2012 Chess Olympiad – Round 4

2012 Chess Olympiad – Round 4

Istanbul-2012

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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

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Rupert Jones’ Blog – The PGN Files

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6    

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

Round 1     Round 2     Round 3    

Open

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Board 1: USA 2 - 2 India


USA 2 – 2 India
Hikaru Nakamura (2778) 1 – 0 Krishnan Sasikiran (2707)
Gata Kamsky (2746) 0 – 1 Pentala Harikrishna (2685)
Alexander Onischuk (2666) ½ – ½ Parimarjan Negi (2664)
Varuzhan Akobian (2617) ½ – ½ Abhijeet Gupta (2637)

Board 2: Russia 3 - 1 China


Russia 3 – 1 China
Vladimir Kramnik (2797) ½ – ½ Wang Hao (2726)
Alexander Grischuk (2763) 1 – 0 Wang Yue (2685)
Sergey Karjakin (2785) ½ – ½ Bu Xiangzhi (2670)
Dmitry Jakovenko (2722) 1 – 0 Li Chao (2665)

Board 3: Azerbaijan 2 - 2 Germany

Azerbaijan 2 – 2 Germany
Teimour Radjabov (2788) 1 – 0 Arkadij Naiditsch (2712)
Eltaj Safarli (2620) ½ – ½ Igor Khenkin (2656)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2729) ½ – ½ Georg Meier (2648)
Gadir Guseynov (2613) 0 – 1 Daniel Fridman (2653)

Board 4: France 2 - 2 England

France 2 – 2 England
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2686) ½ – ½ Michael Adams (2722)
Laurent Fressinet (2714) ½ – ½ Gawain Jones (2653)
Romain Eduoard (2652) ½ – ½ Nigel Short (2698)
Christian Bauer (2682) ½ – ½ David Howell (2635)

Board 5: Phillipines 1½ - 2½ Armenia

Phillipines 1½ – 2½ Armenia
Wesley So (2652) ½ – ½ Levon Aronian (2816)
Oliver Barbosa (2554) ½ – ½ Sergei Movsesian (2698)
Mark Paragua (2508) ½ – ½ Vladimir Akopian (2687)
Oliver Dimakiling (2428) 0 – 1 Gabriel Sargissian (2693)

Board 6: Ukraine 3 - 1 Poland

Ukraine 3 – 1 Poland
Vasily Ivanchuk (2769) 1 – 0 Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2717)
Ruslan Ponomariov (2734) 1 – 0 Mateusz Bartel (2654)
Andriy Volokitin (2709) 1 – 0 Bartosz Socko (2635)
Alexander Moiseenko (2706) 0 – 1 Dariusz Swiercz (2594)

Board 7: Slovakia 1 - 3 Hungary

Slovakia 1 – 3 Hungary
Lubomir Ftacnik (2532) ½ – ½ Peter Leko (2737)
Tomas Petrik (2529) 0 – 1 Zoltan Almasi (2713)
Peter Michalik (2508) ½ – ½ Judit Polgar (2698)
Milan Pacher (2442) 0 – 1 Ferenc Berkes (2685)

Hikaru Nakamura (2778) probably has the most aggressive and combative playing style out of all the elite top boards. This was in full evidence today as after a Scotch Opening, he launched an attack on his opponent’s king to win an exchange. However 2700s don’t go down easily and Nakamura had to give back the exchange. Defending is not an easy task though and just before the time control, Krishnan Sasikiran (2707) blundered a forced mate to give the USA a 1 point lead. However India equalised shortly afterwards as Gata Kamsky (2746) could not defend precisely enough against Pentala Harikrishna’s (2685) activity. As the bottom two boards were drawn, the match was drawn 2-2, a result that will please the Indians more than the Americans.

Board 2 saw the old guard Russia, taking on the new boys at the elite level, China. Bu Xiangzhi (2670) played a slightly unusal Petroff but nevertheless managed to hold comfortably against Sergey Karjakin (2785), but the good start for China was short-lived as Wang Yue (2685) made a simple blunder in a complicated middlegame to gift Alexander Grischuk (2763) the full point. Dmitry Jakovenko (2722) continued his board 5 mop-up role as he moved to 4/4 by completely outplaying Li Chao (2665). A draw on board 3 meant that Vladimir Kramnik’s (2797) long and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to defeat Wang Hao (2726) was irrelevant to the match score.

Azerbaijan were taking on European Team Champions Germany. Azerbaijan’s tournament strategy of putting Shak Mamedyarov (2729) on Board 3 did not work in this match as he could only get a draw with the white pieces against Georg Meier (2648). Part 2 of the strategy, putting Eltaj Safarli (2620) on Board 2 was also not working as Safarli was having to suffer being a pawn down in a double rook ending against Igor Khenkin (2656). However, he did ultimately manage to hold this ending. Azerbaijan’s class act Teimour Radjabov (2788) took advantage of a miscalculation by Arkadij Naiditsch (2712) to give them the lead, but Germany later equalised courtesy of Daniel Fridman (2653) being able to prove that you are allowed to play for a win in bishops of opposite colour endgames as his victory made the German fans very happy.

England were looking to continue their good perfomances against France. Michael Adams (2722) had to face Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2686) so had so far posted a 3/3 score on top board in this year’s Olympiad. Adams was prepared for the challenge and earned a solid draw with the Black pieces where he was never in trouble. Gawain Jones (2653) continued his solid start with his fourth draw in a row against Laurent Fressinet (2714) as the scores were 1-1 with the bottom two boards to finish. Nigel Short (2698) was always pressing for the victory in his game but his opponent managed to bail out into a drawn 3 vs 2 rook ending, which left the Board 4 match between David Howell (2635) and Christian Bauer (2682) as potentially the decisive game. This was a wild encounter which resulted in an endgame where Howell had a rook, knight and two pawns against rook and four pawns and was pressing for the win. Unfortunately for England, black’s passed pawns were too strong and Howell had to take the draw by repetition. Both teams will be satisfied with the 2-2 draw.

After yesterday’s antics, Ukraine’s match against Poland today went much more to their liking. Wins by Vasily Ivanchuk (2769), Ruslan Ponomariov (2734) and Andrei Volokitin (2709) gave ukraine a comfortable 3-1 win. Armenia’s strength in depth accounted for their victory over the Phillipines as Gabriel Sargissian (2693) won on Board 4 to give Armenia a 2½-1½ victory. Hungary also had a comfortable victory over Slovakia as Zoltan Almasi (2713) and Ferenc Berkes (2685) both won with the White pieces to accompany two draws with Black.

Open Home Nations

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Board 29: Ireland 3 - 1 Venezuela

Ireland 3 – 1 Venezuela
Sam Collins (2459) 0 – 1 Eduardo Iturrizaga (2627)
Alex Astaneh Lopez (2398) 1 – 0 Rafael Prasca Sosa (2415)
Ryan Rhys Griffiths (2362) 1 – 0 Felix Jose Ynojosa (2374)
Gavin Wall (2338) 1 – 0 Pedro Martinez Reyez (2198)

Board 37: Scotland 1½ - 2½ Belgium

Scotland 1½ – 2½ Belgium
Colin McNab (2446) ½ – ½ Alexandre Dgebuadze (2556)
John Shaw (2424) ½ – ½ Luc Winants (2543)
Alan Tate (2332) 0 – 1 Tanguy Ringoir (2448)
Graham Morrison (2360) ½ – ½ Stephane Hautot (2375)

Board 63: Algeria 3½ - ½ Wales

Algeria 3½ – ½ Wales
Mohamed Haddouche (2429) 1 – 0 Richard Jones (2393)
Mahfoud Oussedik (2242) 1 – 0 Tim Kett (2237)
Ali Nassr (2030) ½ – ½ Iolo Jones (2243)
Said Medjkouh (2081) 1 – 0 Thomas Brown (2104)

Board 65: Guernsey ½ - 3½ Mauritius

Guernsey ½ – 3½ Mauritius
Peter Kirby (2007) 0 – 1 Roy Phillips (2257)
Peter Rowe (1987) 0 – 1 Patrick Yi Ling (2120)
Toby Brookfield (1823) ½ – ½ Pradeep Seegolam (2041)
Timothy Knight (1821) 0 – 1 Jeroen Louis Koster (N/A)

Board 68: Trinidad & Tobago 3½ - ½ Jersey

Trinidad & Tobago 3½ – ½ Jersey
Ryan Harper (2222) 1 – 0 Alan Rosenbeiger (2151)
Marcus Joseph (2206) 1 – 0 Louis Jouhault (1966)
Mario Merritt (2103) ½ – ½ Paul Wojciechowski (2068)
Ravishen Singh (2067) 1 – 0 Graham Mooney (1938)

Ireland will be delighted with their excellent 3-1 win over Venezuela . After losing on top board where there was a heavy rating deficit, the rest of the team all came through very complicated middlegame struggles to pull off a fine team victory.

Scotland had tough opponents in the form of Belgium. The Scottish players battled hard and took their experienced opponents deep into endgames. In particular, John Shaw (2424) was sat at his board for 144 moves against Luc Winants (2543) to hold the draw and they can be happy with their performance despite a narrow 2½-1½ defeat.

Some of you might recognise Algeria from yesterday’s round as they took on Ireland. Today Wales had to face a strengthened Algerian team as they had IM Mohamed Haddouche (2429) come in on the top board, which made the contest on paper quite even. Wales got off to a bad start, losing on Board 2 and could not recover. Blunders were the order of the day as they slipped to a disappointing 3½-½ defeat.

Ravishen Singh (2067) put Trinidad and Tobago into the lead with a flashy mating attack to put the Carribean side 1-0 up in short order against Jersey and the rest of the squad soon followed suit as Jersey were dominated, losing 3½-½. Guernsey had their chances to make it a closer scoreline against Mauritius, but in the end they lost by the fashionable scoreline of 3½-½.

Both Nic Croad and Chris Ross won for New Zealand and IBCA respectively. I’m not sure if Rupert Jones had too many beers from the Tromso stall (or maybe not enough!) but he has sadly yet to get off the mark.

Open Standings

Rank Country Match Points Deducted SB
1 Ukraine 8 51
2 Hungary 8 48
3 Armenia 8 46
4 Russia 8 40
5 Germany 7 53
6 France 7 50
7 Czech Republic 7 50
8 Azerbaijan 7 47.5
9 Argentina 7 44.5
10 USA 7 44
13 England 7 41
16 China 6 46.5
30 Ireland 6 31.5
107 Scotland 3 16.5
138 Wales 2 5
143 Guernsey 2 1.5
148 Jersey 1 1.5

Full Round 4 Standings

Women

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Board 1: India 2 - 2 Serbia

India 2 – 2 Serbia
Harika Dronavalli (2503) ½ – ½ Natasa Bojkovic (2392)
Sanjay Eesha Karavade (2371) 0 – 1 Maria Manakova (2304)
Tania Sachdev (2379) 1 – 0 Marija Rakic (2300)
Mary Ann Gomes (2396) ½ – ½ Ana Benderac (2266)

Board 2: Czech Republic 1 - 3 Russia

Czech Republic 1 – 3 Russia
Eva Kulovana (2259) ½ – ½ Tatiana Kosintseva (2530)
Katerina Nemcova (2276) ½ – ½ Valentina Gunina (2507)
Kristyna Havlikova (2298) 0 – 1 Nadezhda Kosintseva (2524)
Tereza Olsarova (2241) 0 – 1 Natalia Pogonina (2448)

Board 3: Slovakia 2 - 2 Poland

Slovakia 2 – 2 Poland
Zuzana Borosova (2280) 0 – 1 Monika Socko (2467)
Regina Pokorna (2353) ½ – ½ Iweta Rajlich (2412)
Julia Kochetkova (2305) ½ – ½ Jolanta Zawadzka (2377)
Veronika Machalova (2222) 1 – 0 Joanna Worek (2287)

Board 4: France 3½ - ½ Argentina

France 3½ – ½ Argentina
Almira Skripchenko (2442) ½ – ½ Carolina Lujan (2368)
Sophie Millet (2411) 1 – 0 Claudia Amura (2351)
Nino Maisuradze (2284) 1 – 0 Maria De La Plazaola (2164)
Silvia Collas (2261) 1 – 0 Maria Florencia Fernandez (2160)

Board 5: Germany 1 - 3 China

Germany 1 – 3 China
Elisabeth Paehtz (2483) ½ – ½ Hou Yifan (2599)
Tetyana Melamed (2356) 0 – 1 Zhao Xue (2549)
Marta Michna (2380) ½ – ½ Ju Wenjun (2528)
Elena Levushkina (2301) 0 – 1 Huang Qian (2447)

Board 6: Cuba 0 - 4 Georgia

Cuba 0 – 4 Georgia
Lisandra Ordaz Valdes (2344) 0 – 1 Nana Dzagnidze (2547)
Oleiny Linares Napoles (2355) 0 – 1 Bela Khotenashvili (2500)
Maritza Arribas Robaina (2296) 0 – 1 Lela Javakhishvili (2449)
Lisandra Llaudy Pupo (2264) 0 – 1 Nino Batsiashvili (2432)

Board 7: USA 2 - 2 Slovenia

USA 2 – 2 Slovenia
Anna Zatonskih (2512) ½ – ½ Anna Muzychuk (2606)
Irina Krush (2467) 1 – 0 Vesna Rozic (2260)
Rusudan Goletani (2341) 0 – 1 Jana Krivec (2240)
Tatev Ambrahamyan (2303) ½ – ½ Ana Srebrnic (2211)

Board 8: Latvia 3 - 1 Belarus

Latvia 3 – 1 Belarus
Dana Reizniece-Ozola (2251) 1 – 0 Nastassia Ziaziulkina (2342)
Laura Rogule (2315) 1 – 0 Anna Sharevich (2261)
Katrina Skinke (2226) 0 – 1 Lanita Stetsko (2130)
Inguna Erneste (2203) 1 – 0 Tatiana Revo (2058)

Board 9: Ukraine 3 - 1 Netherlands

Ukraine 3 – 1 Netherlands
Kateryna Lahno (2542) 1 – 0 Peng Zhaoqin (2411)
Maria Muzychuk (2466) 1 – 0 Tea Lanchava (2351)
Natalia Zhukova (2442) ½ – ½ Anne Haast (2235)
Inna Yanovska (2404) ½ – ½ Arlette Van Weersel (2151)

Anyone who has a penchant for endings will take a lot of interest in today’s action. All of the games in the match between India and Serbia went beyond 40 moves. The bottom three boards all finished in logical manners bringing about a 1½-1½ scoreline with just the top board match between Harika Dronavalli(2503) and Natasa Bojkovic (2392) to finish. Bojkovic had entered a queen and pawn ending with an extra pawn on move 33, but by move 108 she had to accept that she wasn’t going to break through the Indian Grandmaster’s resistance and signed the peace treaty and end the match at 2-2.

Pre-tournament favourites Russia were heavy rating favourites against the Czech Republic. The Czechs also managed to reach endings in all four games, but the quality of the Russians shone through as their bottom two boards, Nadezhda Kosintseva (2524) and Natalia Pogonina (2448) both won to give Russia a 3-1 victory.

Germany were looking to recover from their heartbreaking draw yesterday, but had to face the No.1 seeds, China. Elisabeth Paehtz (2491) quickly neutralised China’s strongest weapon, Hou Yifan (2599) and forced a repetition to get both teams off the mark. However, China were pressing in both their White games and the pressure eventually told as both Zhao Xue (2549) and Huang Qian (2447) converted their advantages to give China a 3-1 win.

Slovakia were facing an uphill task against the much higher rated Poland. However Veronika Machalova (2222) gave the Slovakian’s some hope as she took advantage of a blunder by Joanna Worek (2287) to give Slovakia a surprise lead. However they were about to come back down to earth as Monika Socko’s (2467) win on Board 1 equalised the scores at 1½-1½ with the Board 3 game still to finish but looking very good for Poland. Jolanta Zawadzka (2377) was a pawn up in a queen and knight endgame but crucially her opponent’s king was also weak. However Zawadzka was unable to find the path to victory and even blundered back the extra pawn to allow Slovakia to draw the match.

There were comfortable wins for France, Georgia, Latvia and Ukraine. USA and Slovenia played out a hard fought 2-2 draw, which was probably a fair result given the course of the games.

Women Home Nations

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Board 28: Indonesia 2 - 2 England

Indonesia 2 – 2 England
Warda Aulia Medina (2218) ½ – ½ Anya Corke (2254)
Chelsie Monica Sihite (2162) ½ – ½ Maria Yurenok (2058)
Dewi Citra (2143) 1 – 0 Sarah Hegarty (2120)
Aisyah Anisa Aay (1818) 0 – 1 Sabrina Chevannes (2090)

BBoard 44: Malta 0 - 4 Wales

Malta 0 – 4 Wales
Oana Caruana Pulpan (1821) 0 – 1 Olivia Smith (2022)
Uranchimeg Psaila (N/A) 0 – 1 Susan Blackburn (1967)
Jutta Klotz (N/A) 0 – 1 Lynda Roberts (1914)
Jamie Farrugia (N/A) 0 – 1 Alyssa Wang (1541)

Board 51: Uganda ½ - 3½ Scotland

Uganda ½ – 3½ Scotland
Grace Kigeni (N/A) 0 – 1 Heather Lang (2015)
Ivy Claire Amoko (1705) ½ – ½ Rosemary Giulian (1894)
Goretti Angolikin (1705) 0 – 1 Joy Durno (1863)
Phiona Mutesi (N/A) 0 – 1 Alice Lampard (1593)

Board 60: Ireland 4 - 0 Angola

Ireland 4 – 0 Angola
Monika Gedvilaite (1985) 1 – 0 Sonia Rosalina (1797)
Gearoidin O’Liaghleis (1894) 1 – 0 Irineia G Gabriel (1492)
Karina Kruk (N/A) 1 – 0 Maria M Domingos (1466)
Sarah Jane Hearne (1565) 1 – 0 Fina Carlos (N/A)

England’s women put in by far their best performance of this year’s Olympiad so far against Indonesia. There was some fine fighting chess played on all the boards. In particular Anya Corke (2254) and Warda Aulia Medina (2218) had a colossal fight in a Sicilian which ended up drawn by repetition. Maria Yurenok (2058) comfortably held the draw against Chelsie Monica Sihite (2162) to leave the match poised 1-1 when Sabrina Chevannes (2090) forced a mistake from her opponent to put England 2-1 up. The game between Sarah Hegarty (2120) and Dewi Citra (2143) was another complicated struggle and around the time control there were mistakes made by both players, but unfortunately for England, Hegarty made the last mistake to allow Citra to level the match at 2-2, although England will be much happier with the content of their chess today compared to the previous rounds.

Scotland, Wales and Ireland all had straightforward wins against much lower-rated and inexperienced opponents.

Women Standings

Rank Country Match Points Deducted SB
1 Russia 8 55
2 France 8 53
3 Serbia 7 51
4 Poland 7 48
5 Greece 7 47.5
6 Georgia 7 46
7 Latvia 7 46
8 China 7 45
9 India 7 44
10 Ukraine 7 43
14 USA 6 43
69 England 4 14
73 Wales 4 12
79 Scotland 4 9.5
96 Ireland 2 12

Full Round 4 Standings


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