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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Istanbul Chess Olympiad: Indian Men Finish 35th, Women 4th! Abhijeet Gupta Wins Individual Silver; Tania Sachdev Wins Individual Bronze

Armenia is World Chess Olympiad Champions 2012
Photos: David Llada, Arman Karakhanyan

The last round at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul was as exciting as it could get with the results being decided with tiebreaks after all the final games were played! Indian men finished with the 35th place below their seeding of ninth. Indian women finished with the fourth place above their seeding of sixth. National Champion Abhijeet Gupta picked up an individual Silver Medal as board prize for the fourth board. Tania Sachdev picked up an individual bronze medal as board prize for the third board.

Indian women on their way to beating France in the last round and finishing fourth at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad.

The Final round saw India lose to Azerbaijan with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beating Pentala Harikrishna. All other boards were draw. Indian women beat France in an exciting match.

Bo.7
  Azerbaijan (AZE)
Rtg-13
  India (IND)
Rtg2½:1½
9.1GMSafarli, Eltaj2620-GMSasikiran, Krishnan2707½ - ½
9.2GMMamedyarov, Shakhriyar2729-GMHarikrishna, Pentala26851 - 0
9.3GMMamedov, Rauf2634-GMNegi, Parimarjan2664½ - ½
9.4GMGuseinov, Gadir2613-GMGopal, Geetha Narayanan2550½ - ½


Bo.14
  France (FRA)
Rtg-6
  India (IND)
Rtg1½:2½
4.1IMSkripchenko, Almira2442-GMDronavalli, Harika25030 - 1
4.2IMMilliet, Sophie2411-IMSachdev, Tania2379½ - ½
4.3WGMMaisuradze, Nino2284-WGMGomes, Mary Ann23961 - 0
4.4WIMBollengier, Andreea2253-WGMSoumya, Swaminathan22710 - 1


In the last round of the 40th World Chess Olympiad Armenia was matched against Hungary. Levon Aronian secured a perpetual against Peter Leko, and the other games continued. After the time control Gabriel Sargissian drew the rook endgame against Ferenc Berkes, and Sergei Movsesian scored a crucial victory against Zoltan Almasi. Eventually Vladimir Akopian held Judit Polgar to a draw to mark the start of huge celebration for Armenian gold medal. Congratulations!

Russia employed their trademark strategy and signed two quick draws with Germany - both with black pieces. This worked perfectly as Vladimir Kramnik and Sergey Karjakin won with white to secure the overall 3-1 victory for Russia. Russia finished equal first on match points but with weaker tie-breaks and thus is awarded with the silver medal.


Defending champions Russia retain their gold in the women's section at the 40th Chess Olympiad.
China was in good position to fight for the gold medal but a defeat in the match with Ukraine pushed them down in the standings to the 4th place. Vassily Ivanchuk won a nice attacking game against Wang Hao, while Pavel Eljanov outplayed Bu Xiangzhi. the other two games were drawn. With this victory Ukraine climbs up and grabs the bronze medal!

In the Women's Section Russia easily crushed the young team of Kazakhstan with 4-0. At the same time China was struggling to keep the pace as Bulgaria proved to be a respectable opponent. Hou Yifan and Antoaneta Stefanova drew, while Margarita Voiska beat Ju Wenjun. However, Zhao Xue and Huang Qian defeated their opponents to turn the tables and win the match. Both Russia and China finished with 19 match points, but the tie-break awarded the gold medal to Russia, while China team had to console themselves with silver. Ukraine demolished Germany 3,5-0,5 to secure the third place and the bronze medal.

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Open

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
13
ArmeniaARM1191119397.029.0155.00
21
RussiaRUS1191119388.528.5157.00
32
UkraineUKR1190218363.029.5147.00
46
ChinaCHN1181217390.529.5157.00
55
United States Of AmericaUSA1173117361.030.0142.00
69
NetherlandsNED1180316329.029.0133.00
727
VietnamVIE1164116313.529.0126.00
825
RomaniaROU1180316310.029.0128.00
94
HungaryHUN1171315368.028.0151.00
107
AzerbaijanAZE1163215344.029.0144.00
1115
CubaCUB1171315338.530.5130.00
1214
GermanyGER1163215334.526.0148.00
1316
PolandPOL1171315313.527.5138.00
1420
SerbiaSRB1163215307.028.5126.00
1522
ItalyITA1171315306.028.0134.00
1634
SwedenSWE1171315303.528.0125.00
1711
EnglandENG1163215300.526.0137.00
1839
DenmarkDEN1171315270.527.0121.00
1923
MoldovaMDA1162314348.529.5129.00
2010
BulgariaBUL1170414321.528.0134.00
2135
PhilippinesPHI1162314321.026.0152.00
2229
ArgentinaARG1162314316.025.0146.00
238
FranceFRA1162314305.026.5141.00
2433
UzbekistanUZB1162314303.027.0138.00
2528
SloveniaSLO1162314297.024.0138.00
2612
IsraelISR1154214296.025.0136.00
2719
CroatiaCRO1162314295.525.0137.00
2830
LatviaLAT1170414295.026.0136.00
2932
BelarusBLR1162314289.527.0127.00
3042
SlovakiaSVK1162314264.527.0122.00
3157
TurkmenistanTKM1162314255.024.5121.00
3261
AustraliaAUS1154214252.524.5119.00
3348
BangladeshBAN1162314227.526.0120.00
3417
Czech RepublicCZE1153313315.026.5139.00
3513
IndiaIND1137113309.525.5145.00
3626
GeorgiaGEO1153313306.026.5140.00
3718
SpainESP1161413286.525.0141.00
3849
FYROMMKD1161413275.525.0137.00
3924
BrazilBRA1161413274.024.0132.00
4021
GreeceGRE1153313269.028.0124.00

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Women

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
12
RussiaRUS1183019450.033.0155.00
21
ChinaCHN1183019416.031.5154.00
34
UkraineUKR1174018408.530.5154.00
46
IndiaIND1181217336.028.0148.00
510
RomaniaROU1180316313.528.5129.00
68
ArmeniaARM1180316313.026.5140.00
714
FranceFRA1171315347.529.0147.00
83
GeorgiaGEO1163215344.028.5144.00
926
IranIRI1171315339.031.0132.00
105
United States of AmericaUSA1163215326.029.5133.00
119
GermanyGER1171315316.027.0144.00
1222
KazakhstanKAZ1163215309.027.0138.00
1321
MongoliaMGL1171315308.028.0134.00
1436
BelarusBLR1163215292.028.5121.00
157
PolandPOL1162314336.527.5151.00
1613
BulgariaBUL1162314316.527.5136.00
1712
HungaryHUN1162314303.027.5129.00
1824
LatviaLAT1162314296.528.0126.00
1915
CubaCUB1154214286.025.5129.00
2017
NetherlandsNED1162314285.527.0133.00

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