2012 Chess Olympiad – Round 2

2012 Chess Olympiad – Round 2

Istanbul-2012

For further reports and coverage of the Olympiad, we highly recommend visiting the following websites:

ChessBase News – high quality reports with grandmaster analysis of games.
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Rupert Jones will be continuing his blog on his time at Istanbul – you can see all his posts and more exciting articles, including historical Olympiad encounters at www.fantasychessteam.com.

Links to Previous Reports

Preview     Round 1    

Rupert Jones’ Blog – The PGN Files

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4

IM Christof Sielecki also known as @Chess Explained will be providing excellent daily commentary of the best games of the Olympiad:

Round 1

Open

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Board 1: Qatar 1 - 3 Ukraine


Qatar 1 – 3 Ukraine
Mohamad Al-Modiahki (2542) 1 – 0 Vasily Ivanchuk (2769)
Mohammed Al-Sayed (2517) 0 – 1 Andriy Volokitin (2709)
Husein Aziz Nezad (2393) 0 – 1 Pavel Eljanov (2693)
Ghanem Al-Sulaiti (2178) 0 – 1 Alexander Moiseenko (2706)

Board 2: USA 3½ – ½ Lithuania


USA 3½ – ½ Lithuania
Hikaru Nakamura (2778) 1 – 0 Vidmantas Malisauskas (2451)
Gata Kamsky (2746) 1 – 0 Mindaugas Beinoras (2346)
Varuzhan Akobian (2617) ½ – ½ Emilis Pileckis (2443)
Ray Robson (2598) 1 – 0 Kestutis Labeckas (2378)

Board 3: Azerbaijan 3½ - ½ Ireland

Azerbaijan 3½ – ½ Ireland
Eltaj Safarli (2620) 1 – 0 Sam Collins (2459)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2729) 1 – 0 Alex Astaneh Lopez (2398)
Rauf Mamedov (2634) ½ – ½ Ryan Rhys Griffiths (2362)
Gadir Guseynov (2613) 1 – 0 Daire McMahon (2153)

Board 4: Peru ½ - 3½ France

Peru ½ – 3½ France
Jorge Moises Cori (2487) 0 – 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2686)
Deivi Vera Siguenas (2359) 0 – 1 Laurent Fressinet (2714)
Guiseppe Leiva (2283) ½ – ½ Romain Eduoard (2652)
Marco Pacheco (2383) 0 – 1 Vladislav Tkachiev (2644)

Board 5: India 3 - 1 Turkey 2016

India 0 – 4 Turkey 2016
Krishnan Sasikiran (2707) 1 – 0 Burak Firat (2423)
Parimarjan Negi (2664) ½ – ½ Cemil Can Ali Marandi (2362)
Abhijeet Gupta (2637) 1 – 0 Vahap Sanal (2387)
Geetha Narayanan Gopal (2550) ½ – ½ Muhammed Batuhan Dastan (2317)

Board 8: Greece 1 - 3 Russia

Greece 1 – 3 Russia
Ioannis Papaioannou (2606) ½ – ½ Vladimir Kramnik (2797)
Dimitrios Mastrovasilis (2618) 0 – 1 Alexander Grischuk (2763)
Christodoulos Banikas (2623) ½ – ½ Sergey Karjakin (2785)
Vasilios Kotronias (2589) 0 – 1 Dmitry Jakovenko (2722)

Board 9: China 3½ - ½ Italy

China 3½ – ½ Italy
Wang Hao (2726) 1 – 0 Fabiano Caruana (2773)
Wang Yue (2685) 1 – 0 Michele Godena (2516)
Ding Liren (2695) ½ – ½ Sabino Brunello (2586)
Li Chao (2665) 1 – 0 Daniele Vocaturo (2542)

Board 26: Armenia 4 - 0 Bangladesh

Armenia 4 – 0 Bangladesh
Levon Aronian (2816) 1 – 0 Ziaur Rahman (2516)
Vladimir Akopian (2687) 1 – 0 Al Rakib Abdulla (2514)
Gabriel Sargissian (2693) 1 – 0 Enamul Hossain (2480)
Tigran Petrosian (2661) 1 – 0 Niaz Murshed (2462)

Board 27: FYROM 1½ - 2½ Hungary

FYROM 1½ – 2½ Hungary
Vladimir Georgiev (2566) 0 – 1 Peter Leko (2737)
Trajko Nedev (2494) ½ – ½ Judit Polgar (2698)
Filip Pancevski (2461) ½ – ½ Ferenc Berkes (2685)
Atanas Kizov (2418) ½ – ½ Csaba Balogh (2668)

Ukraine started off the round as the highest-seeded leaders and they continued their very impressive start going into a 3-0 against Qatar, with any mistakes in calculation by the Qataris quickly punished by the No.2 seeds. Vasily Ivanchuk (2769) was outplaying Mohamad Al-Modiahki (2542) on top board with a good knight against bad bishop. However the Qatari GM was very resilient and on move 53 when he ought to have considered cutting his losses and taking a draw, he horribly blundered and immediately resigned for their first conceded points of the tournament so far.

The USA welcomed Hikaru Nakamura (2778) into the team for the first time and he demonstrated his famous fighting qualities as he battled to a 107 move win over Vidmantas Malisauskas (2451). This fighting spirit seems to permeate through the team, as all the US team came up against considerable resistance but posted a 3½-½ win nevertheless with all the games going beyond 40 moves.

Ireland had their star turn featuring on Board 3 against Azerbaijan. The Azeris came out all guns blazing and scored three steam-roller victories. However things were not so simple for Rauf Mamedov (2634) on board 3 against Ryan Rhys Griffiths (2362). Mamedov tried to play for a win in a position where he was slightly worse and at several points was simply dead lost. However sadly for Ryan, he could not capitalise and Mamedov was very lucky to escape with a draw.

Perhaps the strongest performance of the day was by China in an impressive 3½-½ win over a strong Italy. In particular Wang Hao (2726) expertly took advantage of Fabiano Caruana’s (2773) dubious opening choice to win a pawn and eventually the game. Poland are the only team to have recorded two consecutive 4-0 victories. In this round, they defeated Costa Rica. Cuba sweeped aside ICSC 3½-½.

Russia’s penalty for not winning 4-0 yesterday was a tricky fixture against a very solid Greece team. This fixture was not made any easier when Greece secured two early draws, although they were outplayed by Russia’s two White games, with Alexander Grischuk (2763) and Dmitry Jakovenko (2722) safely taking Russia over the line. Hungary will be both relieved and concerned at their narrow victory over FYROM while Armenia had an easy match against Bangladesh which included world number 2 Levon Aronian (2816) winning his first game.

Turkey continued their fine start to the tournament with a 2-2 draw against higher rated Czech Republic featuring Viktor Laznicka (2683) and David Navara (2691) on the top two boards. Meanwhile Slovakia produced a sensational 4-0 win over Ecuador who they only marginally out-rated to become sole leaders of the entire Olympiad on tiebreak.

Open Home Nations

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Board 10: England 2½ - 1½ Brazil

England 2½ – 1½ Brazil
Michael Adams (2722) ½ – ½ Rafael Leitao (2623)
Gawain Jones (2653) ½ – ½ Giovanni Vescovi (2617)
Nigel Short (2698) 1 – 0 Alexandr Fier (2582)
David Howell (2635) ½ – ½ Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian (2511)

Board 23: Iran 3½ - ½ Scotland

Iran 3½ – ½ Scotland
Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami (2579) 1 – 0 Colin McNab (2446)
Pouria Darini (2503) 1 – 0 Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (2421)
Pouya Idani (2477) ½ – ½ John Shaw (2424)
Asghar Golizadeh (2472) 1 – 0 Alan Tate (2332)

Board 53: Zambia 4 - 0 Jersey

Zambia 4 – 0 Jersey
Daniel Jere (2382) 1 – 0 Alan Rosenbeiger (2151)
Stanley Chumfwa (2347) 1 – 0 Tito Khan (2049)
Gillan Bwalya (2256) 1 – 0 Louis Jouhault (1966)
Andrew Kayone (2180) 1 – 0 Graham Mooney (1938)

Board 58: Guernsey 0 - 4 Puerto Rico

Guernsey 0 – 4 Puerto Rico
Peter Kirby (2007) 0 – 1 Raul Vazquez Reyes (2251)
Peter Rowe (1987) 0 – 1 Edgardo J Alemdina Ortiz (2247)
Toby Brookfield (1823) 0 – 1 Gabriel Berrios Echevarria (2221)
Timothy Knight (1821) 0 – 1 Roberto Montanez Nazario (2144)

Board 74: Rwanda 0 - 4 Wales

Rwanda 0 – 4 Wales
Theotime Rutaremara (1760) 0 – 1 Richard Jones (2393)
Jean Baptiste Hakizimana (N/A) 0 – 1 Tim Kett (2237)
Maxence Murara (1712) 0 – 1 Richard Dineley (2259)
Eugene Kagabo Mugema (N/A) 0 – 1 Thomas Brown (2104)

England had played their strongest line-up for their first tough match of the Olympiad against Brazil. Michael Adams and Gawain Jones could not find ways to make good progress against their opponents while Nigel Short patriotically played the Grand Prix Attack and managed to win two pawns as a result of his attack, which he converted into England’s only win of the match.

Scotland‘s match with Iran was highly entertaining. Colin McNab (2446) and Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami (2579) had a ding-dong attacking battle, but the Iranian GM calculated everything out with precision and his attack arrived just about quickly enough before McNab could mate his opponent. Unfortunately for Scotland, John Shaw’s draw was all that they can take away from the match.

Wales were clearly a class above their Rwandan opponents as they eased to a 4-0 victory. Jersey and Guernsey were once again heavily outrated and all the games went according to the gradings. Ireland were playing on the top boards against Azerbaijan.

Open Standings

Rank Country Match Points Deducted SB
1 Slovakia 4 8
2= USA 4 8
2= Azerbaijan 4 8
2= France 4 8
2= Cuba 4 8
6= Ukraine 4 8
6= Armenia 4 8
6= India 4 8
9= China 4 7
19 Russia 4 6
22= Hungary 4 6
30= England 4 5
78= Ireland 2 2
82 Scotland 2 2
97= Wales 2 0
146= Jersey 0 0
146= Guernsey 0 0

Full Round 2 Standings

Women

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Board 1: Sweden 0 - 4 China

Sweden 0 – 4 China
Inna Agrest (2213) 0 – 1 Zhao Xue (2549)
Viktoria Johansson (2179) 0 – 1 Ju Wenjun (2528)
Christin Andersson (2074) 0 – 1 Huang Qian (2447)
Emilia Horn (2037) 0 – 1 Ding Yixin (2424)

Board 2: Russia 3½ - ½ Brazil

Russia 3½ – ½ Brazil
Valentina Gunina (2507) ½ – ½ Vanessa Feliciano Ebert (2231)
Nadezhda Kosintseva (2524) 1 – 0 Juliana Sayumi Terao (2187)
Alexandra Kosteniuk (2489) 1 – 0 Vanessa Ramos Gazola (2033)
Natalia Pogonina (2448) 1 – 0 Suzana Komoto Chang (2006)

Board 3: Belgium 0 - 4 Georgia

Belgium 0 – 4 Georgia
Anna Zozulia (2346) 0 – 1 Bela Khotenashvili (2500)
Eva Baekelant (2128) 0 – 1 Lela Javakhishvili (2449)
Hanne Goossens (1998) 0 – 1 Nino Khurtsidze (2456)
Anne-Marie Maeckelbergh (1892) 0 – 1 Nino Batsiashvili (2432)

Board 4: Estonia ½ - 3½ USA

Estonia ½ – 3½ USA
Monika Tsiganova (2164) 0 – 1 Irina Krush (2467)
Triin Narva (2028) 0 – 1 Sabina Foisor (2356)
Tuuli Vahtra (2014) ½ – ½ Rusudan Goletani (2341)
Regina Narva (2042) 0 – 1 Tatev Ambrahamyan (2303)

Board 5: India 3½ - ½ Australia

India 3½ – ½ Australia
Sanjay Eesha Karavade (2371) 1 – 0 Arianne Caoili (2204)
Tania Sachdev (2379) 1 – 0 Sally Yu (1990)
Mary Ann Gomes (2396) 1 – 0 Giang Nguyen (2105)
Swaminathan Soumya (2271) ½ – ½ Biljana Novakovic-Dekic (2104)

In a similar story to Round 1, the gulf in class between the smaller nations and the big nations was all too obvious on the top boards. China chose to rest World Champion Hou Yifan for the second consecutive day, but the rest of the squad played some very impressive chess in their whitewash of Sweden. However a lot of the matches below board 8 were very close, so hopefully we will see some more competitive matches on the top boards in the following rounds.

Women Home Nations

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Board 30: Mongolia 4 - 0 England

Mongolia 4 – 0 England
Batkhuyag Munguntuul (2434) 1 – 0 Anya Corke (2254)
Dulamsuren Yanjindulam (2232) 1 – 0 Maria Yurenok (2058)
Bayanmunkh Ankhchimeg (2167) 1 – 0 Sabrina Chevannes (2090)
Sengeravdan Otgonjargal (2146) 1 – 0 Kanwal Bhatia (2103)

Board 52: Zimbabwe 1½ - 2½ Scotland

Zimbabwe 1½ – 2½ Scotland
Tatenda Melisa Zengeni (N/A) 0 – 1 Heather Lang (2015)
Colletta Wakuruwarewa (N/A) 0 – 1 Ali Roy (1836)
Rhoda Masiyazi (2005) 1 – 0 Rosemary Giulian (1894)
Paidaishe Matilda Zengeni (N/A) ½ – ½ Alice Lampard (1593)

Board 58: Wales 3½ - ½ Kenya

Wales 3½ – ½ Kenya
Olivia Smith (2022) 1 – 0 Jane Wambugu (N/A)
Susan Blackburn (1967) 1 – 0 Rehema Khimuli (N/A)
Lynda Roberts (1914) 1 – 0 Isabelle Asiema (N/A)
Sandra Blackburn (N/A) ½ – ½ Sharanya Iyengar (N/A)

Board 26: IBCA 4 – 0 Ireland

IBCA 4 – 0 Ireland
Daria Pustovoitova (2294) 1 – 0 Monika Gedvilaite (1985)
Anna Stolarczyk (1994) 1 – 0 Hannah Lowry O’Reilly (1818)
Teresa Debowska (1837) 1 – 0 Gearoidin O’Liaghleis (1894)
Irena Karsokaite (1632) 1 – 0 Karina Kruk (N/A)

England had a bad day at the office today. While they were outgraded and never expected to take anything from the match, they were thoroughly outplayed on each board by Monoglia and will have to just put this defeat behind them for the remaining nine rounds. Unfortunately Ireland also put in a disappointing performance, some critical mistakes at key moments costing them dear against the International Blind Chess Association.

The Scottish team faced a unknown quantity in an almost entirely unrated Zimbabwean team, but faced the challenge with some good chess and secured a decent 2½-1½ victory. Wales were in the same boat as Scotland as they faced Kenya. Olivia Smith got the team off to a fine start with a quick win and the rest of the team responded to win 3½-½.

Women Standings

Rank Country Match Points Deducted SB
1= China 4 8
1= Georgia 4 8
1= Poland 4 8
1= France 4 8
1= Serbia 4 8
1= Kazakhstan 4 8
7= Russia 4 8
7= USA 4 8
7= India 4 8
69= England 2 0
81= Wales 2 0
88= Scotland 2 0
114= Ireland 0 0

Full Round 2 Standings


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