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Armenia Lead Olympiad After 5 Rounds

  • SonofPearl
  • on 01.09.2012, 14:32.

Instanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 logo.jpgRound five of the 40th Olympiad saw the biggest clashes yet, with the top four seeds facing-off at the top of the standings.

Top seeds Russia beat 4th seeds Hungary 2½-1½, with a win from Alexander Grischuk against Zoltan Almasi being all that separated the teams.

The other big clash of the day was just as close, with Lev Aronian dispatching Vassily Ivanchuk in style to give third seeds Armenia a crucial 2½-1½ victory against second seeded Ukraine.

Russia and Armenia are now the only teams with 100% match records and they will meet in round six, when something has to give!

Azerbaijan thrashed Canada 3½-½ to move up the standings, and China beat Iran by the same score to stay in medal contention.  19th seeds Croatia put a dent in 8th seed French hopes with a 2½-1½ win.

Elsewhere England and India battled to a 2-2 draw, Germany were held to a draw by Montenegro, and the US team had to settle for a draw with the Czech Republic.

The top standings after 5 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Armenia 5 0 0 10 84.0 14.5
2 Russia 5 0 0 10 77.0 14.5
3 Azerbaijan 4 1 0 9 74.0 16.5
4 Croatia 4 1 0 9 61.5 13.0
5 China 4 0 1 8 77.0 14.5
6 Ukraine 4 0 1 8 77.0 14.0
7 Germany 3 2 0 8 75.5 14.0
8 India 3 2 0 8 74.0 14.0
9 USA 3 2 0 8 73.5 15.0
10 Hungary 4 0 1 8 71.5 13.0
11 Philippines 4 0 1 8 70.5 15.0
12 Czech Republic 3 2 0 8 67.5 14.0
13 England 3 2 0 8 65.5 13.0
14 Bulgaria 4 0 1 8 65.0 13.5
15 Spain 4 0 1 8 64.5 15.0
16 Montenegro 3 2 0 8 63.0 13.0
17 Bosnia & Herzegovina 3 2 0 8 61.5 13.5
18 Poland 4 0 1 8 59.5 14.5
19 Slovenia 4 0 1 8 59.0 12.0
20 Italy 4 0 1 8 56.0 14.5

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The ceremonial first move between Armenia and Ukraine

2012 Olympiad Armenia v Ukraine rd5.JPG

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Lev Aronian's victory against Vassily Ivanchuk won the match for Armenia

2012 Olympiad Lev Aronian rd5.jpg

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Russia beat Hungary 2½-1½ thanks to a win by Alexander Grischuk on board 2

2012 Olympiad Russia V  Hungary rd5.jpg

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Susan Polgar was in Istanbul to cheer on her little sister Judit

2012 Olympiad Judit Polgar rd5 with sister Susan Polgar.JPG

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In the women's competition, the two remaining teams with 100% match records, Russia and France, faced each other and Russia took a narrow but important victory 2½-1½ to lead the standings.

Russia will face their main rivals, the top seeds China in round six!

The women's standings after 5 rounds:

# Team W D L MP S-B BP
1 Russia 5 0 0 10 89.0 16.5
2 China 4 1 0 9 85.5 16.5
3 Serbia 4 1 0 9 75.5 16.0
4 Poland 4 1 0 9 75.5 15.5
5 Slovakia 4 1 0 9 68.0 13.0
6 Ukraine 3 2 0 8 76.0 14.0
7 Hungary 4 0 1 8 75.5 15.0
8 Georgia 3 2 0 8 74.0 16.0
9 France 4 0 1 8 70.0 16.0
10 Azerbaijan 4 0 1 8 69.0 15.5
11 Czech Republic 4 0 1 8 67.0 14.5
12 Spain 4 0 1 8 64.0 14.0
13 Philippines 4 0 1 8 58.5 14.5
14 Montenegro 4 0 1 8 53.0 14.0
15 Estonia 4 0 1 8 52.5 14.5
16 Vietnam 4 0 1 8 52.0 13.5
17 Greece 3 1 1 7 73.5 12.5
18 Latvia 3 1 1 7 69.5 14.0
19 Kazakhstan 3 1 1 7 66.5 14.5
20 Germany 3 1 1 7 66.5 13.5

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Valentina Gunina has struggled to find her form so far in Istanbul

2012 Olympiad Valentina Gunina rd5.jpg


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Nadezhda Kosintseva (centre frame) won on board 3 for Russia

2012 Olympiad Nadezhda Kosintseva  rd5.jpg

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Alexandra Kosteniuk won her game on board 4

2012 Olympiad Alexandra Kosteniuk rd5.jpg

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Tomorrow (Sunday) is a rest day at the Olympiad, which can only mean one thing...tonight is the legendary Bermuda party! Let's hope the hangovers have faded by Monday for round 6!

Bermuda Party 2012 Olympiad resized.jpg

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Official website here.  Full results and standings here.  Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC. All the Games can be replayed at the live games page.

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  • 23 miesięcy temu

    chelseafc786

    @ Eris_Discordia:But why would you talk about what Natalia said when what she said is not right in the first place. SonofPearl made it clear to everyone including Natalia that the title refers to the open section.

    I quote SonofPearl "@ Natalia - I don't think the title is misleading.  There is limited space available for the article title, so I am mostly using it to refer to the leaders in the Open competition.  Currently that's Armenia on tie-breaks from Russia."


    As you have seen by posts, to most people open section is most important and is most followed.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    chessaccount786

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  • 23 miesięcy temu

    Eris_Discordia

    @Chelseafc I understand that Armenia would win the open section because of tie-breaks, I was talking about chessaccount's post which implied that Natalia was calling tie-breaks unimportant, while she was just saying that Armenia leading the open section isn't the same as Armenia leading the whole olympiad.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    chelseafc786

    @ Eris_Discordia ....I am afraid you are terribly wrong. If at the end of all rounds Armenia still lead on tiebreaks, then they will win the open section.

    Like Natalia said there are 3 SEPARATE categories

    1-Men's open section

    2-Women's section, and

    3- Nona Gaprindashvili Cup,(which is given for the best combined score of men and women teams.)

    I agree with everyone who say the open section is the main event and most followed one. Natalia disagrees to that.

    Like last time's winners were as follows:

    1-Ukraine---open section

    2-Russia --- women's section, and

    3- Russia again for Nona Gaprindashvili Cup,(for getting the best combined score of men and women teams.)

    I hope I have made things clear for everyone.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    pawngenius

    GM Barbosa beats Bulgarian GM to upset Bulgaria in the latest round. Go Philippines!

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    wrothgar

    I think Chucky is in bad mood.,

    hope it doesn't continues in the upcoming tournaments :)

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    pawngenius

    The Open Section is the heart of the Olympiad. If we take a poll, most people are primarily interested in this section. When I check the site, I look at the Open results first.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    Eris_Discordia

    @ chessaccount Natalia is referring to the Olympiad as a combination of both the open and women's sections, so Armenia's lead on tiebreaks in the open section doesn't help them overall because they're 32nd in the women's event.

    [Edit: I forgot about the Gaprindashvilli cup, sorry about that.]

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    AdamCormier

    I just lost a lot of respect for a certain WGM.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    rp_lazarte

    congrats to our men and women who played for our country for garnering 11th and 13th place respectively...MABUHAY!!!

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    chessaccount786

    I quote Natalia "...Yet the article says that Armenia is leading the whole event because they have what...a better SB in the Open section? Well, ok. Let's hope you will be able to copy the final standings after r11 correctly, Son of Pearl. That is more important."

    @Natalia: You are a WGM and yet you are trying to imply that SB counts for nothing in deciding tournaments leader in the event of a tie in scores.

    @SonofPearl: Nice reply. You are not emotional about things.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    fabelhaft

    "Let's hope you will be able to copy the final standings after r11 correctly, Son of Pearl"

    Arrogant and unsympathetic.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    SonofPearl

    Thank you for your thoughts Natalia.  Best wishes for the rest of the women's Olympiad.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    BM632W_52F880

    God Bless:)Surprised

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Well, let me put it this way. There are three main nominations at the Olympiad: best Open team, best women's team, best nation (Gaprindashvili cup). Now in the Open section it's a tie for first between Russia and Armenia. In the women's section Russia is in sole lead. In the best nation competition Russia is also in sole lead. Yet the article says that Armenia is leading the whole event because they have what...a better SB in the Open section? Well, ok. Let's hope you will be able to copy the final standings after r11 correctly, Son of Pearl. That is more important.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    SonofPearl

    @ valentin - thanks! Now corrected. They look so alike... Wink

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    chelseafc786

    And  I quote SonoofPearl again,"....since the best players in most countries are men, there are very few women good enough to make it onto their national team."

    Not a single women chess players has 2700 or 2700+ ranking. There are 44 men chess players who have that sort of ranking.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    chelseafc786

    Reference to Son of Pearl's reply to Natalia:

    If only women learn to keep their emotions in check, the world's very best chess players would include women too. :p

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    _valentin_

    Correction:  The picture titled Nadezhda Kosintseva (from Russia) actually shows her sister Tatiana Kosintseva.

  • 23 miesięcy temu

    SonofPearl

    @ Natalia - I don't think the title is misleading.  There is limited space available for the article title, so I am mostly using it to refer to the leaders in the Open competition.  Currently that's Armenia on tie-breaks from Russia.

    Both Russian teams are doing very well (congrats, and keep it up!) which is reflected in the article itself. Smile

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