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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Istanbul Chess Olympiad Round 10: Indian Men Draw with Cuba, Women Beat Israel; Abhijeet, Tania in with Chance to Win Board Prize!

Tania Sachdev-Going for 
gold medal Board prize for 
India! Photo: David Llada
The tenth round at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul saw the Indian men drawing with Cuba and the Indian women beating Israel 3.5-0.5. Grandmasters Abhijeet Gupta and Parimajan Negi beat Yuniesky Quezada Perez and Yusnel Bacallao Alonso on the third and fourth boards. Both Sasikiran and Harikrishna lost.  Abhijeet Gupta and Tania Sachdev are in with a chance for a board prize! Saturday is a rest day and the final round will be played on Sunday.  Here are the tenth-round results: 


Top Board Harika Dronavalli. Photo: David Llada 

Bo.13
  India (IND)
Rtg-15
  Cuba (CUB)
Rtg2 : 2
9.1GMSasikiran, Krishnan2707-GMDominguez Perez, Leinier27250 - 1
9.2GMHarikrishna, Pentala2685-GMBruzon Batista, Lazaro27110 - 1
9.3GMNegi, Parimarjan2664-GMQuesada Perez, Yuniesky26261 - 0
9.4GMGupta, Abhijeet2637-IMBacallao Alonso, Yusnel25831 - 0


Bo.6
  India (IND)
Rtg-25
  Israel (ISR)
Rtg3½: ½
5.1GMDronavalli, Harika2503-WIMPorat, Maya22951 - 0
5.2IMSachdev, Tania2379-WIMEfroimski, Marsel21741 - 0
5.3WGMGomes, Mary Ann2396-IMKlinova, Masha2317½ - ½
5.4WGMSoumya, Swaminathan2271-WFMShvayger, Yuliya22021 - 0



Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
16
ChinaCHN1081117343.528.5127.00
23
ArmeniaARM1081117336.526.5132.00
31
RussiaRUS1081117321.525.5132.00
42
UkraineUKR1080216292.526.5121.00
54
HungaryHUN1071215311.526.5122.00
65
United States Of AmericaUSA1063115307.027.5120.00
714
GermanyGER1063115282.025.0120.00
816
PolandPOL1071215259.026.0113.00
929
ArgentinaARG1062214270.024.0118.00
1033
UzbekistanUZB1062214269.026.0114.00
1135
PhilippinesPHI1062214268.025.0122.00
1225
RomaniaROU1070314257.526.0109.00
139
NetherlandsNED1070314252.026.0109.00
1428
SloveniaSLO1062214249.522.5113.00
1527
VietnamVIE1054114246.526.0103.00
167
AzerbaijanAZE1053213289.026.5122.00
1717
Czech RepublicCZE1053213284.025.0115.00
1815
CubaCUB1061313281.028.0107.00
1932
BelarusBLR1061313270.525.0109.00
2013
IndiaIND1037013266.024.0120.00

Rank after Round 10 - Women

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
11
ChinaCHN1073017357.029.0131.00
22
RussiaRUS1073017348.029.0126.00
34
UkraineUKR1064016325.027.0127.00
414
FranceFRA1071215294.027.5120.00
522
KazakhstanKAZ1063115281.027.0112.00
69
GermanyGER1071215277.526.5113.00
76
IndiaIND1071215277.525.5122.00
87
PolandPOL1062214282.026.0122.00
913
BulgariaBUL1062214260.026.0107.00
108
ArmeniaARM1070314259.524.0117.00
1135
UzbekistanUZB1062214259.024.0118.00
1210
RomaniaROU1070314253.526.0105.00
1337
PeruPER1062214229.524.5104.00
143
GeorgiaGEO1053213280.526.0119.00
1525
IsraelISR1061313264.025.5112.00
1626
IranIRI1061313261.027.5107.00
175
United States of AmericaUSA1053213260.526.5109.00
1827
AzerbaijanAZE1061313258.524.5119.00
1911
SpainESP1061313251.024.0112.00
2036
BelarusBLR1053213245.526.0101.00

The last round is going to be an exciting one on Sunday. China, Armenia and Russia (according to tie-break score) are in joint lead. China's top striker Ding Liren nicely outplayed Alexander Onischuk in the Rook endgame, and with the other three games being drawn, China signed an important victory against USA.

The Chinese men: Are they unstoppable? Photo: David Llada 

Russia assumed a quick lead against Argentina as Diego Flores lost the wandering Knight right from the opening. But Argentinians held two draws with white pieces and Sandro Mareco pressed hard against Dmitry Jakovenko. Mareco was a pawn up but he couldn't convert the advantage and the match finally ended in Russia's favour. Armenia achieved a relatively easy win against Netherlands. Levon Aronian won a nice game against Anish Giri, while Vladimir Akopian sacrificed a piece for three pawns and proceeded to an endgame where his phalanx was unstoppable. Armenia won 3-1. 

Ukraine went ahead to the 4th place thanks to a narrow 2,5-1,5 victory against Azerbaijan. Czech Republic took an early lead with David Navara's win, but then the Polish team switched the gear and won the remaining three games. As the leaders have already played against each other, in round 11 they are paired with the teams in the lower point groups: Ukraine - China, Hungary - Armenia and Russia - Germany.

The Ukrainians. Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich

In the Women's Section, 22nd-seed Kazakhstan held the leading China to a 2-2 draw else the gold would have been decided in the tenth round itself. WIM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva held the World Champion Hou Yifan to a draw, while Madina Davletbayeva totally outplayed Ding Yixin. Zhao Xue could only even up the score with a victory against Gulmira Dauletova.


Russia convincingly defeated Armenia by 3,5-0,5, as Lilit Galojan was the only player to make a draw for her team. Russia is now even with China in the term of match points, while China still holds some edge in the tie-break.

Ukraine narrowly beat Poland 2,5-1,5, with Natalia Zhukova bringing the key point, and is now in serious contention for one of the medals. From the other matches, it should be noted that the 2011 World Junior Champion Deysi Cori beat the top-rated player in the Section, Anna Muzychuk (2606), as Peru defeated Slovenia by 2,5-1,5. Top round 11 matches are Russia - Kazakhstan, Bulgaria - China, Ukraine - Germany and France - India.

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