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Monday, September 3, 2012

Istanbul Chess Olympiad Round 5: India Draw with England; Women Lose to China

Levon Aronian before the start of his game that would see Vassily Ivanchuk demolished in Round 5 at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad. Photo: Arman Karakhanyan


Round 5 at thee Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 saw India draw with England even as Parimarjan Negi let his former teacher, none other than GM Nigel Short, escape! All the other games were drawn as well. In the women's section, India lost to China with losses on all the lower three boards. However, Dronavalli Harika did a fantastic job in drawing with Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan of China. 

Round 5 Open Section
India-England

1 GM Sasikiran, Krishnan (2707) ½-½ GM Adams, Michael (2722)
2 GM Harikrishna, Pentala (2685) ½-½ GM Jones, Gawain (2653)
3 GM Negi, Parimarjan (2664) ½-½ GM Short, Nigel (2698)
4 GM Gupta, Abhijeet (2637) ½-½ GM Pert, Nicholas (2555)


Round 5 Women's Section
China-India
1 GM Hou, Yifan (2599) ½-½ GM Dronavalli, Harika (2503)
2 GM Zhao, Xue (2549) 1-0 IM Karavade, Eesha Sanjay (2371)
3 WGM Ju, Wenjun (2528) 1-0 IM Sachdev, Tania (2379)
4 WGM Huang, Qian (2449) 1-0 WGM Gomes, Mary Ann (2396)

Meanwhile, on the first match table, two-time Chess Olympiad Champion Armenia beat defending champions Ukraine. World #2 Levon Aronian beat Vassily Ivanchuk with a nice exchange-up and follow-up tactics which were enough to win the match for Armenia as the other games were drawn 2,5-1,5. 
Russia comfortably beat Hungary on the second board on the basis of Alexander Grischuk's attacking win over Zoltan Almasi with a score of 2,5-1,5. Meanwhile, the Azeri and Chinese teams beat Canada and Iran 3,5-0,5 even as France lost to Croatia 2,5-1,5. USA drew with the Czech Republic. Sunday was a rest day and all the live action resumed on Monday with live games via the official website at 5.30 pm India time. (Left Photo: David Llada)


Monday's match-up for India are as follows:
India-Israel
1. GM Sasikiran, Krishnan (2707) - GM Gelfand, Boris (2738)
2. GM Harikrishna, Pentala (2685) - GM Sutovsky, Emil (2687)
3. GM Negi, Parimarjan (2664) - GM Rodshtein, Maxim (2642)
4. GM Gupta, Abhijeet (2637) - GM Avrukh, Boris (2605)

India-Germany
1. GM Dronavalli, Harika (2503)-WGM Paehtz, Elisabeth (2483)
2. IM Karavade, Eesha Sanjay (2371)-WGM Melamed, Tetyana (2356)
3. IM Sachdev, Tania (2379)-WGM Ohme, Melanie (2337)
4. WGM Soumya, Swaminathan (2271)-WGM Michna, Marta (2380)

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