 Indonesia 29.5 408.0
49 53 Finland 29.5 406.5
50 69 Turkey 29.5 404.0
51 39 Vietnam 29.0 416.5
52 41 Scotland 29.0 411.5
53 52 Iran 29.0 405.0
54 51 Mexico 29.0 403.0
55 66 South Africa 29.0 395.0
56 59 Colombia 29.0 395.0
57 74 IPCA 29.0 394.5
58 56 Belgium 28.5 406.5
59 49 Brazil 28.5 406.0
60 50 Italy 28.5 400.5
61 83 Tajikistan 28.5 400.5
62 55 Austria 28.5 396.5
63 73 Dominican Rep. 28.5 387.0
64 58 Ecuador 28.5 387.0
65 79 Bolivia 28.5 383.5
66 61 Peru 28.5 355.0
67 57 Singapore 28.0 403.5
68 63 Andorra 28.0 393.0
69 84 Pakistan 28.0 381.5
70 94 Malaysia 28.0 370.0
71 67 Mongolia 27.5 402.0
72 60 Portugal 27.5 401.0
73 76 Kyrgyzstan 27.5 397.0
74 62 Albania 27.5 385.5
75 87 Faroe Islands 27.5 377.0
76 75 Morocco 27.5 356.0
77 72 Venezuela 27.0 398.0
78 82 Paraguay 27.0 390.0
79 64 Costa Rica 27.0 386.0
80 70 Tunisia 27.0 384.5
81 80 Luxembourg 27.0 381.5
82 89 Iraq 27.0 369.5
83 68 Uruguay 26.5 397.5
84 81 New Zealand 26.5 383.0
85 86 Nicaragua 26.5 375.5
86 92 Guatemala 26.5 372.0
87 112 Japan 26.5 351.0
88 85 Wales 26.0 382.5
89 77 Lebanon 26.0 379.0
90 100 Sri Lanka 26.0 368.5
91 90 Thailand 26.0 367.5
92 95 Honduras 26.0 365.0
93 96 Puerto Rico 26.0 358.0
94 105 Botswana 25.5 358.5
95 119 Kenya 25.5 340.5
96 71 IBCA 25.0 370.5
97 88 Barbados 25.0 368.5
98 91 Libya 25.0 358.5
99 93 Angola 24.5 376.5
100 109 Hong Kong 24.5 363.0
101 117 Palestine 24.5 362.5
102 103 Jamaica 24.5 355.5
103 101 Uganda 24.5 350.0
104 111 Monaco 24.5 347.0
105 104 Nepal 24.5 301.0
106 120 Panama 24.0 352.5
107 102 Namibia 24.0 336.0
108 98 Cyprus 23.5 360.5
109 115 Liechtenstein 23.5 348.5
110 97 Mauritius 23.5 341.0
111 114 San Marino 23.5 301.0
112 107 Malta 23.5 300.5
113 113 Macao 23.5 299.0
114 123 Afghanistan 23.5 248.0
115 110 Trinidad and Tobago 23.0 357.5
116 99 Surinam 23.0 344.5
117 122 Papua New Guinea 23.0 315.0
118 121 British Virgin Islands 23.0 314.5
119 116 Neth. Antilles 22.0 293.5
120 125 Bermuda 22.0 285.0
121 108 Nigeria 22.0 276.5
122 106 Jersey 21.5 313.5
123 118 Fiji 21.5 282.5
124 126 Guernsey 21.0 278.5
125 124 Aruba 20.5 294.0
126 127 Rwanda 17.0 281.5
127 129 US Virgin Islands 13.5 280.5
128 128 Seychelles 11.5 281.5
129 78 Spain C 27.0 383.5
Women's Event
Rank.
Seed
Team
Pts
TB
1 1 China 31.0 345.0
2 3 United States 28.0 350.5
3 2 Russia 27.5 346.0
4 4 Georgia 27.5 339.0
5 8 France 25.5 340.5
6 13 Hungary 25.0 348.5
7 12 Slovakia 25.0 337.0
8 27 England 25.0 334.5
9 6 India 24.5 352.0
10 7 Poland 24.5 340.0
11 14 Armenia 24.5 330.5
12 15 Netherlands 24.5 317.5
13 20 Lithuania 24.0 329.5
14 9 Bulgaria 24.0 329.0
15 24 Sweden 24.0 327.0
16 11 Serbia Montenegro 24.0 324.5
17 16 Germany 24.0 323.5
18 5 Ukraine 23.5 342.0
19 28 Slovenia 23.5 325.5
20 10 Romania 23.5 318.5
21 22 Vietnam 23.5 317.0
22 19 Azerbaijan 23.0 325.0
23 26 Latvia 23.0 323.0
24 23 Cuba 23.0 321.0
25 33 Israel 23.0 320.5
26 25 Moldova 23.0 313.5
27 29 Belarus 23.0 308.0
28 21 Czech Rep. 22.5 313.5
29 17 Greece 22.5 311.5
30 30 Argentina 22.5 302.0
31 32 Switzerland 22.5 298.0
32 37 Uzbekistan 22.5 293.0
33 18 Kazakhstan 22.0 315.5
34 41 Iran 22.0 313.5
35 31 Mongolia 22.0 313.0
36 38 Estonia 22.0 290.0
37 55 Colombia 21.5 303.0
38 43 Norway 21.5 302.5
39 34 Croatia 21.5 299.5
40 56 Malaysia 21.5 299.0
41 52 Canada 21.5 277.0
42 47 Finland 21.0 299.0
43 36 Spain A 21.0 297.0
44 42 Spain B 21.0 296.5
45 46 Bosnia Herzegovina 21.0 293.0
46 40 Italy 21.0 292.0
47 35 Australia 20.5 306.0
48 65 Philippines 20.5 295.0
49 51 Portugal 20.5 292.0
50 45 Venezuela 20.5 288.5
51 44 Iceland 20.5 288.0
52 63 Wales 20.5 285.0
53 57 Turkey 20.5 283.5
54 59 Brazil 20.5 282.5
55 53 Austria 20.0 292.0
56 61 Macedonia 20.0 288.5
57 49 Mexico 20.0 281.5
58 75 Kyrgyzstan 20.0 279.0
59 72 Indonesia 20.0 277.5
60 77 Guatemala 20.0 276.0
61 48 Peru 20.0 274.5
62 76 Albania 20.0 265.0
63 39 Ecuador 19.5 295.0
64 50 Denmark 19.5 289.0
65 64 Lebanon 19.5 282.0
66 58 IPCA 19.5 270.0
67 79 Iraq 19.5 229.5
68 71 South Africa 19.0 291.0
69 54 Bangladesh 19.0 276.5
70 85 Tajikistan 19.0 261.5
71 74 Bolivia 19.0 259.0
72 73 Costa Rica 19.0 226.5
73 68 Botswana 19.0 220.5
74 62 Luxembourg 18.5 292.5
75 70 IBCA 18.5 257.0
76 69 Puerto Rico 18.5 231.5
77 60 Dominican Rep. 18.0 275.5
78 66 New Zealand 18.0 242.0
79 81 Sri Lanka 18.0 233.0
80 67 Ireland 17.5 257.0
81 82 Fiji 16.5 208.0
82 80 Libya 13.5 206.5
83 78 Japan 12.5 210.0
84 86 Trinidad and Tobago 12.0 209.0
85 83 Honduras 12.0 206.5
86 84 Kenya 11.0 207.0
87 87 US Virgin Islands 8.0 212.0

(Tiebreak: Buchholz points)


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